Friday, January 01, 2010

Independence Days #32

Well, here we are in another year. But I'm still in the first year of Independence Days, and somehow, New Year's Day seems like a less notable turning point for this project than others I could name.

No matter: a New Year, a new week of Independence!

1. Plant something: Started broccoli sprouts.

2. Harvest something: Nothing -- it's all under snow!

3. Preserve something: Nothing.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Toasted and crushed more eggshells for use in the garden.

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Cleaned up cupboards and transferred grains and beans to glass jars, tucking in bay leaves to prevent infestation; transferred 50-lb bag of whole wheat to two plastic buckets; cracked hazelnuts for test baking.

6. Build local food systems: Worked more on January Local Roots newsletter; enjoyed New Year's Eve with new friends.

7. Eat the food: Cabbage dal; leftover parsnip gratin; spanokopita from dried greens; rutabaga soufflé.

A quiet week, overall, but it's encouraging to see that there are still some things I can do even in winter.

A Happy New Year indeed!

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