Max has been volunteering for the local food mission. Its amazing to see the amount of food that goes through that place. Some items that come from food distributers and grocery stores are in such large amounts that there's no way to give them away so they give them to the volunteers. A couple of weeks ago Max came home with a full case of habeneros which he made into atomic hot sauce (and nearly drove everyone out of the house with it
). This week he brought home 3 cases of those huge Tam Jalapenos (about 90 pounds worth)
He gave a case to Mokuyi. We've got about 20 pounds in the dehydrator halved and seeded, several bags of whole ones in the freezer that will be made into salsa (it seems they expect LOTS of tomatoes and cilantro in the near future) and now we're pickling some halves and slices and will be candying some slices as well. Its a labor of love
Last week we gave a demo at the Earthday festival on bulk food buying and storing (and all the green things associated with doing that) and also grain milling. The folks had lots of questions about all sorts of related food processing things. It was fun.
Last night there was a potluck for all the participants. More fun! We had a great time talking to everyone about their passions. Its nice to have a chance to visit with other folks who want to minimize their impact and develop community leaning toward a more self sufficient lifestyle. They aren't exactly "preppers" but their attitude is refreshing.