We are well past our average first frost date, and have not had one yet. But last night and this one there were frost warnings issued; this coupled with the fact that the fenced garden is getting very little direct sunlight now prompted me to go out and take all the rest of our solanums.
The 60 or so "Sugar Plum" grape tomatoes you see here are but a fraction of the hundreds we have harvested from a single plant this season. I sure have enjoyed them, and am going to miss having 4 or 5 in my morning cottage cheese. If I'm feeling frisky I add a dash or two of Frank's Red Hot sauce.
So what's left in the garden? Watermelon radishes are still going strong. This has been such a fun crop to grow.
Also chard, kale, and still-teeny carrots. As mentioned, the fenced garden is exposed to only a few hours of sunlight this time of year, which prevents me from doing a lot of fall crops.
The fall raspberries are still giving us a cup or so a day; not much, but it is adding up nicely in the freezer as you can see.
Speaking of kale, this week The Kitchen Goddess served a delightful Irish dish of kale and our own mashed potatoes called "colcannon." If you haven't heard of it or tried it before (I hadn't) here's a good recipe from the always-informative Mother Earth News. The following day TKG had coffee with a Scottish friend, and the two of them got into a heated discussion of the relative merits of colcannon vs. something called "Bubble and Squeak." I'm not making this up.
There was a "Soloist" Chinese Cabbage left from the group I planted in summer. This one was always runty and took many more weeks to mature than its siblings, but it finally sized up enough to harvest.
I also took the rest of the "Floriani" Red Flint corn. Here you see our entire haul of 156 ears now husked and drying in the sun room.
Some of them are beauties (I've got big hands).
Of course, others are just cobs with few kernels. But we should have a good amount to store for later grinding. I can't wait.
I also took the last of the Waltham butternut squash. It turned out to be the largest, too.
It wasn't entirely ripe, but I figured it would do better in the sun room than being left outside. So it joins the corn, and a bunch of sunflower heads, in soaking up the passive solar energy, when available. We also are drying a few of the nicest corn husks for tamale wrappers.
That's is for this week. Thanks for reading, and happy harvests to all! Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to Canadian readers!