Harvest

This is the place to come if you are interested in learning what’s growing in our garden and what produce we’ve been able to provide for our hungry neighbors so far this year. We ended last year with 1,740 pounds of produce delivered to the food pantry. Our second best year! That compared to 1,666, 2015, 1,541, and 1,637 pounds of produced delivered by this time for the last four years.

So far this year, we are close to 750 pounds of produce delivered to the pantry. Surprisingly the number one item is onions at about 115 pounds so far this year. Tomatoes are number 2 at 98 pounds and yellow squash at 86 pounds. After that, we have 43 pounds of spaghetti squash, 40 pounds of potatoes, 37 pounds of rhubarb, 34 pounds of bok choy, 28 pounds of zucchini, 27 pounds of cucumbers, 26 pounds of parslane and green peppers, 18 pounds of Swiss chard and radishes, followed by 13 pounds of leeks, basil and lettuce.

Here’s what we’ve been growing so far this year.

Last year the top of the list was 221 pounds of bok choy, 217 pounds of tomatoes, 130 pounds of eggplant, 117 pounds of squash, 102 pounds of zucchini, 100 pounds of potatoes, 76 pounds of cabbage, 75 pounds of peppers, 68 pounds of swiss chard, 67 pounds of butternut squash, 58 pounds of cherry tomatoes, 53 pounds of acorn squash, 49 pounds of beans, 47 pounds of cucumbers,  46 pounds of  lettuce,  43 pounds of radishes, 42 pounds of rhubarb,  33 pounds of pumpkins,  30 pounds of broccoli, 27 pounds of onions, 25 pounds of basil, 22 pounds of arugula, 18 pounds of leeks, 13 pounds of peas, 11 pounds of parslane, and 8 pounds of asparagus.  We’ve also harvested beets, carrots, cauliflower, chives, dill, garlic, kale, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, scallions, spinach, tarragon, and thyme. 44 varieties in all!

In our first year we harvested 995 pounds of produce and 854 pounds of produce in our 2nd year.

In our 3rd and 4th years, we harvested 1,637 and 1,574 pounds of produce!  Far above our track record for our first two years of harvest. We started keeping bees at the garden in our 3rd year, so perhaps they helped.

In our 5th year we had a record year, delivering 2,015 pounds of produce to the food pantry.  That’s right, over a ton of produce!

We delivered 296 pounds of pumpkins, 225 pounds of bok choy, 197 pounds of potatoes, 195 pounds of cucumbers, 147 pounds of zucchini, 93 pounds of kale, 92 pounds of acorn squash, 91 pounds of tomatoes, 83 pounds of squash, 82 pounds of onions, 57 pounds of beans, 54 pounds of peppers, 48 pounds of eggplant, 46 pounds of lettuce,  37 pounds of swiss chard, 30 pounds of cabbage, 27 punds of cherry tomatoes, 26 pounds of leeks, 23 pounds of rhubarb, 22 pounds of beets and butternut squash. We also delivered wonderful spices, basil, chives, dill, mint, parsley, sage, scallions, tarragon, and thyme.

In our 6th year, we delivered 1,667 pounds of 45 different types of produce – but we did pretty well considering we had our latest start to the gardening year due to all the snow we had during the winter of 2015.

Harvest as of October 9th

Harvest as of October 9th

Here's what we've been growing so far this year!

Here’s what we’ve been growing so far this year!

 

Production as of November 1, 2014

Production as of November 1, 2014

Here's what we grew during the 2014 season!

Here’s what we grew during the 2014 season!