Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related.This past week I harvested the first tomatoes of the year. It was a mix of several small-fruited types, including the orange Sun Gold and Sun Sugar, the reds Mexico Midget, Candyland Red and Supersweet 100, the purple Carbon Copy and the tiny yellow-white Champagne. The first tomatoes are always a real treat, and these were all pretty tasty to me. My wife and I enjoyed these for a lunchtime tasting and Sun Gold is still hard to beat on flavor, with Champagne coming in second, at least for this batch.
Another first for the year was potatoes. I dug some of the Red Lasoda, which is not my favorite red skinned potato but it’s what I found available locally and what I planted. I still have Kennebec and German Butterball to dig up later. I find sweet potatoes much easier to grow here, so I am thankful for whatever potatoes I get.
The potatoes were destined to get cooked up with the first snap beans of the season. I planted one bush bean variety this year called Derby, a 1990 AAS winner I’ve grown for many years. It’s a dependable producer for me that will give us some snap beans while we are waiting for the pole beans to come on.
More summer squash is setting on pretty much daily. In the basket below there’s the yellow pattypan Sunburst, the zucchini Striata d’Italia, and the heirloom White Scallop. The one White Scallop must have been a twin blossom. I’ve also been harvesting Romanesco, Clarimore, Astia, Bossa Nova and Enterprise, which means all the summer squash I planted is now producing.
More blackberries are ripening too, and I’ve been picking about a quart total each day of the Natchez and Apache varieties I have planted. The bird netting seems to be keeping the deer out of them, and thankfully bird damage is also very minimal. I’ve already frozen two gallons of them, and my wife and I are enjoying them every morning at breakfast.
Lynda has been harvesting the blueberries. It’s Elizabeth and Chandler that are giving up the most berries, and Sunday she picked almost a quart of them. Like the blackberries we’re freezing the ones we don’t eat.
The greenhouse cucumbers are finally starting to come on. That’s Corinto and the smaller Picolino in the below photo. Picolino wound up in a salad and I sliced the Corinto on my mandolin (not the one with strings) and made Quick Refrigerator Pickles out of it.
With lots of Kossak kohlrabi coming in from the garden, I decided to ferment some of it. I made a quart jar of basic kohlrabi kraut, plus a golden kraut with kohlrabi and fresh grated turmeric, ginger and garlic. I also made kohlrabi ‘pickles’, seasoned with a little dried hot pepper and some fresh crushed garlic.
The golden kraut turned out to have a lovely color and flavor. Dried turmeric would also work but I happened to have some fresh and about a teaspoon of it grated up was all it took to color the shredded kohlrabi.
I harvested more garlic, digging the rocambole types German Red, Russian Red and Killarney Red. I also cleaned up and weighed one variety I harvested a couple of weeks ago. Xian is a Turban type with purple outer bulb wrappers. And doesn’t it look good in the bowl my wife made? The tomatoes in the first photo are in another of her creations.
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!