The metal bowl contains 5 pounds of Jerusalem Artichokes (aka Sunchokes). I’ll make a soup tonight, and next week will feature Sunchokes fried in Sage Butter, and Roasted Sunchokes (perhaps with Blue Potatoes).
I am not sure what I am going to do with the behemoth zucchini in the background. It exceeded the 5 pound capacity of my kitchen scale. It is longer than my microwave. I’ll probably end up cutting it into manageable size pieces and stuffing it.
Tomatoes are still on the vines, but ripening has slowed. I’ll need to bring in the green tomatoes and do Chow Chow and my end of the harvest ferment. Still have some more zucchini and peppers ripening.
Starting to get in the winter vegetables: another round of lettuce, broccoli, spinach bok choy, carrots, beets etc.
I’d shred the zucchini, spread it out loosely on a parchment lined pan and freeze it. Once frozen, pack it into bags for future use in sauces or casseroles. One that big is probably pretty woody.
Excellent idea! I also like to stir shredded zucchini into Fritattas.
What percentage of your produce is home grown now?
About 99%. I don’t ever buy anything, but Matt will occasionally get something that looks good at the Farmer’s Market (mushrooms this week).
In response: I have taken out all of the tomato vines. The stakes remain, while the cages are in everyone’s way until I finish mulching the vegie garden. We are still floating in tomatoes, not quite enough to preserve–just must eat quickly. The San Marzano are delicious–very sweet, slice well, and make great sandwiches with a little mayo, whole wheat bread, and fresh kale or radish tops. The Oregon Star were a disappointment–one very large tomato, but very good. The’ coeur de bulle’ will be a repeat next year…I took all of the green tomatoes to the food bank. We don’t like them and someone must, as I took them mid morning, and by 1 PM my friend who volunteers there said they they were gone. Next spring’s spinach planted in July, is waiting with a few leaves, while the Siberian kale I found is growing quickly–it apparently doesn’t mind light shade and rain. On a lighter note, last spring I planted peas on top of the rock wall hoping they would trail down. Well, they did, but sparsely, and looked ridiculous: successful in that the slugs did not find them. Today as I was mulching the plants on the wall, I discovered that the peas that did not grow last spring have sprouted. The question is: will they grow, flower and ripen in November? I have never eaten sunchokes…I’ll have to look into them and see what they require…. Ruth
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