Monday, November 4, 2019

Harvest Monday - 4 November 2019

This past weekend we had frosts over every night. Just touching freezing, but enough to kill the tender plants. Anticipating this, I harvested everything I thought was at risk.

I took all the kale. Some of this I intentionally planted, others were what was left from the salad mixes I planted in spring.

I took all the chard. This, too, was from the salad mixes.

I harvested herbs for drying. Below is parsley, sage, oregano, and thyme. Not quite like the song lyrics! We do have rosemary, but we overwinter the plant and thus have a constant fresh supply.

I also took the remaining cilantro.

It looks like a lot, but it all went into one dish: Cilantro and Serrano Pepper Mexican Rice. The article containing the recipe has a lot of hype to scroll through, and I think it calls for too much garlic, but it turned out quite good. Here it is, served with baked boneless chicken breast dusted with our smoked chile powder. A double dose of spiciness!

I also picked some carrots. They're funny looking, but really tasty.

Mokum carrots
And I picked all the useful apples from our late-maturing Granny Smith (I think!) tree. The rest (just as many) were thrown out into the woods for the critters to enjoy. I have to say that it is hard to grow apples using organic principles. You have to lower your standards quite a bit.

That's all for this week. Thanks for reading, and thanks as always to Dave at for hosting Harvest Monday.

 With hard frost on the way, it will be a busy week getting ready for winter and doing the final harvests of the year.


  1. Oh man, that rice and chicken dish sounds right up my alley! I hear what you say about organic apples. We had a couple of trees here when we bought the place, and I tried to do it without spraying. The fruit quality left a bit to be desired. It didn't help that the tree that did the best was Red Delicious, which is not my favorite apple.

  2. Enjoyed reading about the winding down of the vegetable garden. All your greens look gorgeous.

  3. Our carrots are funny shapes too but much tastier than the shop bought 'perfect' specimens

  4. How do you overwinter your rosemary?