So….our closing date has been pushed back. To May. We are rolling with the punches. I have called off the CSA and cancelled my slot at the farmers market for now, and will reboot once I have the house key in my hand. In the meantime, my husband has built me a fabulous germination station! This one runs on a space heater hooked up to a thermostat which keeps it at 74 degrees, but will eventually be modified to a bucket heater and a trough of water as the heat source. It works very well.
So, I have an unexpected vacation of sorts. More packing, more sorting, more winnowing of the stuff. I am growing a bunch of starts for anyone who wants them, hopefully I can at least make a little income this spring, instead of laying around the house eating popcorn and watching Netflix movies.
Speaking of popcorn, I grew Dakota Black again last year. Love this popcorn, the ears are a gorgeous deep black red. And the popcorn is delicious. Thanks to Anthony Boutard’s book Beautiful Corn I can now get the corn to the perfect moisture content. No grannies! Here’s how you do it: I take a 1/4 square of paper towel, and soak it in a saturated solution of salt and water (add salt to water until no more will dissolve). Wring it out until damp, place in a pint jar with your popcorn kernels, and let equalize for a few days. The paper towel will end up feeling dry, but your corn will pop perfectly.