Here's another Harvest Monday update from Eight Gate Farm. Monday and Tuesday were both days of solid rain. Welcome, but not enough to get us out of the drought conditions. It was Wednesday before I ventured out to the gardens to harvest. Predictably, a lot of the smaller-fruit tomatoes were splitting; even Juliet, which is known for its crack resistance.
For "first harvests," ripe "Hot Lemon" peppers made their appearance. This variety is another that is too hot to eat outright, but makes an excellent, floral hot sauce that's colorful too. They're super attractive, I think.
|'Hot Lemon' peppers|
"Rocky Ford" is a green-fleshed cantaloupe. The seeds were a free sample in one of my orders this year. Cutting it open, I was struck by its intense candy-like aroma. It is juicy and super-tasty.
|'Rocky Ford' cantaloupe|
This is the first year I've had what I would call success in growing celery. Compared to supermarket celery, besides being smaller, it is all green, fibrous, and strong-flavored, with no bitterness. I think it would make an excellent cream soup.
|'Ventura' (OP) celery|
|Wednesday tomato harvest|
|Wednesday hot pepper harvest|
|The rest of Wednesday's harvests|
|Friday tomato harvest|
|Friday hot pepper harvest|
|Friday "everything else" harvest|
|Sample raspberry picking|
|Cayenne, habanero, and mixed sauces|