This week we had several more harvests of lettuce like this one:
We're not tired of salads yet, not by far. But there will come a day...
Our first harvest of snow peas:
The variety is "Blizzard," which I chose as a substitute for "Avalanche" (get the snow connection?) that I've grown in the past. These are nice, but Avalanche has more tendrils and fewer leaves, making for easier picking. Both set the pods in pairs, which is handy.
The Sugar Snaps will need a few more days.
Two more heads of broccoli, this time "Arcadia." Again, these are nice, but at about 7 and 5 ounces respectively, they are much smaller than the pounders we got from Arcadia last year. Maybe I pick too soon, but you really have to watch it as the buds flower out quickly.
And several more picks of cherries. As I said last week, we really are just trying to get what we can before the birds eat them all, so we pick the lower-hanging ones when they have at least a blush of red.
The experiment of letting them ripen inside went well. We found that leaving them on the sheet pan and just covering with a tea towel worked best; those we placed in a paper bag have not turned red as quickly. So yes, they do ripen, at least in the sense of turning red. I can't say they get much sweeter though.
I found an old copper label on the tree that said the variety is "Tartarian Black." Looking that up, I see they are supposed to turn dark purple, almost black. I wish! But it is sort of amusing to see all the pits on stems still connected to the branches. Maybe next year we will net the lower branches. But my experience netting our blueberry bushes is that the birds still find a way in, and often get trapped--a nuisance.
Some went into a Father's Day breakfast of cherry-corn pancakes, featuring our own cornmeal and maple syrup. Yum! Oh, and The Kitchen Goddess wants you to know that she did not burn the bacon like it may look. Husband just does not know how to properly light a photograph.
Father's Day...hah! Did Soon-To-Be Disinherited Son call?
A look at the Dwarf Blauwschokkers peas (that's a word whose spelling I need to memorize soon). Isn't its flower lovely? It could qualify as "edible landscaping."
This is my first experience with dry/soup peas. My intent is to just let the pods dry on the vine. Does anyone know? Might they mold instead that way?
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading. I may not post next week, as we are having a lawn party that weekend. Happy harvests to all!
Last minute update: inheritance reinstated.