Category Archives: Food Bank Gardening

Produce by the Pound: September

photo (1)More than celebrating the actual poundage of food I harvested last month, I am giving myself a hearty pat on the back for harvesting or cooking anything at all. September hit me like a truck and I consider it a miracle that I actually harvested some food, did some garden cleanup that was way over do and even got some fall and overwintering seeds sown. It feels like a bigger accomplishment than winning a blue ribbon. As much as I love being out in my garden, I am grateful that the rain is watering my seed beds and that my to-do list is wrapping up. I think both my garden and I could use a little time to recharge.

I managed to get a pretty decent newsletter sent out for the month of October. This month, I shared my current favorite kale salad! I’d invite you to check it out. Better yet, sign up and get it for free, delivered to your inbox every month! It’d be my pleasure!

September 2013 – Produce Tally:

Personal Consumption –

Kale – 1 lb 2 oz
Beets/beet greens – 2 oz
Rhubarb – 1 lb 4oz
Radhishes – 1 lb 2 oz
Tomatoes – 9 lbs 8 oz
Carrots – 1 lb 6 oz
Garlic – 8 oz

Eggs – 13 (Molt much, ladies?)

Total produce harvested during the month of September: 15 lbs

Total food bank donations for the year: 9 lbs

Grand Total for 2013 (as of October 1):

Approximately 107 lbs, 2 oz and about 28 dozen eggs

Check out the first post in this series here.

Produce by the Pound: August

kaleAs I calculate my August totals, here is what I’m celebrating:

  • Sharing with neighbors is awesome!
  • My fall kale crop, which I started in late summer, is amazing!
  • One word: tomatoes.
  • Vitamixes are awesome at pureeing the baby beets, stems and greens that I often make into smoothies. Beet smoothies are like raspberry smoothies in disguise.
  • Holy cats, Batman! I’ve almost produced 100 pounds of food this year! I live on the little urban farm that could!

Here is what I’m noticing:

  • I need to step up my squash game. Summer Squash 2014 challenge accepted, wherein I try and produce the poundage of zucchini and cucumbers I know I’m capable of producing.
  • All the single ladies are getting up in their years and it shows in this summer’s egg production. It might be time to add a few new chicks into the mix next spring.

August 2013 – Produce Tally:

Personal Consumption –

Pears – 3.5 lbs (Overhang from my neighbor’s tree! Score!)
Kale – 1 lb 11 oz
Cucumbers – 9 oz
Beets/beet greens – 1 lb
Strawberries – 3 oz
Raspberries – 6 oz
Zucchini –  1/2 lb (Honestly! Not my year!)
Tomatoes – 17 lbs
Carrots – 13 oz

*Culinary lavender – 10 oz

Eggs – 31 (2 dozen plus 7 eggs)

Total produce harvested during the month of August: 26 lbs 4 oz

Total food bank donations for the year: 9 lbs (Just about 10% of what I’ve harvested)

Grand Total for 2013 (as of September 1):

Approximately 92 lbs, 2 oz and just under 27 dozen eggs

Check out the first post in this series here.

Produce by the Pound: June

donationsThe best word I could use to describe June would be abundant. June was abundant and full – full of tasks as the school year came to an end, full of joy as Sprocket came into my life, and full of the most flavorful fruits and vegetables from the garden! I have reaped a plentiful harvest this June and am grateful for the abundance!

June 2013 – Produce Tally:

Food Bank Donations –

Lettuce –  just under 6 lbs

Personal Consumption –

Lettuce – 6 lbs, 3 oz.
Kale – 2 lbs
Chard – 2 oz
Peas – 4 lbs 4 oz
Rhubarb – 3 lbs
Strawberries – 3.5 lbs
Raspberries – 9 oz
Potatoes – 1 3/4 lbs (surprise harvest!)

Eggs – 61 (5 dozen plus 1 egg)

Total produce harvested during the month of June: 27 pounds, 6 oz

Total food bank donations for the year (as of July 1): 9 lbs

Grand Total for 2013 (as of July 1):

Approximately 49 lbs, 6 oz and just over 20 dozen eggs

Check out the first post in this series here.

Backyard Produce by the Pound: May

saladJune has arrived. My inner child is as excited as my students are for summer vacation. It is almost here! To kick off the first of June, I made my first food bank donation – three pounds (yes, pounds) of delicious, organic lettuce. And I still have a ton in the garden. It’s a carpet of greens out there!

May 2013 – Produce Tally:

Food Bank Donations –

Lettuce – 3 lbs

Personal Consumption –

Lettuce/Arugula – 3 lbs, 3 oz.
Kale – 4 oz
Chard – 3 oz
Peas – 1/2 oz
Rhubarb – 9 lbs

Eggs – 75 (6 dozen plus 3 eggs)

Total produce harvested during the month of May: 15 pounds, 10.5 oz

Grand Total for 2013 (as of June 1):

1/2 oz shy of 22 pounds and just over 15 dozen eggs

Check out the first post in this series here.