Walnut Cream Cheese Shortbread Cookies - Recipe

I found this recipe when I went looking for the most pinned cookie recipe on Pinterest. This walnut cream cheese cookie came up in several different lists.  It's a Martha Stewart recipe - surprising - I tend to think of her recipes on par with Betty Crocker.  They are easy and straightforward, but not special.  Well, this one is special. Walnut Cream Cheese Shortbread Cookies are going in the permanent rotation.

These shortbread cookies have a simple classic appearance and elegant flavor.  They are an icebox type where the dough is frozen in a log and then sliced into rounds.  The cream cheese lends a nice tang to the dough, and the sugar becomes crisp and caramelized on the bottom without being too sweet, which complements the crunchy, slightly bitter flavor of the walnuts.  These are an excellent served with tea or coffee.

Every December I make cookies to give to friends and neighbors.  There are several recipes that always make an appearance: Grandma Jone's sugar cookies, and the best ever chocolate chip cookies, then there is a rotating recipe or two that I try out for the year.  This December, I had one dud recipe,  a mint chocolate cookie.  I was hoping would resemble a Girl Scout Thin Mint, but did not.  The real winner this year was Walnut Cream Cheese Shortbread!  I have been complimented and ask for the recipe enough times I decided to write it up for the blog.

The ingredients are straight forward.

I have tried this recipe both with English walnuts (Juglans regia), the kind you'll find at the grocery store and black walnuts (Juglans nigra) which are the kind we can forage and are native to the United States.  The black walnuts have a richer, earthier flavor and I prefer them in this recipe and for baking in general.

I found silicone baking mats useful for both shaping the dough logs and freezing them.  They are much more functional than parchment paper, because the baking mats have more structure and the dough easily releases from the silicone after freezing.  I also used the mats for baking the cookies because short breads are easy to burn and silicone mats do a nice job of distributing and dissipating heat.  Plus silicone baking mats are reusable!  In my journey to reducing my family's garbage this felt like a real win.

Walnut Cream Cheese Shortbread Cookies
                               via Martha Stewart Living, December 2004 issue

4 cups unbleached flour
1 1/4 teaspoons course salt
2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks), room temperature
6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups walnut halves (1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped, 1 cup finely crushed)

Whisk the flour and salt together and set aside.  In a stand mixer with beater attachment, cream the butter and cream cheese until lightened and fluffy - approximately 2 min on medium-high.  Beat in sugar and vanilla.  On a slow speed mix in the flour/salt mixture until just combined - do not over mix.  Remove the bowl and stir in 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts by hand.

Divide the dough in half and make two logs of dough about 2" in diameter.    Then freeze the logs for 30 minutes or up to 2 weeks.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Remove the dough log and roll it in half of crushed walnut pieces.  If you have trouble getting the walnut pieces to stick, either crush them smaller or wait for the dough to soften slightly and the bits will stick better.  Slice the log into cookie rounds 1/4 inch thick.  Place them on a baking sheet with silicone mat leaving one inch between each cookie.  Bake for 18-20 minutes, rotating half way through until the bottom and edges are browned.


How I Plan My Vegetable Garden

How I Plan My Vegetable Garden

In the winter I sit down with my box of seeds, the garden plan from the year before, and a notebook to get ready for the growing season ahead.  Here are the steps I take to make sure we have a full pantry next year.

Evaluating Last Year's Garden

This is our fifth year with this garden plot.  Each year has been different.  Sometimes I try new crops, like last year we grew sweet potatoes for the first time.  We've loved having them in the basement and they have kept even better than the potatoes.  This is probably because our cold storage isn't as cold as potatoes would like.  However, the sweet potatoes and winter squash love it.  I also, had an onion crop failure last year which I'm still frustrated by.    I wrote up an Annual Report on the Vegetable Garden for this blog and at the end there is a list of notes for the coming season.  I read through them to remind myself and then moved on to the next step.

Additions or Changes

I decided to grow sweet potatoes again, we don't have room for more or I would consider expanding.  This coming year I am buying both onion seed and sets to make sure we have a successful harvest.  I also decided to move some of the more water thirsty crops like basil, tomatoes and zucchini to the north end of the garden where they will be nearest the rain barrel and at the front of the soaker hoses.  Other than that, 2018 will be similar to 2017.

