Friday, August 07, 2009

Independence Days #13

Good thing I got plenty done last weekend as I've run out of steam by the end of this week.

So without further ado, here's this week's wrap-up:

1. Plant something: Chioggia beets, French Breakfast radishes, tatsoi, Sierra lettuce, Nero di Tuscana kale at the Renaissance Man's garden.

2. Harvest something: Spearmint, peppermint, borage, and potatoes at the Renaissance Man's garden.

3. Preserve something: Dried carrot shreds, cauliflower, kale, spinach; froze Roma beans, regular green beans, broccoli; made and froze pesto; started infused herbal oils with rosemary, thyme; started herbal tinctures with peppermint, borage; strained and bottled herbal tinctures (lemon balm, shepherd's purse, red clover).

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Saved glass bottles from beer and olive oil for future projects (reuse before recycling).

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Received my first equipment for starting seeds in the winter; cleared cupboard space for herbal preparations; rearranged cupboard space for dried vegetables; bought more olive oil.

6. Build local food systems: Sent out Local Roots newsletter; informal marketing meeting (over a good lunch!); saw the first Local Roots "column" in the Wooster Weekly News; talked with the Cheerful Lady about livestock; milled seven-grain mix into flour for the Chef Mother.

7. Eat the food: A second round of fattoush; potato salad; blueberry-date bars; zucchini pasta.

I'm not counting on getting much done next week with a lot of meetings looming ahead of me.

But right now, I'm just going to worry about getting some rest!

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