Seasonal rhythms:

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Here’s a little glimpse into how fun (and productive!) food preserving and harvest can be.  This also happens to be a part of my seasonal rhythms.  October through December, I make art non-stop, full time, stocking boutiques and going to craft fairs.  In January and February I rest and review my year, thinking of what I can improve, how I can make my life better, and get in some reading and snuggling into the warmth of blankets while snow flies outside.  In March I offer myself to the world: re-stocking boutiques for spring, making screens for friends and local groups and teaching workshops.   And sadly, start running low on preserves.  In June, the land begins producing bold spring greens, tender turnips, crisp lettuce, and the promise of summer fruit hangs in the air.  I work on a farm during the summer, but make time to do MORE picking at local berry farms and apple orchards.

Here are some pictures from last year’s harvest, my co-workers and I couldn’t get enough of getting soaked, muddy, and filling jars with jams, pickles, ferments, and more!  I’m still canning like mad right now, this year I’m learning about pressure canning and peeling skin off peaches. I’m also getting ready with new designs, new bike bells (more about that soon!), and craft fair applications for November and December.  See you soon!