I taught two days of food preservation workshops at Genesis Farm last weekend. Genesis is one of my favorite places to visit and share knowledge. They are also generous: in addition to my workshop fee they sent me on my way with eggs from their rock star chickens. Seriously, these chickens looked like they had just come from getting blow-outs at a salon:
They also gave me a variety of garlic called Georgian Fire, which has already become one of my favorites (I guess it’s pretty food geeky of me to have favorite garlic varieties. I don’t care. This one is really good). Oh, and a t-shirt.
But I didn’t go straight home from Genesis. I went from there to Hungry Hollow Coop. They were having an Eat Local Potluck. NOFA-NY got these locavore potlucks going all over the state. I was there to speak a bit and do a book signing.
Good food, good people, and guess what? They also sent me home with a bag of goodness from a local farm. This time it was Jonagold and Jonafree apples from Threshold Farm.
Three trains later, I walked into my apartment and dropped all that abundance (along with the food preservation gear I’d hauled to and from the workshop) on the sofa. It was almost 11 p.m., and I had to be up at 6:30 to go teach the next day. So I didn’t put anything away.
The day after that I picked up my share at the Park Slope CSA. More apples, pears (just remembered I still have pears in the refrigerator from the last share - they’d already ripened at room temp and I stashed them in the fridge before I left for Genesis); lettuce, spinach, bok choy, sweet and hot peppers, green beans (aw heck, I still have some more of those from the last share, too), tomatoes, potatoes, onions, dill…
And in the garden the raspberries and herbs and peppers needed picking (not to mention all the weeding and staking and clean up, but time, time, time…). And I did a little foraging and scored some Hen a.k.a. Maitake.
Today I came home from teaching and went into an urban homestead frenzy. Rosemary oil in the slow cooker, apple sauce on the stove, tomatoes and Hen in the dehydrator, spinach cooked and ready for an omelet or a dip this week, lettuce washed and ready for the now imperative salads, herbs gathered and hung to dry, raspberries in the freezer…
Did I mention that I’m grateful for the excuse to have this urban homesteading frenzy and am actually having great fun with it (beats the administrative stuff I’ll get to tomorrow)?
Or that I’m going foraging tomorrow morning because there might be something awesome out there (it’s peak mushroom season)?
And hey, it’s not like I have any food in the house…
P.S. - No news on the new neighbors I’ll be sharing “my” garden with yet. Thanks to all of you who emailed good wishes on that front - I’ll keep you posted!
Stuff I’ve been making lately: