And for the pantry. I watched a lecture by permaculturist, Peter Bane. https://youtu.be/DI4OWmTBgDo
Yes. Our world is in bad shape. Most Americans don't know what food is outside a grocery store or restaurant. Nor could they identify which wild berries are edible and which are not. Should the grid go down or another climate disaster hit, could we survive? How much food does one need? Peter answers these questions in a straight forward manner without the prepper hype. Storing food isn't enough. He covers growing edibles, storing food, saving seeds, energy usage, water and gray water usage, and more. Sadly without funding, I can implement very few of his strategies. Nor do we have a network of local people to tap into.
So I am starting to squirrel things away. The garden yield was relatively low this year. This is the second year where late season frosts wiped a lot of stuff out. Fungus gnats and poor potting soil screwed up my seedlings. My lovely blue cherokee tomatoes were planted in March. They have reached a height of 2" this week and may finally be big enough to put into the ground. Still waiting on the second set of leaves to show. Ya, right. I'll have tomatoes in December. Not without a cold frame. A random tomato plant showed up in my upper tier. It's growing fast but no flowers yet. Once the leaves drop off the mulberry, it'll have a lot of sun. Hmm.
I picked up fair trade sugar for the pantry as well as cocoa and honey. The pantry is not the same as the kitchen. It's for longer term storage. At the farmer's market, I found some yellow heirlooms from the organic farmers. I'm making tomato preserves with them from the Joy of Cooking. It's more like jelly. I also picked up black cherry tomatoes for drying. The seed is soaking on the window sill in jars currently. We use Alton Brown's drying method for now. There is a fan going with 2 furnace filters. Inside those on food grade plastic grid sheets are my sliced tomatoes. (I see a solar food dehydrator in my future, https://youtu.be/U-Gyr4dMbH0
So each person in a household needs 150 pounds of food per month. Divide by 30 days and it's roughly 5 pounds a day. Today's garden yield was 3 blackberries, 0.038 pounds and two radishes, 0.121 pounds. That ends up being 3 % of one person's daily food. Not good. We are keeping a log for better accuracy. After the pumpkins and squash come in, the average will be better. I'm shooting for 15 %. Stay tuned. The garden was mostly growing parsnip, carrot, and sunflower seed this year. The sunflowers I planted are for sprouting. Sunflower sprouts go great with the tomato preserves on a sandwich, gouda cheese and turkey on freshly baked bread. I had it at a swanky restaurant once. It's good. And yes, I can make that.
So on the last day of Pennsic teardown, these adult ladies walk by with a child's wagon full of beer bottles that they were giving away. The home brew was amazing. We had a nut brown ale, and a sour wheat. The last bottle is an American brew which I was thinking of making beer bread with. Here's the recipe I was looking at: https://smittenkitchen.com/2012/02/cheddar-beer-and-mustard-pull-apart-bread/
It was a long day, mostly driving. You could say I go a long way for my garden. I drove to Columbus to pickup an entire truck full of woodshavings from Egill. I left at 9:18 am. The highway was closed due to an accident. Eventually I got there, got my shavings and headed back to PA. I reached the bank around 4:30 to get cash for the farmer's market. Got to the market at 5. It runs from 3 to 6 pm. Many vendors were already out of things on my shopping list. Got home at 5:35. Unpacked and left for Starbucks to get my coffee grounds at 6 pm. Then pulled together dinner. I turned yesterday's pork roast into BBQ and added a fresh tomato and my potato onions. Also had corn on the cob from the farmer's market, a pickle and fried potatoes. It went real well with the Sour Wheat beer. Lord William, whoever you are, thank you. The beer was wonderful! Dishes are done. Garbage is on the curb. And that's enough for today. I shall fall asleep under a full moon listening to the brown bats and crickets.