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Monday, June 25, 2012

Harvest Monday: June 25th

Harvest Monday is sponsored by Daphne's Dandelions and is an opportunity to share your harvests and what you do with those harvests with others.  Please stop by to see what other gardeners are doing this week.

This week I went strawberry picking at a local farm.  After picking and hulling 9 1/2 pounds of berries, I made 18 jars of freezer jam.  I don't think that 18 plus the 5 remaining from last year is going to last us a full year though.  The farm will have raspberries ready this week, so I will be out picking them and hopefully make up another 10 or so jams, so we'll have enough to last until next summer.

One of the week's harvests: broccoli, pearl onions, sugar snap peas, and carrots.
 Besides the farm picking, I brought in another 3 lbs. of strawberries off my own plants (yay! more strawberry shortcake! I am going to get SO fat.)  As well as several more harvests.  Mostly the harvests were of pearl onions, a few carrots, and some sugar snap peas.  I did get a couple good sized broccoli and one small cabbage, because I was impatient and couldn't wait any longer to pick one.  The peas, onions, carrots, and broccoli went into a stir fry.  My mom got a bunch of everything except the broccoli too.

Yum! Stir fry.
 The cabbage and remaining onions and carrots will be made into coleslaw for my husband; and any peas that come in will either be eaten as snacks or frozen for another time.

My daughter stretching out to enjoy the evening on the patio.
It's amazing how much arm-twisting goes into getting a 13 year old computer geek outside during the summer, so I was amazed and pleased to see my girly outside after our jam-making, enjoying a little relaxation in the night air.  This picture also makes it obvious that the patio could use some tidying up, so I think that will be my chore for the day.

12 comments:

  1. Your patio looks great! Freezer jams sounds wonderful. I made peach freezer jam once and it was delicious.

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    1. After all that picking I was not prepared to break out the canner and boil water in the heat. Plus, the kids seem to like the freezer jam better anyway.

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  2. Great harvest. That stir fry looked really delicious!

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    1. Thanks, I'm happy to say it was very tasty.

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  3. Yay for stir fry! I've been making them once a week to take advantage of all the fresh veggies. I'm running out of sugar snap peas already, I should have planted more!

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    1. The weather out here has been a total disappointment. My sugar snaps just started to produce, and I still have nothing but flowers on the snow peas. I'm hoping it'll stay fairly cool another week or two so I can get some peas and then get really hot so I can get tomatoes. lol

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  4. Every thing looks so wonderful and yummy!

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    1. Thank you, my son is particularly proud of his carrots. ;)

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  5. I love doing a berry u-pick and then turning all that yumminess into "summer in a jar" for later use. Your broccoli is particularly nice looking. Your daughter has the right idea to relax on the patio and enjoy a fine summers evening.

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    1. The picture doesn't do justice to how small the broccoli actually was. It was delicious and just starting to loosen at the edges but the biggest head was only about 4" across. Broccoli is a major disappointment in a small garden.

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