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Monday, July 20, 2009

Coupla grocery bags full

A photo on FlickrFor Independence Days,

1. Plant something - no, but made and set up the shade cloth for a fall/winter bed that will be in the polytunnel.

2. Harvest something - a few TOMATOES (!!) ...
yellow zucchini, green zucchini, turnips, turnip greens, peas, chard, lettuce, potatoes, dandelions, elephant garlic, onions, strawberries, basil, chives, stevia. FINALLY there is more zucchini than I can eat in a day.

3. Preserve something - froze peas, dried and bagged basil, marjoram, chives, onion blossoms, zucchini, cilantro, curly-leaf parsley, lavender, blackberry leaves.


4. Reduce waste - Recycled burlap into shades for the garden. Washed and re-used bottles. See also "8," below. :)

5. Preparation and Storage - collected kale seed, almost a cup of the stuff! Went through some dried foods that we kept too long and consigned them to compost.

6. Build Community Food Systems - selling duck eggs; giving away
kale seed (of course).

7. Eat the Food - from frozen: pear sauce (we made lots last year), blueberries, pecans, filberts, chicken soup. From the land: Duck and chicken eggs (the Rhode Island Reds have come on line!) bok choi, turnips, turnip greens, potatoes, zucchini, elephant garlic, onions, kale, chard, dandelions, peas, lettuce, spinach, strawberries, mint, basil, chives, stevia. Made quite a lot of mashed turnips, yum! From storage: wheat, cheese, oats, rye, red beans.

"8." We're eating quite a lot of blueberries, fresh, sauced, and frozen, bought from a farmer about five miles away. He's u-pick, but we didn't have time that day, so he said, "Well, I got a coupla grocery bags full, here, can't sell as fresh, but if you get to them quick they're all good. If you don't want 'em, or anybody by the end of the day, they're all to the chickens." We got a super deal and the ones that looked like they might moosh soonest went straight into the sauce pan.

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