Welcome to another Harvest Monday report from Eight Gate Farm! Our thanks to Daphne's Dandelions for the opportunity to share.
The weather this week was mostly very warm and humid. But on Saturday a severe thunderstorm blew through in the late afternoon, and behind it cooler weather instantly moved in, which looks like it will continue for the foreseeable future. Is this summer's end?
I can't say a bolt of lightning hit our house, but one must have come close...the house wiring crackled an instant before the flash and crash. Fun!
The storm left us a faint but beautiful rainbow:
All the heat was of course great for ripening. On Monday, 10 more pounds (~4.5 kg.) of tomatoes:
Also beans, lettuce, and probably our last Chocolate pepper. I planted 3 plants of this type, and got exactly 3 peppers. Not exactly the abundant yielder they were claimed to be, but it could entirely be the growing conditions here this season. The fruit is attractive though, with deep red flesh under the chocolate skins, and very tasty too. I think I'll try at least one plant again.
On Wednesday, 8.8 lbs (~4 kg) tomatoes.
Also zucchini, cucumbers, mildly hot "Big Bomb" peppers, and the first fall raspberries:
A lighter picking of 4 lbs (~1.8 kg) on Thursday, with filet beans and a zucchini.
On Friday, 15.7 lbs (~7 kg) of you-know-what, plus our first (and probably only) watermelon, tiny, misshapen muskmelons, raspberries, a robbed potato, and another "Diva" cucumber:
In that haul was our last, and largest "Caspian Pink" tomato. It's hard to overstate just how delicious this variety is. Totally Tomatoes, the source of the seed, claimed it "beat Brandywine" in taste tests. I don't know about that, but it is awfully good. It's normal to have yellow shoulders like this:
Also our first Watermelon radishes. It's my first experience growing this summer variety, and I like it. So now I can have lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and radishes together for the first time in my gardening history!
Our chard, which languished being interspersed with the broccoli, has started to thrive now they're gone:
On Sunday morning we opened the melons with apprehension. We hardly ever get any to ripen. The tiny muskmelons gave us a few bites of pure nectar. The watermelon, a "Sugar Baby" variety, presented us with this for a visual and culinary treat:
Of course, all this ripening has kept The Kitchen Goddess busy canning, right at the peak of summer heat! Here is a snap of all her canned tomato products to date, with the bulk of that this week:
That's 25 pints of pasta sauce, 6 of salsa, and 4 1/2 quarts of Bloody Mary mix.
I know what you're thinking...those guys eat pasta by the pint but drink Bloody Marys by the quart.
Lastly, another taste of "Honey Select." The tips weren't filled out, but they are so good I'm kicking myself for taking so many before they were mature like this.
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading, and happy harvests to all!