It’s time once again for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. We’ve had a bit of unseasonable weather here in August, with cool mornings and less humidity than usual. I’ve taken advantage of that to work in the garden as much as possible and that includes planting things for fall like bush beans and collard greens. Meanwhile, it’s still tomato season and while it’s not going to be the best year for tomatoes due to all the rain we’ve gotten I am still finding plenty for processing. I harvested about 15 pounds of them last week, mostly paste types. I made tomato sauce with most of them, cooking them down then putting in containers for freezing.
I got almost seven pounds alone of Juliet, and all of those went into the sauce. When cooked down they made over six pints of sauce.
The eggplants seem to be loving the weather, and Galine and Nadia wound up on eggplant sandwiches.
The squash are on the decline, and I pulled a few of the bush types to make room for a fall planting of turnips. I got tromboncino, Tempest and Zephyr last week which kept us supplied, along with two of the Syrian heirloom Homs Kousa.
I used squash, eggplant and tomatoes to make a Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables last week. It has a light olive oil and lemon juice dressing, with feta cheese and fresh basil from the herb garden. I’m always looking for ways to use quinoa and salads are one of my favorites.
I also pulled the first planting of blackeyed peas to make room for fall plantings. This is the Fast Lady Northern Southern pea, and I have another short row of it just starting to bloom. We got about a pound of shelled peas from this batch, plus enough dried ones for planting next year.
For those not familiar with blackeyed peas (aka cowpeas or field peas), they are legumes related to the yardlong bean and grow on shorter, bushy vines. The Fast Lady Northern Southern variety is compact compared to some. It made for a great ‘edible cover crop’ that I sowed back in early June. In just over two months time I got a decent harvest and now that spot is free for a fall planting of something else. For this variety the pods start out green, then turn yellow and finally brown as they mature. I pick them when the pods start to turn yellow, while the peas are still plump and green inside.
The first of the pole beans are coming on, and I picked enough for a side dish. These are Robe Mountain, from the Sustainable Mountain Agricultural Center, and the earliest to bear of the varieties I have planted. Musica is now blooming and I should get some of them next week.
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!