Recent Harvests From The Garden + Coconut and Milk bars


Yummy snacks and gardening – those go together great, right?

I mean ok maybe not gardening and eating yummy snacks at the same time, but then again, why not?  A little melted Coconut & Milk Fruit Bar running down my hand is a blessing in disguise isn’t it? It’s nothing a little delicious lick can’t clean up.  Real talk.
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Ok maybe watering a container of tomatoes while holding a fruit bar at the same time is a little wild, but I think we all need to be a little wild sometime?  I like that my idea of wild is holding a hose in one hand and a frozen juice bar stick at the same time on a sunny afternoon.  I’m a wild one.  Watch out.
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 This post is dedicated to garden harvests of various veggies and my new favorite pick me up treat, Fruttare frozen fruit bars.  These bars are bursting with real fruit taste beause they are are made with real fruit! A garden bursting with real vegetables and fruits sounds like the perfect place to eat them, doesn’t it?
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The Fruttare Fruit and Milk Bars are made with creamy milk and real fruit while the Fruttare Fruit and Juice Bars are made with real fruit and refreshing juice. Real, Real and Real!   My favorite are the Coconut and Milk bars which makes you feel like you’re vacationing in the tropics! 1 bar is only 140 calories making it  not only a delicious (!) treat but a healthy choice too.   I love the discovery of a healthy and yummy snack, don’t you?   I’m also in love with the Lime and Black Cherry flavors – so good!  If I could blink my eyes and magically have a Coconut and Milk bar appear in all your hands I would. I love you that much.
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There’s been lots of harvests from the past few months and instead of doing a post here or there on them I thought I’d make this a little round up of recent harvests from the garden!  From tomatoes, peppers and watermelon to the transition of beans and carrots here’s what we’ve been picking, growing and eating!

Because we’ve been keeping a yield chart this year, I can tell you guys we’ve grown close to 175 pounds of vegetables so far! On a rooftop! In containers!  Let’s just do a Community high 5 hugging session because this make me so happy! 

Sunday morning in the garden.  Had a lot of catching up to do.  It's the calm before the storm, some big harvests coming this week!  And high 5 to wearing rompers!  #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #ur
(I’m bringing rompers back in style!  So comfy!)

First up, let’s check out our Gita long green beans.  These are Chinese beans and they are perfect in Stir-Fries.  I hope to be sharing my favorite recipe soon so keep a eye out for it!  These beans grow massive, sometimes 2 feet long..!
They start tiny and then grow long.. quick!
First green beans are spotted.  Growing Gitas this year on our 2 fences in boxes.  #greenbeans #beans #green #igrewthat  #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urbanfarming #urbangarden #containergarden #ha

Giant green beans starting to grow!  #beans #greenbeans #green  #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urbanfarming #urbangarden #containergarden #harvest #gardenchat #farmgirl #getgrowing #greenthumb #home

Green bean season is starting! This year we're growing Gita Beans which grow longer than my arm.  They are sweet, delicious and perfect for steaming or stir-fries! #beans #greenbeans #wow #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating

Peppers, both green peppers and jalapenos!  We’ve been picking jalapenos all Summer and finally a few weeks ago the bell peppers started.  This has me excited for so many recipes.  I’m also totally obsessed with these Candied Jalapenos, I eat a jar (or 2!) a week. 

I predict stuffed peppers will be in my near future, yum! Just picked these babies from the garden! #peppers #greenpeppers #vegetablegarden #nails #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urbanfarming #urbangarden #containerg

The Jalapenos keep coming! To get an idea of how many we're picking, that's a 4 cup container filled, a 1 cup container filled and a few more cups that can't fit in.  Jalapenos are crazy! #jalapeno #jalapenos #peppers #hot #heat #green #fresh #vegetablega

This is 5 cups of chopped up jalapenos that I'm turning into candied jalapenos.  I'm obsessed with them and these will be gone in a week.  YUM.  #jalapeno #jalapenos #peppers #candy #farmtotable #recipe #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables

