We went from hot, hot, hot to sweater weather overnight. This morning it was only 4C/40F, but it’s supposed to heat up again as of tomorrow, so I’m hoping that my warm weather veg keep going for a while longer.
This past week was a bit slow on the harvest front. The first of the Stocky Red Roaster peppers were harvested and they were delicious!
|Stocky Red Roaster & Melrose peppers|
together with a couple of Sure Thing zucchini
I didn’t roast them, but instead stuffed them with a ricotta/spinach mixture and baked them topped with some “Lazy Baked Tomato Sauce” – thanks to Michelle for that idea. It’s come in very handy, especially for quickly dealing with those less than perfect tomatoes that I don’t want to use for canning.
And yes, those are two more zucchini (Sure Thing) from the squash bales. And then a couple of Romanesco's were harvested yesterday:
The peppers have slowed down quite a bit, but I did manage to get a few sweet & hot peppers from the plants this week:
|Jimmy Nardello, Pepperoncino & Padron peppers|
|From top left: Brandywine, Amish Paste, Sungold, Taxi, Opalka,|
Aunt Ruby's Yellow Cherry, Juliet, Mountain Magic, Yellow Pear (center)
And look at this huge Opalka:
|This Opalka was literally a handful ;)|
|Yesterday's tomato harvest|
I harvested a bunch of the Vermont Cranberry beans earlier in the week:
|Vermont Cranberry Beans|
|Vermont Cranberry & the remaining Cherokee Trail of Tears|
I waited much too long to thin out the carrots and I’m concerned that the crowding has slowed down their growth. Hopefully they start to size up quickly now. Although tiny, we did enjoy the thinnings, which I roasted in the oven together with some eggplant & turnips.
I harvested the French Prune plums last week as well in two small pickings. They are TINY, but oh so good. Still my favourite fresh eating variety from the 5-in-one tree.
|French Prune Plums|
I harvested a bunch of broccoli - and that hyper plant is still producing like crazy.
|The shoots from the hyperactive plant are on the top left, runty shoots|
are on the top right & the bottom shoots are from the rest of the plants
And lastly, I had a huge picking of chard, most of which I blanched and froze:
|Fordhook Giant & Peppermint Chard|
My harvest totals this week were:
Broccoli - 952 grams (2.10 lbs)
Sweet Peppers - 443 grams (0.98 lbs)
Hot Peppers - 86 grams (0.19 lbs)
Summer Squash - 1,375 grams (3.03 lbs)
Swiss Chard - 2,225 grams (4.91 lbs)
Tomatoes - 3,222 grams (7.10 lbs)
Plums - 126 grams (0.28 lbs)
Total for Week - 8,429 grams (18.58 lbs)
Total to Date 110 kg (242.49 lbs)
To see what everyone else has been harvesting over the past week, head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions, our host for Harvest Mondays.
Till next time…