Friday, March 26, 2010

Independence Days #43

Mud season has begun, so I didn't make it to the farm this week. Instead, I spent time at home enjoying a little Independence:

1. Plant something: Seeded flats of tomatoes (Amish Paste, Rutgers, Black Cherry, Peacevine Cherry), onions (Clear Dawn, Red Cipollini), and lettuce (Pirat butterhead).

2. Harvest something: Carrots and parsnips from the Southern Belle's garden.

3. Preserve something: Nothing.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Shared what bread was leftover from Saturday's market, so that I wouldn't lose it all; added the hulls and such from sifting spelt and buckwheat to the compost pile.

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Bought more cheese for baking artisan loaves; cleaned up spading fork before returning it to the Renaissance Man; milled and sifted more spelt flour; bought another couple of flats and more seed-starting pots; restocked on flour and such yet again.

6. Build local food systems: Sold baked goods at market; shared a few leftover inventory items with friends; talked with the Southern Belle about this year's garden; shared root vegetables with a neighbor and with My Wonderful Parents; baked blueberry-lavender crumb cake for a client; talked with a student about Local Roots; helped with the potato seed order delivery for the local OEFFA chapter.

7. Eat the food: French toast; baby carrots from the garden; lemony green beans; blueberry-lavender crumb cake (quality control check); grilled cheese; hash browns with spinach, egg, and cheese for breakfast.

That's all!

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