Our Monday harvest. This "Soloist" Chinese cabbage was over 3 pounds.
On Tuesday The Kitchen Goddess took the clusters of grapes that were most ripe. The plan is to freeze these and wait until the others are ripe before we press for wine. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know what varieties are represented. Some were there when we bought the property, but I've planted vines too, and trusted memory to tell them apart. I know there is Vanessa and Canadice, but which are which is lost to me.
Thursday's pickin's. We were finally accumulating enough sauce tomatoes for TKG to start a canning batch soon. And we treated ourselves to four ears of Honey Select corn. I swear I could eat a dozen. OK, not really, but since I don't add butter or salt, I bet I could make a good dent in it.
On Friday, more grapes to add to the freezer.
They are in a food-grade bucket, not a toilet, in case you were wondering.
On Saturday, some new crops. First, some watermelon radishes, shown here to the right of the last of the beets.
This variety is "Chinese Red Meat" from Baker Creek, and they are lovely (and pungent).
My calendar said it was time to pick potatoes, so out they came. They'd been curing in the ground for two weeks since I clipped the foliage.
I only grow one variety, "Kennebec." This year's total was 29 pounds. That's good, but less than 3/4 of last year's 42 pounds. I sort of figured that would happen, as the foliage got nowhere near as lush as last year. I don't know why.
Also on Saturday, beans, chard, and lettuce.
|Beans 'n' greens|
The lettuce is "Mottistone," one of two varieties of "summer crisp" I planted this year, the other being "Nevada." I love red speckled lettuce, and the Mottistone sure was pretty, but it has bolted, whereas the boring green Nevada hasn't yet.
On Sunday, while I went on a mountain bike ride, the ever-resourceful Kitchen Goddess canned seven pints of tomato sauce and four pints of our pears in a brandy sauce.
When I got back, we went to the garden for the last harvest of the week.
There are three "Caspian Pink" tomatoes, the largest being 1 pound 5 ounces, and another Chinese cabbage, this one 3 pounds 12 ounces. The cabbage is piling up no matter how much we eat, and there are three more still to go in the garden. What oh what was I thinking?
Oh, more grapes too (not shown).
I want to praise all of you who knew or deduced what this year's Crop of Mystery is. That's right, it's tobacco (variety "Orinoco"). Actually Michelle of the fabulous blog From Seed To Table guessed this way back when I first showed it in June. Why tobacco? Well, I do enjoy an "occasional" cigar, but I don't think I'll have the time to learn how to roll a professional corona. It's just for fun. I'll probably buy a pipe and try it after it has cured.
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading! Head back over to Daphne's Dandelions for more Harvest Monday.