The month of August on the small farm unit brought a bounty of tomatoes, peppers, okra and flour corn. As mentioned in previous posts, the majority of this produce is donated to local soup kitchens, food pantries, and free CSA members. Some however is utilized by the staff and members of the community during cooking demonstrations and garden workdays.
Throughout the summer I worked with children at the WA Foster Community Center on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Most workdays had the kids outside working up an appetite so we often ended with a snack or meal that incorporated the garden or farm vegetables. This month we brought some of our garden produce to the farmers market and made enough money to purchase frozen pizza dough and cheese.
We then used the extra peppers and tomatoes from the garden as toppings on our homemade pizzas to celebrate and reward ourselves for a summer of hard work.
We apprentices also take advantage of the excess vegetables. In fact, this week Myeasha and I took down some of our flour corn from its drying line and ground it to a corn meal powder.
We then used the corn meal, combined with onions and peppers, to make hushpuppies and fried green tomatoes. We think we did a pretty good job for a couple of northerners.
Finally, this week marks the official housewarming of our newly completed worm-bin. We have primarily been feeding the worms a combination of culled tomatoes, peppers and shredded newspaper.
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