Our Harvest Has Started
Here is an update on what is going on at Sweet Summer Farm. We are really enjoying our first spring harvest. We just planted a few rows of potatoes to see how they would do in the hard soil. We didn’t buy any potatoes, we just planted some leftover potatoes we got from the farmers market. We are excited to have harvested over 50lbs of potatoes. We’ve also started harvesting a few onions and that’s good because we use lots of onions. Grand puts them in almost everything she cooks. We have also harvested our garlic and came home with a “table full” as you can see from the pictures below.
The tomatoes are doing very well and we hope to get a large harvest. There are many little tomatoes, so we are very hopeful. We are looking forward to some great tomato sandwiches. But it is going to be hard not to pick them green and fry up some green tomatoes. Wouldn’t they be good with some homemade pimento cheese? Just thinking about it makes my mouth water!!! Guess we will have to wait and see which one wins out in the end. The truth is I am sure there will be plenty of both. Hopefully, lots of canned tomatoes to enjoy this winter, maybe some homemade ketchup.
The cabbage, however, isn’t doing very well. It has some worms and isn’t looking very good. Still, we think we will have a few small heads to cook up with the potatoes. We hope to harvest it very soon. Our peaches are also getting bigger and are looking good. Well, they looked a lot better before the deer came by, but we are thinking we might get a peach or two. It would be nice to at least get a bite of fresh peach. Well, if the deer don’t mind! The peas are growing fast, plus we have more of them to plant. The peppers look great and lots of baby peppers are enjoying the hot weather here. We have some squash seedlings we will be planting this week, as well as some okra and butter beans.
We’re so looking forward to the next couple of months at the farm. We will keep you posted on how everything is going. See pictures of our harvest down below.
Love digging potatoes
A “table full” of garlic
Love that garlic!
Potatoes and onions
Our biggest crop, Japanese beetles!
Quick Pickling or Lacto-Fermentation: Which Food Preservation Method is Right for You?
The author’s fermented sauerkraut Photo by Jenny Underwood Last month, I wrote about some very common and useful food preservation methods. Just like everything, each method has its pros and cons. This installment will address some more of my favorite preservation methods: lacto-fermentation and quick pickling. These two methods have been around for ages. Who […]
Battling Root-Knot Nematodes in the Summer Garden
Photo by Lori L. Stalteri on Flickr In the Sacramento region of California, where I live, my spring and summer garden started out growing at a remarkable rate. I planted the second week in April and started getting zucchini by the end of May. Not that everyone is thrilled with an over-production of zucchini, but […]
Egg-Gregiously Overlooked Eggplant
Eggplant is a healthy and beautiful vegetable, originated in northeastern Africa, easy to grow cultivars, zone 5-8, Black Beauty, Long Purple, Prosperosa, Italian heirloom.