Friday, September 24, 2010

Independence Days #63

I'm still working half the week at the farm and scrambling the rest of the week to bake enough to fill my shelves at the market, so blogging will continue to be slow. But heaven knows there's a lot going on around here!

1. Plant something: Planted lettuce, kohlrabi, pac choi and started seeds for lettuce, beets, kohlrabi, radishes, and pac choi at the OEFFA Male's farm.

2. Harvest something: Tomatoes, LOTS of basil, chard at the fabulous Jen's; peppermint at the Renaissance Man's; more basil at the Southern Belle's garden; many market crops at the OEFFA Male's farm.

3. Preserve something: Dried pears, rosemary, peppermint, tomatoes; froze basil pesto, cider; canned pizza sauce.

4. Reduce waste (Waste not): Took many more "seconds" off the OEFFA Male's hands (many of which were used in weekly baking or put up for winter); otherwise, cleaned a few rotting vegetables out of the fridge -- not pretty.

5. Preparation and storage (Want not): Stocked up on maple syrup from Friends; bought more cheese (bulk from Lucky Penny, discounted from Canal Junction -- these folks are great!) and butter for baking; collected more storage containers; started this year's potato storage.

6. Build local food systems: Swapped leftover market bread for herbs; worked at the OEFFA Male's farm over 20 hrs/week; baked for market; publicized upcoming book signings and Eat Local Challenge Week at Local Roots; shared cinnamon pecan bread for a demo at the market; bought four gallons of fresh cider from The Cheerful Lady and shared with the Renaissance Man and My Wonderful Parents; talked garden plans with the fabulous Jen.

7. Eat the food: Cinnamon-pecan French toast; hash browns with chard, cheese, egg; leftover veg-cheese rolls; pita pizzas with leftover fresh sauce and cheddar curds; harvest saute; rolls with chevre, pear, walnuts, honey.

What tastes good to you this fall?

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