HOT scenes from today’s harvest!

I don’t know how hot
 it is today, but after the last couple of weeks of the

down comforter at night, the 90+ degree days are something I was patiently waiting until next summer to feel again.

 It makes for one hot harvest, so we get up early and work till it gets hot and then finish up later in the day. It’s a nice relief to be sitting at the computer in the shade and take a little time to whip up some blueberry lime-alade (Mitchell transitional blueberries, and crystallized citrus rinds that have been curing for a couple of months, all turned in to a marmalade type condiment (the follow-up to peach-orange marmalade made late last night.)), and, of course, kale wraps with our favorite ton-o-parsley dressing. small shining lights melon-- moments before being eatenEach harvest day is a little different around here.

Depending on the weather and because we don’t have cold storage (a cooler) everything must be fresh (that’s how we like it anyway). We plan out each harvest day in whatever way to best keep things happy and fresh from the time we pick them to the time you  take them home.   On some days greens get picked early in the morning and are either packed up and stored in the shade or it might spend the day lounging around in the icy water  bath drawn up from our well.  Some days we pick it last thing at night or even by the dawn’s early light  before we leave for market (which is not very light anymore). Tomatoes, cukes, melons are not so sensitive and can be picked just about any time before the market when we aren’t picking the picky-er items. Basil and other herbs can be very tricky! Basil doesn’t like water, heat, or cool…but I think we are starting to figure this heat of the summer  show-stopper out.

Harvest days are our favorite days to commune with all the plants and really examine things. We often get distracted visiting other plants we haven’t seen in in the last day or two, discovering how they’ve been doing while we were off doing other things. The pace of harvest day is usually so peaceful. There is no machines here to break nature’s overwhelming “silence” from manmade noise. The only sounds are those of the birds and insects communicating with each other,  the breeze, the each crop’s unique harvest sound, occasionally the rumble of hummingbird wings, sometimes a rain storm,  and lately a lot of us cracking open watermelons to cool us in the middle of the field (our favorite place to eat watermelon).

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2 Responses to “HOT scenes from today’s harvest!”

  1. I like the sounds of harvests too: like the crinkle of the tomatillo wrappers, the rattle of beans, the crack when you free a fruit from its branch.

    Your watermelon looks divine! What a reward for hot work.

    • foragefiend Says:

      That watermelon was delicious! I think some of my favorite harvest sounds are the tender whisper of a pluck of the radish harvest or (even better than the realization of the grazing pattern of deer that we replicate when we get into the spinach harvest zone,) the almost inaudible crunch of pinching the spinach leaf stems early in the crisp morning air.

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