What’s the buzz today…

So many good events on for Sunday outings today. What to choose?

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Sunday, July 22, 2018

There is a neat workshop happening at the Just Food Farm today. An event to educate about pollinators, a subject close to my heart. With some friends, I organized such an event a couple of years ago as part of the 100 in 1 Day Activities. I ordered in 30 painted lady butterflies and we gave them out to kids to raise, along with information about their importance in the ecosystem.  The kids had great fun with that project and making butterfly crafts under our tent in Strathcona park.

Today’s Just Food events will include a chance to work on building a wild pollinator hotel. I have been saving up all the cardboard tubes in the centre of the dog’s bags. I will have to go and ask the presenter’s opinion on their suitability as the base for a Mason Bee House. I am hoping they will be sturdy enough to hold up.

Equally of interest is a Urban Foraging Walk in Strathcona Park organized  through the “Meetup” site. I went on one of these 20 years ago with a local botanist.  Her wealth of knowledge was amazing. Mine, not so much. I got distracted while we were talking and someone had to point out to me that I was throwing milkweed into the salad, whereas it was to go in to the pot to be cooked to destroy its toxins! Close call. We made dandelions dipped in batter, fried, then rolled in sugar and cinnamon. Delicious. Of course, I would eat just about anything prepared that way.

Since it is Sunday, there are also farmer’s markets to chose from. If I go out to Just Food, I will certainly visit the Just Food Farm Stand. I have been wanting to try the Chi Garden savoury pancakes. But if I stay in town, I may pick the Ottawa Farmer’s Market at Landsdowne for local produce. In that case,…I will make sure to hit the Boochfestat the Horticultural building.  I am a Kombucha addict. (Even though I always have to Google how to spell it. )

We don’t need much produce this week, as it was our pick up week for our share from Roots and Shoots . This is the second year we have opted to support community shared agriculture. Last year, it was a challenge to pick up so much fresh produce in one day. What to do with it all? A lot of it I ended up giving to friends and neighbours, as I found it was too much to process. I discovered that it all has to go in the fridge right away.  I suspect that the vegetables grown for the big stores are bred to hold up to being left out at room temperature for longer. But vegetables that won’t keep as long on the counter is a trade off I am quite willing to accept.

I have got on top of it this year and am quite happy with things. I was especially excited about the wonderful mushrooms from Le Coprin. Fried up with our share of zucchini and green onions they were a nice accompaniment to dinner. Mushrooms.jpg

If anyone knows the name of the mushrooms one the middle left that resembles cauliflower, I would love to know. It was almost spicy.

Anther great option for Sunday afternoon is a tour of the Organic Demo Garden at the Experimental Farm I took a beginner’s organic gardening course there and it was such beautiful setting to learn in.

Another competing event choice on my agenda this Sunday is a private garden tour organized through the horticultural society I recently joined. Twenty plus years of gardening yet it would never have occurred to me to join one…. except that a woman I garden for is on the tour. A magnificent acre of woodland gardens and ponds.  If you haven’t already, you might want to look up your local society and see what garden surprises are on offer.



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