Hello again, and Happy Halloween from Eight Gate Farm! When I was a child, Halloween was my favorite time of year. These days, living out in the semi-sticks, we don't get any trick-or-treaters, which is sad, as I love to see the excitement in the childrens' faces, reminding me of my own tender years.
We were slated to get a hard frost this week, so we picked all the rest of the peppers and eggplants.
Looks decent, right? Well how about I put a raspberry in there for scale?
Never mind that, this weekend we stripped the kale:
And the chard:
And the pak choi:
And the watermelon radishes:
And the "personal-sized" Chinese cabbage, the second crop of which got too late start this year to get big:
Probably the most fun were the leeks. We've been sampling them as the year progressed, and Saturday my MIL took 16 of them, giving me the opportunity to say "she took a leek in my garden!" [Apologies to those not enamored with boy-humor.]
The remainder are presented here:
At the supermarket I saw leeks (from The Netherlands) for $1.99 apiece. These aren't as big, but certainly fresher! As I've said before, gardening for most of us does not really "save" money, but you have to think there's a large amount of value sometimes. Trimmed, they weighed 7.5 lbs.
So that pretty much puts paid to this season. It's had its ups and downs, of course, but overall it was pretty good!
Here's one of my "farmstand" pictures, showing the final harvest:
Uh oh, the freezers are already full to bursting. What will we do if I get a deer this season? I've already been out a couple of times.
I want to thank all the readers who have viewed and commented on my posts. Harvest Monday really is a community! Thanks especially to Dave at Our Happy Acres for keeping this tradition thriving.