Sunday, June 13, 2010

A June Harvest

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I would describe this week's harvest as "a little bit of this and a little bit of that." The greens continue to give and give and frankly, I can't complain. Lately, I've been mixing together chopped celery, chard and kale to freeze - perfect for adding to soups. The Red Sails lettuce is tasting great and still not showing signs of bolting. I need to motivate myself to sow some heat tolerant varieties this week as we are quickly going through what we have.

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I also picked a handful of Fava beans - the first of the season. Having never tried them before, I was anxious to cook them up. The pods were tossed with plenty of sea salt and olive oil and then thrown on the grill. Prepared this way, the beans tasted smokey and buttery. We LOVED them! What a revelation. I will definitely be devoting more growing space to them next year.

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The snow peas are still producing well. We picked over a pound of pods again this week. The plants are approaching 5 ft tall now but still looking relatively healthy.

I picked my largest mini-crown of Piracicaba broccoli thus far a couple of days ago. Unlike the other ones we've eaten, this one tasted perfectly sweet and without any hint of bitterness. This particular plant is twice as big as the others and was transplanted later in the spring, which leads me to believe that the bitterness we've encountered up until now has something to do with the fact that this particular variety may not taste or produce as well when transplanted too early in the year.

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I also harvested my first ripe tomato of the year - a solitary Sungold cherry. I quartered this little nugget of sunshine so that each of us could have a little taste. This will surely become a family favorite. My fluke first tomato date this year is officially June 11. Since the rest are still the size of small marbles, I think I'll be waiting a while for my next tomato.

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Finally, I wasn't planning on pulling any carrots this week, but then I noticed that the rabbits had stripped off most of the leaves on some of them. So I thought, "what the heck" and was happy to find a few sweet tasting baby-sized carrots. Being the big carrot fan that he is, Jonathan loved munching on them.

snow peas - 1.21 lb
broccoli - 0.2 lb
various greens - 2.85 lb
Fava beans - 0.3 lb
carrots - 0.5 lb

total this week - 5.06 lb

29 comments:

  1. Holy Moly...you've either got small hands, or those beans are huge!

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  2. Whoa! I love greens! Mmmm... Great harvest.

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  3. Geez...I can't believe that you have a ripe tomato....Looks Good!!

    Very nice harvest.

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  4. Monster beans, alright. Did you cook and eat the pod as well? Sorry, I'm ignorant on fava beans.

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  5. Everything looks great! I'm thinking I may need to try some fava beans next year.... Enjoy!

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  6. Ribbit - you can eat the pods when the beans are very young but they are pretty tough when mature. It's definitely a process to eat favas as you have to romove a waxy skin around the bean before eating it as well...we ate it like edamame.

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  7. Like the others, I want to hear more about those Fava Beans! Sounds wonderful, nice harvest!

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  8. Nice harvest Thomas! Those Sungolds taste sooo good don't they??

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  9. Kelly- they sure do!

    Erin - I'll try to post a pick of them cooked this week.

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  10. What a great varied harvest this week. Carrots, fava beans, chard, lettuces, broccoli, celery, snow peas, and the first little tomato! Everything looks yummy and in good health.

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  11. I have just noticed that I have first tomato growing, and you already have a ripe one. Lucky you!
    What variety of carrots are those? Mine are not even close to that size.
    Everything is looking lovely!

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  12. I can't believe you have carrots already. My carrots are barely poking their heads out the ground. Plus I only have one very small green tomato and lots of flowers.

    I'm just a little jealous.

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  13. Oops, that should read bearly there! Though barely may be accurate as well.

    -Brenda

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  14. Vrtlarica, I pulled mostly scarlet nantes carrots, which I started back in march. They are excellent tasting.

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  15. Oh, grilled favas are my new favorite way to eat them, so tasty. I hope you tried eating the pods as well, I've found that even fairly mature fava pods are edible when they are grilled, only the strings along the edge of the pods are too tough to eat that way.

    That is a beautiful harvest, a nice variety of veggies. I'm envious of that first tomato.

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  16. Beautiful and everything looks so juicy!

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  17. Impressive and beautiful harvest!

    How on earth you get ripe tomato already? I live in the desert for crying out loud!

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  18. very impressive, your fava beans look bright and enormous. I have never grown them, even yet to taste. This sure makes me want to grow them next year. How long does it take from seed to bean?

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  19. Those fava beans do look gorgeous! I've never grown them either. And I'm jealous of that ripe Sungold! It's a favorite of lots of folks, including me.

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  20. fenugreeklove - I sowed the seeds in early March...they took a little longer than my snow peas but not too much more.

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  21. I'm so jealous of the first tomato. I have so long until mine. Maybe next year I'll work on doing an early Sungold. That would be really nice.

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  22. I'm so glad you enjoyed the fava beans. They're such a pleasure to grow and eat, and so good for the garden. Everything looks so lush and green and damp there--it's mid90s today here, a depressing fact, considering that we probably won't get rain again until November . . ..

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  23. Everything looks wonderful! I made the mistake of eating the waxy shell around the broad beans the first time. It was pretty horrible :-) If I get any crimson broad beans this year I will pass some along to you. I planted late this year but I imagine they should produce something.

    Also I am up for a fall trade! I am just about to order a few things so I will drop you a line with what I have to offer.

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  24. How did you get a ripe tomato so early? Wow!!!

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  25. What a varied and abundant harvest, and those favas are so nice. I am so glad you like them, I love favas. Mine are coming to an end, it's getting too hot and dry for their liking here.

    Your gnome is too cute!

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  26. Love your fava beans. I'm growing them for the first time this year too. I plan to pick some this weekend, since I will have time to cook them then. They are pretty interesting plants. Did you have ants feeding at little black spots before the flowers bloomed? I did (I have some photos on my blog). It was sort of like ants making peonies open. I'm planning to save some of my seed, since you don't get too many in a packet and each packet is pretty expensive.

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  27. If I was a bunny I'd be in your garden, too! What a haul! The fava beans in particular are making me swoon. I bought some, but got started so late I didn't plant them. Next year, next year, next year...

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