Monday, October 5, 2009

Independence Days challenge, week 23

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

Our shelves are finally starting to look ready for the winter:

1. Plant something:
2. Harvest something: Eggs. Goldenrod. Apples (from Freecycle. Now, as I drive around town, I'm eyeing everyone's yards for neglected apple trees and trying to work up the nerve to ask if I can pick them.)
3. Preserve something: Goldenrod oil. Dried dill, watermelon. Froze green beans, cauliflower, spinach, stock. Canned 10 qts of (free!) applesauce.
4. Waste not: Same old, same old.
5. Preparation and storage: Added vinegar, pasta, tortilla chips to storage.
6. Build community food systems: Well, we sure supported what's there already! In this last month of farmers' markets, we're buying as much as we can haul out in our grocery cart (one of those wire things on two wheels you pull behind you--so helpful!)
7. Eat the food: Nothing new and exciting here.


5 orange potatoes said...

Wow! That's incredible. I hadn't canned anything this year yet, except for dried herbs. I hope to make some applesauce and apple butter in the next week, but we'll see. Maybe next year I will seriously try canning!

Love the pincushion post btw!

Lise said...

We'd canned really only a bit until 2 1/2 years ago when we committed to eating locally. Then it turned into what's in these photos (plus the 25-or-so qts of applesauce we have yet to do, and pickled beets, and what else can we get to?). Seemed impossible at first, but is almost routine now.