Harvest This Weekend: Lots of Everything

Hope you all had a great weekend everyone! We spent the weekend up on the land, camping over night. On Friday we ventured to the local County Fair where I ate my yearly funnel cake and kissed all the goats I could find. On Saturday we woke up on the land to cows moo’ing at a nearby field and sunshine.   With the garden all built now (did you see my reveal last week?) we’re in full harvest mode, picking pounds and pounds of vegetables each week to travel back with to NYC.

So what’s growing?  Lots of everything.  We still have some of our spring veggies (kale, collards, cauliflower, etc).  Our sugar snap peas are finally winding down, but still picking a pound every week.  Then we have the beginning of the Summer veggies.  We picked our first tomatoes and peppers this week, with hope that the corn will be ready next week.  The weather Upstate is very different than growing in NYC due it’s colder temperatures so it feels weird to just only beginning to pick tomatoes.  With that said, the weather is great because it can grow “colder” veggies in the Summer. For example, we picked Brussels Sprouts this weekend – in August! Awesome!  Bonus awesome because this is the first time successfully growing Brussels Sprouts. Garden high 5s.  I’m so excited to eat them. 

We picked: Kale, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Carrots, Green Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, Green Beans, Sugar Snap Peas, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Onions, Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts. Whew.  

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So let’s dive in….!

This Summer has been all about potatoes! We dug up our first plant a few weeks ago, digging up a additional plant every weekend.  When it’s time to dig up the potatoes it’s like Christmas morning – pure excitement!  Matthew and I gather around the potato plant, digging it up with a shovel and our hands calling out each potato we spot.  It’s one of my favorite garden activities!  We planted  Gold and Red potatoes. The Red potatoes came from “potatoes gone bad” in our cabinet in the Spring.  The Red potatoes were a bit of a happy experiment!
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Ignore those dirty garden nails, a girl’s gotta get dirty when digging up her vegetables! 
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Like I mentioned, this was our first weekend picking tomatoes.  We got a big contained filled with large, juicy cherry tomatoes.  We used to grow this variety of cherry tomato on the roof but they never got this big. These cherry tomatoes are kinda perfect and super delicious!  I’ve been snacking on them nonstop!
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Here’s our first beef tomato picked. It’s the only big tomato that’s turned red.  Hoping next weekend we’ll have a bunch of red tomatoes waiting for us in the garden!
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Also, “first”, we picked our first bell pepper of the year.
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I’ve been waiting for the tomatillos to be ready to picked and this weekend I got to pick 3 pounds worth! I’ll be making salsa verde with these! 
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How do you know when a tomatillo is ready to be picked? It starts stripping!
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Some other veggies that are large in size… check out the size of these carrots! 
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And the giant onions! These are the biggest onions I’ve ever seen in my life. I think Matthew should have entered them in the County Fair.  They are HUGE.
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Only one cabbage photographed, but we ended up picking 3.  That means I have 4 cabbage heads waiting for me!  I think I’m going to make sauerkraut for the first time!
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A personal happy moment was picking the Brussels Sprouts this weekend.  We have tried growing them on the roof, only having them fail once Spring rolls around and gets too hot quickly, so I was excited to finally be able to grow them successfully! 
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 These grew really well this year so next year we plan on growing a few more plants.
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One more plant because I love them so much….
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In “hopefully next weekend” news…
Corn is almost there!  It’s finally taller than me!
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And pumpkins! You guys, we have so many pumpkins!  Between the surprise pumpkin plants and the ones we planted we might have a enough to start our own pumpkin patch. The surprise monster pumpkin plant has 3 giant pumpkins growing on it, with one of them being hopefully ready to be picked next week.  Fingers crossed!
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The monster pumpkin plant in all it’s glory.  Note that it’s completely blocking the path.  We have to climb and jump to get around it!
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Well that’s it this week…. let me know in the comments what you are picking!

 

Disclosure:  As a member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with a line of service from Verizon. All pictures were taken with my Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge for this post!   No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

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