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.
WOW! Amazing harvest of apples! We had our first 1 that we allowed to keep for this year and tried it but definitely won't strip trees next year.ReplyDelete
That melon is a beauty - just perfect! And so very envious of all those apples. It will be a couple of years until ours begin to produce, if all goes well...give me a minute to find some wood to knock on ;)ReplyDelete
Funny how the weather can be so similar hundreds of miles apart - we broke out the sweaters this past weekend, but it looks like shorts are in the forecast once again now.
Thanks, Margaret! We are supposed to warm up again--temporarily of course.Delete
Wow, I'm impressed, home brewed cider and I'm assuming beer too! Those are things I leave to the pros, along with wine (certainly no lack of that one here). You be sure to treat the Kitchen Goddess well, make sure she knows she's appreciated.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Michelle. I will take your advice to heart.Delete
Love your apples. I've planted a couple of mac type apples in the rock wall garden, but they haven't gotten big enough to bloom yet. Maybe next year. I can hope. I'll have to go to the farmers market to buy my applesauce apples this year.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Daphne. I'm sure your trees, like everything you do, will be bountiful soon.Delete
Amazing to make your own cider!! Beautiful apples. I love the farm stand picture. I used to sell veggies at our "farm gate" - what few I could grow, mind you, which wasn't much. Nice memories.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Susie. The cider is not that difficult to make. Anyway, what else could we do with all those apples?Delete
Another busy, busy week at your place. It definitely is apple time in New Hampshire :) That's a great idea about freezing them. Sometimes the harvest comes on so fast that there just isn't time to process everything.Your melon looks great. If you can grow that melon, you can grow my "blacktail mountain" watermelon. It only takes 70 days to mature.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Lexa. Looks like a bumper crop of apples all over NH, after last year's washout. I may try your watermelon; the "Minnesota Midget" (which you think would do well in cooler climes) just does not make large fruit.Delete
Your watermelon radishes are just enormous. And it looks like you're still getting lots of tomatoes and cucumbers.ReplyDelete
None of my watermelon radishes came up, so I replaced them with turnips. :)