Summer Harvest

Summer Harvest

is just around the corner

This summer harvest is going to be a bountiful one for sure!We’ve already harvested several pounds of cucumber, yellow squash, green beans, and eggplant and now the tomatoes are just a few days away from ripe.

Tomatoes

Just look at these tomatoes! The picture on the left is some of the Big Beef variety and the one on the right is a Roma variety. The Big Beef are fantastic for slicing and eating fresh. This variety of Roma’s has thick meaty walls that make them amazing for making tomato sauces. Looks like we’ll be canning quite a lot this summer.

I have two varieties of Cherry tomato too. The golden yellow ones are very sweet and are wonderful just to munch on right off the vine. the more traditional red ones are great on salads. I also like to cook them whole when I make spaghetti.

Armenian Cucumbers

 

Summer Harvest
Armenian-Cucumber

These Armenian Cucumbers are super delicious fresh or pickled. We’re picking them daily now and when miss one they seem to grow five or six inches overnight.

We also have ten vines of traditional pickling cucumbers and have already made more than 20 jars of cucumbers and relishes.

Here’s what we’ll be picking over the next few weeks:

Bell Peppers

Summer Harvest
Bell Peppers

These bell peppers are doing pretty well. we have 20 plants and each one has three or four fruit growing on it. Not only do Bell peppers taste great, but they also have twice the vitamin C of an orange and are a great way to boost your immune system,  Another great thing about bell peppers is they lower inflammation. They’re even better when they come from your back yard ( and don’t cost $2 each like the ones in the grocery store).

Jalapenos

Summer Harvest
Jalapeno

In addition to bell peppers, we’re also growing jalapenos. My mouth waters when I see these Jalapenos. I love them in the relish, sauteed with my morning eggs, or cooked up in chili. But my most favorite way to eat them is stuffed with cream cheese and sausage and wrapped a thick slice of bacon.

Summer Harvest
Jalapeno Poppers

This link will take you to a video showing you how to make these awesome treats. Click here. These bad boys represent all the food groups with dairy, meat, and vegetables all in one delicious bite.