Harvest Monday: June Bounty

I do love this time of year in the garden, when the fruit is ripening and both spring and summer veggies are in the harvest bucket. Last week we enjoyed the last of the spring strawberries along with the first of the blueberries and black raspberries. This is our first taste of the black raspberries we planted last year, and they will be a welcome addition to our mix of berries.

Joining the veggie harvest this week was cabbage and zucchini, which both made their way to the table. I simmered the cabbage with a little of our local bacon for seasoning, while the Surething zucchini wound up on the grill. I’m guessing it won’t be the last zucchini we see!

I also got the first couple of cucumbers from the greenhouse plantings. This variety is Sharon 59, which was bred to do well in the greenhouse in cooler temps. I think that trait helped it get off to an early start, though the temps are plenty hot in there now.

It’s a nice size at 1-1/2″x7″, with tender skin and no seeds. It went into the greek salad in the photo below.

I harvested about 2 pounds of lettuce, which not only went into the greek salad but was also tasty in this wilted lettuce salad my wife made.

We also harvested broccoli, radicchio, scallions and a few more garlic scapes. The total haul for the week was a little over 23 pounds.

Not included in the totals was this young raccoon, which we ‘harvested’ while trying to catch a rabbit that has been seen eyeing the veggie patch. Rocky Jr was relocated to our little critter retirement village several miles away. The rabbit is still at large.

For more gardener’s harvests, visit Daphne’s Dandelions.

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18 Responses to Harvest Monday: June Bounty

  1. Ali says:

    I recognize that raccoon’s gaze — looks like the one we caught last year. The berries look marvelous, as does everything else. Love the dishes 🙂

  2. Thomas says:

    A great looking harvest as ususal. hahaha….hopefully the little guy will enjoy his new home.

  3. Robin says:

    What nice berries! Do I see jam in their future? Your post is making me hungry as usual 🙂

    I have had no luck trapping bunnies either. The only thing I trapped this year is 20 squirrels, 3 skunks and a feral cat! Rocky is kind of cute…Good Luck 🙂

  4. Lovely produce as always. The blackberries, in particular, make me drool – yum. Mr Racoon looks a bit put off!

  5. johanna says:

    The harvest looks delicious (not the 4 legged one). Can you tell me what variety of cucumber that is. i planted some smooth skin ones from seeds I got from Israel. I have tiny fruit and looking forward to a harvest.

  6. I always end up hungry after reading your posts 🙂

  7. Jane says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Those berries are luscious! Awesome harvest!

  8. michelle says:

    Oh my, those berries are a delight, I’m amazed they survived long enough to make it in front of the camera. 🙂 The entire harvest looks wonderful, truly bountiful.

    That rascally raccoon is not a delight to see, I hope it enjoys its early retirement.

  9. Daphne says:

    I can’t wait to get my own cucumbers. Right now they are pretty small though. I’ve still got quite sometime till harvest. Your berries look fabulous. That is a nice selection.

  10. I’m going to have to have words with our blueberries…they’re starting to turn, but not quite ready yet. Your cucumber looks fabulous for this early in the season. As for the raccoon…what a surprise! Hope you can catch your bunny soon!

    • Villager says:

      I haven’t seen the rabbit lately, but then I never saw the raccoon until it showed up in the trap. I’ll leave the trap out for a while, since it’s about time for another groundhog to move in to the area. They can do a ton of damage in no time!

  11. Fabulous photo of red, black and blue berries. Your blackberries are ahead of mine. And a harvested cucumber the first week of June? Awesome. My first cucumbers just got fertilized this week. Seeing the wilted lettuce salad reminds me of my Hoosier childhood. My Mom made that when my great-aunt Zorie Gaiser brought us huge amounts of slightly bitter leaf lettuce from her farm. I’ll bet I haven’t made it it 40 years or more. Can’t remember the amounts of vinegar, sugar, bacon and bacon grease that go into the hot dressing.

    • Villager says:

      My wife has cut back the amounts of bacon and grease considerably, but you have the general recipe idea. It was a good way to use some of our lettuce that was somewhat less than photogenic, but still very tasty.

  12. vrtlaricaana says:

    I will have to try to grow cucumbers in the greenhouse also. It will be at least a month before I get my first cucumber harvest.

  13. Mike says:

    I think that perhaps the blacks are my favorite raspberry, we grow golds, reds, and blacks …they have such an interesting flavor to them. Love those salads.

    • Villager says:

      The black seem to do better here than the others, with our summer heat. We’re trying 2 red everbearers as a fall crop. So far they are not as vigorous as the blacks.

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