Harvest time

Our year in the garden is coming to a close, but there are still treats to be had. Some things that we put a lot of effort into came to nothing (sweet potatoes), while others that we put next to no effort or absolutely no effort into have been late in the season successes (wild raspberries, radicchio). Some old stand-bys did very well (garlic, rhubarb, lettuces), some were decent in their output but far from stellar (carrots), while others never took off (my chard never happened, in spite of repeated sowings, which is downright weird for me). Locally, green tomatoes seemed to be a major trend this summer, and that’s fine by me (we love green tomato chutney as well as just allowing the fruit to continue ripening indoors).

The sweet potatoes were a huge disappointment. My husband lovingly prepared beds that would keep our plants coddled and warm (they love the heat) and did everything by the book, but some critters decimated our crop. Not to be deterred, he has plans to keep several plants indoors over the winter and to keep trying.

The raspberries were a big surprise (we’ve had none the last two years) and there are more waiting to be picked in the next couple of days. We’ve made quite a few coffee cakes with raspberries, stirred them into yogurt and enjoyed them on crepes.

Radicchio blew me away. I’d totally forgotten that I even planted any, and just recently came across several in my front garden (a small space dominated by our happy rhubarb and a variety of lettuces, and usually with a few bean plants winding their way up posts). They are absolutely perfect. Keen to try something new, I found the idea for an incredibly simple but delicious sandwich that my husband and I have enjoyed for lunch during the week a couple of times. Highly recommended.

Halloumi, Radicchio and Tomato Sandwich

Fry halloumi slices in a little olive oil till both sides are nicely golden. Toast bread, slather on mayo, and then pile on radicchio, tomato slices and halloumi. Enjoy!

8 thoughts on “Harvest time

  1. Those crepes look delicious! Is that raspberry jam being labelled? Your garden sounds like it was productive, disappointment with the sweet potatoes notwithstanding. It’s too bad about them, I was looking forward to hearing how they did, since I’m told we can grow them here too – but I have enough trouble remembering to take care of my lettuce and carrots and don’t need more challenge. Is your garden fenced? I’m wondering about chickens (and deer)…

    1. Thank you! There is a very high demand around here for a good crepe, so I had to master that one when we went gluten free. The jam is actually strawberry, an instance where we turned to our local farmers’ market for the fruit. I’d love to make raspberry jam, but we have been greedy and eaten every berry that came into the house. Next time I might freeze small batches as we pick so that I can at least do a little jam! It looks as though it was some underground critter that claimed our sweet potatoes which are in a field far from our house. We had cages over the rows and the plants up top were happy and healthy, but when my husband went to dig, he found the shells of the tubers hollowed out. We have a lot of voles, and I gather that moles could be the other culprit. Not entirely sure how to address that one going forward. It was the one crop we really felt invested in this year, so it was a definite blow.

  2. oh harvest time! lovely!! it’s always a surprise – yes? Next year I must do tomatoes. I miss harvest those. My rhubarb did not do well at all this year. Might have transplanted it into the wrong place.

    yay for raspberries – that IS a treat! never heard of halloumi. great to find something that pairs well with radidchio

    1. Lovely to see you here Katherine! What kind of spot did you place your rhubarb in? Was it transplanted just last year? They don’t do well in a lot of sun.

      Halloumi was completely new to me until my stepdaughter introduced me to it last year. It’s such a delicious take on cheese.

  3. Sorry about your sweet potatoes. We’ll be harvesting ours in the next couple of weeks. Hope we find something under those vines.

    I smile looking at your gorgeous radicchio. I just planted ours yesterday. We love it but there isn’t a lot of demand for it around here (outside of our own kitchen). I’m passing your recipe along to our chief chef. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Bill, I hope that you enjoy your harvest. We’ve been buying up sweet potatoes from our local farmers, so we haven’t lost out completely 🙂

      I hope your chief chef welcomes the radicchio recipe, it’s definitely a very different way to enjoy that very delicious ‘green’!

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