These past weeks we picked:
A whole lot of everything!! We have had a constant supply of everything from the past month, including a reintroduction of radish from the second planting, some random lettuces and especially exciting was the addition of tomatoes and tomatillos! I love tomatoes so much, I did a special post just on them…yup, love ’em!
August was a big month – we picked a lot, we saved a lot, we jammed and baked a lot while on vacation and since being home, we have frozen a lot. My hubby is thoroughly enjoying the quote ” We are putting up some big numbers, big numbers…” I can’t argue!
Herbs and garlic
All sorts of colourful carrots – no better way to get little ones to eat veggies than to let them pick out their favourite colours and plant them!
Carrots are not the only the only veggies that come in multi-colour! We have been picking green, yellow, pink, purple and speckled beans in all shapes and sizes.
Magically, rhubarb has continued to produce in the shade. We froze 16 cups so far for the winter.
Apples are almost ripe – we picked 5 pounds in advance of the deer, hopefully we didn’t pick them too early…
Our favourite root veggie – beets! So delicious steamed or roasted.
And what good are tomatoes and basil without cucumbers for greek salad?
And not to be forgotten…TOMATOES!!!!
WOW! What a month!!!
Approx savings compared to local market: 495.89!!
Total since May 26th – $1118.46
Total weight picked this period: 103.31 pounds!! That is more than my 12 year old – our minds are blown!
Total to date: 232.59 pounds
This was our first massive picking before we left on vacation – the picking buckets get loaded into the truck with everything else so we don’t have to go to the store during our holidays.
This was our second big picking after holidays for the freezer and storage!
A few notes – 1. Prices are calculated by comparing to the price of non-organic, (local when possible) produce at the local grocery store that we stop at the most. We usually buy our produce (when our hand is forced) at a local veggie market that is mostly organic and spray free, but tends to be more expensive and has less selection. We chose to compare to the supermarket as it was more reflective of what most people would buy and what I could quickly take a picture of with my camera when grabbing the weekly essentials without an extra trip. If I cannot find what we grew (market turnip, tomatillos etc.), I will call the specialty market in Halifax for their prices. These costs do not factor in the price of what the produce becomes (jams, pies, baking, salsa, pickles etc.), simply the raw food we pick. I suspect our savings would be almost double if we compared to organic or final products!
2. Since May 26th, we have purchased 2 pounds of tomatoes, 6 cucumbers, 1 bag of potatoes, 8 bunches of bananas, 3 watermelons and 1 pineapple. Everything else has come from our garden or our weekly fruit share from Tap Root/Noggins CSA. Not bad, if I do say so myself!!!
3. We record everything by hand after weighing our picking buckets with a digital fish scale. The kids are getting to be very good little book keepers! We are not separating by variety of tomato, bean, kale etc. but we are separating by type of veggie. Maybe next year…
My wee book keeper.
These past weeks we planted:
Zippo. Vacation and work got the best of us! That said, we finally pulled out the peas today and made space for all the fall greens we hope to plant tomorrow and later this week. Stay tuned!
(Taken right after we got home – in desperate need of a mow and a lot of weeding!)