The Fruits of Our Labor

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.

 

WA Foster Gardeners at the Goldsboro Farmers Market.

WA Foster Gardeners at the Goldsboro Farmers Market.

 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.

Homemade Pizzas

Homemade Pizzas at WA Foster.

Kids enjoying their homegrown veggies.

Kids enjoying their homegrown veggies.

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.

Myeasha removing the kernels from the cob.

Myeasha removing the kernels from the cob.

Me grinding the kernels into a powder.

Me grinding the kernels into a 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.

Hush puppies made from homegrown corn.

Hush puppies made from homegrown corn.

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.

Newly completed worm compost bin.

Newly completed worm compost bin.

Worm's first meal in their new home.

Worm’s first meal in their new home.

Check back soon for our next post!

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