Friday, July 09, 2010

Independence Days #58

I don't even want to go into the details of just how crazy this week has been. Suffice it to say that after three days of intense heat, life switched over to a couple more of intense anxiety. (Things have improved, but now I am exhausted!)

So let's just jump into the Independence Days update, shall we?

1. Plant something: Golden Detroit and Chioggia beet seeds in flats at home; beet seedlings at the OEFFA Male's farm.

2. Harvest something: Garlic, potatoes at the Southern Belle's; garlic, lettuce, bunching onions, beets, green tomatoes at the OEFFA Male's farm.

3. Preserve something: Dried bronze fennel, blueberries, cherries; froze blueberries.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Cleaned out the fridge, cooked, and took scraps to compost; otherwise, the usual.

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Bought more rosemary for baking; picked up a bunch of bread bags from the Chef Mother; restocked on milk, butter, cheeses for baking.

6. Build local food systems: Took my nephews blueberry picking; worked in the Southern Belle's garden; worked at the farm 3 days; Local Roots board meeting; shared unsold bread with others; swapped bread for parsley; treated the Chef Mother to lunch and My Dear Papa to the sweetest little peach of the season (which beat the hospital food he was getting).

7. Eat the food: Potato salad made with "free" food (potato "seconds" from the farm, swapped peas, dill from the garden); spice-roasted roots with beets, turnips, rutabaga, radishes; leftover bread; herbal iced "tea" with lemon balm, peppermint, red clover, rose petals, honey; spicy peanut noodles with pac choi and beans; sugar snap peas; fresh berries.

What was the excitement in your week?

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