I need to clear up what may be a misconception by some of you about yesterday's post, The Value of the Garden. The value of each crop was based on the chart on Erin's blog, Like Math?, not on the actual cash values of similar crops in my area. By using the same monetary values, we can compare the "worth" of our harvests. For instance, during my growing season, I can buy onions at my local farm market for 69-cents per pound, freshly dug potatoes for 59-cents per pound, vine ripened tomatoes for $1.69, etc., etc. On the other hand, during the winter months I'd have to pay $3 and up for one red bell pepper. With such a variance in local pricing, the only way to make a comparison is if we all use the same pricing chart. That's why the "value" of my garden seems so high. In actuality, with local pricing, it would would certainly be lower.