Friday, September 04, 2009

Independence Days #17

Wow. Another exhausting week! So I'll keep this short.

1. Plant something: Still nothing, despite good intentions.

2. Harvest something: Black Cherry tomatoes, Hutterite soup beans (for seed), lemon balm, peppermint, oregano, sage, basil from the Renaissance Man's garden; the rest of the buckwheat!

3. Preserve something: Breaded and froze eggplant slices; roasted and froze red peppers; strained and bottled herbal tinctures (borage, dandelion, hawthorn, motherwort, peppermint, plantain); made herbal honeys (peppermint, lemon balm); dried cherry tomatoes, elderberries, basil, oregano, peppermint, lemon balm, cantaloupe; started sage vinegar.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Saved leftover breadcrumbs from eggplant; asked My Wonderful Parents to save watermelon rind.

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Harvested and stored seeds for Blue Coco pole beans, Hutterite soup beans, radishes; got a few more storage jars from the folks; made a Goodwill run with the Renaissance Man and found two pairs of jeans and a pair of lightweight cargo pants to get me through the next year or two (work pants!).

6. Build local food systems: Had a marketing brainstorm with Jen for upcoming Local Roots events; presented event possibilities at shoppers' meeting at LR; talked with meeting attendees about possible classes, workshops at the market.

7. Eat the food: Cucumber slices dipped in boursin cheese; pasta with zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, and rosemary; baingan bhartha; curried kale and potatoes; fresh apples and ground cherries to go with lunches.

At this point, I still have a very full refrigerator, so I'm not sure that I will buy too much at the farmers' market this weekend. I need to spend this holiday weekend using what I've got!

Yep, "Labor Day" will be appropriately named... again...

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