All systems go
Yesterday afternoon, Ray brought by more clay to finish the oven and a friend along to help. This bunch of clay, gotten from a site in Silverlake (thanks David!), was a nice consistency (easier to work with). After building up the air chamber and finishing a few more “petals” around the oven (working about 7 hours plus), it was time to fire her up. It was amazing to see the oven heat up to about 250 degrees in a matter of minutes using a small handful of wood. We were thrilled (and Ray especially) to see it function as anticipated. As the oven heated, we talked about the cooking possibilities this oven presents — could replace our gas stove eventually! This cob project is a great learning experience, it’s fascinating what one can do with scrap metal drums, marble, clay, sand and straw.
Harvesting Anna apples, strawberries (second flush) along with tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, onions, peppers, a few bunches of grapes and all kinds of greens. This week we’ve been enjoying dishes made from the fresh produce. It’s an immensely satisfying feeling to look at one’s plate and know that about 75%-95% came from a few yards away.
Speaking of locally grown, check out this article about one couples attempt to eat within a 100 mile radius.