Yay! Yay! Yay!

I’m so pumped, I signed up to go to this –  Turning Dreams into Reality: Starting a Farm in Arizona.

It’s a two day workshop for people who want to start small farms.  It doesn’t just occur here in Arizona, the USDA has a beginning farmer program now that holds workshops in other states.  The only one I can think of right now is Oklahoma.  If you’re interested or know someone else who would be, go to start2farm and check it out.

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Spring Break Has Come and Gone

On South Mountain overlooking Phoenix metroplex.

Wow how a week flies by! This was one of our short excursions this week.  We drove up on South Mountain outside Phoenix.  That’s the Phoenix metroplex in the background.  That’s Don in the middle of The Boys.  They’re grown.  <sigh>  For some reason no matter how tall they get when I look at them I still see toddlers.  It annoys them to no end.  hahaha  But I don’t care. We had such a good time.

You Deserve A Break Today

So we’ll take a sabbatical from all the canning posts because…

Our kids are coming to visit!!!  Woo-hoo!!!  It’s spring break and the boys will be here on Monday.  We’ve got plenty of stuff planned so be prepared for photo inundation via this virtual wallet.

You’ve been warned.

Why This Canning Frenzy You Ask?

And I ask too.

I’ve been a bit overwhelmed trying to put up all the produce we’ve gotten from the Market on the Move and it’s only been three weeks.  I admit to a touch of OCD.  When I become really interested in something I become REALLY interested in something.  It usually wears off in a week or two.  I recently watched a film titled Dive! about people who live off of America’s waste.  Sounds gross doesn’t it.  But I’ve discovered some interesting facts about our food production and distribution systems.

Did you know that half of all the food prepared in the United States and Europe never gets eaten?

Or that if we recovered just 25% of that food we could feed 20 million people?

In the U.S. alone, we throw away 96 billion – with a B – pounds of food each year.  I personally think that’s morally appalling.  So I’m trying to be a little more conscious of my own food habits.  Utilizing M.O.M allows me to not only save a buttload of money on produce, it lets me be a part of keeping 30 million pounds of produce out of our landfills.

Anyway, enough moralizing! 🙂

Here’s what I’ve been up to.

We got 55 pounds of produce this week, which brings our total so far to 123 pounds for our $100 donation. 

55lbs of Market on the Move produce... plus the ubiquitous lemons.

We got green beans.

Green beans

We got more corn, which I canned instead of freezing this time.  

Corn

          

We got more squash which is still sitting on the counter waiting for friends to divvy up… and be cut up and frozen.  

Yellow Crookneck squash

        

And we got more tomatoes of course.  I am amazed at how many tomatoes it takes to make sauce.  

Roma tomatoes

          

And this is what I did all day Saturday.  Seriously.

Green beans, corn, and tomato sauce. Ready for the pantry.