Hello, friends. Hot, rainy days have made it perfect mushroom weather. There seem to be so many varieties everywhere. I recently joined a fb mushroom group in our state, hoping to learn more, especially about which are edible. Though I've taken a class, I don't feel confident enough to risk it. Before heading to town one day, I cut up a banana along with our pawpaws and blueberries, for a snack for J & I. While stopping to return a few things at the hardware store, I checked the marked down plants, and brought home 4 red thyme plants for .25 each. We planted them in the bed next to the porch, hoping they'll be happy enough to crawl over the rocks, and mingle with the creeping jenny. Another day, we planted lettuce and broccoli seeds, and replanted chard. For some reason, I'm having a hard time growing chard this year. The spring lettuce that had bolted was given to the chickens, with a few plants left for seed. When planting the lettuce, I noticed both packets were a few years old. Reading something reminded me that oak leaf lettuce does well in both the heat and the cool, so I ordered both a red and a green variety of it. I used hay a neighbor gave us to mulch mullein and other plants in a bed near the pond.
Like the pickles, we still have lots of canned summer squash on the shelves, so I am not planning on canning any this year. I've tried it frozen and dehydrated, and am not fond of either, so we'll eat what we can fresh, and share it with the critters and anyone who wants some. We shared some with one of J's customers one day, and his business partner and some friends other days. Our friends gifted J a couple of pieces of their pottery, saying J didn't charge them enough for work he did. A new batch of throat spray was made, using colloidal silver and essential oils. For a dinner, I made a dish using summer squash and kalamata olives, one using collards we froze last fall, and cut up cucumbers and tomatoes. Though the collards look beautiful, like the day they were frozen (we just put a pile of whole leaves with stems in a paper grocery bag, fold it up and tape it), they are getting rather tough. We've planted some in the fall garden, so with any luck, will be eating them fresh by late September.
After delivering soap to a B&B, I went by two thrift stores. I bought a shirt at one for $3, and at the other, resisted a gorgeous handmade pottery bowl that would have been a lovely dog dish, but much too expensive at $18.50. Both stores had been totally rearranged since the last time I was in, and there didn't seem to be near as many good bargains. I stopped by a market and bought 6/$1 ears of local corn. It's the second time I've been to this fairly new market, and the owner has encouraged me to try my soaps there. I'm not sure I want to add another consignment spot, but she may be interested in buying them outright, so I'm considering it. I received a lovely note in the mail, along with some food gifts from friends I recently helped. A few days ago, I read of a group that does gleaning of farms in this state, and I signed up to be a volunteer. I used to do more volunteering when I lived in the city. It's a bit more difficult living so far from anything now. I love the idea of the gleaning group, which helps feed the hungry. Having some knowledge of harvesting produce makes it seem like a good fit. Being I live in a rural area, I'm hopeful some opportunities will arise that are not too far away.
|some of the harvest|
|the elusive chipmunk|