Saturday, July 18, 2009

Shelling peas, drying tea herbs, & other homesteading tasks

We've been busy - this time of year is not only full with planting, tending and harvesting the garden, but also preserving the produce for the coming winter months. Today's job, shelling a huge harvest of peas...

This week we also began harvesting and drying herbs for our herbal tea blends which we sell to a local buying club, to our "herb share" members, and on our website during the fall-winter, also freezing cherries, strawberries, mulberries and raspberries for making jams, smoothies and fruit sauce in the winter, the first batch of pesto, and mint chutney.

For those readers who are particularly interested in the art of homesteading, check out Nikki McClure's artwork - she creates gorgeous cards, calendars and other artwork made by papercut - along the theme of garden, harvest, homesteading, family, motherhood, community, activism, nature, connection to the land, etc. Her calendars have graced our walls for several years now and we love her work!

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