This year my goal is to grow 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think I can do it. With 16 raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a raspberry patch and a few more planting beds sprinkled throughout our property, I think growing 2,000 pounds of food is an attainable goal. Even if I do live right in the middle of high maintenance suburbia.
I believe people have lost touch with what the term “fresh produce” really means. Fresh produce is not something that has been flown in from 1,500 miles away and has been sitting on a grocers shelf for five days. The true meaning of “fresh produce” in my opinion is, walking out your back door and harvesting your own food.
Real food does not come in a box nor does it need an ad campaign. Real Food does not come with a rebate, or an incentive to buy. One bite of an heirloom tomato on a warm summers day is all the convincing you’ll need to keep coming back for more.
I have spent a total of $383.40 on seeds, plants and supplies for this year.
Here is what I have harvested so far:
Basil 1 oz
Chives 2 oz
Lettuce 2 lbs
Butter Crunch 12 oz
Romaine 1 lb 4 oz
Mint 1 oz
Mushrooms 9.25 oz
Shiitake 9.25 oz
Radish 3lb 4 0z
Easter Egg Radish 2 lb 3 oz
Crimson Radish 1 lb 1 oz
Mung Bean Sprouts 7 oz
Sandwich Sprouts 3 oz
Total Food Harvested in 2012: 6 lbs 11.25 oz
Let’s get this party started!
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