Friends, I am about to share with you some shocking carrot statistics.
The other day, I harvested a 2-foot-by-2-foot patch of carrots from my garden. I stashed my harvest in the fridge until I could deal with it, and tonight I washed, sliced and blanched the carrots, to get them ready for the freezer.
From that 4 square feet of growing space, I ended up with three bags of carrots, totaling 8 pounds. EIGHT pounds! Two pounds per square foot seems good to me.
Even better, though, is how much those 8 pounds cost me. I had planted the carrots by seed earlier in the year, and they were purple-skinned carrots from a seed company called Botanical Interests. The seeds (which were on sale) cost me $1. Admittedly, that’s a great deal for seed.
So, in the end, I paid 12.5 cents per pound for these organic, homegrown, delicious carrots. Amazing! Yes, I would need to factor in the money I spent to water the garden to get a true cost. I could also factor in a few pennies for my Ziploc bags, but because I reuse each of these bags approximately 3,000 times, I call that a wash. Any way you slice it, this is badass.
Long story short: I love gardening; I love carrots; organic food isn’t always expensive; I want you to feel so shocked and awed that you plant 4 square feet of carrots in spring.
If you happen to see frozen organic carrots at the supermarket, leave a comment here to share how much they cost per pound. Now anything more than about 25 cents per pound is going to seem extravagant.