List of Seeds, Starts and Sets

This is the step I need to get to sooner rather than later.  I am often slack in ordering and am disappointed when exactly what I wanted is sold out or I have to order from multiple companies.  January is the month to get ordering done.  (Or even earlier - Although, I like to save my garden planning for after Christmas.)

This is an old tissue box (back from before we switched to handkerchiefs) that I cut the top off of and repurposed. 
It is just right for holding seed packets.  

I get out my box of seeds I have saved and the leftover bought seeds (I rarely use a whole packet in a season).  I pull out the packets of seeds for the veggies and herbs I want to grow and make sure there are enough seeds left.  I usually plan for twice as many seeds as I want plants, since not all of the seedlings will make it.  There are certain plants that I have trouble germinating with saved over seed packets, the most notable is basil.  I reorder fresh seeds every year.

I also go check the seed potatoes I have saved in the basement to make sure they are holding on.  So far so good - no rot!

I make a list of what I need to order.  This year that is:

Onion sets
Sweet Potato

Crop Rotation

My Crop Rotation Card

Now that I know what vegetables are going to be in the garden, it's time to figure our where they will be planted.  I have four beds, each thirty by four feet which makes crop rotation easy.  I have a four year plan.  I do grow a lot of nightshades, namely potatoes and tomatoes.  They are roughly half my garden; I make sure they don't get planted in the same place two years in a row.  Allium (onions/garlic) and squash are my other two big crops and they are on a four year rotation.   I have a note card to keep track of crop rotation.  It has a small map of the garden and a grid with the bed number across the top and the year in the left column.  Then I can see which crops are in which beds on any given year.  Looking back over the last four years, I decide the veggies that will go in each bed this year.  Since what I grow changes a little each year, it doesn't work out perfectly.  I just do the best I can.

Draft the Garden Plan

Garden Map

With my crop rotation note card at hand, I print out a map of my garden for the year.  I have a map showing the garden by square feet.  With a pencil and ruler I block out each crop's allotment.  Once that is settled, I go through and make a circle where each plant will go and an X where a hill of multiple seeds will be planted.  This information helps me remember spacing when I go to plant in the spring.  It also helps me know how much to order.  Using pencil in important.  Nothing ever quite goes as planned in a garden.

Place Seed and Plant Order

Now I have all the information, I place my seed and plant order.  I don't have a lot to buy this year.  I will only be ordering from one company to save on shipping and fuss in general.  I don't even look at seed catalogs anymore, they just make me question my plans and want things I don't have space for and aren't suited for my climate.  I get most of my advice on which varieties to try from our local market farmers. My favorite seed companies are Johnny's Selected Seeds, High Mowing Organic Seeds, and Fedco Seeds.  Don't forget to do a quick search online to see if you can find any money saving coupon codes.

This year I am ordering:

1 'Sunshine' kombocha squash seed packet
1 'Genovese' basil seed packet
1 'Harmonie' cucumber seed packet
25 'Mahon Yam' sweet potato slips
2 'Redwing' onion sets (50 per bunch)
4 'Patterson' onion sets (50 per bunch)

Order completed!

And now I'm ready for April when the onions and potatoes will be ready to put in the ground.


Annual Report on the Vegetable Garden and Harvest

It is October, 2017 and we are approaching our first frost.  The garden is still straggling along; most of the harvest is in.  It is time for the annual report.  We moved into this house in the spring of 2012. After that first year, have steadily increased our gardening knowledge and harvest.

We had four garden beds, each four by thirty feet:
  1. tomato/cucumber/dill
  2. basil/sweet potato/butternut
  3. potato
  4. onion/garlic/zucchini

    and beans on the tee-pee

We started the year in early April by planting potatoes.  I grew four varieties this year, all from The Maine Potato Lady.  I ditched the 'All Blue' out of disappointment that they were not in fact all blue.  I chose four varieties with colored flesh; going back to my old favorites of 'Adirondack Red' and 'Adirondack Blue'.  And also, tried 'Magic Molly' and 'Bora Valley' for the first time.  In the past, I have left all my potatoes to harvest at the end of the season, then stored them and been discouraged when we couldn't eat them all before their eyes grew and the potatoes got wrinkly.  This year, I only planted one bed with potatoes and I dug them as we needed potatoes starting in July.  They were small, but it was gratifying to have those early tastes.

