Friday, March 19, 2010

Independence Days #42

Wow! Another gorgeous end to the week! It makes me so glad that Fridays tend to be devoted to last minute baking, dropping off my inventory at the market, and then relaxing.

Today, after a refreshingly light lunch in the sunshine, I grabbed my brand-spankin' new collinear hoe and a handful of seed packets and headed over to the Renaissance Man's place to work in the garden. What joy!

So I really do have some good updates this week...

1. Plant something: Started seeds for broccoli, brussels sprouts, savoy cabbage, lime basil, chamomile, cumin, elecampane, hyssop, white sage, Iceland poppies for me; started seeds for tomatoes and much more for the OEFFA Male; planted seeds for fava beans, snap peas, hon tsai tai, and claytonia at the Renaissance Man's garden (well mulched!).

2. Harvest something: The remains of last year's pac choi from the Renaissance Man's garden, along with the first small leaves of lemon balm and peppermint.

3. Preserve something: Nothing.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Chopped carrot greens from last week's market purchase and added them to a bag for stock in the freezer; poured hot water into the maple syrup jug to get the last syrup out for a batch of bread; added more spelt hulls/bran to the compost pile, along with what I cleaned out of the garden.

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Bought more seed pots; stocked up on flour (including a 50-lb. bag), oats, walnuts for baking; poured remaining organic sugar into a second jar for storage (to get the bag off my dining table); started another box of empty canning jars.

6. Build local food systems: Worked with the fabulous Jen on my baking business logo and signs and labels; attended a Preserving Traditions workshop in Ann Arbor (great fun!); worked for the OEFFA Male two days this week; talked with the fabulous Jen about starting a garden at her place; attended the OEFFA chapter meeting and learned more about nut trees; baked for market; started cleaning up garden at the Renaissance Man's place; took more registrations for this weekend's garden class at Local Roots.

7. Eat the food: Curry pasta with tatsoi and garlic; lots of sautéed greens with homemade bread; Indian-spiced potatoes and spinach in tomato sauce; salad with homemade cornbread; peppermint tea with vanilla ice cream.

I know we're bound to get more wintry weather one of these days, but I just can't get upset about it on a day like this, after a week like this. Life is good!

And I expect to enjoy it even more this weekend!

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