Harvest Monday August 5, 2019

It’s time for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. We’re getting a bounty of summer veggies now, so many that I think I will share a few group photos of what I’ve been bringing in.

squash and eggplant

Chef’s Choice Orange, Chef’s Choice Red and Damsel tomatoes

Centercut and Tatume squash

cucumbers and Naked Bear pumpkin

eggplant and squash

Centercut is a new hybrid squash released by Row 7 Seed company. It is a moschata type squash that is used at the green immature stage. We’ve really been enjoying these roasted in the oven. The vines have been prolific so far, and like tromboncinos the real trick is to harvest them while they are young and before they get too big.

Centercut squash

And Naked Bear is a small pumpkin grown for the hulless seeds. I got about a half cup of seeds from this one, and after soaking for a few hours in salt water they were off to the dehydrator.

Naked Bear pumpkin

inside of Naked Bear pumpkin

The pole beans are producing now. Musica and Robe Mountain are setting nicely, with a few Rattlesnake beans also joining the party. Most of the varieties I have planted will be a bit later.

pole beans

I got enough okra one day last week to officially qualify as a “mess” of okra! All the plants are not yet blooming, so harvests will pick up once they do. Meanwhile this was enough to enjoy roasted for a side dish.

mess of okra

Meanwhile, I’ve started setting out the fall veggies. I grew these in 72 cell plug flats, and transplant directly from there to the garden. I set out kohlrabi last week, and I will be working to get the kale, cabbage and broccoli in the ground soon. I set out collard greens about three weeks ago, and they are doing well. I also sowed a short row of bush beans last week, and I will sow turnips and fall radishes next.

fall brassicas

Finally, I got caught up with my bread baking last week. We were running low on our bread supply in the freezer, so I baked a couple of loaves. One was a crusty sourdough bread I baked in the Breadtopia clay baker, and the other was an Emmer Whole Wheat loaf. I used my Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread recipe to make the emmer version, using 4 ounces of whole grain emmer flour and 4 ounces of of white whole wheat flour along with the other ingredients. It had a lovely flavor, and I will be making this one again for sure.

no-knead sourdough bread

Emmer Whole Wheat andwich loaf

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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8 Responses to Harvest Monday August 5, 2019

  1. Sue Garrett says:

    I wonder who comes up with all the fanciful names.

  2. Will - Eight Gate Farm - NH says:

    I’m a big fan of your group photos Dave, and everything looks great. I’m trying to grow Naked Bear this year based on your results. I actually spent a good amount of time on April 5th talking to Dr. Brent Loy of UNH, the developer of Naked Bear and so many other cucurbits. He said one of the parent plants for Naked Bear is an old hull-less cultivar from Turkey, I believe. He was offering tastings, and they are quite good. He said to brine them, then pop in the microwave. Hope I get some, but winter squash are so troublesome in my garden

  3. shaheen says:

    I am really loving the colours of your harvest Dave. So warming. Your mess of okra is still impressive. Naked Bear pumpkin – what a lovely name and specimen. Good luck with brassica family, i have sort of given up on them here because of the pests, the only thing i am growing from that family is kale – which i love and hopefully will be able to enjoy.

  4. Kathy says:

    What a lovely selection of squashes you have Dave! And mouthwatering bread as well!!

  5. Who knew there was a pumpkin just for the hulless seeds? I have a 72 cell tray that I haven’t used recently. Perhaps I’ll give that a try for some of my fall crops and flowers.

  6. Margaret says:

    Great harvests – you have quite a selection happening! I’m on the verge of harvesting the first ripe slicing tomato – I think the glut is about to begin 🙂

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