Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Our First Colonial Fest...
Days and months passed. Soon June came and I started to take the need for sewing very seriously. I spent hours at the bench preparing our colonial clothes. Gove and I also made a canvas tent with four sides that lifted out to provide shade. Gove made a table that was high enough to fit his height. He also made an amazing brick oven called a black oven.
July 1st finally arrived. Actually, on June 29th Gove took all 300 plus bricks and blocks to the Scera Park and began a 6 hour set up process of his oven. You too may be interested in this. You can view his pictures here.
On the 30th we set up our tent and supplies. Elijah and his cousin Gavin slept onsite each night while a fire was burning every night in the oven, heating the bricks and preparing the oven for the following morning. July 1st arrived and we started on a new family adventure.
What fun we had, and some grouchiness too as the children and parents worked many hours and some long into the night. But overall we had a fun time. Gove loved sharing about the history of bread and how it was made back then. I enjoyed running the counter and selling our goods with the children. We saw many friends and many home schoolers who knew me but I didn't know them.
The whole colonial community at this fest was centered around learning and friendship with each other. This is going to be something Gove and I will want to continue even after the children leave home.
Imagine baking four nights in a row, often until midnight or 2am in order to be ready to sell the next day. I'm still tired. We prepared Colonial Applesauce Cake, Macaroon Cookies, and Colonial Molasses Whole Wheat Bread at home. Gove made sourdough rolls and loafs on site.
Gove's oven was a hit, the food was fresh, hot, and delicious. The churning of cream into butter went well in the mornings not so well in the heat of the day. Yet almost everyone enjoyed fresh made butter on their bread. We even sold cookies for another establishment who wasn't having any luck at their price level. That is one thing that Gove and I don't want to do. Hick the prices just because people are hungry. Our cake was 25 cents per slice, slice of bread 50 cents with butter and honey, molasses bread $4/loaf, and the sourdough $5/loaf. All very affordable.