Farmageddon 2013: The Harvest

One of the major weekend harvests

One of the many major weekend harvests

Farmageddon 2013 is pretty much over.  A few carrots, kale, and bok choy are still in the ground, but most of the other crops are fully harvested and the plants removed.  Compost has been tilled into some of the the spots in preparation for Farmageddon 2014.

It was a truly amazing vegetable garden season.  The tomatoes were insane, arugula spicy, zucchini plentiful, pumpkins and acorn squash plump, and green beans constant!  Arugula continues to be one of my favorite crops and, like the bok choy and tomatoes, has done well two years in a row.  This year, for the first time, my lettuce and chard actually grew.

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Unfortunately, I’m 0 for 3 growing seasons for peas and close-to-ground veggies like cauliflower and broccoli.  The corn was devastated by “Evil Bunnies!” as my daughter has been taught to call them (yes, this is truly how she refers to them now!).  The potatoes, kale, cucumbers, okra, tomatillos, and sun flowers were disappointments.

The few tomatillos, most too tiny to use

The few tomatillos, most too tiny to use

The produce from the backyard has helped make and enhance meals throughout the past few months: drunken seitan and arugula tacos (which has become a favorite quick meal of mine lately); salads with the lettuce or arugula with the sweetest cherry tomatoes I’ve ever had; green bean and kale sides for Asian and Italian meals; baby bell peppers roasted and stuffed with risotto.

Roasted okra, carrots, and zucchini with store bought beets

Roasted okra, carrots, and zucchini with store bought beets

A side of kale

A side of kale

Roasted and risotto-stuffed bell pepper

Roasted and risotto-stuffed bell pepper

I had so many tomatoes that I canned for the first time this year!  We’ll see in the weeks and months ahead whether I canned correctly or not.  And, a second year in a row, pumpkin puree that doesn’t have to come from a can.

Canning tomatoes

Canning tomatoes

Draining the water out of the roasted pumpkin puree

Draining the water out of the roasted pumpkin puree

Fresh, organic, and often harvested that same day.  Couldn’t be tastier and healthier and better for our family!

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