Friday, June 25, 2010

Independence Days #56

I put in more time at the farm this week, since the OEFFA Male decided to skip his Wednesday market. Fortunately, that dovetailed with my plans to rework my baking schedule, so though I was very busy all week, the pace was a little better.

Good thing, too -- I had a lot of other things to accomplish!:

1. Plant something: Lime basil, hon tsai tai, Red Choi pac choi, Chioggia beets at the Renaissance Man's garden; beets, pac choi, kohlrabi, basil, radishes at the OEFFA Male's farm.

2. Harvest something: Radishes, first garlic bulb, lavender, oregano, peppermint at the Renaissance Man's garden; pac choi seconds, peas, garlic at the OEFFA Male's farm; rutabaga thinnings, radishes, pac choi, golden chard (above), dill at the fabulous Jen's.

3. Preserve something: Dried tarragon, lavender, parsley, dill, pennyroyal, oregano, apple mint, peas, peppermint, rose geranium leaves, strawberries; froze garlic scape pesto, wild black raspberries.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Used the bran sifted off the spelt flour to cover the compost; took the remaining garlic scapes off the OEFFA Male's hands for making more pesto (he was grateful!).

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Milled wheat for flour; restocked milk, cheeses, walnuts, olive oil, butter for baking; dried herbs (above) for winter baking.

6. Build local food systems: Worked on Local Roots newsletter for July; swapped leftover market items with other bakers; made dinner for a friend just back from the hospital and his lovely wife; worked three days at the OEFFA Male's farm; swapped bread for herbs again; reassured the fabulous Jen on her handling of the potato beetle problem; worked in the garden.

7. Eat the food: Borani with radish and kohlrabi (plus dill and chèvre); chocolate rolls; curry stir-fry omelet with "seconds"; The Photographer's most excellent Jewish apple cake; leftover bread; fruit leathers from the Madcap Farmer's Wife; more spicy Thai peanut noodles with seconds from the farm (yum!); French toast; crisp kohlrabi.

Looks like the heat is returning this weekend, so I'm not sure how this next week will start!

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