Monday, August 23, 2010

Harvest Monday: August 23, 2010

Each Monday, Daphne’s Dandelions hosts “Harvest Monday” where everyone can share links to their harvest for the week. It’s fun to see what everyone is harvesting from his or her gardens in different areas.

An abundant harvest again this week from the garden spot. The amount of tomatoes harvested each day is astounding. Most are laid out on the kitchen counter and windowsill until completely ripe, then washed and frozen in gallon sized freezer bags.


Pole beans are producing a colander full every day now. I’ve been blanching and freezing them but will begin canning some soon.



Onions were pulled and laid out on a garden bench to begin drying. They are now hanging in the shed to finish curing.




A few cayane peppers were harvested. These will be dried for red pepper flakes.



This weekend I made my first large batch of tomato sauce from this years garden tomatoes using my food strainer for the first time. I received the food strainer as a Christmas gift from my parents last year and it cuts down a ton of time by removing the tomato peeling and seeds from raw tomatoes. The sauce simmered all day yesterday and will be divided up and stored in freezer containers tonight. I am looking forward to doing it all again next weekend. There are 6 one-gallon freezer bags full of tomatoes in the chest freezer and more tomatoes coming in each day. This year’s tomato harvest is making up for last years disappointing loss to late blight.

Be sure to visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.

21 comments:

  1. Great photo! I am loving the tomatoes this year, YUMMMMMMM! Aren't those tomato strainers great! So much easier...

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  2. Love the abundance of your harvest, and like henbogle said, great photos! Your cayenne peppers look gorgeous in all those colors. Do they get hotter (or acquire a better flavor) if you let them get red on the plant? I have a few baby cayennes starting to form on my plants, and I'm wondering when I should pick them.

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  3. So glad your tomatoes are doing better than last year's. They look just beautiful.

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  4. cheers to this year's tomato crops!!! i'm so happy to see your hefty harvest. each day is one bucket full after the next. yea!

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  5. Lovely! I particularly love photos of tomatoes on the windowsill. Mine are sitting on the floor, with the rest of today's harvest, as I've found that's the best place to take pictures. I need to get it all picked up, because the dogs keep stealing my green beans ;-)

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  6. Wow...that's impressive! This sure has been a very productive year for you.

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  7. That's the prettiest of this week's Harvest Monday's photo recaps in my opinion. Just beautiful and what a great garden you must have this year to provide so much bounty. Well done!

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  8. You harvest is awesome! Do you do anything special when you freeze your tomatoes? I've never froze tomatoes before, so I'm curious how it turns out. I really love the look of those cayenne peppers! What do you do with them?

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  9. I agree, your photo of the tomatoes on the window sill and counter truely shows the time of the season. Your onions look great. I had the worst year for onions :(

    I also dry my cayenne peppers and then grind them for cayenne pepper.

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  10. What great pictures! You've outdone yourself this week. The red onions look amazing. And look at all of those tomatoes!

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  11. Your harvests look wonderful, so colorful. I love the photo with the tomatoes all over the counter and window sill.

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  12. Very nice. My tomatoes do not seem to be doing as well. Maybe when it starts to cool some.

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  13. Gorgeous photos. And don't you just love the strainer. That was one nice gift. I use it for applesauce too as I just quarter the apples before I throw them in the pot. I don't peel or core. Then I put them through the strainer. It is so much faster.

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  14. I just love that photo of tomatoes on the windowsill. What a bounty. And you got a very nice onion harvest as well. Congratulations.

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  15. Ali: The tomatoes have been wonderful this year. Totally makes up for last year.

    Thyme2garden: I usually pick the cayenne peppers when they are red or mostly red. The ones that are a little green usually turn completely red within several days. I havn’t compared the flavor of both, so I am not sure. I think if they are red, go ahead and pick them.

    Ribbit: Thanks! We are lovin’ the tomatoes this year.

    Allison: So exciting not to suffer late blight losses this year. I am almost giddy with tomato delight.

    Granny: I wouldn’t be able to sit my harvest on the floor. Bradie, our yellow lab would think it was a buffet and eat all she could.

    EG: Thanks! I am so happy with this year’s garden.

    KitsapFG: We have been really lucky with some wonderful weather.

    Meemsnyc: I wash and freeze my tomatoes whole. The get a bit mushy when they thaw out but they are ok to add to sauce, salsa, soups, etc. Some of the cayenne peppers will be worked into salsa, but the majority will be dried, jared and used as red pepper flakes.

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  16. Love the photos! Your garden has so many beautiful colors.

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  17. That's a whole lot of loveliness there. I want to believe that my tomato day will come too. . .

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  18. Robin: The pile of tomatoes is remaining consistent. As soon as I process the ripe ones, there are others harvested to take their place. I think my onions did ok this year. I pulled the large ones to cure and store, but left the small ones in the garden for everyday use.

    Thomas: Thanks! It was a great harvest week. The Red Baron onions grew from sets, but the photo is deceiving. They didn’t grow very large. They are pretty and taste great, so I’m not complaining.

    Michelle: Thanks!

    Shawn Ann: The heat may have something to do with it. We had a hot spell and the tomatoes stopped flowering for a little while. Once it cooled down, they began once again.

    Daphne: I love the strainer and can’t believe the time saved by using it. I will be using it to make applesauce as well. Maybe even from our own apples.

    Lou: Thanks! The onions are curing in the shed right now. I can’t wait to weigh them to see what I ended up with.

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  19. Kimmi: Thanks!

    Stefaneener: I hope your tomato day will come soon as well. I know from last year’s experience how frustrating it is to be at the mercy of Mother Nature.

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  20. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog about my dad's giant squash. I'm not sure how long it keeps. I've never cooked anything like it before. It has a mild almost sweet taste. I plan on cooking it this weekend.

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