Harvest Monday March 29, 2021

It’s time once again for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. We are getting plenty of lettuce now for salads. I have a mix of red and green leaf lettuces plus oakleaf and butterhead types growing now in the greenhouse. I also have sorrel, mizuna, pac choi and arugula to add to salads. Sometimes a bit of cilantro even makes its way into the salad bowl, as do chives when I have them.

red lettuce for salad

One of our salads last week featured our greens along with flageolet beans and feta cheese for protein. Blueberries and dried tangerines went on top along with some shaved carrots. We use our own fresh fruit when we have it, though we’re still a month or more away from blueberry season here. I made a strawberry vinaigrette dressing for this salad.

lettuce salad with fruit

My winter planting of pac choi has bolted, so I pulled all the plants. I have more planted in containers, which is where this batch had been growing. I may set out a few plants in beds if I have room for it.

bolting pac choi

The greenhouse kale is in its prime now, though some plants are starting to flower. True Siberian is one I’ve been growing for some years now. The big green leaves are tender and sweet, and the plants themselves usually get quite big.

True Siberian kale

I made a cutting of the over-wintered collards last week. A few are starting to bolt to flower, but the White Mountain Cabbage and Alabama Blue I harvested weren’t showing any signs of flower buds yet. I usually chop up the leaves and braise them in liquid. But after watching an episode of the PBS series Somewhere South, I want to try cooking them the way the Lumbee Indians do: sauteing thinly sliced greens in oil. You can get a quick idea of how they do it in this video clip: Somewhere South – It’s A Greens Thing. I may use olive oil, but a bit of bacon probably wouldn’t hurt the flavor any.

White Mountain Cabbage and Alabama Blue collards

In non-harvest news, with gardening season starting up it was time to get a haircut. I had not cut my hair in over a year, and since I am hot-natured I couldn’t stand the thought of working outside in the heat with the long hair.  I am still leery of going to my usual barber in the middle of a pandemic, so I bought some hair trimmers so we could do the job at home. My wife was apprehensive at first, but I assured her she was up for the task. I think she did a great job, and now I have a new hair stylist! She really did a better job than my barber used to do, and the next time should be easier since I won’t have a year’s worth of growth.

after haircut

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 March 29, 2021

  1. Sue Garrett says:

    I like the look and sound of that salad.

    Chinese greens always seem to bolt for us or are attacked by flea beetles

    Your wife has done a good job at hair styling. Our hairdressers are shut at the moment but due to open in a couple of weeks. Fortunately we have a mobile hairdresser so have our hair cut at home.

  2. Margaret says:

    Yummy greens – I’ve seeded some cabbage so far, but that’s about it. Love the new haircut! I went to my hairdresser once since this began and I wasn’t overly comfortable as I didn’t think she was being cautious enough (i.e. mask under the nose most of the time, ugh!), so I didn’t go back (and unfortunately it shows, lol!). I have been cutting my husbands hair since he basically decided to go with the “barely there” buzz cut over 15 years ago – a money and time saver, for sure and, these days, a much safer option 🙂

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      We were planning on a buzz cut too Margaret, but when most of it was off we decided to quit since I liked the way it looked. My wife is still wearing hers long. I don’t think we will be using the clippers on her though!

  3. alittlebitofsunshine says:

    Love the new haircut Dave. You must feel lighter and brighter for it! That salad looks very good and I am sure it tasted good too!

  4. The early spring harvests are looking good, and so is the hair! I was a hairdresser in a previous life before entering the environmental science field (retired from that now too) and your wife is a natural ‘hair slinger’.

  5. My wife has always cut my hair Dave, so I’ve been well groomed throughout lockdown. Our’s eased today, but still no hairdressers open! : All the best – Steve

  6. Amazing how good a haircut makes me feel. I had my second in 14 months recently. Your salad sounds quite good. I like the mix of flavors, but not everyone agrees. We have “his and hers” sides of the rectangular salad dish in our household. The variety of greens is remarkable considering your weather. Your greenhouse is a real asset, especially in a pandemic.

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