Friday, December 25, 2009

Independence Days #31

How this month has flown by! I've been so busy baking for market that I just haven't been able to focus on the Independence Days challenge.

That doesn't mean I've done nothing -- just that I haven't thought about it much. But fortunately, much of this is getting to be habit, so over three weeks I can definitely report on having done a few things here and there.

So for the final report for 2009, I give you... Independence!:

1. Plant something: Found some shallots sprouting in storage, so planted them in a pot. What the heck, why not!

2. Harvest something: Chickweed at The Farm; parsnips from the Southern Belle's garden.

3. Preserve something: Divided butter into 1/2-cup lumps to freeze for later baking.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Saved flour from rolling out dough, bread crumbs for later cooking, leaves and stems for stock, eggshells for gardening; reused lots of plastic bags from unsold market items (for use at home, not for sale); used saved bread crumbs on parsnip gratin.

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Finally compiled end-of-season preservation tally; stocked up on butter and eggs for New Year baking; stocked up on locally-roasted coffee; found a nice jar at Goodwill for displaying my biscotti at the market.

6. Build local food systems: Continued to bake and sell at Local Roots; worked on January newsletter; worked on organizing events at Local Roots; gratefully accepted quarts of grape juice and apple pie filling from My Fabulous Aunt; shared baked treats with friends and business associates for Christmas; ordered seeds through local OEFFA chapter.

7. Eat the food: Sauteed mustard greens and blossoms with spicy radish pods and garlic; julekage-eggnog French toast; fresh lettuce salad with radishes!; squash and kale with rice; carrots and garlicky hummus; parsnip gratin and other delicious dishes for Christmas Eve; and more.

Of course, it won't be long now before planting begins in earnest again, and the whole cycle will start once more. But for now, it's time to look to the pantry to keep me going through winter.

And in the meantime, Merry Christmas to all!

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