I love nesting

The weekend is almost over.  Sad.  I’ve really enjoyed the day, we’ve spent most of it cleaning, doing laundry, doing stuff around the house.  This stuff makes me happy, I’m a little strange. It’s also long overdue, because we’ve both been so busy.  K spent this afternoon painting the ceiling and trim of the den – that room we started painting way back in February.  Maybe one day it’ll be finished and we can move everything back in.  Have I told you that the bannisters from our painting we did in the hallway LAST Memorial Day (2008!) are still not back up?  Yea…we have issues with painting, me thinks.

Yesterday, we headed to the Co-op as part of our weekly food shopping, and we found this!

Bufala di Vermont maple yogurt

Bufala di Vermont maple yogurt

We were excited to see that the yogurt made at the water buffalo farm we visited last week in Woodstock is sold at Honest Weight Co-op. Unfortunately, they don’t carry the Espresso yogurt that K was hoping to find.  But it was great to have a discussion with one of the store workers all about the farm.  He knew all about the farm’s history which we had learned last week.  Hopefully one day they will start carrying the Espresso flavor again, because we’re not quite sure how the maple will be.

Anyway, today we started the day off with the Farmers Market, since we haven’t been in a couple of weeks as we were in Vermont last weekend.

Market booty

Market booty

Bought today:

  • 1/2 gallon apple cider from Migliorelli Farm
  • 1 quart 2% milk from Battenkill Creamery
  • 1 loaf honey whole wheat bread from Our Daily Bread
  • 1 stick of rhubarb (I just wanna try it!) from Migliorelli Farm
  • 1lb ground beef from Mariaville Angus Farm
  • 1 quart spring broccoli from Barber Farm
  • 1 apple from Migliorelli Farm
  • .20lb Caerphilly cheese from Argyle Cheese Farmer

We had to hit the market quickly because we needed to get over to Schoharie to meet with the leaders of the Schoharie Co-op Cannery.  After getting slightly lost, we finally made it, but unfortunately there was a low turnout for today’s meeting and only the founder, Peter, was there.  However, we sat and talked about the cannery and what I might be help out with.  Should be interesting, I have a bit of homework to do.  I honestly never thought I would need to know about Agricultural Cooperative laws!

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Back at home, I’ve spent the day doing tons of laundry, cleaning out the refrigerator, and cleaning around the house.  Fun stuff.  But it’s kind of comforting in a way. I guess that’s why they call it nesting, right?

Can It, Preserve It, Pickle It, Savor It

A couple of friends pointed out this article to me in yesterday’s New York Times.

Preserving Time in a Bottle (or Jar)

It’s about the not-new interest in food preserving.  Right up my alley and I was thrilled to have more than one person “think of me” when they read it 🙂

Being a new canner myself, I was interested in learning that there are “warring factions” in preserving (is there anything that doesn’t?) and that some people actually make pectin themselves from green apples and some people don’t use pectin at all!  I had no idea. I gladly use the powdered and liquid pectin they sell at the store. It honestly never occured to me that the pectin sold isn’t “natural.” I just figured it was.  Food for thought.

Nor did I realize there were once community canneries!  Imagine being able to do this with lots of people with lots of great canning equipment, instead of your plastic tongs and flimsy magnet stick over your little stove.  Of course, with community canneries, perhaps comes less control over how you can.

I was thrilled to read, in the article, about a group in Schoharie County that recently received a grant to start a new one.  It’s only about 20 min. away from me – it’s where my BFF lives!  I checked out their website at Schoharie Co-op Cannery and saw they are looking for legal counsel. I don’t have any experience starting a non-profit (or a for profit) myself but I have worked with non-profits before, so I’ve sent an email asking if they need any help.  I’m not sure what I would (or could do) but I would love to get involved.

ETA: I heard back from them quickly! They are having a meeting this weekend that I might be able to get to.  We’ll see where this goes!

They have even gotten a letter of interest from Honest Weight Co-op (the co-op I am always mentioning on this blog 🙂 ).  They are already interested in carrying the cannery’s products when it gets up and going.  I love how the community is already getting involved in this -it’s really one of my favorite things about the local foods movement.