Welcome to another Harvest Monday post from Eight Gate Farm, Just a short one today, as I am still in the recovery room after yesterday's lawn party. An afternoon of music, conversation, and great food from The Kitchen Goddess, followed by sitting around a fire in the chiminea on the patio until it started to rain. And yes, beverages were involved.
Picking in the rain today, we got another load of "Blizzard" snow peas. We've been getting harvests like this every few days. It's great year for peas, and the cooler weather is helping that. They were a hit at the party, by the way. We put out a bowl and the guests ate them like potato chips.
Also the first substantial picking of "Sugar Snap" peas. They are quite later than the snows. They grow tall, which is unfortunate since the wind accompanying this rainstorm blew a few over. But TKG prefers them.
And the first head of "Fiesta" broccoli. Not too bad at 11.5 oz. (326 g.), but still not as big as last year's average.
Until this head starting sizing up, I was about ready to consign Fiesta to the also-rans. Last year it under-performed Arcadia. The plants just seem weaker. But a nice head like this, which was actually larger than any Arcadia this year, makes me rethink that. Maybe one more year of trials.
I didn't take pictures, but we brought in a big haul of the various lettuces on Friday to serve our guests, with plenty left over as well.
A gardening couple (my honorary cousins Harry and Karen--we share the same uncommon last name but don't seem to be related) gave us this lovely gift of lavender.
That's it for this week. Click on back to Daphne's Dandelions for more Harvest Monday reports.