The year in calories


It’s January 1, and you know what that means. Join the gym, sign up for French lessons, and add up the calories you harvested in 2012. Last year, at about this time, I added up the calories Kevin and I had harvested in 2011, and came to the sobering realization that, after all that work, […]

The October harvest

This month's highlight: several big hen-of-the-wood

It was a meager month, October: 14 dozen eggs @800 = 11200 10 large cucumbers @50 = 500 4 lbs. hen-of-the-wood mushroom @150 = 600 8 lbs. potatoes @300 – 2400 2 lbs. acorns @1700 = 3400 (more on this later) 40 oysters @10 = 400 50 figs @25 (they were smaller than last month) […]

The September harvest

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

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 […]

The August harvest

The black trumpets, although they didn't contribute many calories, were the highlight of the month.

So, here we are, limping along, almost meeting our goal of getting 20.12% of our calories first-hand in 2012, and Jen, of Milkweed & Teasel, swans in with her tally. 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 […]

The July harvest

Anyone need any Thai basil?

It’s an awkward month, July. The fishing isn’t as good as May and June, the garden hasn’t started producing much yet, and the chickens are on strike because of the heat. It makes for a meager harvest, and a calorie count that comes in significantly below the 30,000 that would constitute 20% of our monthly […]