Our Weekends

By October 1, 2020 Fresh Ideas

(Closed on Saturdays, for now)

The Weekends – We’re people trying to live a balanced life, just like you.  We recently discovered some balance in using the weekends, where possible, to do some things outside the Kitchen.

  • The Garden – We have a 75’x75’ Garden in the back-9.  We, like many of you, experienced food insecurity (we’re not sure we’re going to be able to get the stuff we want at all, let alone at a reasonable price) at the start of COVID-19.  This year we grew: 5 varieties of Tomatoes, Two types of squash, cucumbers, Two types of Basil, Jalapeno Peppers, Bell Peppers, Lettuce, and High-Bush Blueberries.  It was a very successful year. 
  • The Pugwash Farmer’s Market – For a short period (about 8 weeks) we were honored to be able to be vendors in the Pugwash Farmer’s Market.  The volunteers did a great job of managing the risk, controlling the numbers, and keeping us (the vendors) open.  We have many customers we met in our first year at the Pugwash Market.  They wanted Bacon and other cold products including all of our regular smoked meat products.  This tells us the vacuum-packed product idea works.  Many people didn’t come back this year due to Covid.  We hope to see them next year.  Unfortunately, we were not able to give out samples or provide hot food.  We tried breakfast burritos one time.  They went over very well, but it was a lot of work and people had already eaten breakfast.  We are working with the Farmer’s Market Committee to find ideas to provide healthy HOT food at the market for next year, consistently.  Keep an eye on the Pugwash Farmer’s Market for next year.  We are going to knock it out of the park with the help of the Organizing Committee.
  • The Wood Pile – We burn fuel wood in the house and we use Maple Firewood (to smoke) in the kitchen.  It takes time to organize for fuel-wood burning (clean up the basement, clean the chimney, batteries in fire detectors, wood into the basement, and piled).  We’re busily converting the basement back into winter-mode.  That takes a couple Saturdays. 
  • The Hydroponic Garden – As Many of you know, we experimented with Hydroponic Gardening this summer.  There were a couple aspects of the kitchen where we feel this is a really important initiative.  The quality and availability of fresh herbs and lettuce are important to us, because they’re important to you.  We had a hard time finding high-quality basil, cilantro, thyme and rosemary reliably.  So, we took it upon ourselves to try growing Our herbs and lettuce on our own.  The results were amazing.  We continue to grow our own Herbs, but we have slowed down on the lettuce for now.
Dan Corbett

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