Monday, October 11, 2021

Harvest Monday - 11 October 2021

Hello again from Eight Gate Farm. As I look at the 14-day forecast, no frosts are predicted. But the combination of cooler temps and diminishing sunlight is already slowing things down from a harvest perspective, with twice a week sufficient.

I got the first cutting of Neck Pumpkins aka Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Squash. The largest weighs two pounds, which is far smaller than the 8 pound beauty I got last year.

Neck Pumpkin

I cut all the remaining Sugaretti spaghetti squash.


Here's Monday's tomato harvest; not the total but the bigger ones.

Monday tomato partial harvest

And here's Monday's everything-else harvest.

Monday non-tomato harvest

By Friday, the picking was small enough to fit into one picture.

Friday everything harvest

The Kitchen Goddess and her mother went to their community garden plot and brought in a nice harvest. 

Community garden harvest

Her mother gets to go home with all the goods, normally. But TKG claimed this nice late-season artichoke for herself!

Tavor artichoke

Early in the week we had enough ripe tomatoes to make some sauce; not enough to can, but good for the freezer.

Tomatoes ready for processing

All that reduced down to about one quart of thick sauce.

Tomato sauce

That's all for this week. Thanks for reading! And thanks once again to Dave at for hosting Harvest Monday.



  1. Looks like your garden is still producing a lot for this late in the season! We've got no frost forecast for here either, but the weather is supposed to turn a bit cooler. It has been too hot for fall here lately, more like summer temps!

    1. Thanks Dave. Despite the delayed frost overall I'd say our fall weather is like normal.

  2. Impressive harvests for a New England garden mid-October. Has your USDA zone changed over the last 40 years or so? I noticed my zone 5b garden in Ipswich is now 6b.

    1. Thanks Sue. I have not heard that our zone (5b) is changing, but I would not be surprised if it happens.