Saturday, September 12, 2009

First Fall Harvest

first harvest
This past Wednesday, I decided to cut some greens for dinner. Though a bit meager, it was nevertheless satisfying to prepare something homegrown. I harvested some salad greens (various baby lettuces and arugula), what was left of my pak choi, a handful of green beans (not pictured) and all of my cranberries. The salad greens were very good, especially the arugula, which was nice and peppery. I just lightly tossed them in some unfiltered olive oil, white wine vinegar, lime juice, crushed garlic, salt and pepper. Yum! I'm planning on cooking the pak choi tomorrow night (I've been away on business until now) and will probably add the cranberries to some sort of pie or chutney creation.

I'm learning that harvesting is the natural high that all vegetable gardeners crave for and that your first harvest, no matter how small, is in a way very comforting. You feel as though you might actually know a thing or two about what you're doing. It's also empowering. I went to the supermarket this morning and didn't feel the need to buy lettuce (which were wilted by the way). This is all very exciting for a novice gardener such as myself. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of many future harvests!