Homegrown Eating Diary or My 2011 New Year’s Resolution

Tanya Tandoc is the foodie-in-residence at KMUW, the NPR station in Wichita.  Recently she gave a little rant about the hardships of eating local in Wichita in which she stated, “eating seasonally in this area is challenging, since for eight months we have nothing at all and for four months we have too much of everything.”   This is where I tend to disagree so in this running post I will attempt to dispell Tandoc’s misconceptions by testing my ability to eat local and in fact I will attempt to eat self-grown for as many weeks as possible.  For the complete transcript of Tanya’s portrayal of eating local in Wichita please see:  http://www.kmuw.org/index.php/food/6_3_seasonal_eating/

This brings me to my New Year’s resolution for 2011 in which I decided to eat something homegrown in every meal that I prepared.  However, I have not kept rigorous records and that is what I plan to do here.  The growing season in Kansas is lengthy and when you include things like winter squash, turnips, Jerusalem artichokes and the use of cold-frames along with canning and drying - I believe one can provide some food for themselves all 52 weeks of the year in Wichita.  So here I begin my 52 week tally.  The running list below will itemize the homegrown foods (including eggs and meat) I eat each week in 2011-2012 and I will make special note of things that were put away and eaten later, i.e. things that are canned, dried, or frozen.

Week 1 May 30 -  Spinach, radishes, Swiss chard, mustard greens, salad onions, green peas (snap and shell types), potatoes,  eggs. All were fresh picked.

Week 2, June 6 – Radishes (pickled), salad onions, garden peas (sugar snap), butter crunch lettuce, collard greens, turnip greens, garlic, eggs, chicken (grilled and  chicken salad).

Week 3, June 13 – Collard greens, turnip greens, Swiss chard, spinach, garlic, salad onions, butter crunch lettuce, radishes (pickled), garden peas, eggs (pickled and hard boiled), chicken (baked).

Week 4, June 20 - butter crunch lettuce, tomatoes (1st two of the season), garden peas, salad onions, potatoes, radishes (pickled)chicken (baked), eggs (salad and pickled)

Week 5, June 27 - butter crunch lettuce, Swiss chard, turnip greens and turnips, zucchini, cucumbers, salad onions, sweet onions, garlic,  potatoes, radishes (pickled)chicken (baked), eggs (boiled).

Week 6, July 4 - green beans, okra, Swiss chard, turnips, potatoes, sweet onions, salad onions, garlic, jalapenos, cucumbers, squash (yellow and zucchini), radishes (pickled), chicken (smoked), eggs (all sorts of ways).

Week 7, July 11 - turnips, okra, butter crunch lettuce, Swiss chard, jalapenos, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes (cherry and Roma), salad onions, eggs(scrambled and boiled).

 July 18 - Out of the country.

Week 8, July 25 - Cucumbers (fresh and pickles), sweet corn, okra, tomatoes (many types), green beans, lima beans, squash (yellow and zucchini), turnips, sweet onions,  salad onions, jalapenos, bell peppers, chicken(smoked/grilled) eggs (all sorts of ways).

Week 9, August 1- Apples (frozen from 2010 ), sweet corn, okra, tomatoes (many types),  squash (yellow and zucchini), potatoes, sweet onions, garlic,   jalapenos, Scotch bonnets, bell peppers, chicken(smoked/grilled) eggs (all sorts of ways).

Week 10, August 8-   Squash (yellow and zucchini), potatoes, sweet onions, salad onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, bell peppers, eggs.

Week 11, August 15 - Tomatoes, squash, potatoes, leeks, okra, sweet onions, garlic, bell peppers, Scotch Bonnet peppers, cabbage (from 2010 harvest), peaches (from 2010 harvest), duck, chicken, eggs.

Week 12, August 22 Potatoes, leeks, garlic, bell peppers, Scotch Bonnet peppers, cabbage (from 2010 harvest), peaches (from 2010 harvest), duck, chicken, eggs.

Week 13, August 29 - Lima beans, green beans, okra, potatoes, leeks, garlic, bell peppers, cabbage (from 2010 harvest), chicken, eggs.

Week 14, September 5 - Okra, zucchini and yellow squash, potatoes, leeks, sweet onions, garlic, bell and Habanero peppers,  chicken, eggs.

Week 15, September 12 -  Yellow and zucchini squash, leeks, sweet onions, bell peppers, eggs.

Week 16, September 19 -  Yellow and zucchini squash, sweet onions, bell peppers.

Week 17, September 26 - Sweet onions, okra, bell peppers, green beans, Jalapeno an d Habanero peppers, chicken, goose, eggs.

Week 18, October 3 -  Sweet onions, okra, bell peppers, cucumbers (pickled), zucchini, chicken.

Week 19, October 10 -  Okra, green beans, green tomatoes, zucchini and yellow squash, leeks, bell peppers, jalapenos and habaneros, chicken and eggs.

Week 20, October 17 -  leeks, bell peppers, jalapenos, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, habaneros,  and eggs.

