2015 Vegetable Challenge!

I was recently told that there are over 200 produce items available at the grocery store, but the average person only eats about 15 of them. Next time I am at the grocery store, I plan to count everything in the produce section or perhaps I will start with asking someone who works in the produce section.

Anyway, it got me thinking! I looked at my seed list and I have everything divided into 39 categories (these are not official categories, just my categories) with 155 different varieties!! The 2015 Vegetable Challenge is to pay attention to how many different things you eat from the produce section or buy from a local farmer and then see how many you can eat in 2015! I would love to hear about new favorites and good recipes!

Today, we planted two beds in the hoop house! The tiny white tags tell you that we planted 2 varieties of lettuce plus a lettuce mix, 2 varieties of radish, 3 varieties of mustard greens and 1 variety each of spinach and arugula!

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If you are interested, here is my list of categories and the number of varieties per category…

  • Basil: 1
  • Bush Beans: 5
  • Fava Beans: 1
  • Garbanzo Beans: 1
  • Beets: 5
  • Broccoli: 5
  • Brussels Sprouts: 4
  • Cabbage: 8
  • Carrots: 8
  • Cauliflower: 3
  • Celery: 1
  • Chard: 1
  • Chives: 1
  • Cilantro: 2
  • Dill: 1
  • Popcorn: 1
  • Cucumber: 7
  • Eggplant: 1
  • Fennel: 2
  • Kale: 3
  • Leeks: 3
  • Lettuce: 11
  • Melons: 5
  • Mustard Greens: 7
  • Onions: 3
  • Peas: 1
  • Peppers, Hot: 2
  • Peppers, Sweet: 5
  • Potato: 4
  • Pumpkins: 1 baking; 3 jack-o-lantern
  • Radicchio: 1
  • Radish: 3
  • Rutabaga: 1
  • Shallot: 2
  • Spinach: 3
  • Summer Squash: 10
  • Winter Squash: 9
  • Tomato: 22
  • Turnip: 1
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