Friday, April 16, 2010

Independence Days #46

What a full week this has been! No wonder I hit Friday morning and my inventory drop-off and find that I don't want to do anything else for the rest of the day...

1. Plant something: French Breakfast radishes, Chioggia beets, Scarlet Queen Red Stems turnips, Golden chard, Tyee spinach, Magenta Improved Sierra lettuce, Red Choi pac choi, Scarlet Nantes carrots at the Renaissance Man's garden; kohlrabi, radish, bunching onion, turnip, kale, beet, pac choi seedlings at the OEFFA Male's farm.

2. Harvest something: Peppermint from the Renaissance Man's garden.

3. Preserve something: Dried peppermint.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Saving spent coffee grounds for the garden in a separate container from the rest of compost; used aging but still good scallions in a new roll for market; polished off the remaining carrots in the refrigerator as part of dinner last night.

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Milled more spelt and buckwheat; stocked up on grains, butter, cheese for baking; contacted local farmer to get more spelt berries; pulled a few more vegetables from the freezer to use this coming weekend (need to keep cleaning out that space!).

6. Build local food systems: Sold baked goods at market; baked buckwheat butter cookies and sesame crackers from freshly-milled grains to use at Lehman's, where I did a demonstration of their grain mills; talked to a local supplier about getting organic compost for the fabulous Jen's garden; delivered seeds and onion starts to a friend who shared my seed order; signed up for a cooking demonstration at Local Roots; shared a loaf of bread for this week's cooking demo at the market; talked to My Dear Papa about seedlings I'll be able to supply him this year.

7. Eat the food: French toast with leftover maple oatmeal bread; broccoli pizza; peppermint iced tea; pita pizza with pesto and goat cheese; pita pizza with soaked dried pac choi and fresh carrots; pesto pasta with dried tomatoes; omelet with chives and cheddar; homemade grape juice.

Things are definitely picking up around here -- but how much more colorful and flavorful everything seems!

Welcome Spring!

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