Mid-Sept harvest

The harvest season is in full swing and I'm enjoying it immensely. It just makes me so happy to pile up baskets of veggies and deliver them to people. Between the farm and the home I'm one happy camper. At home we've been picking grapes from one of our older vine - it's now 8 yrs old. That's on top of the bucket we picked couple of weeks back. Two baskets filled.
This is the large bucket of all grapes striped from the vines and ready for jelly - as you can it set it was a very large pile! Very happy with this year harvest, but I'd better learn how to make vine in next couple of years as all 9 grapevines will start producing in these quantities. Some will be eaten of course, but most will be jellied and wine.
From the farm we've been bringing crates of squash, and starting to bring loads of sweet peppers that I'm chopping and putting into the freezer for winter. There is still plenty on the farm green so they're just peaking in harvests.
And of course tomatoes - carloads every 3 days. At this point I just give it all away. My jars are full of pureed tomatoes and some sauce for winter so I'm pretty much set. Let others have the rest.
So what are you harvesting this week? Stop by at Daphne's page to see what others are doing in their gardens.

14 comments:

  1. You sure will have to learn to make wine, with what's coming. I'm just amazed at what you are pulling in from your farm plot. I was wondering, do you have any issues giving it away to the food bank? I thought they were picky about what they take in.

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    1. Some food banks are picky - they want shelf-stable things like pasta and rice, but some have attached kitchens where they make lunch/dinner and feed people. We have a Harvest House that feeds so i bring it to them. You can find a local place that's willing to take fresh produce via http://www.ampleharvest.org/ - a non-profit designed to link food pantries and farmers who can give away fresh produce.

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  2. Those are some beautiful grapes. Do you know what variety they are? I much prefer green to red grapes for fresh eating, but it seems like there are not many varieties that are hardy in my zone 5 garden.

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    1. We have Catawba (purple) that we picked earlier, and Niagara - green one are for jellies. The ones in main garden are Marquis green very tasty, Alden - black, and Reliance pink all for eating. I also planted this year two new ones - Lakemont seedless and Muscadine Fry and Cowart.

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  3. Those are some really lovely grapes. It must have taken quite some time to strip them all off the vine.

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    1. It took a bit but I was sitting watching movie and cleaning them at the same time so didn't bother me too much.

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  4. Wonderful bunch of grapes! I didn't know you could make jelly out of the green ones. It is wonderful that you have so much to harvest! Nancy

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    1. You can make jelly out of any grape.

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  5. What an incredible bounty!! Although I have nowhere near what you have to give away, I'm still trying to find a local food bank. The nearest ones are an hour away so I tend to give it away to friends - good enough for sure, but nice to do your part when you can.

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    1. When i had only my small garden I gave away to friends, but now I can give to friends, family and every neighbor in the area :)

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  6. What a wonderful grape harvest Jenny. An you do have a carload of tomatoes. It is such a time of endless bounty right now, but we will all be missing it come February!

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    1. Absolutely, that's why I try to preserve so much now so come February I can reach into the freezer or open a jar of sauce and remember how good it was to have all this bounty :)

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  7. You certainly harvest in bulk don't you?

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    1. I harvest smaller portions throughout the week but they would just take way too much space in pictures, so weekend "bulk" it is :)

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