Monday, December 16, 2013

Harvest Monday - December 16, 2013

What a difference a week makes! The kitchen is still littered with bags of peppers that I need to deal with, but fresh peppers keep quite well if kept at room temperature in an unsealed plastic bag, you just have to make sure that they are not damaged when you put them in the bag. But there's not much else new coming in from the garden to keep the peppers company.

Dorato d'Asti celery
I had three harvests of celery like the one shown above. And I harvested some of the freeze damaged napa cabbages. Other than that it's only been hardy herbs like parsley, thyme, and bay which I don't include in the tally. The celery was used in a soup ( with some peppers), a sausage and lentil stew (with peppers), and in a celery leaf sauce  that's akin to a Salsa Verde, the recipe for which is from the Zuni Cafe cookbook (farewell Judy). That sauce could be addictive - it includes a lot of my favorite flavors like capers, anchovy, lemon zest, and good olive oil. It was fantastic slathered on a grilled flat iron steak and some fire roasted sweet red peppers.

One of the Australian bloggers that I read (can't remember who now) wrote recently about the yo-yo weather that they were having. Well, the yo-yo has swung my way. The weather graph for the past week swings from a low low of 27ºF (-2.7ºC) to a high high of 74ºF (23.3ºC) and the extremes in my garden were actually a bit greater than that. The forecast high today is for 77ºF. Crazy. But no real chance for rain in sight. We desperately need rain...

Here's the harvests for the past week:

Little Jade napa cabbage - 3 lb., ..6 oz. (after trimming off the bad bits)
Dorato d'Asti celery - 13.3 oz.

That's it for the week - a total of 3 lb., 13.9 oz.
Which brings the totals for the year up to - 977 lb., 7.2 oz.

Oh so close to 1000 pounds, but it ain't gonna happen this year. Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne's Dandelions, head on over there to see what other garden bloggers have been harvesting lately.


  1. And so close. Well maybe next year. I'll never get there. Well maybe when the fruit trees are in production maybe in a decade, but I don't add in the fruit tally to the veggie tally. Our weather has been weird too. But just because it is so dang cold. I hope it warms up a bit before January hits.

  2. Oh your celery looks sooo good! I have never tried to even grow celery. I hear it's difficult.

  3. Whoops, my brain turned celery leaves into parsley....

  4. Oh wow! 977 pounds is absolutely phenomenal! I know it's not 1000, but you should be very proud none-the-less!


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