Harvest Monday October 31, 2016

Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. It’s hard to believe, but it’s the last day of October and we haven’t had our first frost yet. Not only that, but it has been warmer than usual, with a high temperature yesterday over 80°F, and similar temps forecast for the next few days. That has kept the summer veggies going even as the cool season crops start coming in too. I made the first cutting of fall lettuce last week, from plants growing in a salad box in the greenhouse. I also have one whole cold frame bed of lettuce that is ready, so we should be set for salads for a while. It’s a mix of varieties in the below photo, and I do see Tall Oaks and Jester leaves among the types in the bowl.

mixed lettuces

mixed lettuces

I also made cuttings from the micro greens I have growing in a window box in the greenhouse. These went in a stir fry my wife cooked up last week. I plucked a few leaves of Vivid Choi for the stir fry too. This non heading pac choi has mild, tender leaves and pinkish purple stems.

cutting of micro greens

cutting of micro greens

Vivid Choi

Vivid Choi

From the main garden, I got a second cutting of the White Russian Kale plants. My wife braised it for a dinner side dish. The aphids are starting to multiply on the kale, but they are pretty easy to wash off on the relative smooth leaves of this kale. I will likely not spray for the aphids unless they get a whole lot worse. A good freeze will slow them down too, whenever we get one. On to the warm weather veggies now!

White Russian kale

White Russian kale

It has been a great year for peppers here, probably one of the best I’ve ever had. Part of that is selecting varieties that do well here, and part of that is favorable weather, especially our balmy fall temps. My lone Pepperoncini plant continues to produce loads of peppers. I started out picking them when they were green and pickling them, but I quickly fell behind and many ripened on me. Then I discovered they were also tasty when pickled that way. Those in the below photo filled a quart jar, and should keep us supplied for some time to come.

Pepperoncini peppers

Pepperoncini peppers

I also broke down and pickled a few of the Turkish cherry peppers called Sanliurfa Kiraz. These are a bit hotter and smaller than I prefer, but they were too pretty not to do something with them, and pickling was the best idea I could come up with. I’ve not canned any of these pickled peppers, so the refrigerator is starting to fill up with them!

Sanliurfa Kiraz pepper

Sanliurfa Kiraz pepper

The spice peppers are still coming on as well. In the below photo, we have the paprika pepper Dulce Rojo, which I smoked and dried. This is my favorite pepper for sweet paprika.

Dulce Rojo peppers

Dulce Rojo peppers

Then we have the 2015 AAS winner Flaming Flare, which is a mild Fresno type pepper that matures around 1000 on the Scoville heat scale instead of the usual 2500-10000 that most Fresno types register. These also got smoked, and I will see how they compare to the jalapenos I have smoked to make chipotle peppers. The thinner walls of Flaming Flare should dry more quickly than the smoked jalapenos, but then they will also yield less powder.

Flaming Flare peppers

Flaming Flare peppers

I’m excited to get a decent harvest of Guajillo peppers this year. I dried all these to turn into chile powder. Last year I got a small harvest, but this year I tried a different seed source/cultivar and it did a lot better for me. I also grew Minero this year, which is a hybrid Guajillo type. I will do taste tests later between these two similar looking peppers. Minero has certainly been more productive, but I would like to compare the heat and flavor of the two.

Guajillo peppers

Guajillo peppers

Last but not least of the pepper harvests, I got over two pounds of ripe peppers from the overwintered Malawi Piquante plant. This was the baccatum plant that was almost as tall as I am back in August, and was truly loaded with peppers. These got pickled too, using the same sweet brine I use for a lot of our peppers. I plan on digging up this plant and overwintering it inside to see if I can get a third year out of it. I have another baccatum pepper plant, Aji Angelo, that is on its third season and it is loaded with peppers too. I am waiting to harvest them and make a batch of hot sauce.

Malawi Piquante peppers

Malawi Piquante peppers

closeup of peppers

closeup of peppers

But some of the best news came when I found a few more ripe slicing tomatoes. I picked two more of the red Garden Treasure tomatoes one day, and then I found a lone Captain Lucky the next. These were a very pleasant surprise for sure!

Garden Treasure tomatoes

Garden Treasure tomatoes

Captain Lucky tomato

Captain Lucky tomato

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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12 Responses to Harvest Monday October 31, 2016

  1. I continue to be totally amazed at the vast number of peppers you produce
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  2. Mark Willis says:

    Sue might be amazed by the quantity of peppers you grow, Dave, but I’m not – I’m proud of you! (You know that chillis / peppers are dear to my heart…)

  3. Norma Chang says:

    Like Sue I am amazed at your peppers and that you are able to keep track of them all. Like the color of Captain Lucky tomato, is that a fully ripe one or does it loses the green color?
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  4. Will - Eight Gate Farm - NH says:

    No fair! Your harvests still look like summer! The Malawi Piquant plant is so amazingly tall and productive.

  5. Margaret says:

    Ditto Will :) I’m quite envious of…well, everything! I knew what I was in for when I decided not to sow any fall veg, and now, of course, I wish I had done a bit more especially as the only one I did get in the ground – the lettuce – is still tiny.

    I didn’t harvest much of anything over the past week other than a few carrots but I did finally clean up the garlic as I had to get next years bed planted. Based on your advice, I’ve upped the soil amendments in the bed even more, so I’m hoping for another jump in the harvest next year.
    Margaret recently posted…Harvest Monday – October 24, 2016My Profile

  6. Mike R says:

    That’s an amazing late fall harvest, Dave. I’ve never even considered that a pepper plant could be a perennial here in the midwest. The Kiraz peppers look like the popular ‘cherry bomb’ pepper sold in the catalogs.
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  7. Michelle says:

    Wow, you are having an incredible fall! It seems like our harvests have flip flopped. Your’s look like what mine should be in late October and mine look like what your’s might be.
    Michelle recently posted…Harvest Monday – October 24, 2016My Profile

  8. Susie says:

    Wow!! Super RED! I just harvested the last of my peppers but they didn’t reach maturity so all yellowish-green. What brilliant colours you are still getting this time of the year.
    Susie recently posted…Harvest Monday: October 31, 2016My Profile

  9. Julie says:

    Lots of lovely peppers! They are one of my favorite garden veggies and I feel like I can never have enough. We’ve had warm weather and no frost here too. Some of my fall planted lettuce has decided to skip the growing part and just bolt! I’m thinking if this weather holds up I might as well plant some more lettuce seed.
    Julie recently posted…Harvest Monday 10/31/16My Profile

  10. That’s incredible Dave. Let’s hope your perennial peppers make it another winter, wow.
    I have a bit of lettuce in my lean-to but it looks a tad sickly, nothing as good as yours. The claytonia is better than the lettuce so I might get a couple of harvests from that.
    Lou@rainbowchard recently posted…Harvest Monday, foraging and a gleanMy Profile

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