September 3, I began the full harvest digging all the 'Adirondacks' first.  Then as time allowed I dug the 'Magic Molly' on September 24st; and the 'Bora Valley', on October 3rd.  We have been eating the harvest as needed.  I took the bulk of the potatoes down to the basement to store in our cardboard lined milk crates.

We had maybe a peck of each Adirondack and the 'Bora Valley', a half peck of the 'Magic Molly', which is a fingerling potato and not expected to produce as much as the others.  Over all, the 'Adirondack Blue' is my favorite.  The 'Adirondack Red' is more of a pink.  Perhaps there is a better red fleshed potato out there.  More variety trialing is in order.  The 'Bora Valley' produced well, but was a disappointing wishy-washy blue.  The Magic Molly was indeed a magical dark, almost purple, blue and worth its space in the garden even with lower yield. 


We planned on twenty tomato plants:
  • 12 'Amish Paste', 
  • 4 'Sun Gold' cherry tomatoes, 
  • 2 '100 Sweet' red cherries,
  • 2 slicers - 'Mortgage Lifter' and 'Pineapple'
We always seem to wind-up with a couple extra tomato plants, which we throw along the garage.  This year we had an extra 'Sun Gold' and '100 Sweet'.  Then two tomatoes the kids got from the Farmer's Market Kids Power of Produce program.  One was a red plum tomato and the other a red cherry.  The red plum was surprisingly productive, no splitting or other problems.  The German Baptist woman who was running the tent, said they were seeds she had been saving that had been passed down from her grandpa.  I should remember to save some of the seeds too.  Those little toms were great for Caprese and throwing in the dehydrator for sun dried tomatoes.

My paste tomatoes had a rough go.  They got some type of fuzzy white bug, probably wholly aphids.  I should have tried to manage them, but I did nothing and the plants produced, but not that much.  We also had to put netting over them, because there were birds pecking them as soon as they got color.  They yielded about a bushel in the first big flush.  I used them to make pizza sauce.  I had to buy/work-share for  two and a half additional bushels to reach what I needed for canning.  One of the bushels I got was a lug of heirloom slicers that were very juicy, but mostly water, and to get a nice thick consistency to my sauce, I had to cook them down to about 1/3 of their original volume.  It reminded me why I grow paste tomatoes for canning.

The 'Sun Gold' were slow to get started, but have been producing nicely, despite also being infested with wholly aphids.  The '100 Sweet' cherry are my pick for dehydrating.  It is nice to just slice them in half and pop them in.  I froze about two and a half gallons of dried tomatoes this year, most were cherry tomatoes, but some were from the farms I work-share with and some were random tomatoes that had split or needed to be processed immediately and couldn't wait for me to make sauce.

Of the two slicers 'Pineapple' was more productive and tastier than 'Mortgage Lifter' by far.   All that appealed of 'Mortgage Lifter' was its name.  'Pineapple' was a large, juicy fruit, yellow with a red/orange flame and had a full, sweet flavor.  It was prone to cracking, but self healed and sliced beautifully for BLTs.


The garlic was lovely this year.  Last year, I planted five by four feet with cloves.  I have been saving my seed each year, from heads I originally got from the Kindys four years ago.  In the spring, they came up well and scaped in early June.  I made some pesto from the garlic scapes that the kids refused to eat.  It was very strongly flavored.  I froze two batches to enjoy with friends this winter.  I harvested over 100 heads of garlic a month later.  It took me a bit to get them cleaned and into storage.  I held back the best heads to replant this fall and the rest of the garlic is in in the basement ready for the long nights ahead.

My onions were a bust.  I ordered sets from The Maine Potato Lady.  They arrived at an inopportune moment when it was very wet.  They had to sit awhile before I got them in the ground.  And then once they were planted we got a late frost and that was the end for 80% of them.  The few 'Red Wings' that made it past the frost, grew into huge onions. They had a great summer weather and lots of room after most of their brethren bit it.  Hawkins were nice enough to give me a couple trays of their extra bunching onions, which I planted in the now vacant space.  They grew well enough, but they aren't storage onions.  I work-shared for a bushel and a half of storage onions at Joy Field Farm to have something onhand.

