Here's another Harvest Monday update from Eight Gate Farm. The weather has been so incredibly humid, and for so long, that we feel we are living in the Deep South. We are no strangers to some summer humidity, but never in my memory for as long as this. It isn't pleasant, for sure.
I really didn't think I'd have much to report this week, but on Sunday (yesterday) we dashed out to the garden early in the morning just as it began to rain. This netted us some "first harvests," which I always like to feature, plus some continuing ones.
The first first is our favorite, an artichoke. Only one, but we share nicely! This was a purchased plant, since I accidentally cooked the seedlings I raised back a few months ago, by leaving them in an unvented greenhouse during an unexpected heat wave.
|Imperial Star artichoke
The second first is zucchini. We picked them small in the hopes it would encourage the plants to really ramp up production. Since the plants struggled during the beginning of summer due to cold, I'm glad they are finally putting on a show.
|Pantheon (F1) zucchini
We also took the last iceberg lettuce. This one had some damage on the side, so we only got half, but we're still happy.
|Last iceberg lettuce
|Loose leaf lettuce
|Orazio (F1) fennel
|Snow and snap peas
|Green Magic (F1) broccoli
|Turkey Vulture, you are too big for the birdhouse!