Winter Stock Take. The hungry gap on a smallholding.

Compare last years post.

So, the nights are drawing in , yesterday it was 4 degrees. Things have stopped growing. The frosts are coming. Its time to take stock of what we have to see us through the winter. One of the aims of our project here is to see how self sufficent we can be year round in terms of fruit, veg, eggs and meat. In terms of fruit, we will now not get anything until the Rhubarb starts in late March, the first veg will be early salad in April, and the next meat harvests (apart from the Geese and lamb) will be the first rabbit breed in March time, which will give a slaughter date of June.

The freezer is looking choca block but if you take the dates above into account, we have to live between now and March on what we have which is 5/6 months. So see below, the idea is I can look back on this post and see what we need to grow more of next year.

Ground Store.

In the ground at the moment we still have about 60 leeks, and 10 chard plants, and the lovely salad bed that Becky wrote about a few blogs ago.

Dry Store

In the dry store we have.

60 onions

2 large pumpkins

8 small pumpkins

100 cooking apples

30 eating apples

I small bag of dry beans

1 jar of coriander seeds

7 jars of rasberry jam

2 jars of redcurrant jelly

1 jar of plum jam.

Freezer

Meat

Rabbit for 2 portion packs 13

Rabbit stew packs 1

Duck whole 1

Duck portion for two pack 4

Duck Stew pack 4

Duck liver 3 bags (2 portions?)

Venison large joints 4

Fish

1 norwegian cod pack (swapped for a chicken)

Ready made sauces and meals

Rabbit curry for two 2

Tom pasta Sauce 3

Curry sauce 1

Pizza 2

Rabbit stew 2

Cakes

Apple cake 1/2 8inch

Swiss Roll 1

Courgette cake 1/2 8inch

Raspberry Roulard 1

raspberry muffins 6

vegetables

5 bags of green beans

1 bag of chopped apples

5 bags of raspberry

1 bag of strawberries

24 lunchbox rhubarb pots

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