Harvest Monday March 21, 2016

Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. Some of my harvests may be repetitive from recent weeks, but I am happy to have them. I have really been enjoying the salad greens. I cut a bowl of mixed lettuce leaves from one of the salad boxes in the greenhouse. All this in the below photo was from a Wild Garden Lettuce Mix I planted back in November. I’ve gotten several harvests from this box, and I decided to make one final cutting and then replant it with some new stock.

harvest of Wild Garden Lettuce Mix

harvest of Wild Garden Lettuce Mix

Another repeater harvest was from the True Siberian kale growing in the greenhouse. It got sauteed briefly in olive oil with a bit of garlic added, and made a quick and tasty side dish.

True Siberian kale

True Siberian kale

It’s not all repeats though. Last week I cooked up the dried Trail of Tears beans that I harvested in 2015. It was just over one cup of them before cooking. I love these beans in the kitchen, but they have been fairly shy producers in the garden. I’ve decided not to grow them this year, and devote that space to other beans.

Trail of Tears dried beans

Trail of Tears dried beans

The cooked beans met up with the earlier lettuce harvest and was served up on tostadas.

black bean tacos

black bean tacos

The rest of the beans went in a black bean and quinoa dish my wife cooked up for dinner one night. A little homegrown cilantro and a splash of lime juice perked up the flavor nicely, and a sprinkle of smoked Aji Angelo peppers added a bit of heat.

black beans and quinoa

black beans and quinoa

I saved the best harvest of the week (in my opinion) for last. My wife cut the first spears of asparagus on Thursday. We grilled these and enjoyed them thoroughly!

first asparagus harvest

first asparagus harvest

In other news, our cat Ace and I both celebrated birthdays in March. One of us turned four, and the other one isn’t saying! My wife likes to get us to pose together for a birthday photo every year. He is not camera shy, but he is getting to be an armful to hold.

the March birthday boys

the March birthday boys

Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to share, add your name and blog link to Mr Linky below. And be sure and check out what everyone is harvesting!

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15 Responses to Harvest Monday March 21, 2016

  1. Erin says:

    Oh Ace is so cute! I love a good tuxedo cat. Happy birthday to both of you
    Do you do anything special for your asparagus? I’ve got some seedlings I want to plant out in a bed that’s gone a bit sideways..

  2. Sue Garrett says:

    Happy Birthday to you both.

  3. Norma Chang says:

    Happy birthdays to you and Ace. The black beans and quinoa definitely a most healthy dish. Nothing happening in my asparagus bed yet, hoping soon.

  4. Susie says:

    Happy birthday Dave and Ace! Mmm, those tacos and that quinoa dish look sooo good! My lettuce is not quite an inch tall yet so a few more weeks to go before I can enjoy some.

  5. Susie says:

    By the way, I can’t see the Mr Linky tool?

  6. Mark Willis says:

    Sorry Dave, but I have nothing to contribute to Harvest Monday this week, so I’m “just looking”…. I will probably be a few weeks before I have any significant harvests to report. Great pic of you with the cat. He looks enormous. (Well fed, presumably!)

  7. Margaret says:

    Happy birthday…to both you and Ace! I have some Trail of Tears in the pantry still and I’m now certain that they will end up in a quinoa salad – looks so delicious! And congrats on the first asparagus of the season! I keep checking to see if any of mine are up, but nothing yet.

  8. A nice birthday tradition–a picture with a favorite pet. Yes, best for last–the asparagus. It always says spring to me. Unfortunately my bed has been overtaken by roots from the apricot tree and a replanting of the twenty year old bed did not take. I’ll just celebrate with everyone who makes their first cutting.

  9. Michelle says:

    Happy Birthday to both of you. I love how Ace is looking right into the camera, he is not camera shy at all! Beans and quinoa looks like a great combo, I think I’ll give that a try. I’m trying to get through my stash of beans before they get too old, but it’s surprising how well even 2 year old homegrown beans cook up.

  10. Stoney Acres says:

    We are in a lettuce drought right now. I’m about 2 or 3 weeks away from out next planting being ready. So I’m jealous of your harvest!

  11. Happy Birthday to both the birthday boys. I am getting good harvests of citrus and avocados here in Southern California, but I haven’t been taking photos or doing my blog lately.

  12. I wish I had your salad and greens repeats! My brassicas have been destroyed by pigeons, they managed to negotiate around my mesh barriers using some kind of The Matrix contortions.

    And it’s lovely to see you both, happy birthdays! Our cat is an old lady…16 years old later on in the year.

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