Friday, February 26, 2010

Independence Days #39

Ooops. Yeah, sorry about that -- going a whole week without blogging.

It's not that I haven't been cooking and baking and doing things -- it's that I have, and it has kept me busy busy busy

Guess that means I might actually have something to report for the Independence Days challenge this week!

1. Plant something: Red cipollini onion seeds (above).

2. Harvest something: Nothing.

3. Preserve something
: Nothing.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Saved some flour from kneading bread dough for my own projects; toasted more eggshells for the garden; saved spelt and wheat hulls for compost or mulch (after sifting).

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Organized seeds (working in those just received from this year's orders) both in the bin and in a spreadsheet; ordered more seeds; figured out what seeds would need to be started early and when; finished up a jar of dried kale.

6. Build local food systems: Tested a new dessert recipe -- strawberry meringues -- for a client; made lunch for a co-worker so that we could meet and eat; organized a small seed order for the cooperative; kept track of gardening workshop registrations for Local Roots; wrapped up March newsletter for Local Roots; attended garden planning workshop at the market; baked for market.

7. Eat the food: Leftover blini; the rest of the pea shoots, yum; a hearty vegetable soup with dried local beans, dried corn, dried kale, canned tomatoes, frozen green beans, frozen onion and pepper puree; bread pudding with leftover rye bread, cabbage, onion, and goat cheese; broccoli pizza; pasta with sauteed tatsoi and garlic.

I'm so glad that spring is coming one of these days. While I'm not as grumpy about the snow as some people are, these grey days are getting very wearing, and I am ready to smell the soil and start digging again.

But for now, I'm ready for another week!

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