Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. The exciting news here is that asparagus season has arrived, running almost a month behind last year though. Once it starts coming up, we usually get a steady supply, and we reached the one pound mark with just a couple of pickings. These first spears wound up on the grill, one of my favorite ways to prepare them.
The greens are still coming on too. I cut the first of the pak chois I have growing in the greenhouse. These weren’t full sized, but plenty big to go with some other veggies and tofu for a stir fry. I also cut some Koji tatsoi along with the Mei Qing pak choi.
I’m cutting lettuce from the greenhouse on an as-needed basis. I made several cuttings last week. Pele is a stunner in the looks department, and the leaves are tender and tasty too.
The green Tango and red Spritzer are two that are also doing well in the greenhouse. Spritzer has colored up nicely, and has likely earned a spot in future greenhouse plantings. The red lettuces don’t always develop color out there, so I am always happy to find one that does turn color.
Another Tango-esque lettuce I’m growing out in the greenhouse is Salanova Green Sweet Crisp. It has done well too, and I’ll plant more of it in the fall. It has frilly green leaves like Tango and crisp, sweet leaves.
I pulled one of the overwintered kale plants from the greenhouse for a dish I plan to make tonight with beans, kale and pasta. I believe this is True Siberian, but I’m not 100% certain. There’s a fair amount of diversity in some of the open-pollinated kales that I grow, and sometimes two plants growing side by side will look different. There’s 1.5 pounds of it whatever it is, and it will be enough for tonight and another meal or two!
I baked a couple of loaves of bread last week. One was my version of the Breadtopia Artisan Sourdough No-Knead Bread. The other was my version of the King Arthur Flour Golden Kamut Bread. I love the kamut bread for sandwiches, and I modified the recipe to use all kamut flour, about half whole grain kamut and half white kamut flour. It makes for a sturdy but tender sandwich loaf with a wonderful taste and a golden color.
And with a frost advisory issued for Saturday night, I wrapped up my early tomato plants with Agribon row cover material to keep them warm. We had a low temp here of 37°F, and thankfully I didn’t see any frost. I put a remote sensor inside one of the cages and it kept the temperature there at 40°F. Better to be safe than sorry though – grow little tomatoes!
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!