Monday, August 21, 2017

Harvest Monday - 21 August 2017

Welcome to another Harvest Monday update from Eight Gate Farm! Harvest Monday, as you know, is hosted by Dave at Our Happy Acres, and we are grateful for it. Let's dive right in to the "first" harvests of the week.

We got our first Mitoyo eggplant, a productive, good tasting variety, but the sharp thorns on its calyx get me every time!

A mid-July transplanted "Brisk Green" pak choi:

The first "Umberto" tomatoes. This was a free seed packet I got a while ago. They are an heirloom, and are supposed to have "up to 250 2-inch fruits per plant." Well, these are one inch, and if I get 250 I'll be amazed. Still, it's fun to try different tomatoes.

The first "Calabrese" hot pepper. I got these seeds from a winery garden out in California last fall. The gardener said they were "atomic." OK, bring it on!

The second planting of Toy Choi this season. Sadly only three of the seedlings I started survived, and slugs had their way with the remainder, but the stalks at least are nice, and taste just as good as the leaves.

Oh boy Toy Choi!
Now on to representative continuing harvests. Here's some solanacea harvested one day:

One of the last blueberry pickings:

And the shishito peppers finally gave us enough for a feast, or at least a delicious appetizer:

Mellow Star
In fact, it turned into a kebab meal, with everything grilled, including potatoes and zucchini. Nice to think that all except the lamb (and condiments) came from our gardens. The Kitchen Goddess's technique of double-skewering everything sure helps prevent dreaded kebab pivoting.

And the "Mom CSA" for the week. See, I told you TKG would eventually start giving away Diva cucumbers. Unlucky Mom arrived just a day after a large batch of beans got frozen.

A Saturday harvest. The Bride eggplant steals the show in my opinion.

"Carson" wax beans on the left, and on the right, Calima filet beans and oh-god-more-Divas.

That's all for this week. Thanks for reading! I'll be travelling by the time you read this, so apologies if I don't respond to comments, but please make them anyway!


  1. Lamb kebobs and roasted peppers - well it doesn't get much better than that.

  2. I'm with Mike - your kabob meal had my mouth watering! I'll have to remember the double skewering trick. I'm planning a chicken kabob meal later this week. You're getting more Mellow Star than I have but my plants are still going strong. All of mine have been mellow too.

  3. That's a great idea with the skewering and grilling of peppers, and it looks like you're getting lots of variety from your garden. I'll be trying Shishito peppers again next year, they were really spicy the first time we grew them.

  4. If I recall, you've had some wowzer of hot pepper varieties, will be interested in which ones were your favourite. This time of year is so great when there is enough variety to mix and match at meals!