Asparagus season has been over for about a month but it was a splendid harvest. Lettuce has been great but with the heat it's starting to bolt. The peas, beans and beets are ready for harvesting now and soon it will be tomatoes, the most welcome of all produce here. Still many others are doing fine - scallions, broccoli, cucumbers, etc.
So while some have passed there's always something to enjoy fresh from the garden. Nothing can compare to eating fresh produce from your own garden.
Tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers - yuuuuum! We love to grill them or eat right off the vine (well I rinse them before). This is my first year planting and maintaining organically. I'm thrilled with how well my plants have turned out. Like pirl said, nothing compares to your own home grown veggies (and you don't have to worry about salmonella poisoning either)!
We've had summer squash for a few weeks now. Boiled and buttered, fried and grilled. One tomato is turning red now, the rest are trying to catch up (catsup, ketchup, whatever!!!) Can't wait for them to get ripe. I've made 12 quarts of dill pickles in the past week and a half with more cukes still coming on. Ahh, the smells and tastes of summer!
Veggie season in S.E. Texas is done for me. I pulled my tomato plants last week in preparation for a fall crop. Cukes are worn out. Haven't picked beans in 2 months. There are still some peppers out there and I'm picking watermelons every other day.
This fall I am getting serious about cole crops. Broccoli, Lettuce, etc.
Like staceysmom, I take the salt shaker out in the garden too and eat those maters. I think thats how I get surprise tomatoes growing from the drips of tomato juice/seeds running down my arms ,lol
Love em when there out of season too, that being the ones I can. I like em right out of the mason jar, almost can pig out on a whole jar. Cold, salt and pepper and a dash of vinegar and nice big dases of tobasco, good stuff.
Picked more greenbeans today and tomatoes. I could not imagine life without a veggie garden on the homestead.
Dry as a bone in north LA, so summer gardens are beginning to play out. Did get eggplants, peppers, cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes out of mine and swapped with some friends who had better luck with their squash and beans. Planning a fall garden with greens and onions. I'll use whatever tomatoes don't ripen by frost for chow-chow. Love any vegetable, any time.
There's nothing better than fresh tomato and cucumbers grown in my little garden. I have raised beds and made a watering system with soaker hoses controlled with a timer. This way I get to enjoy gardening without a lot of hard work once it garden area was all set up. I even put down landscape fabric all around the beds so that I don't have to mow grass between the beds.
I voted other, It is kind of hard to pick a favorite when they are fresh from your own garden. We had our radishes, salad greens and peas. Green beans are still coming in, We have only had one tomato, but when they start look out. The sweet corn is getting very close. The storm nearly flattened all the stalks but I am sure it will come back up. If not I guess I will just have to stoop over to pick those tender sweet goodies. My cucumbers are blooming and I'm training them to go up a fence. We had a late spring, too cold and wet to plant when it all needed planting. I guess it is better late than having none. Now I just thought of one that would be very close to a favorite. My Sweet potatoes. They are coming along great. I planted several varieties. One is vardaman I am liking the way the plants are getting bigger, without sending vines all over the garden. Now if they just come close to matching the yields of the centennials I have used in the past, They could very well be my choice, for years to come.
Here was from one hill last year.
My fav is a big tomato sandwich from the garden on soft white bread with mayo. I have harvested tomatos and cukes so far. My bell and habenero and hungarian peppers are kinda late this year. Wax and green beans almost done but the pole beans are just flowering. Snow peas done and dug up. And my best horseradish will be ready in the fall!
Pic of some of my tomatos from 7/13/08 GM
We are eating everything but tomatoes and eggplants.
We love them all, raw or grilled, so I had a hard time deciding on one choice to go with.
We have had peas, lettuce, herbs, and are now eating peppers, green beans, summer squash and cukes.
Love it! Love it! It is so great to go "shopping for supper" in my yard. ;)
I love picking sun-warmed veggies from my garden and eating them raw! I've had cukes, zukes, and other summer squash for the past two weeks. . . maters are juuuuusst starting to turn red (but not much). My lettuce is beginning to bolt. I'm growing the "tromboncini" Italian zucchini this year--an exceptionally vigorous vining plant that has made a break for it out of my fenced garden and is heading down the driveway. The squash are pale green and amusingly curved. Delicious raw when they're tiny.
mmmmmmmmmmm tomatoes - fresh in plain bread with mayo, or toasted sandwiches, or grilled red tomatoes, with lots of butter, salt & pepper, over bread.
OR leaf lettuce in a big humungeous bowl with just salt & eat it by the handfuls.
OR boiled, then grilled sweet corn
OR baby tatoes...swimming in butter!!!!!!!
aw heck - ALL of 'em!!!!
I love nightshades & squashes. Eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers...time for ratatouille and an assortment of Italian delights, followed by sweeter squashes for pie and soups. Honorable mention to root veggies, esp. beets & turnips.
If only the rest of my household felt the same...hubby prefers legumes & broccoli. Cooking is fun.
Oops! I forgot that tomatoes aren't a vegetable, lol! But I did vote that mine aren't quite ripe but will be soon. We had a very wet, cold spring that lasted forever and we're playing catch up right now - won't be long now though - I think we're going to set a record for continuous hot days - been in the 90's (mostly) for about 3 weeks now I think - maybe more.
