Harvest Monday Jun 12, 2017

Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. It’s been a week for new faces in the harvest basket. The broccoli plants have really taken off despite early problems I had with aphids and one plant making a ‘button’ head prematurely. I cut the first big head from Gypsy, and the smaller main head from the broccolini type Apollo. Another big head of Gypsy should be ready by today or tomorrow, and side shoots are coming on the Apollo.

Apollo(L) and Gypsy(R) broccoli

Apollo(L) and Gypsy(R) broccoli

The summer squash is coming on now too. The first two I harvested were the light green Clarimore, a Middle Eastern type, and the hybrid pattypan Daize. Clarimore (from Renee’s) did quite well for me last year, and the newcomer Daize promises to be a pattypan with more flesh than other types, though you can’t tell it from the below photo.

Daize pattypan and Clarimore zucchini

Daize pattypan and Clarimore zucchini

The first two squash were followed by more, with another Clarimore and the first Sunstripe coming on a couple of days later. I’m growing the yellow striped Sunstripe for the first time, and it is a striking squash for sure, and easy to find in the garden with its bright yellow color.

Sunstripe and Clarimore zucchini

Sunstripe and Clarimore zucchini

I grilled some of each and added them to a pizza I served up Saturday night. The arugula was all bolting and I pulled it up, so we’re missing one of my favorite pizza toppings. But I made a garlic and olive oil topping with some fresh dug green garlic that was bulbing up, and added lots of slow roasted tomatoes from the freezer. I also topped it with oil-cured olives, some sauteed mushrooms, turkey pepperoni and thin sliced provolone cheese.

pizza

pizza

We are starting to get the first fruits of the year. My wife found a few ripening blueberries, which we enjoyed with our morning muesli. There may be less than we got last year, since we pulled a couple of under-performing bushes and replanted with different varieties.

first blueberries of 2017

first blueberries of 2017

Blackberries are also starting to ripen. That’s Natchez in the below photo, which ripens a bit before the Apache blackberries we also have planted. I caught a deer checking them out early one morning, which prompted me and Lynda to get the netting around the plants. The plants are loaded with berries and it looks like it should be a good year for them. That first ripe one did not make it in the house however, and neither did the next two (or three) to ripen.

first blackberry

first blackberry

Fortunately I had already netted the gooseberries or they would likely have been eaten up by the deer like they were last year. In the below photo it’s a mix of Amish Red, Hinnomaki Red and Invicta. I made a small cobbler with them, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My wife is still acquiring a taste for them, though I have been eating them since I was quite young, thanks to my mother who was also a big fan. I like a mix of red and green ones for pies and cobblers, though I am not fond of eating them out of hand like I would the blueberries or blackberries. There’s more to come, though the bushes are still fairly small and there won’t be a whole lot of them this year.

gooseberries for cobbler

gooseberries for cobbler

The snow peas are still coming on. They are likely now getting close to the end, what with our hot summer weather coming on. They are in the below group photo, along with another Clarimore squash and some broccoli side shoots. I’ve harvested about two pounds of them so far this spring, which doesn’t sound like much but actually made for quite a few meals.

zucchini, broccoli and snow peas

zucchini, broccoli and snow peas

One meal featuring the snow peas was a stir fry I made one night, with chicken, the snow peas, king oyster mushrooms, kohlrabi and a bit of spring onion. I added a light sesame/soy/ginger sauce and served it all up over soba noodles. I think the kohlrabi adds crunch like water chestnuts do. I blanch the snow peas in boiling water for about 15-20 seconds and shock them in cold water before adding them to the wok at the last minute.

stir fry with snow peas

stir fry with snow peas

I also got about a dozen more kohlrabies from the cold frame bed. There’s close to seven pounds of them in the basket, about half each of Konan and Kolibri. I grilled some one night for a side dish, and they were quite tasty that way. The giant Kossak kohlrabies are sizing up in the main garden and I’ll be pulling a few of them soon. They will likely wind up in kraut or fermented kohlrabi pickles. It’s my wife’s turn to cook next week and she will be trying to use the kohlrabies along with everything else that’s coming in from the garden.

Konan and Kolibri kohlrabi

Konan and Kolibri kohlrabi

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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14 Responses to Harvest Monday Jun 12, 2017

  1. Our first photos are very similar but after that you are well ahead of us, We netted our blueberries last week so we are ready for them when they start to ripen
    Susan Garrett recently posted…The harvests are starting to improve.My Profile

  2. Will - Eight Gate Farm - NH says:

    Holy cow, summer squash already! Mine just sprouted! I really like the look of the Sunstripe, even better than the Yellowfin I grow. Where’d you get the seeds?

  3. Funny that you are are harvesting your kohlrabi now, and I have just planted mine. Looking forward to harvesting mine in future! I’d love to try a gooseberry. Blackberries here, are unfortunately a weed, so its very rare to see some in the wild (and illegal to plant them).
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  4. Phuong says:

    That’s fantastic to be getting summer squash, snow peas, and broccoli at the same time. And your kohlrabi and so many berries look amazing. So much good food coming in.

    I’ve had female squash blooms open up yesterday but there’s no male blooms in sight, so they probably didn’t get pollinated. I’ve already purchased some soft fat udon noodles online in preparation of the first summer squash curry stir fry.
    Phuong recently posted…Harvest Monday, 6/5/17My Profile

  5. Jane Strong says:

    As others have done, I am admiring your summer squash. Beautiful to look at. Mine have all female blossoms. No male. Don’t know why. I see Phuong has the same problem this year. I remember as a child from my father’s Victory Garden in the 1940s pattypan and yellow crookneck having the best flavor.
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    • Dave says:

      I do think the pattypans have more flavor than many of the other summer squashes. I do like crooknecks also, but this year I planted a straightneck (Enterprise) instead.

  6. Susie says:

    Ooh, I love pattypan squash. I’ve really limited my summer squash in recent years in favour of winter squash, but I will have to put that back on my list – you seem to have a nice mix of summer squash there!
    Susie recently posted…Harvest Monday: June 12, 2017My Profile

  7. Margaret says:

    What an amazing variety this week – I can’t believe you are already harvesting summer squash! We have only now warmed up (big time!) so I’m hoping that means the warm weather veg that have been sulking over the past few weeks finally take off. Very envious of those peas as well – neither our snow nor sugar snap peas are flowering yet but I did see a few flowers on the shelling peas so that’s encouraging.
    Margaret recently posted…Early June Update – Part 3My Profile

  8. Michelle says:

    You are getting such nice variety of fruits and veggies now. I just cut down the last of the arugula this week also. It’s been rather cool here lately so I’m going to take a chance on another sowing. It’s good to see that you are getting some nice broccoli.
    Michelle recently posted…Harvest Monday – June 11, 2017My Profile

  9. What lovely summer squash. I had my first (small) courgette / zucchini this week but no sign of the patty pans yet (I also think they have a nicer flavour, mmm but they always seem to take ages to crop for me).

    The Kohl rabi too – wow!
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  10. Melissa says:

    Such an amazing variety and abundance so early in the season! Congratulations!
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  11. Mike R says:

    Amazing that you are getting summer squash already. My lone plant just started its growth spurt. It seems like kohlrabi could easily stand in for water chestnuts.
    Mike R recently posted…Monday June 12My Profile

  12. Kathy says:

    Dave, I just wanted to let you know that those white Pattypan squashes should come with a warning. We could not keep up with the rate of production, even when we were eating them at under 2iins across. We were giving them away to delivery men, the postman, passers-by the gate, and our neighbours, friends and family refused to have any more. Get ready for the onslaught!!!!!

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