Monthly Archives: November 2012

Last CSA bag of the year

This is it, two types of potatoes, garlic, carrots, celeriac and butter nut squash. This might not only be the last of the year but also the last ever if we get the house. Our goal will be to not need a veggie CSA next year.

We have loved it all, thank you Seven Springs Farm!

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This could be the last time

we put up a christmas tree in an apartment.

We put up the tree last night and that thought kept coming into my brain. The christmas we owned the house in Spokane was spent in Las Vegas with my mom and sister. Not that I want to be all Griswold and increase traffic on our street by 400% but having the option is nice.

I downloaded an ebook about planning a homestead, what it means to different people. I know that we might not do everything we say we want to do, but I like having the option. Do I want to milk a cow twice a day for 10 months straight? Probably not, but maybe 5 years from now. Do I want to have a garden and grow as much of my own food as possible, yes. We do it here on the patio so I am certain I will do it there.

It’s now just a matter of waiting for the loan to go through the process and for us to be patient while we wait for a closing day. We moved our date to vacate by 10 days, giving us enough time to get out of the apartment and clean it up.

The next 35 days should be all about slowly doing what we can to get ready for moving day while not doing too much packing that I can’t do anything I want to do at the holidays. It’s hard to blog now, there’s not a lot going on, and do you really need to see pictures of my canned salsa one more time?

csa bag 29

I didn’t take a picture, but we did get sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, spinach and something else…butternut squash.

Boomer asks me how I remember things, mostly cause I blog about it.

I think we have 1 or 2 more bags to go this season.

When you are here you are family

Didn’t plan my trip to the market very well today. Normally I stop at the ATM and get cash out so I can get what ever I need after work. I had forgotten that I didn’t have cash on me when I got to the market. When I got out I asked the market manager if they did the chips for regular debt cards or just EBT cards. He said just EBT. When I started to leave he asked what do you need. I explained I needed eggs and some other veggies, he loaned me 20 bucks and said just bring it back next week. “I see you all the time, we are a family here.” I was very touched that he didn’t even want me to write my name down or anything.

I needed eggs, but the hens aren’t laying many eggs this time of year, everyone was out. When I went to the lady I get spinach from I asked her about eggs, she said she was sold out too. She could see the disappointment and said another farmer had given her eggs as a gift and asked me if I would like them. I told her I didn’t want to take her eggs, since they were a gift, and eggs are hard to come by right now…she said she wanted to give them to me. Went out to her car and brought me the most beautiful eggs.

It really is like family. How many of us will leave grandma’s house Thursday with leftovers? How many times have you gone to see your mom and ended up staying for dinner? What our farmer’s market does goes way beyond just selling food. There is a sense of community, and my farm community is like family. I might not know all their names but I know what veggies they grow, the ingredients they put in their baked goods and who’s pork tastes the best. I know when I don’t see them at the market I hope they are enjoying time off and if they are gone two weeks I worry about them. The market is the highlight of my week, my favorite place to shop for food and something I look forward to…And I hope they know that.

I also hope they know is how thankful I am, all year round for what they do for me and my family. And when we sit down for our casual meals after work, or our special meals that have become traditions, they made it happen. We couldn’t have Thanksgiving with out farmers!

Winter farmers markets

We are lucky where we live to have farmers markets all year round. But with my schedule the Tuesday market at 5:30 might not have enough “stuff” for me. So Saturday I went out to the Salem market. This is a different feel, more crafts and more premade foods. You remember the chicken pot pie post, it is more of that type of stuff and less produce.

We went out and got two GIANT heads of cabbage for 4 bucks and two fresh made, right in front of you donuts…also 4 bucks. The donuts were awesome. Huge, warm, better than anything you could get even with the Hot light on. So we will be back, if only for the donuts.

Side note, I ate my donut in about 3.7 seconds. Madigan still had half of hers by time we got home. She told me she was done and I could have the rest. Which took all of 1.3 seconds. She said “Mom you like donuts a lot more than me.” No truer words have ever been spoken.

CSA bag 27

celery root, beets, butternut squash, onions, potatoes, garlic, spinach.

The first time we ever got celery root, we had to call Bright Spirit at Fresh Abundance (the fresh food delivery that got us started on the local food thing) and ask what it was. I cut it up and put it in my stock pot for making soups.

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We put in our notice

That’s right, 60 days from today we should be in the house. If not we will be resigning a lease at a higher rent because we thought we were leaving….but let’s go with the first one.

We packed a few non essential boxes.