Well, maybe not a whole peck.
But it's still a lot of peppers. My market basket was nearly full and I even left a lot on the plants still. I split them, seeded them and had enough for two 1 gallon freezer bags. Yippee- skippy! We'll have stuffed chilis in the middle of winter. There's nothing better than a taste of spicy, hot summer in January when the snow flies. But boy, oh, boy, then made me start to sweat just working on them. And, yes, I did remember to wear gloves. It only takes once taking our your contact lenses after forgetting to wear gloves when working with peppers to teach a valuable lesson. Trust me on that one.
I got an email from our local food co-op telling me about one of their classes coming up. I told J15 and she is really excited to go as well. They're having a class on "native Iowa healing herbs". Definitely one that interests me. It's on a Thursday night in September. When I went to check out their calendar, I also took a look at other classes and events coming up. A few years ago the co-op and the local food alliance started an event called "Field to Family" in support of local foods. There are lots of free events: tastings and cooking demonstrations at the Farmer's Market, children's activities, culminating with a pot luck at one of the local CSA farms. Last year, J15 and I attended an all day food preservation workshop as part of this event. This year, in addition to the herbal class, they are having a free seed saving workshop at their community garden where the participants will help collect seeds and get to take some home. I'll definitely have to go to that one. A Saturday afternoon and best of all- it's FREE!
I'll keep you posted if I find anything else exciting going on.