Harvest Monday June 5, 2017

Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. It’s still lettuce season here, and we are enjoying our salads while it lasts. I cut a head each of Simpson Elite and Red Sails last week for wilted lettuce salads.

Simpson Elite lettuce

Simpson Elite lettuce

I also cut a mix of red types from a salad box in the greenhouse. Some colored up more than others, but all added a bit of color to our salad bowls.

mixed red lettuces

mixed red lettuces

Snow peas are still coming on. We’ve been mostly stir frying them, either with other veggies or by themselves. I don’t know how long they’ll last in the hot weather we’ve been having, but so far they are holding up. I plan on planting them again in August for a fall crop. There’s also a couple of tiny side shoots from my buttoning broccoli plant. The first real heads should be ready by tomorrow.

snow peas

snow peas

I also cut several pac choi plants. I’ve got two kinds of baby choi planted in a window box planter that are ready to harvest. The white stemmed Toy Choi is bolting, but the green stemmed Li Ren Choi is holding up better. I added them both to a tofu and veggies stir fry I made one night for dinner.

harvest of baby pac chois

harvest of baby pac chois

Though they are edible, I cut the flower stalks off the Toy Choi because they were a little older than I like and I thought they might be tough.

Toy Choi

Toy Choi

The Li Ren Choi are perfectly formed at the baby stage. Since I almost always chop them up before cooking, I’m not sure it really matters what size they are. It is probably more useful for us to have small or medium sized ones rather than a giant like Joi Choi.

Li Ren Choi

Li Ren Choi

I’m also pulling spring onions as needed. When I set out my plants (from Dixondale) this spring, I set out some extras to be pulled as scallions/spring onions. The one in the below photo is Candy. It’s nice to have the young onions, and I use them in a number of things.

Candy spring onions

Candy spring onions

I’ve got no pics to share, but my wife and I made a quick trip to Nashville on Saturday to see a show at the Ryman Auditorium. Not being hockey fans, we were unaware that game three of the Stanley Cup playoffs was being played downtown on Saturday night and it was chaotic there to say the least. We were there to see Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Indigo Girls performing at the start of their Four Voices tour. For a while it seemed like I was back in the 60’s listening (and singing along) to songs like Deportee (Woody Guthrie) and The Times They Are A Changin’ (Bob Dylan). But they also dropped in a few new songs, and it made for an enjoyable evening before we drove back to Happy Acres yesterday.

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 June 5, 2017

  1. Will - Eight Gate Farm - NH says:

    So envious of the snow peas. Our vines are still only small, and a chipmunk or something decided quite a few would make a nice snack. The Asian greens look great, and you’ve prompted me to get some tofu to make a nice contrast from the usual stir-fries.

  2. Michelle says:

    That sounds like a fun getaway to hear some great music. Simpson Elite is a beautiful lettuce. And those snow peas are perfect. And the choys are great looking too. I like the small ones also. I find myself leaning towards smaller versions of veggies these days, it makes harvesting more manageable and allows more variety in the garden. Spring onions are one of the joys of growing your own onions.
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  3. Sue Garrett says:

    Our spring onions grow very slowly and only a few sugar snaps (Snow peas) are germinating and they are being attacked by weevils.
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  4. Jay says:

    Your greens have really been wonderful this spring. Makes me sad we didn’t plant any.

  5. Beautiful lettuce!! Jellies of your pea harvest!! They look delicious!
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  6. Mary N. says:

    Dave,
    How long is the concert? I just got tickets for Lenox MA which is 1.5 hours from my house. If it goes late I need to find a room.

    OK to email answer.
    Mary

    • Dave says:

      Mary, they played right at 2 hours, and didn’t take a break. We thoroughly enjoyed the show, and the 4 of them together had an amazing synergy. They obviously enjoyed performing with each other.

  7. It sure is your salad season, lovely leaves. The show sounds like a lot of fun. We have some really good music venues in Norwich though we tend to go to smaller gigs rather than the big venues.
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  8. Phuong says:

    The baby chois look to be a good size. It’s really nice growing those kinds of things that aren’t readily available at grocery stores. I bet the snow peas were delicious, I’m hoping to get a fall planting in this year.
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  9. Margaret says:

    Your lettuce looks so amazing! VERY jealous as just today I’ve noticed that all of the lettuce has received a trim courtesy of our resident baby bunny – I blocked another possible opening to that area and I’m hoping that will do it. And yummy choi – no baby choi for me this year, but I’m once again growing Joi Choi – I quite like it since it’s perfect for harvesting individual leaves instead of the full head.
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    • Dave says:

      I hadn’t thought about it, but Joi Choi would be perfect for harvesting that way. You wouldn’t get much with one leaf of the Toy Choi!

  10. Kathy says:

    Sounds like you had a great break with the music concert, a blast from the past is usually fun!
    Lots of juicy salads at your house still I see! Our snow pea plants were almost obliterated by pigeons so are a long way off cropping, so liking seeing yours!!

  11. Those bok choys are so cute!
    That concert sounds amazing, I saw The indigo girls a few years ago at a festival and while I wasn’t familiar with their whole repertoire, I really loved their performance!

  12. What a wonderful concert! Glad you could go and share with us. I love the spring onions too. So useful to have as needed in the kitchen. I select the size based on how much I need.

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