Cucumbers and Dill

It seems natural to grow cucumbers and dill next to each other.  We had a good pickle season.  I had more than enough for our dill pickle needs and plenty to share with neighbors.  I planted two kinds of cucumbers 'Harmonie' and 'Northern Pickling'  both were older seed, so I hedged my bets and put two pips of each in my three hills.  Surprisingly both germinated.  The 'Harmonie' were clear favorites.  They have a darker green skin with lots of tiny bumps and a sweet firm flesh.  The 'Northern Pickling' had the larger bumps and lighter green color.  The flavor was watery and the seeds in a four-inch or larger cucumbers were much more developed and harder than the 'Harmonie'.  Guess which one I'll grow again next year?

Dill grew fine, like dill seems to do.  I have been growing a variety called 'Dukat Leafy' dill.  It is nice, four plants produce more than my needs.  For the first time this year, I didn't cut the heads off to prevent self-seeding.  Instead, I let the seeds mature and (tried) to cut them when the seeds were starting to dry on the heads, but hadn't yet started to shatter.   I saved a lot of seeds if any local friends would like any.


I allotted four by four feet to the basil.  Basil is a finicky seed, and doesn't have a long shelf life.  Maybe my seed was old, but multiple sowings did not yield any sprouts.  We got 30 seedlings from grandpa.  Sixteen went in the sixteen square feet of space.  The others in random openings around the garden.  It was a great year for basil, very wet and mild.  We did a good job harvesting regularly to prevent flowering.  Last year we had a low harvest of basil and ran out of frozen provisions in April.  We had to go several months with no pesto and as noted in the allium section, the kids don't like garlic scape pesto.  So I was more ambitious this year.   Over the last couple months, I froze 52 batches of pesto!  That's more than I've ever done.  It's the outside goal of one batch a week for the whole year.


Zucchini is something Jeff insists we grow.  We've both come to like the yellow varieties because they are easier to see and pick than the green versions.  'Yellow Fin' is a nice straight variety that has become a favorite.  We had old seed and poor germination.  Then once new seed was acquired, we over seeded and then didn't thin, so production was low over all.  We did have a couple weeks of plenty in early September.  I didn't freeze any this year.

Butternut Squash is one of my favorites.  It gets sweeter as the winter gets darker and is one of the foods we can enjoy in the lean months of February and March.  My seed for this year was also not cooperative.  We wound up growing random bulk seeds from the hardware store.  They had a late start and are maybe going to make it to maturity before frost.  I've been bringing the squash in as they get ripe and harden up, we will probably yield 10-12 small ones.  I would have loved to have 20-30 butternuts to store for winter.  I got ten more from Joy Field to supplement our harvest.

Sweet Potato

It has not frozen yet and I'm letting the sweet potatoes keep growing.  This is my first year growing them.  I bought six slips of 'Beauregard' and six of 'Covington' from The Maine Potato Lady.  I'm excited to see what they have produced in their hilled rows.  I'll have to come back and update after the harvest.

Green Beans

When Junebug was little I decided she needed a space of her own in the garden, a tee-pee to play in.  I didn't think much about what would grow on the tee-pee, that wasn't the important part.  It turns out neither of my kids liked playing in it much, but it has been an excellent place for pole beans.  We grew 'Blue Lake' green beans because they were available at the hardware store and said they were string-less.  From the six plants, we yielded around three gallons of beans.  Most we ate fresh, but a gallon or so, plus another gallon and a half from the Kindys, were pressure canned into pints.  I've always frozen my beans in the past, but there wasn't room in the freezer this year.  I hope we like canned beans.  After the initial flush of beans in late August/early September, I've been harvesting a handful here and there. There are still flowers coming, but the season is almost over.

Closing Thoughts

And that's it for the 2017 Growing Season.  This was the year of the bountiful basil and the pathetic onions.  In our 480 square feet of space, we grew veggies and herbs to eat fresh and enough to fill most of my canning jars and the chest freezer.  The old coal-shoot in our basement that we use as the root cellar needs more shelves to hold all the goodies we stored for winter.

Next Season 

After spending time reflecting on the garden writing this post up, I have a few ideas I want to write down for my future garden-planning self.

