Saturday, May 08, 2010

Independence Days #49

It's been a very busy week, and I'm really too exhausted to think back over it clearly. But here's this week's report, in lieu of anything else:

1. Plant something: Planted Red Gold and Purple Viking potatoes, Cascadia snap peas, Scarlet Nantes carrots, French Breakfast radishes, Hakurei turnips, Mammoth Sandwich Island salsify, Laurentian rutabaga, Black Beluga lentils, hull-less oats, marigolds, Prize Choy pac choi, Magenta Improved lettuce, and broccoli raab at the fabulous Jen's new garden; more potatoes (fingerlings and other), plus started seeds for more kohlrabi at the OEFFA Male's farm.

2. Harvest something: Nothing.

3. Preserve something: Meant to, but ended up eating a good deal of what I meant to preserve.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Not so good on this front: discovered a couple of bags of fresh greens that no longer look so fresh...

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Ordered wheat and spelt from new contact; restocked on cheese, herbs, nuts for baking; tucked big bags of local maple sugar into a storage budget with a tight lid.

6. Build local food systems: Did a cooking demo at the market to use and sell my whole wheat pita bread; swapped extra bread for greens; helped the fabulous Jen start planting the garden, sharing what I've learned along the way; worked three days at the OEFFA Male's farm; baked for market; with other board members, met with a tour group of Extension agents at the market; talked with a fellow baker I met at my grain mill demo about cooperative buying of ingredients.

7. Eat the food: Leftover bread spread with chèvre; French toast from leftover bread; radishes on salad; lots of greens, many eaten straight from the bag; spicy peanut noodles with asparagus and fresh greens.

No market report this week: I shopped yesterday and picked up asparagus, cilantro, butter, maple syrup, and a San Marzano tomato plant -- no photos, sorry!

Maybe next week will be less dizzying?

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