Friday, September 25, 2009

Independence Days #20

And the merry-go-round goes on... another busy week!

I had scheduled a bit of fall planting into the week's schedule, but by the time that evening came around, I was too beat to do anything!

At least last weekend I managed to accomplish a few things...

1. Plant something: Nothing.

2. Harvest something: Black Cherry and big yellow tomatoes, pac choi, basil, calendula, and plantain at the Renaissance Man's garden.

3. Preserve something: Dried squash chips, parsley, plantain, celery; canned applesauce (2 pts), salsa (4 pts); made two small jars of parsley salt; started plantain oil; breaded and froze eggplant slices; roasted and froze red peppers.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Made stock from some leftover vegetable scraps from the freezer; cleaned out some older produce from the refrigerator and cooked with it (leek, zucchini, hot peppers).

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Bought more honey and maple syrup for winter baking; cleaned and stored seeds for pac choi, calendula; winnowed and stored remaining buckwheat; accepted more clean, empty jars from My Wonderful Parents for added dried produce storage; stocked up on more tea for winter; rearranged shelves of home-canned goods so that the remaining jars from last year are on the top shelf, ready to use first.

6. Build local food systems: Talked with a farmer at the market about the Local Roots holiday market; ordered heritage turkey (Narragansett and Blue Slate cross) for my parents for Thanksgiving; tucked a few frozen fruits and vegetables into the Renaissance Man's freezer and shared some of my squash with him; met with Local Roots marketing volunteers and got a couple of willing workers started on writing assignments; made headway in planning the Local Roots film series; continued work on the newsletter.

7. Eat the food: Zucchini bread; granola with last year's dried apples; stew with potatoes, turnips, carrots, dried cabbage, dill, and sage; a small pan of eggplant parmigiana since not all of the slices fit into the freezer container (used spaghetti sauce from My Wonderful Parents); Bangkok noodles with fresh pac choi from the garden.

And as a bonus, I received word yesterday that an article about the planning progress of Local Roots that I had submitted to Farming Magazine was accepted. I'm very excited!

Next week looks utterly swamped as well, but I hope to get a few things done this weekend.

We'll see...

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