In the evenings I honed my beer-making skills and we started making our own sausage. Sweetbreads’ Christmas present last year was an electric meat grinder and my present was a homebrew kit. One of our goals was to work on as many skills as possible while remaining in the confines of the city. We stocked our window units with pots and planters full of herbs, experimented with eating the offal, and began a year of self-restraint. It took all our power not to up and leave right then!
I also started volunteering with our CSA, assisting in weekly distribution and list management. We wanted to get some experience with operating a CSA in case we pursued that distribution channel down the road. It turned out to be a fantastic way to meet new friends and learn new skills.
Through that process the idea of cheesemaking came up. Sweetbreads toyed with making some fresh cheese at home and we visited several farmstead cheese facilities. Pretty soon the kitchen was full of cultures and cheesecloth and the fridge overflowed with milk bottles.
By the end of Spring we knew we needed to start chronicling our journey and we decided to start a website with a blog. Little Seed was officially born. The name being symbolic of our goal to use a grass-based production model focusing on the land and utilizing humane and sustainable farming practices. With the blog our dream was on paper and it was up to us to fulfill it.
In the middle of August we got married and went to Italy. Contrary to what we were led to believe, the wedding was ridiculously fun. Band and food were awesome. Guests were drunk and dancing. The officiant surprised us by starting off with "Marriage. Marriage is what brings us together today". The forecast called for rain, but it ended up sunny. We immediately went on the honeymoon, which was our first long vacation together in three years. It was a road-trip adventure full of small towns, amazing food, rural mountain farms, handmade cheese and a couple beaches thrown in. Couldn't ask for a better end to summer.
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