Harvest Monday - July 4, 2016
First of all - Happy 4th of July to all those south of the border! Our tradition on Canada Day (which was a few days ago on July 1st) is to go out for breakfast and then watch the fireworks in the evening. Whether you go out or stay in, I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday today. Now on to the main attraction... the harvests!
First up this week was the smallest, but most exciting harvest:
|Fall Gold Raspberry|
Next up is broccoli. I harvested from 2 varieties, neither of which was overly impressive. Packman gave us a good sized head, but it was not exactly uniform:
The next newcomer this week is sugar snaps:
|Sugar Snap Peas|
We are continuing to pick strawberries:
The last of the garlic scapes were harvested:
|Jericho & Royal Red Lettuce|
|Oregon Sugar Pod (left); Golden Sweet (right)|
This past week, however, I changed my tune. Why? Because I discovered the PERFECT use for them. Since I found them rather unimpressive as a fresh snow pea, I decided to see what they would be like after I gave them a quick whirl in a skillet.
I drizzled a bit of olive oil into a frying pan, added the trimmed peas and stir-fried them over medium highish heat for a couple of minutes, then sprinkled them with coarse salt. That's it. And WHAT a transformation! They were actually crisper & juicier than before I cooked them. And as a side note, it was indeed a drizzling of olive oil - perhaps 1/2 a tsp. - these are not deep-fried by any means.
|Golden Sweet Peas - Transformed|
My harvest totals this week were:
Broccoli – 398 grams (0.88 lbs)
Garlic Scapes – 244 grams (0.54 lbs)
Lettuce – 1,260 grams (2.78 lbs)
Snap Peas – 488 grams (1.06 lbs)
Snow Peas – 1,216 grams (2.68 lbs)
Strawberries – 496 grams (1.09 lbs)
Raspberries – 12 grams (0.03 lbs)
Total for Week – 4,106 grams (9.05 lbs)
Total to Date – 26.78 kg (59.03 lbs)
To see what everyone else has been harvesting over the past week, head on over to Our Happy Acres where Dave is our host for Harvest Mondays.