Yes, I am a geek, and I spreadsheet everything. I am aware of my geekness. This past gardening season, I weighed things as they came in the kitchen from my garden. I also weighed things as I picked from others’ gardens. I eyeballed prices at the market where comparable produce may be found. I ended up with an approximation of the monetary value of what I grow and pick. Roughly $2200 last year. Pretty good value. This, of course does not include any time spent – I get that. It also does not account for the uber-food-geek joy of having the ultimate of freshness in my control. Market produce, in relative terms, is ancient compared to eating straight from the garden. If you want fresh, gardening’s the only way to go. If you’re a cheap ass like me, gardenings the only way to go. Will I track my produce like this again? Yes, cause I’m a geek. It’s what I do.
Price Tagging My Produce