A look around the stuff still growing in my garden. A few things have frozen, but I am still picking, pulling, or digging things for every meal. I haven't had to buy veggies for months now. And with all the greens I've frozen, beets and cabbage I've pickled, and stuff that I canned, as well as the stuff that I still have to dig such as lots of potatoes, carrots, beets, onions and garlic, I shouldn't need to buy much for a while either.
Now I just need to get the rest of the stuff out and then add all my compost from the last year, a truckload of horse manure from a neighbor, and then till all that plus the hay that's been on there for the year in. This should help loosen up the soil here that's still a little heavy on clay. And then I can mulch it all under a bunch more hay and just plant through that in the spring.
I hope to never till it again after that, just keep adding mulch on top and planting through that. This should help reduce the amount of watering I need to do and continually enrich the soil. Already, every time I dig up something I turn up handfuls of earthworms. This spring when I planted things, I only saw two in the whole garden.
Overall, I am very happy with the production for a first year garden, in a never worked location, on top of a hill that's a boulder pile, with no irrigation, and in a zone three location. And busy making plans for next spring!