Harvest Monday, May 10, 2010

Now that my first peaches are ripe and the first potatoes are dug, I’m finally seeing harvests in pounds instead of ounces. This past week is the best so far. Come to think of it, I’ve been too busy to post Harvest Mondays for the past three Mondays. I have some catch-up to do.

First harvest of Golden Wax Bush Beans

But first, let me brag a bit about the dinner I cooked for Mother’s Day on Sunday. I picked up a great French cookbook while I was in Provence last week (En Cuisine by Jules Francois). It has gorgeous paintings by the author and I’m enjoying “eating” my way through this delightful cookbook.

One day's harvest of Florida Prince peaches

Our guests brought French champagne and chardonnay, as well as a couple of lovely French cheeses. I’m afraid that I was too busy cooking to take any photos of the dinner, more’s the pity. Our menu was:

Soupe aux Champignons (mushroom soup with four kinds of mushrooms–white button, Crimini, Hen of the Woods, and White Beech)

Poulet aux Eschalots, Thyme et Citron (whole chicken with white wine, whole shallots, thyme and lemon with a lovely lemon-cream sauce)

Pommes de Terre aux Buerre (farmers market German butterball potatoes and homegrown blue potatoes with butter, chives and parsley)

Haricots avec Petit Pois a l’Anglaise (homegrown golden wax beans with sugar snap peas in butter)

Baguette (homemade French bread)

Olives (California grown)

Crumb-topped Peach Pie with Grand Marnier (using the first of my homegrown Florida Prince peaches)

Two Meyer lemons and a bowl of Snow Peas

Oh my, I wish I had a picture of that dinner. Wish I could put the aroma and taste up on the web. Suffice it to say it was as delicious as it was beautiful!

First harvest of blue pototaes from a portion of a Gro-bag in our driveway

Harvest Monday May 10, 2010
6.5 oz. (1) Artichoke
5.5 oz. Beans, Golden Wax
2 oz. Bok Choy
4 oz. Chard
2 oz. Green Onions
1 lb (2) Lemons, Meyer
6.5 oz. Lettuce
4 lbs, 3 oz. Peaches, Florida Prince
4 oz. Peas, Snow
1 lb. 14.5 oz. Peas, Sugar Snap
14 oz. Potatoes, Blue
1.5 oz. Radish, Pink Summercicle
6.5 oz. Strawberries
Male Squash Blossoms and Herbs
Harvest, Fruit: 5 lbs, 9.5 oz.
Harvest, Vegetables: 4 lbs, 12.5 oz.
 
TOTAL HARVEST: 10 lbs 6 oz. produce plus 13 eggs

I’ll catch up with the two weeks prior to this later.

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I am retired from writing a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent, but I am still teaching at the Orange County Conservation Corps. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks.
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7 Responses to Harvest Monday, May 10, 2010

  1. Daphne says:

    Oh peaches. I so love peaches. What a nice and varied harvest.

  2. A wonderful harvest! I can’t believe you have peaches and bush beans ready already! That cookbook sounds wonderful, as does the dinner you made.

  3. mac says:

    Good thing I ate before dropping in otherwise my keyboard would be flood with you know what.

    Love those peaches and peas, how many seed potatoes you put in the smart pot? I’m just starting to seed my potatoes, I want to put 5-6 seeds in one pot, I know it’s a lot.

    • Hi Mac. I actually used organic blue potatoes from Trader Joe’s that had sprouted too badly to eat. I put three whole potatoes per pot, so cutting them in half would have given me six potatoes per pot. The bottom of this gro-bag is pretty solid with potatoes, so I don’t think that I could have put any more in. Such fun, growing potatoes in my driveway!

  4. Quite the respectable harvest indeed. Our season’s don’t match so it’s nice to get a preview!

  5. Angela Moll says:

    Peaches already! I’ll have to look for this early variety. If you can grow it I should be able to grow it too.

    • Hi Angela, Ottawa, and Daphne, I do love my Florida Prince peach tree. It’s so early that the worms don’t find it and the peaches are perfect, and oh so tasty. My August Pride and Babcock Improved peaches are only half grown, so it’s really nice to have such early peaches.

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