Here is what I harvested this week. I made a gift basket of veg and herbs for a friend that often gives me rides to our Ultimate games. I play Ultimate (frisbee) regularly, if you've never heard of this sport you should check it out is a great combination of football, basketball and soccer strategies. It is excellent exercise and fun for all skill levels. Back to the harvest: I harvested some lettuce regularly for salads, herbs such as basil, parsley and oregano was given away to friends. I'm still picking cucumbers which is awesome!! There are still several egg plants also (I gave this one away to another Ultimate friend and he made eggplant parmesan with it and said his kids loved it!). There are still lots of leeks in the garden as well varying in size, this one was a big one. And hot peppers, oh my I feel like I'm over run with hot peppers. I have been giving these away to work and ultimate friends.
This was probably the most exciting harvest of the week, my first parsnip ever! I was making Chicken pot pie and needed a parsnip - check my post about that recipe. So out we went to harvest one. We were going to leave them all till after the frost but when a recipe calls for parsnip you pick parsnips!
I went to pull on the green tops like I do to pull up carrots, but the tops just popped off the root. So I dug to the root and was shocked to see how big it was. It was over 2.5 inches in diameter. I tried to pull from the top of the root but it wouldn't come up that way either. We needed to dig all around to get this massive parsnip out of the ground. We did damage it a little trying to remove it but there was more than enough goodness left for what I needed.
Here are two of the smaller leaks that also when into the chicken pot pie.
The grape tomato plant is the only one left as I removed my other two (health kick and ultra sweet) last week. This one still has several tomatoes but they need to be picked a little early or they are splitting on the vines.
And more hot peppers!! Cherry bomb, habanero, and cayenne. I am not surprised by the number of cayennes or even the habaneros as they have been on the plant green for a while and just needed to turn colour. But the cherry bombs came out of the no where, we thought this plant was almost done about a month ago, but then all of a sudden it started producing many new fruit very quickly, more than it was making mid summer.
I've got to get on clearing some space in my garden for my garlic to over winter.
What are you still harvesting? Are you planting anything to overwinter? Let me know in the comments.