Friday, June 26, 2009

Independence Days #7

Another busy week! I'm glad I got a lot of this done last weekend as this week has really gotten away from me...

1. Plant something: Added bush beans, Soldier dry beans, and carrots to the Southern Belle's garden.

2. Harvest something: From the Renaissance Man's garden, radishes, lettuce, sage, borage, plantain; lettuce, spinach, pac choi, chard, beets, radishes, snap peas, garlic scapes, and dill from the Southern Belle's garden.

3. Preserve something: Vinegars and tinctures with herbs (comfrey, sage, basil, comfrey and plantain); started kim chi; borage honey; radishes "pickled" in vinegar; dried carrots, spinach, savory, sweet cherries, fennel fronds; froze pac choi; started strawberry and mulberry shrubs.

4. Reduce waste: Used kohlrabi and radish leaves in kim chi (instead of cabbage); saving more prep scraps for stock.

5. Preparation and storage: stocked up on olive oil and vodka for herbal preparations; made a list of herbal tinctures, syrups, and oils I'd like to try to make.

6. Build local food systems: Talked to more new vendors at the farmers' market and handed out brochures about Local Roots; gave a handful of brochures to the Chef Mother to spread around (since she's become one of our "ambassadors"); started reading A Nation of Farmers; finished articles for the July Local Roots newsletter; talked with friends about a potential connection between Local Roots and the local Grange.

7. Eat the food: Salads; linguine with stir-fry asparagus, snow peas, pac choi; a confetti-colored roasted mix of vegetables (asparagus, Chioggia and golden beets, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, onion, garlic, and fennel); broccoli and greens egg puff; broccoli walnut pasta.

I still have a good deal of food in the refrigerator, so I think I'd better go easy at the farmers' market tomorrow and then get some work done!

The season's picking up!

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