Monday, November 4, 2019

Harvest Monday - 4 November 2019

This past weekend we had frosts over every night. Just touching freezing, but enough to kill the tender plants. Anticipating this, I harvested everything I thought was at risk.

I took all the kale. Some of this I intentionally planted, others were what was left from the salad mixes I planted in spring.


I took all the chard. This, too, was from the salad mixes.


I harvested herbs for drying. Below is parsley, sage, oregano, and thyme. Not quite like the song lyrics! We do have rosemary, but we overwinter the plant and thus have a constant fresh supply.


I also took the remaining cilantro.


It looks like a lot, but it all went into one dish: Cilantro and Serrano Pepper Mexican Rice. The article containing the recipe has a lot of hype to scroll through, and I think it calls for too much garlic, but it turned out quite good. Here it is, served with baked boneless chicken breast dusted with our smoked chile powder. A double dose of spiciness!


I also picked some carrots. They're funny looking, but really tasty.

Mokum carrots
And I picked all the useful apples from our late-maturing Granny Smith (I think!) tree. The rest (just as many) were thrown out into the woods for the critters to enjoy. I have to say that it is hard to grow apples using organic principles. You have to lower your standards quite a bit.


That's all for this week. Thanks for reading, and thanks as always to Dave at HappyAcres.blog for hosting Harvest Monday.

 With hard frost on the way, it will be a busy week getting ready for winter and doing the final harvests of the year.

5 comments:

  1. Oh man, that rice and chicken dish sounds right up my alley! I hear what you say about organic apples. We had a couple of trees here when we bought the place, and I tried to do it without spraying. The fruit quality left a bit to be desired. It didn't help that the tree that did the best was Red Delicious, which is not my favorite apple.

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  2. Enjoyed reading about the winding down of the vegetable garden. All your greens look gorgeous.

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  3. Our carrots are funny shapes too but much tastier than the shop bought 'perfect' specimens

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  4. How do you overwinter your rosemary?

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