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Saturday Harvest!

Gratitude for a Saturday morning like this…

 

Atom going in on that burly stem...
Atom going in on that burly stem…

Harvesting a pumpkin with my wife and son, a couple dogs, ducks and cat in tow.  There’s other stuff to do, but we did this first and the tone is set.  The seeds were planted, the work got done. There’s some messes to clean and some broken shit to fix but this living simple stuff is what is up.  You get rid of crap, you let go of some things, and you might get to have a life.

The more you have, the more you have to carry, and every driveway is a garden that got paved.  Not trying to get all hippy-dippy or fundamentalist “back-to-basics” on you because I’m also here working to use technology to the fullest. What’s real is real.  The idea here is to use our complex nature, to engineer a simple existence. This  is what many would call the NEXT level.   It’s lost in the fray to extremism.

The whole point here is that it’s not hard or expensive to try things. People grow a grip of veggies in pots on porches and patios. It’s this thing that people sold off or gave away so long ago now.

It’s part of what some people are missing.  To know what it feels like to facilitate food.  People don’t make food, they create a space for it to come into being, they make a home for it and they nurture and raise it with an understanding of reciprocal stewardship. We think we’re looking out for the plants and animals and they think they’re looking out for us, everyone is right.  It’s an agreement with the universe, a true give and take that teaches a person what it means to be a person.

Put seed in, cucumbers come out. The better your relationship with the whole, the more you get. It’s a pretty solid reward based system. That can spot a cheater in a second.

People say, “plant a tree”, “grow a garden” it’s pretty cliche’ which is what it is. I’m just here saying that my family sacrificed to move to this spot where we grew a small garden and hatched a couple Ancona ducks this year.

It’s not like we made money doing this,  but I’ve never felt so rich as I did this morning while looking at this tray of fresh picked cucumbers.  Four varieties that you won’t find anywhere but a fresh farmers market or roadside stand.  Lemon Cucumbers, Asian cukes, slicing and pickling. Got it covered.

Cucumber haul! So stoked!  Lemon, Asian, Slicers, and enough picklers for another batch!
Cucumber haul! So stoked! Lemon, Asian, Slicers, and enough picklers for another batch!

 

P.S. I love pickles and pickling so much that I WILL be getting into that whole topic another time. Kimchi and fermented foods are something we have a lot of experience with and really love to make and eat when we can. For now, here’s the current batch sour dills from picklers that I picked a little over a week ago..

This jar could be a little bit more full but other than that they're coming along nicely. Straight up, real deal brine fermented dills. No vinegar, no heat processing. aka. REAL pickles. "why yes, I am a pickle snob, but I will share all my secrets."
This jar could be a little bit more full but other than that they’re coming along nicely. Straight up, real deal brine fermented dills. No vinegar, no heat processing. aka. REAL pickles. “why yes, I am a pickle snob, but I will share all my secrets.”

Almost forgot the duck show!  We hatched these two about four and half weeks ago and they’re just starting to get some real feathers in.  Short and sweet is that ducks like water and tend to like the slimy things that live near water or in moist places like the PNW.  There are huge slugs everywhere here so Ducks and their appetite for slugs makes them a perfect fit here.  Cats pouncing moles and other rodents, ducks chomping slugs. These aren’t pets, they’re a part of the team!! Barrettfam 2014, chomping slugs and taking names!

Our two ancona ducks, bobbing for slugs. I can hear you “ewww” already.  Don’t worry, the cuteness of the ducks totally offsets the gross factor. Enjoy!