Saturday we visited the Mill City Museum & Farmer’s Market. We got a free threshing lesson using a method called flailing – basically beating a pile of dry grain stalks with a simple log and chain tool until the seeds come out. We were surprisingly good at it. But, then, we’ve been flailing for years.
229/365: curly kale
How gorgeous is this stuff?? I am happy to report that after years of trying, I now not only EAT kale – I actually enjoy it. Don’t give up 🙂
Yep. Now it’s summer.
201/365: local sweet corn (first of the season)
We finally got a chance to visit the new Surly Destination Brewery yesterday – a sprawling industrial complex full of gigantic shiny vats, black t-shirts, and happy people drinking beer. There’s also a full kitchen cranking out all kinds of yummy snacks at a fast and FURIOUS (couldn’t resist) pace. I recommend the brussels sprouts.
38/365: surly brewing
A special treat in the last fruit share box: champagne grapes. So delicious, sweet, and juicy (not to mention GORGEOUS) and so tiny that they are best eaten in mouthfuls right off the stem. Three times smaller than an average table grape, the whole thing messes with my perception; we humans seem like giants – very happy giants – scarfing these abundant, but diminutive bunches of fruit.
235/365: champagne grapes (three sisters organic)
With a show of (somewhat lackluster) support from our kids, we’re trying to make ‘Taco Night’ a regular thing around our house. This evening it was beer-battered salmon tacos piled high with salsa verde, fresh jalapeños from our garden, and slices of avocado.
Sawyer and Zola accept the filling only as a vehicle for the tortilla. They are spartan tacos, at best. It’s a start.
230/365: taco fixins
Sweet souvenirs from the eastern seaboard compliments of Aunt Michelle!
Fun fact: salt water taffy contains salt & water but not salt water.
208/365: salt water taffy
The face of abundance looks something like this: 8 pounds of organic cherries, perfectly ripe, juicy, and sweet. Whatever the truth of our prosperity, when the box of fruit arrives from the CSA, we feel rich.
Saved from last year’s celebration. The cones may be a bit stale by now but the sentiment never gets old:
Here’s to freedom! Everywhere for everyone.
July 4th Ice Cream Display / Side Lake Store, Side Lake, MN
I haven’t been the most consistent blogger lately. And, it’s possible that no one would have noticed my week + absence.
In any case, we’re heading for the lake and a welcome break from the grid. I’ll take lots of photos and get back in touch when we return.
lake time / schneider time