|Look who is eating my dill: A Black Swallowtail Caterpillar|
This is a little late but life is finally settling into a nice "routine" in our family. Sharing about my mini-farming is more for my record but I still hope you are amazed at I am how much so little space can provide.
Meat: 2 birds off to the freezer (we need at least 6 to make a meal).
Eggs: 130 from six hens; equivalent to two dozen large chicken eggs. We are finding that everyone loves these hard boiled. They are the perfect snack size!
Produce: Production finally started taking off in June. I used both Rodale's and a Farm Co-op in New York for the prices which seem closer to what we pay for organics here. FYI: A bunch of greens usually weighs about half a pound.
- Strawberries: 6lb. @ 3.53/lb = $21.19
- Lettuce: 1 1/2 lb. @ $5/lb =$7.50
- Bok Choi: 7 oz. @ $2.06 = $.90
- Kohlrabi: 1 lb. @ $2.86/lb. = $2.86
- Snow Peas: 1 lb. 5 oz. @ $4.40/lb. = $5.80
- Chard: 3 lbs. @ 1.67/bunch = $10.02
- Daikon Radish: 11 oz. @ 1.27/lb = $.87
- Kale: 9 oz. @ 1.87/bunch = $2.10
- Green Beans: 8 oz. @ $2.23/lb =$1.12
One of the best things about growing a garden (and buying everything else in bulk) is that I don't have to go to the grocery store or farmers market as often. Going out into the garden everyday to gather my small harvest adds up to a lot. Every day I would pick strawberries we might eat a few and then freeze the rest. Over a months time I had frozen enough to make a dozen half-pints of jam.While you can't do that with everything, often I can gather enough in 3-4 days to make a family sized side dish.
As far as bartering has gone, I exchanged 3 days of milking my friend's cow for one month of free milk. Pretty sweet deal, eh?