This past year I tried desperately to keep a tally of all the food we produced here on the farm and gathered from mother nature. Well I tell you, I failed miserably! I was able to keep track of most of the meat we put up but there was no way that I could track all the fruits & vegetables.
In addition to grocery shopping in the garden nightly this summer we picked lots of wild raspberries, domestic raspberries, and a few strawberries & blueberries. Next summer’s fruit harvest should be more plentiful. The kids and I also went strawberry picking a couple times and froze all we could. For the second year in a row I bought 20lbs of Maine blueberries from a local. You can’t beat the price or the taste!
I froze what I could from the garden including beets, cabbage, beet greens, swish chard, green beans, peas, pumpkin, and rhubarb. I canned dill pickles, zucchini pickles & relish, an beets. In cold storage we put up onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, yukon golds, hubbard and buttercup squash. The eggs tally lasted until mid July and the count left off at 3373 eggs. We eat lots, give plenty away and sell to a few locals.
Here is our meat tally. Keep in mind all of the chicken & turkey we put up are on the bone.
Rabbits – 10lbs (still have 7 full grown meat rabbits to put up or sell)
Ducks – 13 lbs (we have 8 Muscovies that we intended to eat but have become attached to and 3 Khaki Campbells) They will reside in the greenhouse this winter. I will be posting about that as soon as it is complete.
Fish – 6lbs (this is inaccurate, it is the only # I had written down, I did not do a good job tracking this….oops)
Pork – 270lbs
Venison- 88lbs (thanks to Maine Man. I did get a shot at one for a first this year but I missed :(…. couple weeks left in the season.
Chicken – 423lbs (we have 15 Cornish Rocks roosters left in the barn that probably weigh at least 8lbs dressed) Seeing how we have no more freezer space or the need for any more meat MM will do the deed this week and we will give to family. Early Merry Christmas 😉
Partridge/ Woodcock – I forgot to track….
Total Tally – 892 lbs (after MM takes care of the broilers and the rabbits we should be up over 1000lbs. I will update the tally when all is complete)
We gave some meat to family& friends. Some we bartered for homemade wine & cider. The rest will nourish our family right through a good portion of 2010.
Not only did we raise all these animals but Maine Man processed 100% of the meat. He really lives up to his name!
Interestingly, we tried to sell the last of the rabbits and cornish rocks and nobody was interested.(I didn’t even mention prices) I also offerred one of our grown pigs to a family member for free and they declined. The basic reason is because nobody wants to do the deed. I can’t say I blame them because I am have never been interested in that either. Give me the meat, I’ll package but I’m quite all set with the rest. Although the more I get into this lifestyle the more I think… well maybe. Funny how you acclimate to your surroundings. A couple years back I would not even considered it. Heck, I go hunting. Not sure how I’d feel if I shot one but hopefully someday I’ll find out. It is kind of sad how much we have distanced ourselves from killing animals for food. Some can barely even recognize meat as living animals that were killed for their consumption. 🙁
P.S. We also put up 4 quarts and 1 pint of maple syrup. Can’t wait to tap more trees next year!
Not sure if I’ll keep a running tally next year but I am glad I (somewhat) I did this year.