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Event Summary: Cider Press at Tamarack Time! Oct 15,2011

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Raw cider from press

by Catherine Haug

Despite forecasts of rain and cold, the weather cleared off just as we were setting up on the deck of La Provence. It was a beautiful day! We started grinding and pressing the first apples around 11:30, and continued without stop until 4:30. Lots of new people brought apples or stopped by to check out our operation.

Jeffrey’s latest modification to his grinder added a bicycle to power the grinder in tandem with the stair stepper – perfect for couples to work together. Our youngest helper, Caleb Riedesel (kindergarden), helped by working the stair stepper! and with pouring cider into the jugs.

14 individuals/families brought apples; a total of 70 gallons of cider was pressed (last year we pressed 44 gallons).

A big THANK YOU to all who brought apples and/or volunteered to wash & rinse apples, feed the grinder, work the stair-stepper and/or bicycle, pour cider into jugs, and give out tasters. Thanks also to Jeffrey for the use of his grinder, and to Marc Guizol for the use of his deck. And thanks to my fellow ESP core team members for your dedication to this community event.

We have no new photos this year, but you can see lots of photos from last year’s cider press event at Event Summary: Cider Press at Tamarack Time, Oct 9, 2010.


Gathering Summary: Sugar Tapping with Kathie Lapcevic, October 19, 2011

Monday, October 24th, 2011

by Catherine Haug, October 22, 2011 (photos by Edd Blackler)

This is just a short synopsis; you can find more detail in the complete, printable pdf file: Gathering Summary: Sugar Tapping, by Kathie Lapcevic, October 19, 2011. See also Kathie’s handout: Maple & Birch Tapping at Home, by Kathie Lapcevic.

In addition to the main topic, Kathie opened with an announcement of Flathead Food Swappers’ first meet; see the Event Notice: Flathead Food Swap, Nov. 9, 2011.

Stephanie served a wonderful dessert: Pumpkin-Walnut-Cacao Cake with Chocolate Drizzle and Whipped Cream.

Presentation topics

Collecting sap in bucket

Collecting sap in bucket

  • Selecting a maple or birch tree for tapping
  • When to tap
  • How to tap (includes equipment needed)
  • Collect the sap
  • Cooking down the sap to syrup
  • Pouring off
  • Storage of the syrup

For more information


Gathering Summary: Repurposing & Other Innovations, September 21, 2011

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

by Catherine Haug, September 29, 2011; updated Oct 7, 2011 to add upgraded video of slideshow

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We were a small but enthusiastic audience for the Repurposing-2011 event, with good discussion. None of our presenters were able to come in  person, but eight different projects were represented in the slideshow.

Updated YouTube Video of Slideshow

You can view a NEW video version on You Tube (see video screen below) with upgraded slide quality and a new soundtrack! (more…)

Gathering Summary: Lacto-Fermentation, with Don Bates & Jeanette Cheney, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Bread & Butter Pickles

by Catherine Haug

(photo, left, of lacto-fermented pickles by C. Haug)

This is just a short synopsis; you can find more detail in the complete, printable pdf file: Gathering Summary: Lacto-Fermentation with Don Bates & Jeanette Cheney, Aug 17, 2011.

See For More Information (below) for the recipes handouts.

Presentation Topics

Presenters Don Bates & Jeanette Cheney described and demonstrated the following, and brought samples and tasters to tempt our taste buds: (more…)

Gathering Summary: Bigfork Emergency Readiness Discussion, July 20, 2011

Monday, July 25th, 2011

by Catherine Haug, July 23, 2011

There was very poor turnout: MonaRae and I were the only ESPers in attendance. Nevertheless, we had a good short discussion with our emergency experts. I took a few notes from that discussion, included below.

Some good points for further discussion were touched upon:

  • Meet and work with groups like Elks, Rotary, etc. to mobilize the community;
  • Work with churches and schools to procure generators, so they can be good emergency shelters;
  • Get to know the seniors in your neighborhood; help them fill out a ‘My Medications List’ and a 4-day grab and go pack, and in general to prepare for disaster.


Gathering Summary: Cheese Making at Home, A Panel Presentation, June 15, 2011

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

by Catherine Haug, June 20, 2011

(photo by C. Haug)

This is just a short synopsis; you can find more detail in the complete, printable pdf file: Gathering Summary: Cheese Making at Home, a Panel Presentation).

Presentation Topics

Panel members Fran Wade and Shelli Riedesel demonstrated the following cheese-making processes:

  • Semi-soft cheese from raw milk (Fran)
  • Cream cheese from raw milk (Fran)
  • Hard cheese from pasteurized milk (Shelli)
  • Waxing hard cheese (Shelli)

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