Harvest Monday September 12, 2016

Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. The late summer/early fall garden is giving us the usual colorful suspects in our harvest basket. In the below photo we have the Jester striped Acorn squash, along with Galine and Dancer eggplant plus Minero and Not Friggitello peppers.

early September veggies harvest

early September veggies harvest

I got a big harvest of ripe Jimmy Nardello peppers one day, along with a lone Orange Blaze. The peppers are finally starting to ripen up here, seemingly all at once for the two Jimmy Nardello plants.

Jimmy Nardello and Orange Blaze peppers

Jimmy Nardello and Orange Blaze peppers

I used one of the Galine eggplants to make eggplant sandwiches for lunch on Saturday. While I was grilling the eggplant I also grilled some of the Jimmy Nardello peppers for a side dish. Jimmy Nardello may be considered a ‘frying’ pepper, but I really like them grilled. It seems to bring out their sweetness, and the thin walled peppers cook in no time. The eggplant sammies are our new favorite thing, and we might as well enjoy them while we have the eggplant. Last time we made them we had pesto on them, but this time we used some of my homemade mustard, of which we are well stocked! More on that later.

eggplant sandwich with Jimmy Nardello peppers

eggplant sandwich with Jimmy Nardello peppers

I also harvested some of the hot peppers to use for pickling. The pepperoncini plant has been so prolific I haven’t been able to keep up with all the peppers, and some got ripe on me before I knew it. Which isn’t a bad thing of course, and I thought they would be a good choice to pickle up with a sweet brine like I do my peppadew-style peppers. I loosely follow this recipe, seeding the peppers then soaking in a 10% brine solution overnight before draining and then putting them in a jar with the pickling liquid. I add a couple of cloves of garlic, but skip the ginger, peppercorn and bay leaves the recipe calls for.

hot peppers for pickling

hot peppers for pickling

One of the peppers I pickled is called Aji Golden, a baccatum variety I grew for the first time last year. They look like the Aji Amarillo pepper, but have almost no heat at all. Last year I turned them into pepper jam, and this year I planted more than one plant so I can experiment with them in other things – like pickling! I got my seeds for this one from Dust Bowl Seed.

Aji Golden peppers

Aji Golden peppers

I think I wound up with a colorful mix of peppers to pickle, with the red and green Pepperoncini and the yellow Aji Golden. I’ll leave them sit in the refrigerator for about a week before I taste any of them. I have the Malawi Picquante and Kaleidoscope baccatum peppers ripening as well, and will likely be pickling some of them soon. And it’s almost time to make hot sauce.

jar of pickled peppers

jar of pickled peppers

I got what might be the last batch of paste tomatoes last week, enough to make some fresh tomato sauce. It’s mostly Viva Italia and Health Kick, with a few of the Marzano Fire in there as well.

paste tomatoes

paste tomatoes

I’ve been meaning to post a photo of a great little tomato I’m growing for the first time called Champagne Cherry. It’s a white currant type, and I bought the seed as an afterthought when ordering something else from Secret Seed Cartel. They are supposedly going through some sort of changes there, and the website has been down for several months though they still have a Facebook page. Tatiana’s Database says this tomato is smaller than a cherry but bigger than most currant tomatoes, and very sweet. That matches my experience with it this year. It’s thin skinned and tender, unlike some currant tomatoes I have grown. It isn’t very prone to splitting, but sometimes the skin tears when you pluck the tomato off the vine. It doesn’t appear to be widely available, so I guess I better save some seeds from it since I definitely want to grow it again. I’ve eaten most of these while out in the garden, but the ones in the below photo were for dinner last night.

Champagne Cherry tomatoes

Champagne Cherry tomatoes

It’s not at all harvest related, but I had a lot of fun last week making homemade mustard on the WEHT Local Lifestyles TV show, which airs live at 11AM Monday through Friday.  My wife was on the next segment showing how to dye silk scarves using old ties, and while it was my first appearance it was her fifth time on the show. I thought I was pretty well prepared for any questions, though I have to admit it took me a second to answer when meteorologist Ron Rhodes asked me if mustard from 2002 would still be good. I left several jars of homemade mustard in the studio for folks to take home and enjoy. Host Ange Humphrey has already asked us to come back next month and do something else, so I am thinking I could talk about making hot sauce or perhaps even make sauerkraut. We will see!

making mustard on Local Lifestyles

making mustard on Local Lifestyles

You can watch a video of my segment here: Homemade Mustard with Our Happy Acres.

Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to share, add your name and blog link to Mr Linky below. And be sure and check out what everyone is harvesting!

 

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20 Responses to Harvest Monday September 12, 2016

  1. The celebrity couple eh? The jar of peppers does look pretty.
    Susan Garrett recently posted…Blighted.My Profile

  2. Susie says:

    What a great segment, it really is that easy to make mustard! I’d love to try your suggestion of horseradish mustard some time.

