It's Friday and time for my weekly Independence Days challenge update. It has been a busy week. It's kind of funny- K12 has just realized that it is Friday and is upset by this for some reason. He seems to have missed Thursday. It's funny hearing him try to convince all of us that we are wrong and that today is actually Thursday. Poor confused child. That's what happens on summer vacation.
But, back to the IDC.
Plant something- plum tree and blackberries finally made it into the ground! Otherwise, nothing planted but my little fall cabbages are doing well.
Harvest something- eggs, broccoli, onions, kohlrabi, peppers, a few tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, a few herbs, cabbage. Kale for the chickens
Preserve something- nothing this week. I'd like to see if I can get some Missouri peaches and maybe make some jam or can some.
Waste not- The usual recycling, composting, scraps for chickens. I know there was something else but I can't quite remember what it is...
Want not- I've been stocking up on vinegar for the past few days. Our local grocery store is having a sale on white vinegar. I think I've purchased 7 gallons over the past few days and I'll probably pick up another few before the sale ends on Tuesday. Since we use vinegar for a lot of things it is great to get it at a good price.
Eat the food- coleslaw, stuffed hot peppers, boiled new potatoes with butter and grilled grass fed steaks. YUM!!
Build community food systems- Made stops at the farmer's market and Justine and I made a run to Kalona today to the Stringtown Grocery (the Amish store) and the cheese factory. Cheese curds are so good!
Skill up- not much, I've been doing some plant identification around the property. I think we may actually have wild groundnuts growing. How cool is that! I need to wait for them to bloom to be certain. But another wild edible!! Sweet!