Today’s assignment has to do with the food side of grocery shopping. Before we can determine how much we want to cut down at the grocery store, we need to know how much we are capable of growing. We do not want to commit to cutting back 50% , when we can only grow and/or raise enough to cut back 25%. Make sense?
Time to brush up on your math skills.
Our first step is to determine how many servings our family needs per year of any crop. Some of you might not have enough space or time to raise enough of any certain vegetable to sustain you for a year, and that is okay. But, we need to work backwards on this one. Once you figure out how many servings, you can then figure out how much space it takes to grow that much. If you don’t have the space that it requires to grow a certain veggie that will supply you for a whole year, then you can adjust your servings to make it a doable goal for you.
Let’s look at servings per pound of vegetable. A serving is a half-cup. These are the most common vegetables.
Servings per pound
- Beans – 4.4
- beets – 2.8
- broccoli – 3.1
- cabbage – 2.8
- carrots – 2.8
- corn(kernels) – 1.7
- cucumber – 4.4
- garlic – 133 (1 clove servings)
- lettuce, leaf – 6.6
- okra – 5
- onions – 20.6 (2 TBS servings)
- peas, shelled – 1.7
- peppers, green – 5.8
- potatoes – 2.8
- sweet potatoes – 3.1
- spinach – 11.7 fresh, 3.6 cooked
- squash, summer – 3.4
- squash, winter – 2.5
- tomatoes, fresh – 2.3
Fruit servings per pound
- apples – 2.8
- blackberries – 4.1
- cantaloupe – 2.6
- cherries – 3.4
- grapes – 1.9
- peaches – 3.4
- pears – 3.4
- plums – 3.4
- strawberries – 6
- watermelon – 2.7
This is a chart that I created to get started on numbers.
Your assignment is to find out how many servings you would need to last a year.
If you would like a copy, click the download above.
Right next to the number of servings, write down the number of servings you will need in the same box.
Don’t forget to put this in your notebook!
Here is what mine looks like so far. You can download this one if your serving sizes are similar to mine. Remember, we are a family of 7 and we like to eat!
Once you have your servings all figured out, your next assignment will be to figure out how many pounds per year per veggie/fruit you will need. But, I don’t want to overwhelm you! So, focus on servings for now.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask and/or comment below!