Sunday, 5 June 2011

Localism and marmalade

A produce stall has recently been started outside our village library. The idea is that allotment holders can take their surplus plants and produce along and put them on the stall. Then, people can help themselves, leaving a donation in the honesty box for the library.

Yesterday was my first chance to go along, so earlier in the week I potted up some Bronze Fennel seedlings. I put those out, and then took my pick. This week I was thrilled to find an Aubergine plant, a Pepper plant and a tray of frilly Purple Kale that I just couldn't resist.

I'm really excited about this project as its a great move toward more local food supplies, and building community.

The afternoon's project was maramalade making. Sweet Orange Marmalade in this case .... as I wanted a change from the Three Fruit Marmalade I normally make from oranges, grapefruit and lemons.

10 jars were produced and it was very satisfying to stock up my preserves cupboard.

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