We also harvested some Holy Basil today and now have three dehydrators full. While we plucked the aromatic leaves from the stems, we sipped the Holy Basil, lemongrass and mint iced tea from yesterday's tea party. We also feasted on squash bread and cucumber sandwhiches-a suitable feast for gardeners - and it really kept us going. By the end of our work day we had only made it through half of the tomatoes, so we know what we'll be doing tomorrow.
We put the honey we harvested a few weeks ago into jars today. Over 40 half pint jars!! Each person was allowed to take one home in appreciation for all the hard work. They really deserve that sweet reward. And thank you to Carly who remembered to collect the calendula flowers at the end of the day. We will be making a wonderful, healing cream from the blossoms.
Today was Megan's last day with us. It was sad to see her go but we were all so glad to get to know her so well. What an inspiration she has been - smart, kind, generous and hard-working. Megan has a positive attitude that will serve her well in life. We all wish her the best of luck in her first year of college. -Celia
Shay, Mitchell and Tamara have fun picking tomatoes
Megan plucking Holy Basil leaves
Mitchell and Shay have a great conversation while helping with the basil
Willie really concentrates on slicing the tomatoes
Karen is pleased by the amount of food we are preserving for the lunch program
Trinity holds her jar of honey
She designed the label herself!
There is no such thing as too many tomatoes!
(or is there?)
Celia enjoys the aroma while plucking leaves