Friday, July 17, 2009

Independence Days #10

Life certainly has a way of laughing at one's plans, doesn't it? I had hopes of keeping up my food preservation pace this week, despite my return to work, but after the annual Farm Gathering, I was a little too worn out to do much more!

So here's this week's Independence Day roundup, such as it is...

1. Plant something: At the Southern Belle's garden, Windsor fava beans, Laurentian rutabaga, Cherry Belle radish, Antares Oakleaf lettuce, and pac choi.

2. Harvest something: Pulled the remaining garlic; picked golden chard, nettle, lambs' quarters, carrot thinnings, zucchini, dill, pac choi at the Southern Belle's place; foraged more lambs' quarters at the Farm; picked radishes, lettuce, and chard for Gathering meals at the Farm.

3. Preserve something: Laid second round of garlic out to dry; dried lambs' quarters, nettle.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Saved remaining beaten egg from fried zucchini for the next morning's French toast.

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Ordered glass bottles with dropper lids for my herbal tinctures.

6. Build local food systems: Talked with the Renaissance Man's sister-in-law about her plantings on the Farm and offered to share seeds for an autumn harvest; shared garden produce at the Farm Gathering; spent time teaching My Adorable Nephews a little more about the garden.

7. Eat the food: Fried zucchini, salad, samples of the lemon balm beer.

And that's about it! Here's hoping next week is a little more productive...

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