I was oddly productive today. It's great.
Today was the first day of the farmer's and crafter's market ten minutes away, so I excitedly showed up. I've never been to this market before so I didn't really know what to expect. Perhaps because it's relatively early there weren't that many stands... one had a flintknapper, which was cool, there were a few jewelry stands. Only one stand sold vegetables, right next to a stand selling local beef (I didn't have nearly the money for that sort of thing, but I'll be all over that in a couple weeks). I did wind up buying a quart of maple syrup from a guy selling syrup and honey. I explained that I don't use white sugar in my house and he gave me a pamphlet explaining how to replace white sugar with maple syrup in practically everything.
I have a mulberry tree that's nestled right up against my house, and as it's fruiting right now I decided to collect and wash some berries. Using a tarp and a broom I got enough to fill one of my bowls before washing them in a vinegar solution and sorting out all the crap.
I also made maple butter. Kind of. It was my first attempt and I wasn't sure exactly how it was supposed to look, so it's like a mix between maple butter and maple candy. Luckily I really enjoy maple candy. My favorite part about maple candy? Unlike white sugar candy I can stop after one piece. Not because it's inherently better for you (sugar is generally sugar), but because it's so rich.
I packaged up some chicken and allium soup in my new bento box to go to work with me tomorrow. In the compartments I put cherries, peaches, and maple butter/candy. I also made a pork roast with salt, maple sugar, rosemary, and mulberries... yes, mulberries. I've made pork dishes with blueberries before and they're fantastic, so I figured mulberries wouldn't be a stretch. And yes, it turned out pretty good.