I have had such a busy summer that there hasn't been any time to write about it! Every weekend I have been at the Mahtomedi Farmer's Market selling homemade jams, vegan cookies and my handcrafted soap. I expected it to go well, but I didn't expect to sell out nearly every weekend. Because soap takes so long to cure (4 to 6 weeks) I started back in April making a new batch every couple of days. Each week I had a new batch ready, and I expected my inventory to hold up for the summer, but I am down to just a couple dozen bars with still 6 weeks of the market to go. Whatever I soap I make now won't be ready until the end of September, just in time for the holiday season! With that thought inn mind, I am experimenting with a variety of essential and fragrance oils and trying some new recipes. Last year I made a pumpkin pie spice soap and a cranberry pomegranate soap, both of which were very popular at my holiday shows; this year I will be adding more winter and holiday themed soaps using peppermint oil, frankincense, myrrh, and one of my favorites, rosemary. I'll be making more of my most popular soaps too.
Every weekend I pick up fresh produce from farm stands or other markets and depending on what I find begin canning early Saturday morning to get ready for the next weekend. Right now with so many wonderful tomatoes, zucchini, and peppers available I have been making salsa like crazy. I am also finding fresh tree ripened peaches. For next weekend I'll have a fresh garden salsa, a summer salsa with peaches and pears, and a peach salsa. It isn't finding the time to make everything when every day I am also caring for the 60 birds in my shelter, but I enjoy every minute of it. Recently local reporter Joe Cullen stopped by and did a story on my rescue. He did a great job capturing what a day is like at the shelter. You can view it by clicking on this link Parrot Rescue Services Video
We will be hosting a garage sale August 15th - 17th at the store! We have a lot of almost new general household items and clothing. All proceeds benefit Parrot Rescue Services.