Early July harvests are bringing more variety to the table.
7/1 & 2 - Peppers, green and yellow bush beans, a few broccoli side shoots, strawberries, potatoes, one cucumber, zucchini, carrots and crookneck squash.
7/5 - A big harvest of green and yellow bush beans, baby beets, Walla Walla onions, red potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, a lone tomato and my biggest picking yet of strawberries.
7/2 - More strawberries, the last picking of raspberries, bush beans, a yellow squash and another single tomato. 7/6 - Way too much parsley and basil, carrots, white potatoes, bush beans and strawberries. The last sweet onion, two more crookneck squash, a bit of broccoli and the first two Fortex pole beans.
7/7 - The zucchini that got away from me (hello zucchini bread!), along with a normal sized zucchini, one crookneck squash, one cucumber, yellow bush beans (the plants got pulled to make room for the melons that were beginning to grow over them), a big bowl of Red Sails lettuce, and a few tomatoes. I ate
about at least a dozen Sungold cherry tomatoes that didn't make it inside to be photographed.
Beans, blanched and waiting to be put on a tray. They were frozen, then bagged. The strawberries that escaped being eaten in shortcakes were also frozen and then bagged, waiting to be made into yummy smoothies. This is the second one-gallon size bag I've put in the freezer so far.
This may be the best year yet for strawberries. I pick every day or two, and they are still loaded with green berries and blossoms, and should continue producing until October or November. I've already harvested 19 pounds, and my very best year gave me 24 pounds. I think I'll easily beat that!
The raspberries are done, and the old canes have been pruned out. It wasn't my best year for raspberries, but it was pretty good. I picked 12 pounds, which was more than double what I picked last year. In my best year, 2011, the patch yielded 17 pounds.
The last of the apricots that were gifted to me were made into more Apricot-Pineapple jam. I think I have a lifetime supply of it now, as I had a few jars left from last year. Those, with the 14 jars I made this week, gave me 23 pints total.
This Week's Harvest
Beans (bush): 88.1 ounces
Beets: 20.3 ounces
Broccoli: 2.9 ounces
Carrots: 17.9 ounces
Cucumbers: 47.7 ounces
Herbs: 37.5 ounces
Lettuce: 14.2 ounces
Onions: 86.9 ounces
Peppers (sweet): 18.1 ounces
Potatoes: 101 ounces
Raspberries: 6.8 ounces
Squash (summer): 148.3 ounces
Strawberries: 80.1 ounces
Tomatoes: 17.3 ounces (several more eaten and not weighed)
Total for week: 687.1 ounces (42.9 pounds)
Total to date: 167.98 pounds
Be sure to check out Daphne's Dandelions to see what others have harvested this week!