This week brought our first freezing temperatures. It got down around 25F one night, and below 30F another. All the tender herbs and vegetables are now history.

basket of Sun Gold tomatoes

The Sun Gold tomatoes were still producing in early November. They’ve given us tomatoes for five months now, starting to produce in mid June. I’m going to miss them for sure!

Sun Gold tomato on the vine

There were quite a few blooms still on them. Pretty amazing given the cold weather and several frosts lately!

Sun Gold tomato blossoms

After the freeze they are pretty sorry looking.

tomato blossom and leaves after the freeze

I decided to harvest a lot of the chard leaves before covering them with the cold frame for protection. I’m hoping to get these plants to overwinter and give us some more greens next spring. I froze some of the chard for use this winter. I plan to use it in frittatas and soups. There was a little over two pounds of chard in all.

Bright Lights and Virgo chard

I harvested the last Brown Turkey fig of the season. It wound up on my breakfast yogurt one morning, along with some sliced banana and homemade granola.

figs for breakfast

I will miss the fresh figs, but I did make a small batch of fig preserves. And we dried some of the figs so we can enjoy them later too. I enjoyed some of the preserves on the English Muffins my wife made last week.

fig preserves on homemade English muffin

I picked any ripe tomatoes I could find, and a few green ones that may ripen later. I fried some of the green ones for dinner last night. We don’t eat much fried food, but we love fried green tomatoes! I dredge these in a cornmeal/flour mix and fry them in a little oil.

fried green tomatoes

I also harvested kale this week, plus a cucumber, lettuce and arugula from the greenhouse that went on a salad. The total harvest for the week was a little over 9 pounds, bringing the total harvested for the year to 844 pounds. For more gardener’s harvests, visit Daphne’s Dandelions.

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18 Responses to Frozen!

  1. Robin says:

    We’ve had several frosts this past week. It’s amazing how long the tomato season has been this year. Fried green tomatoes….haven’t made those this year…maybe tonight!

  2. Tyra says:

    Beautiful post…and now I’m inspired and hungry, it all looks fantastic and sound delicious.


  3. Kelly says:

    Not too shabby of a harvest for this late in the season, all the food looks wonderful as usual!

  4. Emily says:

    Looks like a great late fall harvest!

  5. kitsapFG says:

    Those fried green tomatoes look delicious. What a prolific producer your Sungold plant was!

  6. Barbie says:

    Yummo! Love fired green tomatoes. Your look lovely. Good enough for breakfast even and that gives me an idea…

  7. Shawn Ann says:

    very nice! I love to look at your harvests and see what you do with them!

  8. Veggie PAK says:

    The picture of the fried green tomatoes makes me hungry! They look delicious!

  9. meemsnyc says:

    That fig preserve looks awesome. I can’t wait to grow figs in our garden next year. Our tomato plants have been producing flowers too, and some have little green tomatoes on them. I need to pull them soon. Poor plants.

  10. mac says:

    I can’t believe the Sungold tomatoes lasted this long, I’ll have to try it someday. The fig jam looks really good.

  11. Fred says:

    It’s amazing how long those Sungold kept producing!!
    Got any spare fig jam?? I’ll trade you!
    I’ve got cranberry butter, triple berry jam, strawberry jam, blueberry preserve, and beet relish… if I were you I would hoard every last bit of anything fig related…I LOVE figs in any capacity. I’d love to have a fig tree of my own, maybe when I’m out of the community garden and in a permanent spot of my own.

  12. Dan says:

    I don’t know what looks better the food or the veg! I have not had any luck getting the Bright Lights chard to overwinter. I’ve heard the green varieties are really hardy though.

  13. Angela says:

    I am still amazed that you seem to have gotten more figs in Indiana than I got in California. How large is your tree? I am afraid that I’ve been over-pruning my tree.

    Your harvest looks fabulous, like always. I hope that your greenhouse and crop covers will allow you to keep up the harvesting throughout the winter months.

  14. Daphne Gould says:

    Oh the last of the figs, how sad. I keep wondering if I can fit a fig tree into my yard somehow. Maybe.

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