muffins in place of labor

as our southern VT community pulls together and cleans up after Irene, I am so inspired.  I’ve been looking for meaningful ways to help…but also practical ways given the two small children underfoot.  I think it’s so important for them to see this act of rebuilding, pulling together and getting through.

our local farmer’s market is such a gathering place for the whole community and it was nearly wiped out.  today, farmers and community gathered to begin rebuilding in order to give the farmers who haven’t been otherwise devastated a way to sell at this most bountiful time of year.

I knew, with a 2.5 yo and a 5 yo we wouldn’t be much help in the hard labor department, and even more likely would just be in the way.  so we baked muffins…dozens and dozens of muffins to bring to the workers, with ingredients that came from many of the farmers themselves.

sorry, no photos..but these may be my new late-summer go-to muffin recipe.  I modified a recipe that has been handed down through my family and neighbors of long-ago.

zucchini-peach muffins

  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 c sugar
  • 1 c olive oil
  • 2 c of grated zucchini or yellow squash or any combination
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 c flour (I usually mix unbleached all purpose and whole wheat)
  • 1 c rolled oats
  • 1 c diced peaches (peeled and pitted)

combine wet ingredients.  slowly add in dry mixture.  fold in peaches.  375 for 18 minutes.  makes 1.5 dozen muffins.  or 375 for 45 minutes makes 2 loaves.

another way to help (many farmers lost a lot in the storm):

North American Organic Farmers Association- Vermont (NOFA-VT) Farmer Emergency Fund

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