I should have taken a photo of my garden basket today, as it would have looked better than the finest farm-to-table article in any fancy wine magazine. I had blueberries. I had strawberries. I had potatoes. I had fave beans. I had beets. I had baby onions. I had artichokes. And of course, the usual greens, fennel and lemon balm.
I am harvesting and drying the lemon balm in earnest, especially after a trading partner asked for another container. She said she would even go in on a dehydrator, because the lemon balm was so important and helpful for her family. I probably gave her about $100 worth of dried lemon balm this season, that is, if she had to buy it on the open market as packaged tea.
Today's breakfast was the usual, along with grapefruit from trader Eta. While commenting to my family that I might even run out of lemons, I ran into a lemon bonanza from traders Humberto and Delta, and so have plenty. Delta also gave me several giant grapefruit, so there won't be any vitamin C deficiencies here for awhile.
Lunch was cold chicken burgers with pickles and feta cheese from trader Felix, beet and lemon juice, nuts from trader Dean, kumquats, blueberries, strawberries and the other half of the avocado. I also finished the last of the olives and the last tangerine from trader Humberto.
Dinner was chicken, fava, potato, leeks, greens, beets, artichokes and nuts from trader Dean. Oh, and kumquats. I also finished the last of the buffalo, with pickles. Dinner took a long time, because so many of the food selections for the day needed the pressure cooker or extra preparation.
A vegetarian friend send me a link to the "archaeological scientist" with vegetarian leanings. I must say, she should stick to something she knows, maybe like science or or maybe archaeology, because she sure is effin' clueless about real food. Her talk is also a great illustration of how there is no good review process for choosing TEDx lecturers.
She made some crack about the stupid paleos who think they are OK with eating a meal of eggs, blueberries and avocado, when EVERYBODY KNOWS that blueberries all come from Maine and there aren't any avocados there. Hey paleo peeps, I would like you to make this post viral. I DID eat real-time eggs, avocados and blueberries on the same day. It is not hard to do. Millions of people in SoCal can do this all through February to May, that is, if they can source that many local eggs. This is the time of the year where backyard farmers are selling their excess eggs, their blueberry plants are bursting at the seams, and the avocados are ready. Yep, fully available for one in ten people in the US in February, and more and more, as the blueberry harvest gets in full swing all the way up the coast.
Maybe she was spending so much time in the scientific lab studying ancient animal scat to notice that avocados do not ripen until they are removed from the tree, resulting in an extremely long season, and the ability of long-distance transport. Even by food, the avocados could reach over 100 miles away from the orchard no problem.
No food purchases today, leaving me with $18.42 in the kitty.