Monday, May 16, 2011

Harvest Monday - Peaches, Okra, Tomatoes, Zucchini


This is just a sample of what we've been harvesting since last Monday.  We have loads of okra, so I'm putting some of it up in the freezer.  Cucumbers have also been super plentiful this season.  One thing that I'm not planting again is that lonesome red okra you see there.  In fact, I'm going to pull up all the red okra plants today and plant more regular green ones.  In our garden, red okra plants are slow in maturing, don't produce much, and there is nothing special about the flavor of their fruit. 


We have peaches!  In the last few days, they are coming in by the bucket, ready for cooking up into all sorts of yummy concoctions.  We've had peach ice cream, blueberry peach topping for our French toast on Saturday; and today I'll be fixing some cobbler...  Peaches freeze well raw, so some of them will end up in the freezer too.  Today's peach harvest was 7.8 lbs.!

Visit Daphne's Harvest Monday to see what other gardeners are harvesting today.

20 comments:

Teacup Moments said...

lovely lovely bounty! i'll be running back here soon if you're posting pics of the peach cobbler you're making. :) xxT

Buttons said...

Mary you always have the most beautiful produce. I can't wait to plant my garden all my plants are ready waiting in the basement for the weather to warm up.
Your peaches look very yummy, it is so nice to have a peach tree in your yard. I have apple and pear trees but have a problem with raccoons getting to them before me.
Happy harvesting. B

NanaK said...

Great harvest. So many peaches! How many trees do you have? I love okra but the rest of the family doesn't.:(

kitsapFG said...

It's amazing what a difference in harvest times there is based on location - peaches are months and months away here - but look at yours! So beautiful and I can almost smell them from here. ;D

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

So many okras. I am curious how you use okra in the kitchen. We grow both green and burgundy last summer. Unexpectedly, we had cooler summer and the burgundy ones produce much better than the green ones.

villager said...

I'm with you on the red okra. It is pretty growing, but it loses it's color when cooked and it never produced a lot for me either.

The peaches look yummy! I can't hardly wait for our trees to get big enough for a harvest.

Mary said...

T - I will post about my peach cobbler tomorrow. :)

Buttons, NanaK, Kit,and Villager - Thanks!

Malay - Our favorite okra dish is Gumbo. My recipe is a tomato based stew made with chicken, andouille sausage, and shrimp...

http://www.cookscountry.com/pwlogin.asp?did=6169&area=recipe&iseason=

Lynda said...

Lucky you! I won't see a peach until July! And I haven't even planted my okra or cukes...still too cold. Your produce is wonderful!

Susan said...

The peaches make my mouth water. Enjoy!

Barbie said...

Ah, the scent of peaches fills the air. :-) Wait, those are my peaches - but they do smell SO good. You have WAY more than I do. LOL. Looks great!

RandomGardener said...

Peaches! Yum! What zone are you in and what variety is it? You are so much ahead of us, we're yet to plant okra seeds in maybe 3 weeks!

Daphne said...

You have me jealous. I so love fresh peaches. Up here in the north they don't come quite as sweet as down farther south, but still they are good.

Andrea said...

I am so impress, you already have peaches and tomatoes?? oh my goodness!
I will chekc around your blog, it looks sparkly :)

Shawn Ann said...

What a nice may harvest! I'm barely getting started, and look at you!

Mary said...

Lynda, Susan, Barbie, Andrea, Daphne, and Shawn Ann - Thank you!

RandomGardener - We are in zone 9a, the peach is a Florida Prince.

To all interested in growing peaches, here is a link to a peach growing document:

http://www.justfruitsandexotics.com/JF%20PeachesPlumsNectarines.pdf

Tracy said...

We had a great peach(and plum) harvest here last season(I'm in Australia) too. I've never tried okra. I have heard it is a love or hate vegetable though.
Great harvest.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I have been dying to try peach salsa. That will be one of the recipes I will try to make and canned this summer. Your peaches look wonderful.

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Seven Gates Farm said...

Mary, what lovely peaches. How many trees do you have? They look so unblemished and just so pretty in that picture. Sounds like you will be very busy from here on out harvesting your garden. I know you love it. Debi

Cat said...

Lucky girl with all those peaches! Yum! Our crops were small this year in Texas but yours look awesome!

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