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Friday, June 12, 2009

Pear sauce good

Plant something for Independence Days - Not so much. It looks like there will be 1000s of runner beans, tho. How many of the danged things did I plant, anyhoo?

2. Harvest something - Elephant garlic, onions, peas, kale, chard, dandelions, peas, lettuce, mustard, nasturtiums, spinach, fava beans, broadbeans, peas, radishes, turnip greens, strawberries, mint, peas, basil, pie cherries, chives. One chicken. Oh, and peas.

3. Preserve something - Froze fava beans, broadbeans, peas. Chicken, broth. Drying more mint. And, umm, froze more peas. And pie cherries. These are a little sour for me, but I dress them in a little bit of agave nectar or stevia before freezing.

4. Reduce waste - Carrying duck-pond water to the gardens. Brought home a bunch more empty green wine bottles. Hung out the laundry instead of running dryer.

5. Preparation and Storage - Bought a hundred wine corks. Put away the dried marjoram. Hung up the dried mint. Whitewashed window screens, painted a south facing section of roof on house. Made dozens of beanpoles from Japanese knotweed (dreadful stuff, gotta make it do its share).

6. Build Community Food Systems - selling duck eggs. Gave away packets of our dried runner beans. Had friends over to pick all the peas, lettuce, onions, garlic, and basil they could carry ... this helps me too 'cuz I can't keep up with the peas and want them to keep blooming. And the early lettuce is bolting already.

7. Eat the Food - From poultry: duck eggs, chicken eggs; fresh chicken liver with eggs and chives. From storage: rolled oats, spelt flour, rye flour, sunflower seeds, potatoes, refried beans. From dried: basil. From frozen: applesauce, pear sauce, snap peas. Pear sauce good with local Nancy's Honey Yogurt, made about twelve miles from here. From garden: Elephant garlic, onions, kale, chard, dandelions, peas, lettuce, spinach, chard, fava beans, radishes, turnip greens, cherries, strawberries, mint, basil, rosemary, marjoram, chives, leeks. Made four small loaves of kale/garlic/applesauce bread ... hey, don't give me that look! '... sgood stuff ...

So, you may well ask, what does risa eat that's from the store? Not much, these days, it's my personal challenge, based on the Freedom Gardeners' 100 foot diet. But lest anyone think I'm actually winning the battle against ketchup and mayonnaise ... and sometimes when I'm at work, my lunches fall a little short of getting me through the afternoon ... disaster has been known to take the form of a maple bar ...

... I stepped on the scale at the doctor's office.

"Hmmm, up seven pounds ... puttin' ya on a diet ... "

"But -- but -- I was up ten, then down three. Doesn't that count for anything?"

Now, why did she laugh like that? ...


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