Friday, July 02, 2010

Independence Days #57

Here we are, on the cusp of the Fourth of July weekend, waiting to celebrate Independence Day with a picnic, parade, and fireworks.

Food independence isn't nearly that flashy, but it's very satisfying nonetheless. I'm really grateful that things have worked out in such a way this year as to keep me very well fed at comparatively little cost, thanks to my farming work and to neighborly "swaps" of my bread for other goodies at the market.

It still means work, though it's work I'm glad to do:

1. Plant something: Seeds for flats of cucumbers at the OEFFA Male's farm.

2. Harvest something: Snap peas, chamomile blossoms, dill, pac choi, chard, potatoes at the fabulous Jen's; lots of garlic, lettuce, bunching onions, and wildcrafted black raspberries, raspberry leaves, yarrow at the OEFFA Male's farm; garlic at the Renaissance Man's.

3. Preserve something: Dried lemon verbena, thyme, parsley, chamomile blossoms, yarrow, raspberry leaves, spinach, dill; froze blueberries, garlic scape pesto.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Reused parchment paper on one baking sheet for about half of my artisan breads this week; continued turning leftover garlic scapes into pesto.

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Milled spelt for flour; restocked milk, cheeses, butter for baking; dried herbs (above) for winter baking; picked up more parchment paper and wax paper as well as more olive oil (since 'tis the season for pesto!).

6. Build local food systems: Worked on Local Roots newsletter for July; swapped leftover market bread for more herbs and some peas; worked three days at the OEFFA Male's farm; took seconds to share with My Wonderful Parents in return for zucchini casserole for dinner; worked in the gardens; made garlic pesto flatbread for the fabulous Jen in return for her help on another project; looked into buying extra mixer parts from The Photographer.

7. Eat the food: Snacked on kohlrabi; leftover bread; broccoli-walnut pasta; spicy Thai peanut noodles with pac choi, Hakurei turnips, garlic scapes; zucchini casserole; grilled cheese with chard.

Hope you are celebrating food independence this weekend, too!

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