This ones easy. We eat from the garden. Our meals are seasonally based on what's growing. We draw up a weekly menu each Monday morning over breakfast, just after we've visited the garden. I love my menu. It takes away the hassle of thinking what to have at that busy time of day when so many other things need to be done. It tells me what extras I need to buy at Organic Feast when I'm out delivering boxes. It cuts down on waste because I don't buy unecessary items, and using leftovers are factored into the menu. We make bread every other day, yoghurt weekly and cheese throughout the month. And this month Mark made us beautiful Hot Cross buns using sour dough with some whey added. Delicious!
|Our newly restored cupboard to store our resting cheese and cooling bread|
Our bumper summer crops are finishing up now. Tomatoes have been bountiful and we have made enough passata to last us the year. We also have tomato sauce, pickles and sauerkraut put away. To hold all this we moved our laundry out onto the verandah and converted the room into a pantry.
Everything has a beginning a middle and an end. How has a product been made, has anything or anyone been exploited in the process. How many times can the product be used and is there any waste from using the product. These are some of the things I think about before purchasing anything. This year I have decided to make trivets from bottle tops. The trivets will become the usual item for gifting this year. We've also made a Chook tractor from an old trailer. This is the retirement village for our old hens. we move it around the paddocks and the hens free range, cleaning up cow manure and fertilizing with their own.
|Bottle top trivets|
And how many ways can a milk container be reused. we use them for little baskets at the birthday parties so that the children can carry food to feed the ducks and geese. And just recently I've started to use them to put tomatoes in for the CSA boxes.
Lip gloss made from our own beeswax. Another gifting idea on hand.
In goes the onions, garlic, peas, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, tatsoi, and bockchoy. Eating in season means an eager anticipation for those foods eaten at only certain times of the year. For winter in this area it means growing all those brassicas that we miss in the hot summer months.
The cooler months allow me to enjoy my knitting much more. I do knit a little over summer but usually with cotton. And just this past month I've pulled out my spinning wheel. I started spinning many years ago using a wheel that my dad had made. It is a beautiful looking wheel but just wasn't working weel and as a beginner it made it hard work. I have since been gifted a new second hand wheel and find spinning so much easier. It has inspired me to get cracking and just this month have finished a shawl and nearly finished a vest.
|some carded fleece|
I am very priveleged to be able to share our farm with visitors. this month we had a lovely family choose the farm for their daughter's first birthday. It pleases us both to be able to give children the opportunity to interact with the animals and eat food grown here at the farm.
Playgroup is also another opportunity for the young mums in the community to participate in farm based activities with their young children.
Reading two great books this month. Cycle of the Year by Rudolf Steiner. A look at the importance of seasonal festivals. It has inspired me to look at the festivals we follow here in the Sth. Hemisphere and their realtionship to our seasons.
The other book is Foodwise by Wendy E Cook. A look at nutrition through the ages and the corresponding eveolution of humankind due to the availability of certain foods. Wenndy writes from a point of view that is based on Steiner phylosophy, which I like.
We celebrated the birthdays of my youngest daughter Sarah and my grandson Evan. Their birthdays are a day apart. Sarah and her boyfriend (now very recently fiance) and my oldest daughter Meghann and her partner Dom were able to fly up from Melbourne for the weekend. I certainly did enjoy having my girls altogether.
|Evan and his mum|