Dark Days are Here Again and a Book Signing

Laura at (Not So Urban)Hennery started a challenge five (?) years ago now to encourage people to support local farmers over the winter and over the years the challenge has grown and grown and grown. It’s so big now that the fine folks over at Not Dabbling in the Normal are taking it over. If you haven’t already signed up it’s not too late – you can do so through Sunday, December 4.

This week has been particularly crazy for me, with breeding two goats, submitting the grant application (thanks for the help, Jenny!), visits with close friends, several nights of frozen animal waters to be thawed, and driving to the Peninsula to get Mona and Bessie who are now in the quarantine stall picking on poor Starr. I returned with them just a few hours ago and it hasn’t taken them long to take charge of things around here.

It’s been so crazy in fact that I haven’t had time to download photos so I’m just going to tell you what my dark days meal was for this week.

Just before Thanksgiving I picked up my turkey from Brad at Abundant Acres. He was kind enough to meet me at the Medina Tully’s. We got some odd looks as we greeted in the parking lot – him waving a bag of turkey feet and heads (“For broth!” he shouted by way of greeting.)

Thanksgiving was much more traditional then I had anticipated since I hadn’t planned on getting a local turkey this year but when your turkey dealer sends you a Facebook instant message it’s hard to pass that up. I made loaves of Emmer sourdough bread from my Bluebird grain that went into stuffing with leeks and celery from Jubilee Farm just down the road. We had potatoes mashed with butter and creamy goat milk, turkey bits gravy, plum chutney from the plum tree, Brussels sprouts from the Jubilee Farm box and honey roasted delicata squash also from the Jubilee Farm box. For dessert we had a Lentz spelt pie crust filled with apple goodness from the tree near the duck pond.

And lucky for me there were enough leftovers to keep us fed all week while I was busy with food justice and goatie things.

Tomorrow, December 4, after I’ve spent several hours thawing water for the six rabbit cages, the meat chicks, the young laying pullets, the turkeys, the chickens, the ducks and all the goats, you can find Joshua and I along with Bill Thorness – author of Edible Heirlooms at Santoro’s Book Store in Phinney. We’ll be there from 1-3 pm. Bill will have seeds that he saved and you can buy a signed copy of his wonderful book for that gardener in your life. Joshua and I will be there too, eating all the cookies. I hope we’ll see you!

2 Responses to Dark Days are Here Again and a Book Signing

  1. Alright, Annette, Whatcha going to do for salt, baking powder and baking soda?

    I’m trying this Dark Days challenge for the first time and I looked at the first two days of ingredients [I know, it's only one meal per week, but if I've bought the oil/flour/etc, I might as well use it all the time, right? That's the point.] and I will be using sugar, olive oil, vinegar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Surely you’ve already looked at this question? I’m looking forward to more local wines, though!

    Your insight is appreciated.

  2. Annette Cottrell

    Grace – excellent that you are joining! I look at salt, powder, soda as trace additives. They constitute but a smidge of your product that you literally should not even worry about it. Honestly you could make things without them but they just wouldn’t be as lovely. Have you ever read the Little House Cookbook? I’ve tried recreating some of those things and wow do we have different standards today. There would be mutiny in your house for sure (not like you don’t already have a fair bit of that, right?)

    I don’t use olive oil in the winter anyway, I use bacon grease or lard from our fall animals. You can get wonderful vinegar from Rockridge Orchards at the market. Met market has some amazing local wines if you talk to the wine guy who is nearly always there. Ask for local values and you can get some outstanding things for less than $10 a bottle.

    Most of all play up what you CAN get that is local and make that the center of your meal. That’s really the whole point – to celebrate local – not to drive you crazy. :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

− three = 4

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>