The September harvest

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It was a good month, September. Our best month so far, thanks chiefly to our first-ever honey harvest, which made up almost half. A few fish, a few eggs, a few beans, and pretty soon you’re talking about real calories.

20 lbs. honey @1400 = 28000
20 lbs. bluefish filets @550 = 11000
2 sea bass @600 = 1200
14 dozen eggs @800 = 11200
8 pounds striped bass @400 = 3200
8 butternut squash @400 = 3200
2 lbs. green beans @150 = 300
4 shiitakes, about = 50
1 lb. cranberry beans = 1500
2 lousy cantaloupes @250 = 500
20 large cucumbers @50 = 1000
4 small eggplants @100 = 400
60 oysters @10 = 600
8 figs @35 = 280
1 lb tomatoes = 80
herbs and miscellanea = 100

That adds up to 62,610, which brings us to a grand total of 278,150 for the first nine months of the year. Which is … drumroll, please … over our goal of 20% (270,000, for nine months).

Because everybody knows we have three pigs and six turkeys destined for harvest this year, the fact that we are already over our year-to-date goal would have taken all the excitement out of the game, had there been any excitement to begin with. The hard truth, though, is that tallying up the harvest every month and calculating its calories seems to be interesting only to me. And maybe Jen.

The rest of you can take heart in knowing there are only three more months of this and, barring some catastrophe that mows down our animals, we’re going to make our goal.

That’s my 38-inch striper, caught on our friend’s Bob boat and photographed by Bob’s wife Suzie.

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  1. That fish is enormous! My smile would be that big too! I think it’s amazing how you’re able to provide so much of your caloric intake from your own efforts.

  2. Tamar, you may want to check in with facebook. When your new post popped up and I tried to follow the link it didn’t want me to. It said your sight is tagged as being potentially abusive. A leftover from when you were hacked? but I don’t remember that happening before.

  3. “The hard truth, though, is that tallying up the harvest every month and calculating its calories seems to be interesting only to me. And maybe Jen.”

    …and me.

  4. Accidental Mick says:

    And me.

    Just because the rest of us are too lazy to keep the records that Jen and you do, does not mean we find the posts boring.

    Keep them coming, please.

  5. Congratulations! And 8 figs, so your tree was not entirely fruitless. Do you guys have any plans to improve the fig productivity next season? (not that I think you should or have any suggestions, just curious as I enjoy the ingenuity behind your pursuits!)

  6. I too enjoy the calorie counts. (as well as the rest) But this month I have a question. I thought the calories were consumption based. Is that the case or is it production based? If consumption based, how did you go about consuming all that honey and those eggs? (Thinking about it, I guess the eggs translates to about 3 for each of the two of you per day, so that isn’t too bad I guess.)

  7. You like the calorie counts! That makes me happy.

    Karen — I have no trouble with the FB link. If it happens again, I’ll have to look into it. I’m going to cross my fingers and hope it’s one of those mysterious glitches that fixes itself.

    Stephen — I owe you a fig update, which I will post as soon as I get two minutes to rub together …

    Wandering Mike — It’s production based, for the simple reason that it’s easier. If this required me to sit down and estimate what we eat every day, rather than keeping a simple list of what we harvest, I’d never, ever be able to do it (and the estimate would be much less accurate, given the more frequent, smaller quantities). The purpose is just to get a rough estimate of just how much of our needs we *could* meet — if we were willing to eat a whole lot of eggs!

  8. I think all the tracking is excellent! I’m planning to start in January myself, with a financial focus. I want to see how much I can eliminate from my food budget by growing/raising my own food.

  9. I’m interested too!

    The fact my calorie count would be rubbish is the main thing that puts me off doing my own. Well, that and being hopeless with numbers…

    I like reading yours and Jen’s though.

  10. Jennifer — I wish you well with that. I think there are a couple of things we do that are definitely winners — some of the garden produce, and eggs, primarily. Our shiitake mushrooms have been great, although they’re winding down now in this, their third year. But so much of this is WAY more expensive to grow than to buy. If you count everything that goes into it, our fish is the most expensive on the planet. And the pigs will probably roll in higher than any farmer could get away with charging.

    A lot of that is expertise, which we don’t really have (although we’re getting better). Some of it, though, is simply the inherent inefficiency of doing things on a small scale.

    I’ll be very eager to hear how you do!

    Hazel — It’s surprisingly little work. I make a note when I harvest, and it takes about ten minutes to add it up at the end of the month. You can do it, honest.

  11. It is a lot of math, and being an adult fat kid I am not overly fond of the word calories, still I am interested and happy you are meeting your goal. Keep up the good work.

  12. Your food growing and gathering efforts may appear to be more expensive now, but in terms of real cost, I bet you’d be breaking even, or coming close.

    I also think that counting caloric production is a good thing. I can’t come close though, in production so I’m not even trying. But I’m glad you are.

    • Paula — I’m going to grasp at any idea that makes it seem like I’m not throwing good money after bad in this effort. What do you mean by “real cost?”

  13. I love the calorie count and think it’s awesome!

    Congrats on surpassing your 3/4 mark goal!

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