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Who says you can’t grow some beautiful leafy greens in the heat?  Check out our long container of bok choy growing along with some kale.
Here's our bok choy and kale box.  Funny story is that the bok choy was supposed to be lettuce but there was a mixup in seeds.  When they started to come up we realized this wasn't lettuce.  Oh well, more bok choy means more stir fries!  #bokchoy #kale #l

One of the plants we grew for the first time this year has been tomatillos.  Can I say how awesome these grow? Seriously.  Not even in my wildness dreams I thought we’d be picking this many! I already froze a few batches of Salsa Verde.  I’ve also just been eating it with a spoon because it’s that good.
The great tomatillo experiment of 2014 worked!  First time trying to grow them!  So excited to pick our first basket full!  They are beauties!  #tomatillo #tomatillos #tomatoes #salsa #verde

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Tomatoes.. Tomatoes.. Tomatoes! There’s cherry, there’s roma, there’s beef… they’re all over!
Today's harvest sitting on my counter waiting to be enjoyed!  #tomato #tomatoes #pumpkins #red #orange #peppers #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urbanfarming #urbangarden #containergarden #harvest #ga

Cherry tomato picking!  #tomato #tomatoes #cherrytomatoes #red #nails #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urbanfarming #urbangarden #containergarden #harvest  #gardenchat  #farmgirl #getgrowing #greenthu

Look at how big the beef tomatoes got too! They’re ever a pound a piece!
These tomatoes are 1 pound, 4 ounces EACH.  I know!  Monsters!  #tomato #tomatoes #monster #red #brandywine #fresh vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urbanfarming #urbangarden #containergarden #harvest

Carrots, beautiful carrots! Just been nibbling away like a bunny..
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The size of these carrots are crazy!  #carrot #carrot #orange  #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urbanfarming #urbangarden #containergarden #harvest  #gardenchat  #farmgirl #getgrowing #greenthumb #hom

Big carrot harvest today!  #carrots #carrot #orange #fresh #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urbanfarming #urbangarden #containergarden #harvest  #gardenchat  #farmgirl #getgrowing #greenthumb #homegro

The soybeans always grow great but this year they’re at a all time height!  In just a few days we’ll be harvesting all these… and then I will be doing the painful process of shelling them all!
Soybeans are going wild!  At this point we just let them take over.  #soybeans #beans #edamame  #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urbanfarming #urbangarden #containergarden #harvest #gardenchat #farmgi

This is our little magic soybean plant!  Somehow a seed got on the ground during the Winter and it was trying to grow in a pile of trash.  I dug it out in April and transplanted it to it's own little home. A few months later and look at all the soybeans o

Jars of pickles in the fridge..
First Cucumbers

Pumpkins, Watermelons, Radishes… Making a few pumpkin pie treats soon!
We picked our 100th pound of vegetables tonight!  Such a big harvest we are at 110 pounds for the year!  High 5!

Picked some pumpkins from the garden, now giving them a view of Brooklyn.  #pumpkins #pumpkin #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urbanfarming #urbangarden #containergarden #harvest #gardenchat #farmgirl

And so much mint for nice cups of afternoon tea!
Lots of mint to dry to enjoy for tea for months to come!  Also I'm turning grey.  #herbgarden #mint #tea #herbs #tea #teatime #vegetablegarden #hydroponics #hydroponics

Our little garden on a rooftop! You can grow anywhere!
Our garden on the roof.  You can grow anywhere!   #food #vegetablegarden #rooftop #NYC #Brooklyn #vegetables #healthyeating #garden #gardening #urbanfarming #urbangarden #containergarden #harvest #gardenchat #farmgirl #greenthumb #rooftopgarden #citygarde

 And how I’ll be spending the next few days… need to harvest all these goodies to last for months!
My kitchen, where the magic happens.  I put today aside to catch up with our vegetables.  Sauces, salsas, casseroles, purées will be made, frozen and canned to last us months!  Already a few batches made, now back to work.  #kitchen #home #vegetablegarden

Do you love treats when gardening?
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