    “Secret Seed Cartel” – ha! I’ll have to look them up …
    Susie recently posted…Harvest Monday: September 12, 2016My Profile

  3. Mark Willis says:

    Ah, so you are a TV star too now; congratulations! That Champagne Cherry tomato sounds a good one. All the currant tomatoes I have grown have had tough skins, which makes them unpleasant. Your pickled peppers are a real treat for the eyes, so I hope for your sake that they will taste as good as they look.

  4. Norma Chang says:

    Great show, you are a natural, unfortunately I was unable to get any sound so had to rely on captions. Looking forward to future segments.
    Norma Chang recently posted…Harvest Monday, September 12, 2016 – Bees & Figs + Freezing Asian Greens + Cooking Sweet Potato LeavesMy Profile

  5. Lis says:

    You did a great job. They should have you on at least once a month.

  6. Will - Eight Gate Farm - NH says:

    Our Happy Acres goes multi-media! Congratulations! Will you still remember the little people? Your pepper and eggplant harvests continue to be outstanding, and that is an interesting tomato you feature.

    • Dave says:

      Like most small tomatoes the Champagne Cherry is very prolific. I’d say it is as sweet as Sun Gold, but with a milder flavor. If I can save enough seeds I’ll try and make it available if others want to try it.

  7. Margaret says:

    Wow, Dave – that is SO exciting…and you’re a natural, might I add :)

    I didn’t realize you were growing Orange Blaze peppers too – they were sent to me in error last year (instead of Orange Blossom tomatoes) and I decided to give them a try. My experience is that they are not exactly a prolific producer. I think I’ve only harvested 3 or 4 peppers so far, which is probably the lowest yield of all the varieties I’m growing. Thanks for the grilling tip for the Jimmy Nardello’s – I’ll have to remember that.
    Margaret recently posted…Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird SanctuaryMy Profile

    • Dave says:

      The Orange Blaze has been a somewhat shy producer this year, but then so have all my bell peppers. Usually it does a bit better for me.

  8. Shaheen says:

    I’ll check out the link to the show later, but I want to say as always thank you for hosting and those golden peppers, fresh and all jarred up look fabulous.
    Shaheen recently posted…Mostly Plum Harvest MondayMy Profile

  9. Julie says:

    Great job on being a star!! I didn’t know you and your wife are celebrities! All of your harvests look so bright and colorful. And that grilled eggplant sandwich looks delicious, I need to try that will some of my eggplants.
    Julie recently posted…Harvest Monday 9/12/16My Profile

  10. Nice! Can we all get both your autographs please :)

    Beautiful harvests too.

    Thanks for the reminder about saving seed from tomatoes….I haven’t done it before but will check how many seeds I’ve got left in the packets and maybe give it a go.
    Lou@rainbowchard recently posted…Harvest Monday – late summerMy Profile

  11. DDD says:

    Dave, you look great. You are a natural presenter.
    Glad you will do more TV.

  12. K says:

    I am convinced I have to plant eggplant next year. A grilled eggplant sandwich with pesto sounds delicious. Those Champagne Cherry tomatoes almost look like some kind of berry. Congratulations on the TV appearance. I think you should definitely do sauerkraut.
    K recently posted…Harvest Monday 9.12.16My Profile

  13. Michelle says:

    I would never have guessed that that was your first time on TV, as so many before me said, you are indeed a natural. That must have been a lot of fun.

    The Champagne Cherry tomatoes look very interesting. I haven’t grown a currant type tomato in a long time, mainly because they are such a PITA to harvest. Those may be a bit easier if they are larger.

    Have you considered mixing the Aji Golden and Aji Amarillo peppers to make a jam? I often mix hot and mild peppers to make jam. Last year I combined my jalapeños, which turned out to be completely mild, with Mareko Fanas, which were too spicy to make a jam on their own. The combo came out great.
    Michelle recently posted…Garden Update – September 7, 2016My Profile

    • Dave says:

      Thanks Michelle. I’m not sure it would have been so easy with a stranger, but I’ve known Ange for a long time, and she really makes it easy. I also had my notes with me in case I had a brain freeze!

      I do hope to mix those two to make some jam later in the season. I can add a few of the Hot or Sweet Happy Yummy peppers if I have them too. Both the yellow Aji peppers are so prolific, I should have no problem finding peppers to use!

  14. Phuong says:

    So funny that the meteorologist asked about mustard from 2002. Your homemade bread always look so good. Your description of the Champagne cherry tomato makes me very curious.
    Phuong recently posted…Harvest Monday, 9/12/16My Profile

  15. Kathy says:

    Dave I just love reading your posts! I haven’t made pickled peppers for years and as it looks like we shall have a decent harvest this year your reminder was really welcome. And home made mustard… my Dad used to let me help with this (hand grinding with a pestle and mortar), so that’s on my list now too!

    And your “appearance” was great! Saurkraut next please.. I’m useless at that!
    Thanks again

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