Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. It is officially asparagus season here. We are getting daily harvests now, and they are starting to add up. We’ve gotten a bit over three pounds so far, with most of it coming in the last week. The spears in the below photo came from Tuesday, when we got almost 12 ounces of it. Non-gardener friends are often surprised to see it comes in all sizes, unlike the uniform sized ones they find in the grocery. So far we have enjoyed the asparagus stir-fried and grilled, though I also enjoy eating it raw.
Other than the asparagus, it’s pretty much the same old players here in the harvest basket, not that I am complaining. I’m still cutting overwintered lettuce in the cold frame beds. The mild winter was easy on the plants, and now they are growing fast in the warm spring weather. It’s a mix of Pele, Jester and Red Sails in the below photo, with a few leaves of Tall Oaks thrown in for a little green.
And there’s still overwintered kale in the greenhouse. This cutting was mostly from the Western Front plant, though I cut about a dozen rapini from several plants. All of it was tender and cooked up in no time.
Also from the greenhouse came a small but tasty harvest of arugula. It’s a mix of Astro and Speedy, and wound up on a pizza I made for dinner Saturday night. My wife and I take turns cooking, and it was the end of my two week tour and I wanted to go out in style. Well, I also wanted to go out easy and made use of a homemade pizza crust I had previously frozen.
My wife did help out though with the cooking and baked up a dish of Blackberry Cobbler we took to a carry-in. We still have lots of blackberries in the freezer, and I believe she plans on making some blackberry leather in the near future. Our plants are just now showing signs of blooms, and it won’t be too much longer before it is blackberry season.
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!