Welcome to another Harvest Monday post from Eight Gate Farm. Harvest Monday, as you know, is graciously hosted by Dave at Our Happy Acres, and is the place to go to see what people are presently harvesting around the world. Thanks, Dave!
For "first harvests" this week, we had a nice head of Fiesta broccoli.
Followed up a day or two later with a head of Arcadia.
For continuing harvests, we had near-daily pickings of Super Sugar Snap (left), and Mammoth Melting Sugar.
Several people have asked my opinion of the heirloom MMS. Well, I have to say they are good, but must be picked very young (2 inches or so), or the pods get tough. Maybe "mammoth" refers to the vines. They are now over 7 feet tall and still growing--despite the catalogs saying they only get to 4 - 5 feet. I might be looking for another snow pea variety next year.
We did another picking of fat Blauwschokkers pods, again with the off-type green ones present.
They got put with the earlier picking on this screen in the sunroom to thoroughly dry. It takes awhile, but I found in previous years leaving them on the vines leads to mold issues.
We continue to take a few carrots for our immediate use, leaving the rest to size up. Boy, do we love fresh carrots!
The kale component of the mesculin mix was so large it got its own picking. It was blanched and frozen.
Thus, we got a separate picking of the more lettuce-y components of the mix.
The adorable fox family I showed last week has sadly moved on it appears. Perhaps not coincidentally, a groundhog was spotted making its way toward the Survival Garden out back, and shortly after that, it was "re-homed to heaven" as we say. Severe, I know, but you should hear the grim stories from local gardeners about their beloved crops disappearing overnight to these destructive beasts.
Until next time, thanks for reading!