The garden looks pretty rough, but amazingly, is still producing. We came close to a frost Sunday night, but it missed us, and it looks like we’ll avoid one for a few more days. We didn’t harvest much compared to our biggest harvest week of 59 lbs, but it still tastes darn good and is keeping me out of the supermarket. This week we gathered a total of 8.63 lbs from the garden, which included the majority of the remaining tomatoes. With the frost holding off we may still get a few more before I get around to pulling the vines, I hope next weekend. The results:
Herbs — 15 oz
S. Squash — 6 oz
Peppers — 5 oz
Tomatoes — 6 lbs
Pole beans — 16 oz
The value of my harvests throughout the season stands at $1867.17. Expenses remained the same at $305.54, bringing the net value to $1,561.63. Total pounds grown this summer 550.81 lbs. SO FAR!
The above harvest became basil pesto for the freezer, tortilla soup, and tonight’s dinner, a fresh tomato sauce over whole wheat pasta. Even with end of the season tomatoes, that sauce was so good I would swim in it if I could. Home grown tomatoes, garlic, pesto, and a green pepper, with a little onion from the farmers market, YUM!!!!
With being back to work, one of the big challenges of the end of the main harvest season is preserving all the goodness. I am constantly looking for new ideas, and one I tried this week was marinated peppers, using this recipe from the Michigan State University Extension Service. I did not process the peppers as I had only enough peppers for half a batch so I will store them in the refrigerator. I suspect these will be delicious in sandwiches. This was the last of my beautiful red-ripe Carmen peppers, but I still have a few immature green ones on the plants which I will pick before a frost. There are still zucchini, yellow crookneck and patty pan squash producing, although their days are numbered as the garlic will be going in the squash area.
I’m posting this as part of Daphne’s wonderful Harvest Monday series, where gardeners share the triumphs and tears of their gardening endeavors.