- Oooh, look what I caught. This little rascal got released in the park to keep him away from my nice ripe veggies.
The weeks are just zipping by and summer is nearly over. The coast of southern California has remained cool all summer, with minimal need for a fan. One result has been sweet potatoes that aren’t making sweet potatoes and squash that up and die without making squash. But the tomatoes and green beans keep tootling along.
A modest day's harvest of tomatoes, plus an onion and some komatsuna.
I can see the tomato harvest diminishing but no where near disappearing. And with three more plantings of green beans in various stages, I hope for many more green beans.
I harvested the last of the blueberries for this year.
And the first of the Granny Smith apples.
I used the glut of tomatoes to make spaghetti sauce. Cook sliced tomatoes with a couple of bay leaves and some onions, garlic and oregano.
I simmer until the tomatoes are tender and cooked down a bit.
I use my mother's old colander from the 1930s to strain the sauce.
I use the pestle to force the tomato pulp through the colander.
The seeds and skins are left in the colander. I add a can of tomato paste to the sauce and continue cooking until the consistency is just right. Then I freeze the sauce.
I made salsa from the Black Krim tomatoes and used it for huevos rancheros and nachos. YUM!
I scooped out seeds from my heirloom tomatoes to save. I put them in little glasses and let them ferment for three days.
Oh, yuck. This is the result. But the experts say this is the way to do it. I rinsed the seeds in a tea strainer, swishing them around to remove the pulp and mold. Then I dried them on paper plates. We'll see next spring if they're viable. I saved seeds from Roma, Black Krim, Yellow Pear and a volunteer from the compost pile that made really good tomatoes. We'll see next year if it breeds true.
Harvest for the week ending August 29, 2010
1 lb Apples, Granny Smith
0.5 oz. Blueberries
3 oz. Strawberries
Subtotal fruit 1 lb 3.5 oz.
11.5 oz. Green beans, Blue Lake
4 oz. Komatsuna
3 oz. Onion, yellow
4 lbs 10 oz. Tomatoes
Subtotal 5 lbs 12.5 oz. Vegetables
TOTAL 7 lbs produce plus 9 eggs
If you had a harvest this week, visit Daphne’s Dandelions and post a link to your blog.