Geez, not only have I not posted in months, it's been nearly as long since I checked my friends feed....
Saturday I did Last Harvest. Because, you know, "winter is coming". Some tiny ears of glass gem corn, a nice assortment of winter squash, a bunch of tomatillos, tomatoes, peppers...Thai basil. One tiny Bateekh Samarra melon.
Sunday Z and I went to the last day of Fermentation Fest. We drove around and stared at...seriously people, that's craft at best, not art. But I did get samples of different sauerkrauts, spiced burdock tea, etc. I got to make&take some fermented hot sauce in a mini-class (well, it needs to sit on my countertop for a few weeks now). Beautiful scenery around Reedsburg, and a nice sunny day. We stopped at a barn sale where I found a frog identification audio tape in a "free" box (although tempting, I did not take all the free falconry paraphernalia in the same box). Z and I listened to the tape, learned a few things, and then sang Michigan J. Frog songs for the rest of the day.
I entered the apple pie contest. I didn't win, but I had fun buying apples at my new favorite orchard (Lapacek's) and perfecting my recipe. I got feedback from Peter Reinhart; main criticism was that it wasn't sweet enough. Which I'm fine with; I find most apple pie to be cloyingly sweet. I want to actually be able to taste the apples. I'm very happy with the wheat crust I came up with (wheat flour, sorghum flour, wheat germ, and butter) -flaky and tender. Per internet, I thin-sliced the apples to avoid a soggy bottom crust - and it worked!
I've dug up some pepper plants, to try "bonchi". Could be cool. And if not...well, the plants were going to die over winter anyway.