Welcome to another Harvest Monday report from Eight Gate Farm. Thanks as always to Daphne's Dandelions for hosting this forum.
This week we had several days of unseasonable but lovely warm and humid weather. But today (Sunday) the thermometer did not even reach 50 degrees (F.), and tonight we will most probably get our first real frost. Time to bring in the very, absolute, last of the tomatoes. While we were there, a good chance to harvest chard, kale, raspberries, and watermelon radishes:
The radishes weighed 9 oz. One of the chard plants had been uprooted by a vole. So I sprinkled MoleMax. I can't believe I had to do this so late in the season. The voles seem to only like eating the root stem. But some of the leaves had been damaged by leaf miners. Again, why this late in the year?
The Kitchen Goddess harvested all the tender herbs, and some hardy ones too. Here they are after a visit to the dehydrator:
That's chives, winter savory, parsley, sage, thyme, oregano, and cutting celery. So nice to have these put by!
Earlier this week TKG roasted our accumulated watermelon radishes as an experiment. Here they are prior to roasting, tossed lightly with olive oil, kosher salt, and thyme:
Aren't they pretty? And here they are after 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven:
They kept their lovely color but lost their bite. The result was a pleasant root-vegetable tasting product. I preferred it hot; TKG cold. However, we both decided we like them better raw.
Say, can I have some of your purple berries? How many old-timers (like me) get that musical reference? TKG made jam with our frozen blueberries and raspberries. And a special "you've been a good boy" treat: a big jar of raspberry liqueur!
In other garden news, an old-as-time apple tree butt finally fell over this week, and of course landed on the garden fence and one of the raised beds therein. Fortunately, the bed was nearly empty. We were able to horse it off the fence, and here it will stay until my chainsaw comes back from the repair shop.
And lastly, garden bench refurbishment #2 was completed. This is before:
And this is after:
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading, and happy harvests to all!