Backyard Produce by the Pound

LettuceLast year, when I was writing my annual recap, I decided that I would do a better job of keeping track of how much food I produce on my urban farm. I am weighing and recording all the food I harvest as diligently as I can. My little kitchen scale has become a permanent fixture on my counter. I now zero it out with the salad spinner basket sitting on top so I can weigh the produce and then immediately get to preparing a meal. My recording method is as simple as it gets – a quick scribble onto a pad of paper which hangs on the side of my fridge with a magnet. It’s a reminder to keep track. So, here are the totals so far:

January 2013:

Kale – 2 lbs.
Beets (greens) – 1/4 lb
Chard – 5 oz

*Note the awesome harvests in January! A winter garden is the best!

February 2013:

Kale – 12 oz
Chard – 1/4 lb
Carrots – 1 lb
Eggs (finally!) – 2

March 2013:

Chard – 1 lb.
Eggs – 32

April 2013:

Kale – 1/2 lb.
Chard – 1/4 lb.
Eggs – 74

Grand Total (as of April 30th):

6 lb 5 oz of organic produce and 9 dozen eggs

I don’t think I’ll ever get over how little greens weigh. A weight total really doesn’t show very well just how many greens I’ve eaten from my yard since January. For the record, fresh herbs do not get weighed. They are the icing on the cake. I might drive myself crazy if I tried to weigh those too. These totals also don’t include the pieces of chard and other greens I share with June and the chickens. It should be noted as well that I have 5 hens, three of which are 3 years old. So, 9 dozen eggs in 2 months is really not bad for a few aging hens!

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