I was sitting here finished with this post, wondering what picture I would use to draw your eye to what I had to say. This email came from Steve’s daughter Mindy just now. She is the mommy of Gracie. We have been trying to encourage any of our 7 children to garden. Looks like it is a trait that skips a generation. So there is my inspiration for my July pantry report. Maybe this post will encourage Gracie to grow more veggies. Maybe I will put pictures of any of our family members who grow something. Ok family..ready, set, grow!!
Looking back over my posts for July, I realized that I did not spend alot of time talking about what I am currently harvesting. That is because this is the year that I decided to let the beds sleep. I put the beds to bed, and wanted to give them time to recover from all the intensive gardening that I have been doing here the last 5 years.
Even with that, I had plenty to do in my kitchen. I bartered my work for raw milk, I kept a kombucha scoby going for a gallon of kombucha tea every week. I kept water keifer going for 3 qrts of water keifer a week. I kept a sourdough starter alive in order to make 2 loaves of sourdough bread every week. I kept dairy keifer grains going to make the raw milk keifer that I put in my breakfast smoothies. Not to be outdone, my 5 hens produced 75 eggs this month.
I bought high quality cherries, and apricots at huge discounts for eating fresh, and freezing. I have harvested tomatillos, and peppers from volunteer plants. I really did not intend to have anything to harvest this month. Not bad.
I thawed, and canned the tomatoes, to leave room in the freezer for the all figs that I collected. We will make jam next month.