Forty percent. Forty percent! Do you have any idea how hard it is to grow, hunt, or gather forty percent of your caloric needs? But she and her husband, Mike, do it in their spare time, as they work full time to maintain a professional pheasant shoot at an English estate.
Like me, Jen finds that it’s the protein that runs up the score.
With our hunting and livestock, we have a high protein diet; the lambs, hoggets, and eggs combined account for almost half of our total calories. If we were vegetarians, we would have starved to death by April 15th (a great opportunity to skip out on paying our taxes but a fairly final solution).
And she doesn’t even fish!
I’ll admit that I had to look up ‘hogget,’ and found that no, it isn’t a young hog. It’s a young sheep. Called a ‘hogget,’ presumably, to make the non-farmer look like an idiot when she assumes it’s a young hog.
I’m going to add an aside here. I know a lot of you read Jen, and I’m going to encourage those of you who don’t, yet, to go over to M&T and see what she’s up to. She does lots of interesting things we don’t do — she raises sheep, she trains dogs, she shoots deer, and she and Mike hatch a bazillion pheasants — and she writes about all of it with charm and good humor. She also has actual, genuine skills, and is in search of more of them. If you like me (and I’m very glad some of you do), it’s hard to imagine you won’t like Jen.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled post.
This month is like every other in that seafood and eggs are the primary contributors to our tally, such as it is.
30 lbs. bluefish filets @550 = 16,500
1 sea bass, about 1.5 pounds filets = 600
10 dozen eggs @ 800 = 8000
4 c. chopped clams @200 = 800
250 oysters @10 = 2500
4 cups black trumpet mushrooms = 80
30 pounds tomatoes @80 = 2400
10 pounds eggplant @100 = 1000
20 very large slicing cucumbers @50 = 1000
20 smaller pickling cucumbers @20 = 400
herbs, a few cherry peppers, and 7 wild blueberries = 100
That’s a total of 33,380, which reaches our goal (30,000 per month) with ten percent to spare.
We’re still just a little behind on the year, but we’ve got four fruitful months left, and we hope to make it up.