Harvest Monday July 1, 2019

Once again it’s time for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. Tomatoes have finally started ripening here, and I got a small selection of cherry tomatoes last week. The red Jasper is small but super sweet, while the Sun Sugar is golden and Fire Fly is white. Most of these wound up on salads or got eaten for snacks.

first cherry tomatoes

Jasper tomatoes

Summer squash is still coming on strong, and I’ve been busy freezing a lot of it for later use. The yellow Tempest and the two-toned Zephyr are hanging out with various zucchinis in the below photo.

summer squashes

I’m growing Green Griller for the first time. It’s a green zucchini that makes short, blocky fruit that are ideal for slicing lengthwise and grilling.

Green Griller squash

The broccolini harvest is about over but I did get a decent cutting of it last week. I’ll replant for a fall crop, and it’s almost time to start those seeds here soon. I’ve already got some collard greens seedlings going.

Broccolini side shoots

My wife continues to get good sized harvests of blueberries every few days. We enjoy eating them fresh then freeze the rest. The mosquitoes love her so she has to wear long pants and spray bug repellent every time she harvests.

blueberry harvest

blueberry harvest

Kossak kohlrabi is my favorite for fermenting, since it makes large sized bulbs. These seven weighed seven pounds total, with some weighing more than a pound and the smaller ones a bit less. The larger size makes it easy to grate for kraut or to slice into sticks for fermented kohlrabi pickles, which is exactly what I did with most of these. I did a Variety Spotlight on Kossak a few years back with more info on this great variety. I’ll be growing it again this fall too.

Kossak kohlrabi

And I started digging garlic last week. Red Janice was one of the earliest to start drying down, so I dug it first. I will be digging more this week as the early ones are browning up fast. The fresh garlic is so juicy and a nice change to the stored bulbs we’ve been using all winter.

Red Janice garlic

Last but not least I made a cutting of flat leaf parsley to go in a tabouli salad. Parsley is our most-used herb here, with basil and cilantro coming in second. I have basil growing right now but the cilantro has all bolted long ago.

flat leaf parsley

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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7 Responses to Harvest Monday July 1, 2019

  1. It’s amazing how quickly your harvests have accelerated, what a great insight I’m getting to different climates by reading your blog and the links! : All the best – Steve

  2. Sue Garrett says:

    Insects like to bite me too but clothing doesn’t seem to act as a barrier. Some of our tomatoes have fallen victim to compost contamination . Like Steve says reading about your harvests is like gazing into the future for us,

  3. Will - Eight Gate Farm - NH says:

    Beautiful stuff rolling in Dave. I wanted to grab those Jaspers out of your hand and scarf them down! I’ve never heard of Red Janice garlic, so I’m guessing it’s a softneck, as we mostly only grow hardnecks in these parts. It sure looks good. I’m intrigued by Green Griller, is it tender besides being blocky? I’m guessing yes!

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      Will, Red Janice is a hardneck Turban type garlic, and I got my planting stock from Filaree Farm. Green Griller is tender and juicy. It just has a different shape than most zucchinis.

  4. Seeing your harvests makes me anticipate my tomatoes and zucchini. It’s been a cool June. Garlic looks great and blueberries are luscious. The circle continues–planting seeds for fall crops.

  5. kari says:

    Ooh nice! Mu blueberries are trailing their feet it’s the third year now and I’m almost certain there first year was their best! But i did spot the first two ripe tomatoes at my end of the world yesterday! But they were in the back of the tunnel and i couldn’t be bothered to go trough that jungle so late at night haha!

  6. Margaret says:

    The first tomatoes – hurray! I’m still a ways but there are some babies on the vines – can’t wait 🙂

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