Harvest Monday October 17, 2022

It’s time once again for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. I started digging sweet potatoes last week, which is always a time of great anticipation. What is waiting there under the soil – will it be a good harvest? It looks like it won’t be a record year like 2021, but I believe we will be well-supplied with tasty tubers. Feeling my age, I’ve been breaking up the task into smaller digging sessions, and I hope to get the last ones dug today since freezing weather is in the forecast.

first of the sweet potatoes

I’ll do a full recap on the sweet potatoes later, but one of my favorites for baking is called Bonita. It seems to have done fairly well this year, though many of the roots are big enough to feed a family of four! Of course, the ones you see in the grocery have been graded out, and ones that are deemed too small or too large are used for processing and not the fresh market. Bonita has a sweet, moist white flesh and a light pink skin. My wife and I sometimes share the big ones.

Bonita sweet potato

I pulled the first turnip greens last week, starting with one called Topper that makes lots of tender leaves but no roots. My wife and I both love the greens, and as usual I sowed more greens than I did roots. We do enjoy eating them both, and I hope I will get some roots soon.

Topper turnip greens

The sweet peppers have been late to ripen this year, but we have a lot of them now. I’m growing mostly the bull’s horn types plus Jimmy Nardello’s frying pepper and Sweetie Pie mini-bell. They are really sweet when roasted or grilled, which is how we cook a lot of them.

Cornito Arancia and Cornito Giallo peppers

Cornito Rosso and Sweetie Pie peppers

The hot peppers have done well this year, and I harvested quite a few green jalapenos to turn into hot sauce. Emerald Fire and Early Flame have both been loaded with peppers.

jalapeno peppers

And, the shy producing Sugar Rush Peach finally gave us a decent harvest. A few of them could stand to ripen a bit more, so I will let them sit for a few days before I turn start them fermenting to turn into hot sauce.

Sugar Rush Peach peppers

I finished drying a batch of guajillo peppers last week, and ground them up for chile powder. The guajillo peppers make a fragrant and mildly hot chile powder, and they are my favorite for this use. The grinding process usually has me sneezing a few times, but the end product is well worth it to me.

dried guajillo peppers

guajillo chile powder

In non-harvest news, I baked another batch of sourdough rye focaccia bread. I used a recipe from Elaine Boddy’s Whole Grain Sourdough at Home, and uses a blend of bread flour and whole grain rye flour. It’s naturally leavened with my homegrown sourdough starter. I sprinkled course salt over the top and a bit of fresh rosemary on one end. I served it up with soup one night for dinner, and along with salad another day. Leftovers freeze well too.

sourdough rye focaccia bread

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 please take a minute and check out what everyone is harvesting!

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7 Responses to Harvest Monday October 17, 2022

  1. Will - EightGateFarmNH says:

    I think you will be well-supplied with sweet potatoes, and am looking forward to hearing about the weight of the total harvest. I like turnip greens too, much more than the roots. It’s nice you are growing all the Cornito series; I’d like to hear what your favorite is, as I’ve only grown Rosso. I see you dry the guajillos whole. I cut them up first, as I thought they would dry quicker.

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      I do sometimes cut the peppers in half before drying. I was lazy for this batch! As for the Cornito peppers, I like them all. Rosso and Arancia are doing better than Giallo this year, but all have been productive and tasty.

  2. Roasting the baby bell peppers sounds like a nice accompaniment to some salmon. There may be a sheet pan dinner ahead. What a treat to have so many sweet potatoes.

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      Roasting really seems to bring out the flavor in the sweet peppers, and it is our favorite way to prepare them. It is a treat to have the sweet potatoes, and we eat on them all year long.

  3. Sue Garrett says:

    Even more peppers! I wish we could grow sweet potatoes or even have a choice of varieties in the shops. We are just offered basic sweet potatoes.

  4. Patty says:

    Hi! I found a ten year old post of yours where you converted whole wheat to spelt starter! Love that you’re still writing and looks like a beautiful harvest. Cheers from Portland OR

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