2017 food production schedule:
March - innoculate mushroom logs. Buy a small covey of quail locally.
March 8 - 12 wks from last frost date. Start seeds for leeks, shallots, onions, cabbage, brussel sprouts, strawberries.
March 13 - TSC should have red ranger meat chicks in by now. Buy 12.
April 5 - 8 wks from last frost. Start tomatoes, eggplant, pepper, herbs, flowers. Till spring garden, mulch pathways, outline permanent strawberry bed.
April 15 - opening day of trout season. Go get 'em. Don't come home with a deer tick like last year.
April 19 - Plant potato, greens, cold hardy seedlings, snow peas.
May 3 - 4 wks from last frost. Start cucumber, melons, zucchini & winter squash
Early May - harvest excess quail. Decide if I want to incubate quail eggs for an August harvest.
May 15 - till summer side of garden, mulch pathways. Start planting transplants & direct sowing if weather permits.
Mid-May - hunt morel mushrooms. Dehydrate extras. Egg production should be in full swing. Make sure I am freezing excess eggs for winter.
May 22 - waterfowl out of brooder and into goose coop. Clean out the freezer and have knives professionally sharpened in preparation for the following week.
May 29 - harvest TSC meat chicks.
June 12 - Order arrives from McMurry. 9 egg chickens (mostly Cochins), 7 red ranger meat chickens, 1 free mystery chick
June 26 - call & make date to have auction roosters processed.
July 3 - McMurry chicks out of brooder and into chicken tractor. Re-sow beans.
July 10 - re-sow zucchini.
August - canning. We are going to need a ton of tomato pints along with jelly.
Aug 14 - Order 10 red ranger meat chicks for this date.
Aug 20 - re-sow greens.
September - canning
Sept 4 - Enter and kick ass at the local fair. Harvest McMurry meat chicks, any extra roosters and drakes. New meat chicks out of brooder and into tractor.
Oct 1 - First frost date. Harvest anything left in the garden for winter poultry feed.
Oct ? - After first hard frost, dig up and store dahlia and canna tubers.
Nov 1 - Have extra geese processed along with last batch of red ranger meat chicks.
Dec - Deer season.
Reflect on things that went well, things that failed. Resolve to do better in 2018 or just buy meat at Wal-Mart like everyone else. Is it worth it? Inventory seeds and order for the new year. Cook. Bake. Rest.