Even though we’ve been inundated with rain the past couple of weeks, I’m harvesting oodles of tomatoes and peppers, cucumbers and raspberries. I had so many peppers of different kinds and colors, I made a pepper centerpiece out of them for the picture above.
Here’s an example of a daily harvest this week.
As you can see – lots of tomatoes! Because of the bugs and the humidity, I pick my tomatoes when they’re orange and let them finish ripening on the island counter in front of my window. I filled the counter up and had to make crushed tomatoes for sauce again.
This many tomatoes….
…made this many quarts of crushed tomatoes for sauce.
And within five days, my counter looked like this again.
Here’s one of my largest paste tomatoes, an heirloom called Amish Paste:
Not only will I be crushing tomatoes again this week, I have several great tomatoes for slicing and eating with mozzarella cheese and basil, drizzled with balsamic vinegar. My favorite snack!
My first tomatillos were ready to harvest this week. Unfortunately, of the ones I picked, only one didn’t have signs of worm invasion. 😦
I harvested my first mini red bell peppers (and yellow bells). They are so sweet!
I picked this funny looking green bell pepper.
I received free seeds for what was supposed to be “mini red heart” sweet peppers. These are NOT sweet peppers, but hot peppers. Anyone know what these are? Or are they a hybrid? Whatever they are, they have wonderful flavor.
I harvested a lemon drop melon because the bugs were starting to burrow into it. It wasn’t quite ripe enough, but I was still able to remove the affected parts and eat it anyway. It’s pale green inside and tastes like a honeydew with a lemon after-taste. When not quite ripe (as this one was), it’s a little more bitter.
My raspberries are ripening almost faster than I can harvest them. This has been my daily harvest for two weeks now. Almost time for raspberry preserve making!
What are you harvesting in your garden?