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Jan012011

2011: A Produce Calendar Odyssey 

Happy New Year!

Last year I resolved to eat more locally grown and seasonally appropriate fruits and vegetables. And to aid in that effort, I made some quirky little calendars. And  while I have occasionally snacked on an apple in june or sliced up a hothouse tomato in the doldrums of February, I think I can report that I have mostly lived up to that resolution. I like to think the calendars helped with that.

This year I took a different approach to my seasonal foods calendar. Each month features an illustrated fruit or vegetable, along with reminders of the other goodies that are at their peak in that month. Obviously, growing seasons vary around the globe, but I did my best to approximate what is generally in season in large parts of North America for each month. I'm very happy with the way they turned out, and I hope you are, too.

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But it wouldn't be the new year without a new resolution, right? And working through these drawings for the last few weeks has given me a lot of time to think about what I ought to challenge myself to this year. I've decided that 2011 will be my year of taking care of myself. That means, of course, continuing my seasonal produce odyssey. But it also means getting more sleep. Reading more books. Finding more quiet. Getting more exercise. Singing more 80s pop songs at the top of my lungs. And—ahem, this is the hard one—valuing myself. And that starts today.

This website is a labor of love for me. I would be doing it even if you weren't reading. But it's so much more fun because you do. Because you write to me and share your own funny stories, because you are kind enough to tell me, from time to time, that you appreciate what I do. I use the site to promote my tiny side business, and I get the occasional affiliate payment because you buy something from Amazon after visiting my site (I'm looking at you, Kate!), but this is not a money-making endeavor. And that's okay with me. I LOVE sharing my little doodles and flights of fancy with you, and as long as Cottage Industrialist is around I will ALWAYS make those freely available.

But. And there is a but. This is hard work! For this year's calendars, I designed a new font, refreshed my research about the seasons for North American produce, and drew 12 brand-new illustrations. All-told, I put in about 40 hours of work on these. And but for wanting to brain myself while drawing kernel after kernel of corn, I loved doing it. Still, as I labored stroke by stroke over the thistly choke on March's artichoke and the craggy details of October's carrots, I got to thinking about the widely held concern among artists and craftspeople about the danger of giving their work away, especially in the era of Etsy and the internet. If we make something freely available because we take joy in sharing and we enjoyed the work for its own sake, are we saying, "This thing I spent all this time making is really cool, but it's only worth $.00"? Are we, in essence, devaluing ourselves and our work? Are we letting our desire to share our work (which is an eensy bit tied up with ego, but that's a whole other conversation) trump our desire to be respected and valued for it?

I don't know. But here's what I'm going to do about it today. I'm not going to plaster my site with ugly ads. No, I'm going all NPR on you. Yep. If you want to support the stories and projects and designs that you get here, you can show your support (in any amount you choose) with a small PayPal donation.* If that's not your thing or you don't have a dollar to spare, that's a-ok—I love emails, too! I'm happy you're here, no matter what. It's not about the money, it's about reminding myself that my work and my time are valuable.

So, without further ado, here they are, in a single, printable PDF—convenient, yes, but also huge (15MB), so be patient! Each calendar is sized to print on a single sheet of 8.5x11" paper.

Now go eat your vegetables!

*This is different from NPR in at least one very important way, though: my site may not be profitable, but I am not a non-profit, so don't go claiming your donation as a tax deduction, or I'll have to take off my blogger hat and put my criminal defense lawyer hat to keep you out of trouble!

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Reader Comments (26)

Oh Cameron!
I am going to buy that calendar but I will be stealing the New Year's resolution. You are amazing. (Now update your copyright to include 2011 before I start looting this joint.)
Happy New Year!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Beeeautiful, sistuh!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Love your veggies! Hope I didn't get you started on another project by asking for a screensaver.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjam

I have always admired your style. I love the theme for this years calendar. I am printing it and putting it up in my kitchen!

Thanks for all your hard work!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

For some reason I cant get any part of this wonderful calendar to download. as a PDF file or other wise...any help would be greatly appreciated

Kelly D ><> :)

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKElly D < :)

Kelly, I just downloaded it on another computer. With our high-speed DSL, it still took more than 5 minutes for the whole file to download. Try right-clicking to save to your computer--that might give you a progress bar or error message that would help me troubleshoot the problem.

January 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterCameron Blazer

The calendar is sooooo beautiful-each and every page. Thank you so much!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue

We went totally seasonal in our produce consumption last year. The easiest way to do that was to join a CSA. It was AWESOME! It forced me to branch out from what I'd normally buy. I had to find recipes for things outside of my comfort zone like rhubarb, beets and kohlrabi. Now I can't imagine life with out my new veggies!

Rad calendar, by the way. :)

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

I just wanted to say that I love your calendar!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikaela

Wow, this is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Love how your calenders coincide with the new year asspirations! just glorious and refreshing

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDown Comforter

What a beautiful calendar!! I just wanted to let you know I'm sending people here from my blog. http://katesshortandsweets.blogspot.com/2011/01/produce-calendar-free-printable.html

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I am absolutely SQUEALY with delight. I hated to see my calendar from last year expire and was hoping that you would create a new one to grace 2011. You delivered beautifully! Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us. Have a blessed, joyful, happy New Year

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhelen

Lovely site here and your calendar is sweet. We've met from Spoonflower. As always, your design work is fabulous. Have a healthy and happy New Year!

This is truly beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterG. Lee

Lovely! Thank you so much for the calendar!

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia

Thanks for the calendar. I loved last year's version so I came back this year HOPING for a new edition. I also loved your sweatshirt into fireman's jacket project. Your creativity is awe-inspiring!

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee Ann Bailey

beautiful calendar! thank you :)

January 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjill

Thanks so much for sharing these. I really appreciate it and have featured you on my blog today:
http://www.mydeliciousambiguity.com/2011/01/free-printable-2011-calendars.html
Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Have a great day!

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Thanks for the calendar! It's great. Can't wait to print it and use it. Also love the easy slant font. Thank you for sharing your talents and time.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheri

I just stumbled onto your blog and love your calendar and artwork. Thanks for sharing!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

I love your calendar!! Thank you so much for putting the time and effort into it.

On a side note, if you are looking for a new way to enjoy kale, saute and onion in a bit of olive oil, add coarsely chopped kale and saute until pretty wilted, add some feta cheese and stir until warmed. If your feta is low salt, you made need a bit more. Love kale this way!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I just found your blog and I really LOVE IT everything is so creatively done and I am so glad you blog.

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I love this! Mind if I link back to it on my blog?

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie Rhoades

Cameron, I've adored this calendar for many months and was curious if you're planning on making a 2012 calendar? xo, Regina

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

Just stumbled across your gorgeous calendar. I want. I want. Please say 2012 is in the works?

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

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