Tomatoes and zucchini are slowing down, while the raspberries and summer-planted cucumbers are coming on strong.
The watermelon radishes are just ballooning.
Another mini-farm-stand picture:
That's the last two Chinese cabbages, and the last of the snap beans. But there's the first muskmelon! We had it for breakfast next day--we ate it standing up in the kitchen, and it was gone in 60 seconds.
The Kitchen Goddess made and canned dill pickle chips (crinkle-cut--I'm such a baby) and the radishes.
|Pickles On Parade|
|Mt. Hood Hops|
And Sunday was apple-picking day.
These are Macintosh. It's our best year ever. Before we've gotten no more than 1/2 bushel from this tree, and here are two full bushels. Those are drops I raked up in the background. They will get thrown over the stone wall for the deer--not that they need it. Out of this crop, we selected about 50 of the nicest for fresh eating, another 100 or so for canning, and the bulk (misshapen or small) went into the freezer whole for later cider-making. TKG canned 6 pints of delicious apple sauce right away. Next she'll can apple pie filling. I pick 'em, she processes 'em--I think we know who has the harder job.
Are we done with apples? Nope. The green apple tree (maybe Granny Smith?) needs a few more weeks.
As you can see, it's loaded. I'm really
Wow, all this talk of apples makes me crave something apple-y. How about a glass of our Vintage 2013 sparkling hard cider?
Cheers! The ageing has really mellowed the flavors. It's potent, too.
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading! And thanks as always to Daphne's Dandelions for hosting Harvest Monday.