Sunday Social

This month was Farm & Garden to Fork. I managed to round-up seven tasting samples all from locally-sourced products.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
From within two miles of Dry Creek Ranch House:
Phyllis Thompson – deviled eggs from her chickens
Aly Brown – pasta primavera with vegetables from her garden
Catherine Green – butternut squash brownies
The Natomas Farm – prickly pear ade
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From E Nicolaus, 22 miles away:
Justin – ham from his pigs
Mitch Coppin – donated the pumpkin and I made pumpkin fudge.

Velo Ball

This is a major fundraiser for Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
It took place at Beatnik Studios in downtown Sacramento.
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At left, Abbey Stumpf – she organizes 50 Bikes 50 Kids, a NNTMA January event. Then local LCIs who work together at various times to teach bicycle-driving: Doug Williams, Jeff Sawyer, Elle Steele, me (wearing the pleather dress by the way).
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Valet bicycle parking:
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Walnut harvest

The first 100 pounds started officially drying today. Justin set up two saw horses and the double-chicken wire rack in the entry (thank you for that) and a fan will run on low speed for the next week or so.
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Only 50 pounds fit in a single layer, so these boxes will wait for the second round. I will weigh the walnuts again after they’ve dried and expect a 20% loss. After shelling, I should get about 40 pounds of nutmeats.
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Project Ride Smart begins

First day for Project Ride Smart at Natomas Elementary School.
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This job lasts until November 4, M-F. However I leave at noon on Tu (Auburn Bike Club) and Th (Sierra Bike Club). Hectic schedule for a few weeks! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
My LCI partner is Doug Williams. Five classes of 5th graders, about 150 students. About 10 had never ridden a bike before and were taught in two after-school coaching sessions. Three lessons in the classroom, two days of blacktop drills, and 2 days of riding in the community if minimum skill level was achieved.
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This weekend in E Nicolaus

Topsoil.
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Test-fire of sprinkler system at sunset – everything worked just fine, minor adjustments only.
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Walnut gathering. These are still the “reaching up” days looking for walnuts that look like this. Reaching up is much better than bending over and picking nuts up from the ground.
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I got this French pumpkin from Justin’s neighbor, Mitch. It’s about to be baked and turned into pumpkin fudge.
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