This post marks my six month anniversary as a blogger. I want to commemorate the milestone by sharing a series of events and blog posts that brought together for me how much my new blogging community has impacted my life in these six short months. About a month ago, I was up to my neck in fresh fruit and vegetables, embarking on more preserving ventures than ever before, and actually feeling a little stressed out about stuff going bad before I got a chance to put it up. It was peak season around here, more produce kept landing in my lap, and I just couldn’t say “no.” Blog posts kept popping up from those who have years of experience and insight, giving me great recipes, inspiration, and urging me to, yes, pick up those peppers and $1.00 a pound to add even more to what I was preserving. Continue reading
Yesterday afternoon, I took with me to the park nine tomato seedlings that I did not have room for in my garden and came home with a pile of Swiss chard, avocados, a zucchini, mint, mixed salad greens, a sage plant, loquats, a sweet potato start, and enough basil to make a batch of pesto. Yesterday, members of RIPE Altadena (Residential In-season Produce Exchange of Altadena) met in the park to swap their garden excesses. People went home with a week’s worth of produce, additions to their gardens, and, most likely, a whole lot more than that.