Saturday, February 28, 2009

Citrus everywhere

Peeking out from houses and yards all over town, jewel-toned fruit hang like juicy baubles. In one six-block walk, I spied at least twenty laden trees and spoke to a handful of people. One lovely woman offered as many Meyer lemons as could be had, and said that she might like a few oranges in exchange. She can't do the picking, but she'd like to take part. When pressed, she allowed as how a jar of marmalade wouldn't go too far amiss.

Citrus exchange -- bring your fruit and some bags to take fruit home in -- March 7th, Christ Church parish hall, 1-4 pm. Marmalade/candied peel workshop, same place, same time. There is a modest fee for the use of the hall.

If you want to cook, please let me know by email. There is limited space in the kitchen, and I need to have some idea how much sugar and how many jars are likely to be needed. There will be a "pay for what you use" policy for those. If you have a favorite sharp knife, bring it.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Some press

Today's Alameda Sun ran a nice piece about the Exchange.

I hope lots of people think "Hey, that's just what we need!" when they look outside and see their orange tree just covered.

I'm thinking that instead of a citrus and seed exchange only, making it a marmalade/candied peel workshop too would be a good, timely idea. There's an available kitchen, so if that's something you'd like to do, would you let me know via email? If I have 10 folks or so, then it seems like a good idea and I'll secure the kitchen.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Upcoming Event!

Share citrus and garden seeds with other folks on the 7th of March. Location to come, time probably about 1pm-3pm.

Watch this space for news on where to get at least extra broccoli raab seeds. If I never ever plant it again, it will be just about right!

And thanks to Laren Do for a shout out at her blog, and a wink for her punny post title.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Generating buzz, I hope

I'm sending the press release out to local papers today. Let's hope it starts something big on our small island.

Everywhere I go, trees are dripping with fruit. There have to be mouths out there to share the bounty with.