Monday, August 26, 2019

Harvest Monday - 26 August 2019

Hello again from Eight Gate Farm! We had a taste of fall over the weekend, with last night's temp dropping to 49 F (9.4 C). I'll bet our summer crops are not happy. Summer should return by mid-week however.

We had a lot of first harvests this past week. Most fun was the Poblano peppers.

We enjoyed them that night. The Kitchen Goddess halved them, stuffed them with sweet Italian sausage and cheddar cheese, and wrapped them with bacon. I put them in the smoker for about 1 1/2 hours. Along with that, TKG made A.B.T. (Atomic Buffalo Turds), otherwise known as jalapeno poppers. These were stuffed with cream cheese and cheddar. They were also wrapped with bacon, because...bacon! These were smoked for just a half-hour.

Not the healthiest, I guess, but unbelievably good. The Poblanos had just a hint of spice, while the jalapenos ranged from mild to eye-watering hot.

I picked the first Tangerine Dream peppers. I sampled one, and it was sweet and slightly floral. Very pleasant, but since they are only jalapeno-size the plant better be productive to be worth it. We'll see.

Tangerine Dream sweet peppers
I also picked a number of tiny Thai Hot peppers.

Thai Hot
A friend and fellow Master Gardener gave me some sweet Biquinho Red and Biquinho Yellow pepper seeds. He in turn got them from some friends from Brazil, where they are pickled and served as an appetizer. The peppers that is, not the friends.

I also picked the first Thai Long Green eggplants. I'm looking forward to trying them.

Thai Long Green eggplant
I also harvested the first Mottistone summercrisp lettuce.

In the first but sad harvest department, this looks the be the entirety of our winter squash. The combination of squash vine borers, squash bugs, and powdery mildew was just too powerful. There's a single Naked Bear pumpkin, and two Sugaretti spaghetti squashes. They are tiny.

I'll now show a sampling of continuing harvests. Here are sweet Jimmy Nardello's and fiery Maule's Red Hot cayennes. Look alike, don't they? We took care to label them in the fridge to forestall some interesting culinary experiences if they were mixed up.

Left: Jimmy Nardello's. Right: Maule's Red Hot
For us, no summer week is complete without artichokes and shishito peppers.

Green globe artichoke
Mellow Star shishito
The other crops are doing nicely too. Here's some tasty but wonky Mokum and Yaya carrots that grew where the soil was not tilled thoroughly, some Anaheim peppers, and Mitoyo and Midnight Queen eggplant.

More bush filet beans, zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

And more tomatoes and Ping Tung eggplant.

So I'm pretty happy with the week's results. Thank you for reading, and I hope your harvests pleased you as well. Thanks as always to Dave at for hosting Harvest Monday.


  1. Such a variety to your harvests. So sorry about the squash harvest. Each season I generally have one crop fail miserably. It's the way of things I've decided and just look forward to the next year.

    1. Thank you Sue. I too always look forward to the next season. But I seem to make the same mistakes!

  2. So you stuffed the poblanos and then smoked them? That sounds awesome! I've grown Maule's Red Hot peppers before and they do resemble a frying type pepper like Jimmy Nardello. Mine got fairly hot, as I recall. It's a shame about the winter squash. Squash bugs are a problem here but usually don't hit until after a decent crop of squash has set on. And squash vine borers are thankfully rare visitors to our garden.

    1. Yup, stuffed then smoked. Kept the temp to 225 - 250 and waited until the sausage reached 160. Unbelievable but sinful. You are lucky to not get SVB; here they even kill the supposedly resistant moschata types.