Our happiest harvest this week was this unexpected treasure:
We planted 7 artichoke seedlings this year, and 6 gave us lots of petite but delicious 'chokes. One plant stubbornly refused to produce anything. But with the others long finished, this one decided to reward us. I'm not sure why. The 'choke is more oblong than the others; could it be a different variety that sneaked into the Imperial Star seed lot?
You may have read that the entire Northeast had a terrible tree-fruit year. Here's more proof. Last year, we picked over 6 bushels of apples, and the quality was great. This year, not even 2, and the fruit is misshapen. Not even enough to bother with a batch of hard cider (we still have plenty left over from last year).
I've mentioned that two of our eggplant starts had mysterious but recognizable tobacco seedlings spring up. This amused me, so I left them to see what would happen. The tobacco grew robustly, and the resulting plants totally overshadowed their companion eggplants. One was over six feet tall! So we harvested this week. It's funny to compare the "unintentional" on the left with the "intentional" we grew. Don't call me Philip Morris.
We picked more watermelon radishes to give some as a gift, because nothing says giving like a radish or two!
The raspberries are still producing nicely:
And we've really been enjoying Asian Green soups and stir-fry, so we took more tatsoi.
Lastly, some parsley and sage for the dehydrator.
That's all for this week. Are frosts threatened in your area too? Time to get busy. Thanks for reading, and thanks to Dave for hosting Harvest Monday.