Things to try next year:
  • Nasturtiums - you can eat the flower and the seed pod, plus they are pretty.
  • Save more of your own seeds, particularly try cucumbers and tomatoes - the wet seeds are always intimidating - just go for it.   
  • Be more proactive if onion sets don't take.  Make sure you are buying storage onions like: 'Patterson', 'Copra', 'Red Wing', or 'Red Bull'
  • One bed of just potatoes and one of just allium is good for our family of four.  
  • Maybe expand so you can have more room to try more pumpkins and winter squash.  Wouldn't some French Cinderella pumpkins be awesome for eating and decorating with? 
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The State of the Garden this Monday

There is frost for the second time on the garden this morning.  Over the last two weeks we have ripped out the warm season veggies, brought in the hoses and stored the tomato cages, rain barrel, and teepee.  The onions, garlic, winter squash and potatoes are boxed up in the basement.  Yet to do is move the compost pile onto the garden beds and raking the leaves into the perennial beds; then we will be ready for winter.

I'm going to try something a little different and use this space to collect some thoughts about being a better gardener, cook and world citizen:

  • Alli Cherry started her YouTube channel by sharing how she and her husband are renovating a vintage Travco RV.  Then I discovered she also does the capsule wardrobe thing and is working towards a less consumerist lifestyle. It's good stuff
  • My brother in-law has decided to start carrying small bills to give when people ask.  So far he has discovered he doesn't actually run into panhandlers that often.  Three Ways to Responsibly and Compassionately Respond to Panhandling
  • This compilation of links was inspired by the weekly posts of food blogger Joy the Baker and her Let it Be Sunday series
  • A heart warming duet by Yonina singing One Day by Matisyahu. That baby is so cute
  • Standing with Standing Rock and the NoDAPL movement (No Dakota Access Pipeline). Consider sending them a little Thinking of You present for being a strong anti-fracking, pro-clean water voice.
  • Dig out a couple safety pins to put on your jacket lapels.  The Powerful Reason Americans are Wearing Safety Pins
  • I've been reading Jane Goodall's books over the last couple months.  Reasons for Hope is her personal journey through life and how she shepards courage even as the chimpanzee she has devoted her life to are hunted, used for animal testing, and losing their habitat to agriculture and climate change. Roots and Shoots
  • Lessons from a Local Food Scam Artist humor with a side of how racism can hides in our preconceived notions of what a place should be.
  • Who loves a good thrift store? I try to buy my family's clothes and pretty much all kids' stuff second hand.  Here's a look at What to Buy When Thrift Store Shopping.  I love finding signed pottery and wooden cooking utensils too!
  • Cabbage Soup is one of the fall staples around here.  Our CSA share had all the vegetable ingredients this week.
  • A fun listen when your in the kitchen - The Dinner Party Download
  • Before we head into cold weather in earnest, take a walk in a meadow and then make some milkweed pod babies.  I plan on adding one for each child to our Christmas tree this year.  

I hope you have a mug of something warm and go out to see the bright full moon, 

- Foy


Putting By the Harvest

I put an extra quilt on the bed last week and even turned on the furnace one morning when we woke up to the house at fifty degrees.  But we are still keeping watch for frost, waiting for winter to arrive.  I have crested the ridge of putting food by and find the downward slope leaves enough time to write.

Foy Update: Canned Goods in the Pantry 2015
The canned goods in the basement pantry as of the beginning of October 2015

It was a wet spring, which caused flooding at some farms near by.  Our quarter acre with the house and garden are raised above the street level, a side effect of the house preexisting the road.  The garden only benefited from the constant moisture.

We more than doubled the size of the home garden by extending our three existing beds and adding a fourth.  Most of the added space was planted with potatoes.  It might be fair to refer to this year as The Year of the Potato.

Here's what the garden looked like full swing in August.  Next year I'll have to get out the step ladder when taking photos so you can see more detail.

Foy Update: Home Vegetable Garden in August 2015
Our home vegetable garden in August

If it hadn't been for the cutworms we would have easily had one of the best harvests I've ever grown. However, I was determined to get my plants in the ground before I started working on the farms for the summer and so we planted all the tomatoes on May 15th.  And then replanted them over and over again for the next couple weeks as critters cut them off at their base over and over again.  With the help of my lovely online community I learned that getting the tomatoes in the ground early put them in the path of the cutworms who do their cutting for a couple weeks before they pupate into uninspiring, drab moths.  Once I fashioned a bunch of yogurt containers to make collars around the seedlings, we had an effective barrier, and finally our tomatoes got growing.  However, by then we were farther behind then if we had waited to plant until June.

