Nightly Rituals

Every night after dinner we take our basket and head outside. We pick strawberries. Then peas. And last night we pulled the first carrots- only 4 that were too close to others....but carrots are always exciting, especially for kids. This year the carrots are extra exciting because we didn't just plant orange ones, we planted rainbow ones too. So you never know which color you are going to pull up.

Tonight's were purple, yellow and white

Once the picking, and playing, is done we head inside to our trusty, but probably not all that accurate scale...One day I'll get a real kitchen scale, but for now we use the boys' scale from our science shelf.

Tonight's harvest: 1.5 lbs of peas, 1.5 lbs of strawberries, and 4 carrots- which was about an ounce.

We have small zucchinis, cucumbers and tomatoes growing, but it will be a few more weeks before we get to bring any inside. I have a few different reasons for weighing- It helps teach the boys measurement of weight, we all can see how much our work in the garden pays off, and I am just plain curious as to how much food we grow. We are also taking part in the Freedom Harvest Challenge. Their goal is to raise 1 million pounds of food in a year.


  1. That is awesome! Our harvest isn't for another month... but I would love to join in on the challenge. How do you do it?


  2. Hey have you seen this site?

    I was thinking it would be great to have a bunch of 'heathen homeschoolers' (as defined in her post) write her so we can get a list together of blogs of us non-religious teaching folk.

    What do you think?


  3. Just join at they have a section on the forum to post every month- I think they are working on a better calculation tool too. I have the Path to Freedom (Dervaes Family) on my blog reader too.

    I found that Heathen Homeschoolers awhile back....looks like they've changed it... is their networking site but I had to rejoin...She's doing more with her blog now- I'll have to look at it more later...

  4. OMG! I cannot believe how much produce you have on that table. WOW.

    I agree with Val, a "heathen homeschoolers" circle would be...dare I say it? Heavenly. :-)

    I'm just waiting, waiting, waiting for our harvest. Probably will start about late-June/ early-July. Sigh.

  5. Wow! That looks fabulous. I love your colorful carrots!