Welcome to another Harvest Monday report from Eight Gate Farm. Isn't it a lovely time of year gardening-wise? The hard work is behind us, now it's time to reap the rewards. Today we even had time to do a couple of hours fishing on a nearby pond. All we caught were "rays," and I don't mean the fish-type, but it was peaceful and lovely out in the canoe.
We are continuing to harvest familiar crops, like snow peas:
And snap peas:
We get pea harvests like that every couple of days. The snow peas look to be slowing, but the snaps are just getting revved up. Their vines are over 7 feet tall--too tall for The Kitchen Goddess to reach, meaning I get some.
We are still swimming in salads, with no signs of slowing. And I just transplanted 12 "summer crisp" lettuces. Here's today's pick, over 12 oz.:
And our second large cherry tree is pumping out fruit--even the birds can't keep up. I don't know which variety this is, but they are tasty.
What to do with beaucoup cherries? How about my late father's favorite dessert--Cherries Jubilee, made even better with TKG's homemade vanilla ice cream? Decadent! Who needs July Fourth fireworks when you can set your food on fire!
Another full-size head of Fiesta broccoli, plus a bunch of side shoots--mostly from Blue Wind.
Also time again to cut back parsley, oregano, thyme, and cilantro. The latter is to be frozen, the others dehydrated.
That was the old, now in with the new! Some of the carrots and beets looked to be sizing up, so we sampled.
Of course, now that there are carrots, I must put an electro-shock collar on TKG to protect the crop.
One of the storage onions was flowering, so we pulled it.
Chopping it up, it served nicely as a large scallion to add to garlic for sauteeing with the beet greens, which were tender and not a bit bitter.
A first light picking of blueberries, raspberries, and jostaberries.
It won't be as great a year for blueberries as last, unfortunately, as the bushes suffered a lot of winter damage.
And finally, not a harvest, but a temptation--several artichokes are forming. Too bad voles killed two of the plants. I suspect these will be ready in a week or two. Can't wait.
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed your own harvests, and am looking forward to reading your posts on Daphne's Dandelions.