Harvest Monday

August 4, 2014

This is the last week of blueberries and the end of strawberries is coming soon. Nieto Family - July 28 14 - 0001DSC_5039It was a good run. I am hoping watermelons and raspberries are next on the fruit menu.DSC_5087 _DSC2986 DSC_5088 I’m not as hopeful about cantaloupe this year, unfortunately 😦DSC_5089I actually didn’t notice this until the day after I took this photo…look in the center of the photo, behind a cantaloupe leaf. There is a dark, baby cantaloupe! I am still not holding out much hope for it ripening because if you zoom out… DSC_5090You can see I planted it at the base of a forest of sunflowers. There are actually two cantaloupe plants. Neither are growing very much because of all the shade they are getting!

We’re still harvesting about 2 zucchini and cucumbers each day. We are getting enough beans to eat them about 3x/week.DSC_5082DSC_5015(Another spaghetti squash was found when ripping up the corn patch.) DSC_5083Our tomato harvests are still going strong; though we are still letting them ‘counter-ripen’ because of the splitting.DSC_5085All of our red potatoes we were storing in the basement have been eaten. Now we are on to Yukon Gold and Purple potatoes. I have been harvesting the potatoes from the most shaded part of the patch to the part that gets the most sun. The question is, are they getting bigger as I pick them because they are getting more sun? or because they had more time to grow…?DSC_5084Even with all of our corn issues, we were still able to harvest a 5 gallon bucketful as we were cleaning out the patch.DSC_5016My daughter was able to harvest her first pumpkin (she kicked a pumpkin off the porch last fall…Voila!)DSC_5013We are continuing to harvest and dry marigolds to feed the chickens this winter.Nieto Family - July 26 14 - 0158 Nieto Family - July 26 14 - 0160 Nieto Family - July 26 14 - 0161 Nieto Family - July 26 14 - 0381Hopefully, between these and sunflower seeds, our feed bill won’t be quite as high.

We are loving all of the free (other than seed cost), healthy (no spray, organic or otherwise) produce! 🙂 Here are some ways we consumed it this week.

We had pizza one night. One was veggie pizza with our peppers, zucchini, and tomatoes. The other was a kale (ours), artichoke pizza. We had snaps and spaghetti squash as sides.

DSC_5074Another night, we had bean burgers, roasted potatoes, steamed corn and snaps, and zucchini quiche. Everyone had already started to dig in before I remembered to snap a picture 🙂 This is easily my favorite meal and seeing how everyone asked for seconds, I don’t think they hate it too much either 😉 DSC_5086Head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions to see what everyone else was able to harvest this week!

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10 thoughts on “Harvest Monday

  1. Jenny

    Beautiful harvest, and YAY to your girl on her first pumpkin! That’s one HUGE watermelon but too bad about cantaloupe. Sunflowers look gorgeous!

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  2. Margaret

    Those strawberries look so delicious. I was so looking forward to getting at least one more round this summer from my everbearing variety, but I haven’t seen any new blooms. My fingers are crossed though.

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  3. Dave @ OurHappyAcres

    This is a great looking watermelon! I love using veggies on pizza. It’s a great way to use them up and get them in your diet. And so many things work on a pizza. I had mini one for lunch today, loaded up with veggies.

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  4. Jennifer

    What beautiful harvests! I have two wee watermelons that I’m hoping will ripen in time. One is the size of a baseball and the other is the size of a golf ball (both are mini melon varieties). I didn’t have any luck with corn this year.

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