Friday, August 14, 2009

Independence Days #14

My schedule this week -- two Local Roots meetings, a Sustainable Energy Network meeting, a buckwheat harvest afternoon, and getting domestic chores done -- has not given me much time to spend on food preserving or much else.

So this week's report is a little scanty:

1. Plant something: Nothing. Nada. Bupkis.

2. Harvest something: Dandelion leaves, plantain leaves, peppermint, and yellow tomatoes at the Renaissance Man's garden; received loads of tomatoes and zucchini from the Absent-Minded Professor from our garden; started harvesting buckwheat.

3. Preserve something: Dried kale, zucchini shreds; started herbal tinctures with motherwort, dandelion, plantain, peppermint.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Nothing out of the ordinary here.

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Laid buckwheat grains out to dry before cleaning and winnowing prior to storage.

6. Build local food systems: Baked cookies for Local Roots producer meeting; wrote up another couple of pieces to run in the local newspaper; accepted with gratitude a small loaf of multi-grain bread and a dozen jars of canned peaches from the Chef Mother.

7. Eat the food: Gazpacho; steamed kale; broccoli and tomato pasta; puffed omelet with chard, broccoli, and a yellow tomato.

Next week's schedule looks only slightly lighter, so I hope I'll be able to do a little more. I do have family visiting this weekend, though, so short of a farmers' market visit and some preservation, I'm not sure what else will get done.

But that's OK... I get a new chance each week!

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