I’m just going to come out and say it: August is kicking my butt. If July was the month of house guests, August is the month of vacation and weeding and watering and cheesemaking and weeding and watering and cheesemaking with some chicken processing and house parties thrown in there. It’s the month wherein we all realize there are just a few weeks left before school starts and rush to do everything we’ve been meaning to do all summer.
But the garden and orchards have the same idea. They suddenly realize there are few precious weeks of summer left and rush to finish creating seeds – in the form of flowering stalks and fruits that wait for no man.
Your goal, as an urban farmer, is to preserve that glut.
This month we are going to look at ways to do that, from the tedious and time consuming to the simple.
Next week Marisa from Food in Jars will kick off some small batch canning. Then Wardeh from GNOWFGLINS will talk about fermenting foods. Later in the month I’ll talk about how to keep long-storing produce without using electricity, and some thoughts on eating seasonally.
August prizes from our sponsors:
- A copy of Food in Jars – Preserving in Small Batches Year Round by Marisa McClellan
- A copy of The Complete Idiots Guide to Fermenting Foodby Wardeh Harmon.
- A copy of Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning from Chelsea Green Publishing.
So tune back in next week and watch for me to send you to the first host!