We still harvested quite a few tomatoes.  From the ten San Marzano type paste tomato plants, we yielded perhaps a bushel (45-50 pounds), part of which are currently stewing on my stove.  I tried a new kind of grape tomato called 'Five Star'.  They were quite expensive and quite disappointing in both yield and flavor.  I will be sticking to the heirloom 'Jasper' instead which I grew for the second year and produced lots of tasty, tiny cherry tomatoes.  The ones we didn't eat fresh were dehydrated and frozen for future use as sun dried tomatoes.  For Jeff, I also grew four 'Sun Gold' cherry tomato plants which are delicious, but suffered for their late start and they never really got going so the yield was low.  We also had some kind of blight going on.

Foy Update: Blighted San Marzano Paste Tomatoes 2015
San Marzanos looking a little blighted in late summer 2015

I knew I wasn't growing as many tomatoes as I wanted to put up, so over the last couple weeks I procured another two bushels of paste tomatoes and turned them into pizza sauce and enchilada sauce.  I would still like to make some Kingsolver sauce, assuming I can get another bushel from one of the farms.  That and some apples for apple sauce and I will be done putting up food for the fall.

I didn't try any new preserving recipes this year, rather I did all of recipes I have liked in the past.  I filled all my quart jars.  There are enough empty pints left to get by.  My only innovation was making raspberry/strawberry/blueberry jam.  I didn't mean to make it.  I was trying to half a recipe for raspberry jam, when I dumped a whole recipe worth of pectin into the pot of bubbling fruit.  So I dug around in the freezer and found a partial bag of last year's strawberries and some blueberries we picked in Michigan this summer.  The Rasp-Straw-Blue Berry jam turned out better than expected.

Foy Update: Bean teepee of 'Asian Red Noodle Beans' and purple hyacinth beans
Bean teepee of 'Asian Red Noodle Beans' and purple hyacinth beans

Both the refrigerator and chest freezer have been rearranged several times to make room for the zip-lock bags of pesto, bell peppers, green beans, red noodle beans, zucchini and dried tomatoes.

Foy Update: 'Adirondack Red' and 'German Butterball' Potato Harvest 2015
'Adirondack Red' and 'German Butterball' potato harvest

We have boxes of potatoes in the garage, probably in excess of 200 pounds.  I am enjoying having a pretty variety to cook.  I grew 'All Blue', 'Adirondack Red', 'German Butterball' and 'Kennebeck'.

Foy Update: Winter Squash Harvest 2015

This weekend I brought in the winter squash.  I grew butternut and spaghetti squash.  I'll be curious to see how long it takes us to eat them all.  If you follow me on FaceBook or Instagram you probably saw the boxes stored in our guest bedroom.

I regret not having room for sweet potatoes in the garden this year.  If 200 pounds of potatoes proves to be too much, I will be changing some of the garden square footage from potatoes to sweet potatoes next year.

And that's something I didn't hadn't fully grasp until just now.  I can write down how many pounds and quarts of each vegetable I put by, but I won't know if that was a good amount for our family until next spring.  This is the first year I may have grown more than our family can eat.  Or maybe we will have some of the harvest rot in storage before we can eat them.  That's my worst nightmare; do all the work of planting, tending, harvesting, storing and then have it go bad.

This creates a whole new dilemma.  I'm not sure how to store crops like potatoes, winter squash, onions and garlic for a long time.  In the past, we have always eaten the dry storage produce by Christmas.   I have been asking around and it seems like a root cellar would be great idea, but we don't have one.  I will have to make do with a detached garage, a warm basement and a guest bedroom that could be unheated.  I have fantasies about sectioning off the old coal shoot in the basement to make a cold storage room.  I feel like a serious gardener now that dreams include building a root cellar.

For my future self and those of you interested, I am going to end this post with a spread sheet of our harvests since we started gardening at this house (2012-2015).

Foy Update: Harvest Data from 2012-2015 for our home garden
Click to see enlarge

It's been a busy growing year and I'm excited to try going even bigger next year.