This is the first weekend that we actually made it to POWWOW. This is an amazing local program that helps get veggies out to people and helps prevent waste. For $10 you can pick up 60 lbs. of fresh nutritious produce. Our church is the distribution point for the Sierra Vista and Hereford area so we had an “in”, we didn’t need that though~ anyone can come and stand in line for the distribution. If you cannot afford the $10, you can have it for free. This is a program that we really want to get behind, because it speaks to the part of us that wants to get good, quality food into the hands of people who might not easily afford it otherwise. Well, we can certainly afford it, and this month the shopping list was just great! You can click on the list below if you want to check out the website and learn more about the Borderlands Food Bank.
Tomatoes (12 roma, 8 round, 9 beef, 9 grape boxes, 9 cherry boxes), 2 acorn squash, 2 butternut squash, 3 yellow squash, 3lbs anaheim peppers, 3 eggplant, bell peppers (6 green, 6 red, 1 mini assorted bag) and 1 tung qwa
So, I didn’t go to see all this stuff, but Sue brought home a great assortment – everything but the Tung Qwa. I had to look it up; it’s a winter melon that is generally seen in Chinese cuisine, often used in soup. The vegetables change depending on the season, but they seem to always have tomatoes.
She also brought home 2 boxes of the “past their prime” veggies. Today we chopped them all up and made a veritible vegetable feast for the chickens! It looked so pretty on the chopping board. The acorn squash we’ll give them raw so they can return to it again and again. This is good to help beat the boredom of being stuck in the coop during the yucky winter weather, like we’ve been having. However, our chickens are very picky, we’ve found; they prefer their vegetables steamed a bit~ thank you very much. So, after chopping, we had two stock pots going at the same time. All those veggies smelled so good cooking!
Since we think this program is so great, we’re going to become more involved (Yes, Holly B., you heard it here first!). Next month, we’ll show up extra early to help prep and hand out the food. I’m looking forward to it~ and we’ll be able to pick up some veggies each month. Hmmmm, maybe I’ll have to learn to can food now!
Well, until that adventure~
Thanks for reading!
Today’s Weather: Tonight as I write this (7:28 PM), it’s 46°. High today was 51°, low tonight is forecast as 33°. This morning, when Sue looked at the temp around 6:30 AM, it was 39°. We had rain all night and snow on the mountains right above us. This morning we really couldn’t see because the clouds were so low, but in the afternoon the mountains were beautiful. Tomorrow, the high is supposed to be 62°. We might go to Tombstone if the weather isn’t too bad. We’ll see.
Egg Report: Today we had three, yesterday we had two… I think we’re working out a schedule here. Some of the hens are using the nesting boxes now, but we still have those holdouts that are laying in the wall. Darn! ~ but at least we know where to find them.