Monday, July 6, 2009

Independence Days challenge, week 10

Time again for Sharon's Independence Day's Challenge:

1. Plant something: Nothing.
2. Harvest something: Eggs. Mulberries. Clover. Kale. Good King Henry. Garlic scapes. Strawberries (bartered labor for berries at a local organic farm; that's Lucy, "picking berries" above).
3. Preserve something: Canned 7 1/2 pints mulberry jam (from this recipe), 3/4 pint strawberry-lemonade concentrate, 2 pints strawberry-quince preserves. Dried 2 pints strawberries, 1 pint dill, 1 pint red clover blossoms, 4 pints mulberries. Froze mulberries, strawberries.
4. Waste not: Nothing new.
5. Preparation and storage: Organized past two years' preservation lists into a notebook to use as reference for this year.
6. Build community food systems: Spent a lot of time, while making a spectacle of ourselves at the mulberry tree, talking with neighbors about foraging and mulberries. Brought the children in my early childhood program foraging for mulberries and clover.
7. Eat the food: Finishing off the last of 2008 preserves.

1 comment:

Andi said...

My goodness, what a beautiful daughter you have!