Week 21, October 24 - basil, yellow, zuchini and butternut squash, sweet onions, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, turnip greens, leeks, arugula, duck eggs.

Week 22, October 31 - potatoes, tomatoes, basil, arugula, beet greens, beets, michihili (Napa cabbage), sweet onions, leeks, garlic, bell peppers (from freezer), chicken stock (from freezer), chicken, eggs.

Week 23, November 7 – Leeks, michihili (Napa cabbage), sweet onions,  turnip greens, bell peppers, zucchini, chicken stock (last three from freezer), chicken, eggs.

Week 24, November 14 - Leeks, michihili (Napa cabbage), arugula, butter crunch lettuce, spinach,  sweet onions,  turnip greens, turnips, butternut squash, pumpkin, bell peppers, summer squash, chicken stock (last four from freezer), chicken, eggs.

Week 25, November 21 – Salad onions, sweet onions, leeks, arugula, spinach, turnip greens, michihili, turnips, winter squash, sweet potatoes,  pumpkin (from freezer), bell peppers (from freezer), sweet and dill pickles, pickled peppers, turkey, and eggs.

Week 26, November 28 – Leeks, Swiss chard, michihili, turmips, winter squash, pumpkin (from freezer), pickled peppers, pickles (sweet and dill),  turkey, chicken, eggs.
Week 27, December 5 - Leeks, Swiss chard, michihili, turmips, pumpkin (from freezer), pickled peppers, chicken, eggs (duck and chicken).
Week 28, December 12 - Turnips,  pickled peppers and dill pickles, winter
Week 29, December 19 - Turnips,  sweet onions, pickled peppers and dill pickles, winter squash, bell peppers and okra from freezer, chicken and  eggs.
Week 30, December 26 - Turnips, leeks, salad onions, arugula, butter crunch lettuce, spinach, sweet pickles,  goose, chicken and  eggs.  From freezer:  peaches,  pumpkin, peppers, okra.
Week 31, January 2 - Leeks, goose, chicken and  eggs.  From freezer:  peppers, okra, zucchini.
Week 32, January 9 - Leeks, turnips, goose, chicken.  From freezer:  peppers,  zucchini.
Week 33, January 16 - Leeks.  From freezer:  peppers,  zucchini.
Week 34, January 23 - Leeks, dill pickles, bean sprouts, chicken, eggs.  From freezer:  peppers,  zucchini.
Week 35, January 30 - Leeks, salad onions, chicken, eggs.  From cold frame: arugula, cilantro and spinach.
Week 36, February 6 -  Salad onions, eggs.  From cold frame: arugula, cilantro and spinach.  From freezer:  yellow squash and zucchini.
Week 37, February 13 -  Chicken, turkey, eggs.  From cold frame: arugula, buttercrunch lettuce and spinach.  From freezer: bell peppers and okra.
Week 38, February 20 -  eggs.  From freezer: bell peppers and okra.
Week 39, February 27 -  Leeks, eggs.  From freezer: bell peppers.
Week 40, March 5-  Leeks, Jerusalem artichokes,  chicken, eggs.  From cold frame:  spinach and buttercrunch lettuce.  From freezer and pantry:  chicken, sweet peppers and sweet pickles.
Week 41, March 12-  Chicken, eggs.  From cold frame:  spinach and buttercrunch lettuce.  From freezer:  chicken and sweet peppers.
March 19-  out of town.
Week 42, March 26-  From cold frame:  spinach and buttercrunch lettuce.
Week 43, April 2 - Salad onions, spinach, buttercrunch lettuce, cilantro, chicken, eggs and pickled peppers.  From Freezer:  Okra, turnip greens and habaneros.
Week 44, April 2 - Buttercrunch lettuce, chicken, pickled peppers.
Week 45, April 9 - Buttercrunch lettuce, spinach, radishes, salad onions, chicken, pickled peppers.
Week 46, April 16 - Buttercrunch lettuce, spinach, radishes, salad onions, chicken, eggs,  pickled peppers.  From freezer:  Okra, peppers, squash.
Week 47, April 23 - Lettuce, salad onions, chicken,  pickled peppers, fish from pond.  From freezer:  Okra.
Week 48, April 30 - Lettuce, salad onions, chicken,  pickled peppers, eggs, radishes, pak choi, fish from pond.  From freezer:  Okra, peppers.
Week 49, May 7 - Salad onions,  pak choi.
Week 50, May 14 - 
Week 51, May 21- 
Week 52, May 28-

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2 responses to “Homegrown Eating Diary or My 2011 New Year’s Resolution

  1. Phyllis English

    Way to go son. I will hold you to this and I bet you will prove that you can eat all year from food in the Wichita Ks area. I bet you will have most of it in your on home….freezing, canning and drying.

  2. Kathi Bogue (co-farmer @ TFF)

    One need only visit the local Kansas Grown farmer’s market to understand the wonderful bounty that exists for much of the year in the Wichta area. In eating local, it is our task to work with what is abundant and commit to ways of preserving these foods for consumption during the leaner times. Every local has unique harvest limitations. Deal with it…Don’t dis it.

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