Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. It’s another light harvest week for me. I pulled a couple of scallions and cut a few sprigs of parsley, but they were not worth dragging out the camera! The only thing big enough to weigh was another batch of sunflower sprouts. We have been enjoying these all winter in a number of ways, including on sprout sandwiches. It’s my turn to cook this week and I do plan on using some of the greenhouse kale for at least one meal, plus I have lettuce in there that’s ready to harvest as well.
But in late breaking news, yesterday I found the first spear of asparagus peeking up out of the ground! After waiting all winter for the first taste of homegrown asparagus, it looks like we won’t have much longer to wait. It usually starts off slow, but with several warm days forecast for next week more spears should be popping up soon. Last year we harvested 30 pounds of it, so it is definitely an important contributor to our early spring harvests. We generally cut our mature plants for a couple of months.
And speaking of sandwiches, they call for bread, and around here that means homemade bread. So I made a loaf of sourdough sandwich bread last week, using the Artisan Sourdough No-Knead Bread recipe from Breadtopia. It couldn’t have been much easier. The dough gets an overnight bulk ferment, then a quick shaping before it’s tossed in a loaf pan for the final proofing. My wife and I were pleased with how it turned out, and I will be experimenting with this and other recipes in the future. This week I want to dust off my Spelt Sourdough Sandwich Bread recipe and make a loaf of that. And I also plan on making a sourdough pizza crust in the near future.
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!