Home Churned and Hand Pressed

Another [near-]equinox weekend means another Lopez JuggleFest. As with the years past, the weekend was wonderful. This was the first year I got to head out early to help with the prep, and with that came additional organizational tasks, which I accepted with pleasure. So in between as much juggling as I could fit in, a shift in the bakery, and general set-up, I helped head up the cider press and the ice cream making.

The cider press is a hand crank jobber (both the masticating and the pressing). If you add a few willing volunteers, it makes for quick work*. This year, we pressed maybe 30 gallons of delicious cider. I drank probably a gallon of it by myself*. (Oh, and it probably goes without saying, but all the apples for the cider came from on island if not from the property itself.)

Organizing the ice cream took a little more doing. Amiel and I were handed the ice cream torch due to the absence of the usual ice cream guru. We learned the recipes, bought/picked the ingredients, gathered supplies, facilitated the crankers, quality controlled, and helped to serve up the bounty. Everyone* agreed that the results were spectacular. The flavors were kiwi*, blackberry*, peach/nectarine, vanilla, and coffee. Yum.

If it wouldn't blow my strict word limit out of the water, I would go on about all the other great food there was (not to mention all the camping, creativity, campfire, juggling, marimba band, community goodness), but I guess that will have to wait for next year. Ah next year's JuggleFest - another yearly traditional I love having to look forward to.
Monday September 21 2009File under: juggling, food

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on Mon 21st Sep, 2009 02:58 pm PDT Andrew said:
There's quite a few dropped clubs in that last picture. Looking like the B-Team.
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on Mon 21st Sep, 2009 03:40 pm PDT Wren said:
Andrew, you couldn't be more wrong. Those clubs are prepositioned in case we drop. There was nothing but varsity plays the whole weekend.
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on Mon 21st Sep, 2009 05:54 pm PDT steve said:
It is Yummo!Sounds fun.How come you did not cook more in Grenada?
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on Mon 21st Sep, 2009 10:49 pm PDT maggie said:
i love how vibrant the blackberry ice cream churned out! i'll be in that passing line up next year. (lofty goal, i know, but maybe it'll keep me juggling b/tw now and then.) thanks for a fantastic weekend!
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on Mon 21st Sep, 2009 11:06 pm PDT Andrew said:
Pfft. Varsity wouldn't plan ahead for "in case". Varsity just wouldn't drop. WRESTLING TEAM!
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on Tue 22nd Sep, 2009 10:30 am PDT Luke said:
You're welcome Maggie
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