Good Earth

We have fallen in love with this tea. I know it’s nothing special, and it’s all around at home (my mom actually coincidentally sent me with a box of it as well), but wow. Best herbal tea I’ve ever had!

We have been drinking it hot and also making sun tea with it!

It is super sweet—adding sugar would be crazy!

Yesterday morning we started out by planting lettuces in the plant bed we filled the other day. Filling it with all this compost-soil was the hard part- but planting was easy and relaxing.

In biodynamics, the soil is very important. I know I already mentioned making soil using cow manure- but Daniel was also telling us the other day when we were walking around that we should be on the look out for cow bones- he came across a cow skull (am I freaking anyone out yet!?) and he placed the skull in the middle of this bed, then covered it with soil. The bones break down over time and release some great nutrients and other substances beneficial to rich, vital soil, and therefore nutritious, beautiful produce. Good Earth is where it begins.

We also made this solution of seaweed powder- called kelp- and water. We made sure to swirl the water one way before pouring in the powder, and then once the powder was poured, stir and swirl the opposite direction.

Pouring that over the plants, again, just gives them a little something extra- minus all those chemicals!

Here’s what we were transplanting today. We have been monitoring these little guys and watering them- and now that they’re this size they’re ready for the big bed.

We planted in rows into spots which Carrie had already mapped out.

I can’t wait for these to grow! There will be 2 types of lettuce and swiss chard.

I think the thing that’s really fun is that gardening is so rotational- when one plant is getting pulled because it’s reached it’s end, there is room for another to come in. Always something to do!

I have this picture from a few days ago when we worked on the vineyard. Betty, Daniel’s friend, the owner of the property, has the most beautiful deck and view of her vines.

We spent a few hours walking up and down the rows ridding the grapes of any mildew.

For breakfast yesterday, Daniel had bought these mochi things from the store. They’re pressed brown rice with water- and this kind was a cinnamon raison flavor. You slice the sheet of them into squares (looks like slice and bake cookies, actually), and you bake them for about 10 minutes until they really puff up. They were delicious!

I filled mine one each with almond butter, butternut squash, and some cheese. My favorite was almond butter, but it was very close!

Fast forward to lunch, Carrie and I made some impromptu wraps on spelt tortillas with some vegetables from outside. Mine had hummus, tomato, cucumber, red onion, and avocado.

I also thew together a quick soup with leeks, garlic, onions, rosemary, basil, cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, and eggplant. I let that cook down, then blended it for a bit. Poured it back in the pan, added some milk—taste test—yummm—-perfect for dipping and bread sopping!

After lunch Daniel was nice enough to sign us up for a Farm Tour that was being sponsored by the farms of Amador County (this county). We visited 4 different farms to see what they do and how they do it.

When I read about the first one, I got realllly excited—they had puppies!!!!!!!!!!

SO SO CUTE!

And they had goats–which honestly just crack me up. I mean, come on, look at this guy!

The next farm was all flowers and plants, but it was cool because they avoid the gopher problem around here by planting in huge bins! I thought these peppers were beautiful! As we were walking down the rows, I was saying you could make an excellent salsa off this farm. Sure enough, at the end there was salsa! And it was delicious!

Next was an olive farm. This is an olive tree here. The leaves are silver-ish.

With the olives, you either have to brine them or press them for some olive oil. This farm sells olive oil, and they had a taste test set up. We were to saturate our little pieces of bread and squeeze the oil off with our tongues—taste the bread last. Yum!

Lastly, we went to a farm that had horses and bulls and other animals too.

This farm was hosting the end of the tour dinner.

I actually won a jewelry bag and some earrings (which I don’t like so much) in a raffle!

I’m sure you can guess- but there was wine there. We got a bottle of red zinfandel- which is the most popular wine here.

Daniel urged Carrie and I to bring our own plates and bowls, and silverware too. It’s not hard to bring your own, and it rids the need for all of that waste of plastic and paper that we use far to much of!

I think others were jealous πŸ˜‰ (doesn’t Daniel have such pretty bowls!)

Dinner was not what we expected. We heard they were roasting Β a pig so we expected baked beans, corn, and potatoes. We were very wrong, but happy about it! There was Mexican food made using ingredients from the local farms.

And a great soup too! I just ate everything together- fruit, beans, vegetables, rice—it was great all in one bite!

I was laughing at this sign as we left the farm…

Godspeed!

Daniel has some friends in town visiting, so these next few days should be fun! John is a musician and I can’t wait to hear him play his guitar! Hey, even if we have to shovel some shit today and fill Daniel’s truck with caw manure again, I think some background music will make it all alright πŸ™‚

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6 Responses to Good Earth

  1. MICHAEL RIZZO says:

    HI JAM, LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME AND LEARNING ALOT. I ESPECIALLY LIKE THE SHIT SLINGING!!! MISS YOU AT THE OFFICE..
    XOXO

  2. Matt says:

    Good update. That Mexican looked awesome. You should try and get Daniel to make a guest post. I want to hear his honest feedback of how you and Carrie are doing. Would like to hear from his perspective. Keep living the dream. Love and miss you.

  3. Pingback: Pepper and Progress | jamelafamela

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