DebinSC, ever tried microwaving it? I had not until someone told me about it and we've never looked back!! DH used to say grilling was best but until you've tried this way...yum, so tender.
Don't even husk it, place in microwave for 7 mins, you would adjust for more. When taken out and removing the husk, all of the silk comes off with it.
bugme - you are SO right about microwaving corn!!!!!!!! I cannot believe those huge buckets of water I would get to boiling so as to enjoy this - no more, never again!!!!!!! I just trim the silks w/ the scissors and any nasty leaves are removed. The entire cleaning is SO much easier after microwaving. I just use a hand towel to strip everything off ----- oooooooo la la (oh yeah - check pointy end for any grubs that might be there - sometimes you find one!)
Anything in season ...love all the veggies! right now we are harvesting root veggies (baked in a little olive oil with garlic and herbs and served with a little drizzle of balsamic vinegar) ...mmmmm
here are some of my bumper crop of Jerusalem artichokes. I also am really enjoying spinach in frittata, tarts and quiches.
It's Winter here.
My absolute fav is cauliflower. I'm probably the only one to vote for it. I love it raw, so that's what I voted for, but I also steam it frequently. It's great with a little parmesan cheese sprinkled over it. DH loves it, too, so no problem there. He's waiting on tomatoes, though. In the meantime, he's eating cucumber salads every day.
Sweet corn...nothing better. I have to try it in the microwave the way bugme describes. I have done it husking it first and I didn't like it. Our local corn isn't in yet, but they're bringing it in from further south and it's pretty darn good!
Fresh tomatoes topped with mozzarella, basil and olive oil. Sweet corn on the cob with butter, salt and pepper.
That's what I'll be eating almost daily for the next couple months. And loving every minute of it. :-)
You want some GOOD corn sliced off the cob? ...in shallow pan, melt butter, cook corn, add cream cheese to melt, and some Tabasco Chipotle seasoning and you have yourself some mighty fine grub there. You CAN do it w/ frozen corn, but it is so much better w/ fresh. (Guarantee that all the calories will be removed when you add that chipotle seasoning!!!)
OK, OK, here's my Breakfast Pizza recipe, which makes use of those maters that are just coming in for me. (This is for those folks who don't mind a slightly untraditional breakfast that is also very healthy!)
Toast one slice whole wheat bread.
While bread toasts, walk outside and collect a handful of cherry tomatoes. (Sungold is great!) Slice several in half.
Spread 1-2 tablespoons of ripe avocado on toast. (Guacamole can also be used.)
Place tomatoes, cut side down, on top of avocado-covered toast.
I have just picked my first good crop of yellow wax beans. Another crop will be ready by Sunday. Green Beans will be ready late next week. Kohlrabi are ready and delicious, and should have Broccoli late next week. Looking forward to making my cream of broccoli soup.
By the way. I am Mary/MaryLynn from Wisconsin.
Have a great evening.
PS, don't mind the crooked rows, this is just part of my garden. First one I have had in many many years. Forgot how I did the rows, LOL.
I picked other. My squash and tomatoes have been ready for a few weeks and I love the tomatoes raw and the squash grilled, pan fried, and stirfried. I have yellow squash, zucchini, several kinds of tomatoes and some cantaloupes that are not quite ready. I couldn't handle a larger garden this year so I just put a few plants around my yard along with the flowers.
Just a very important addendum on wannadanc's contribution. It's a fact. If it tastes good, it's good for you. Everyone knows that right????? It's very important with respect to the chocolate food group. If you don't have your required daily servings you will get very,very sick and probably die. Everyone knows that right?????? oops OT so back to our beloved vegggies.
Tomatoes on the grill with a little olive oil and kosher salt is the essence of summertime dining at our house. Garnish it with some basil right out of the garden and fresh grated parmigiano-reggiano and you won't want anything else on the plate.
Welcome Mary! You're going to love the people here at DG! Nice big garden. I don't have a vegetable garden yet... going to get it dug up and ready to plant next spring... can't wait. Right now I just have one tomato plant and one green pepper plant growing in containers.
I like to grow veggies because it's fun to grow food and they are pretty... but I don't really like to eat veggies. I'd give my produce away. Right now the cucumbers and eggplants are looking really good. And the peppers have been fantastic all summer! If there was a cheese plant or a dark chocolate truffle plant, I'd be all over it! And yes, I know I could grow cacao... but it would be too hard to convert that into chocolate goodies! And for that manner... how about a real money tree ???? LOL
The cucumber crop is bountyfull this year. My favorite (Lemon Cucumber) which is a small round form is giving me about 50 cucumbers from one hill each day... a crisp form that eats just like an apple strait from the vine. For fresh eating cucumbers this one is on top of my list... Pearl Cucumber is another great flavored one but less productive.
I could never, never choose a favorite. Whatever is in season is my favorite, I guess. I CRAVE asparagus and fresh, just-picked spinach. Right now, I am craving that first tomato so much, I can almost taste it! I love to eat beans and peas straight from the vine, cucumbers. . . One of my favorite foods is gazpacho, made all from vegetables I grew myself. And I love my Mom's version of BLT's--she puts bacon and a big slab of fresh tomato on hearty bread, lays a slice of cheese on top, and puts it under the broiler just until the cheese bubbles and melts down over everything. Forget the lettuce!
I grew up with veggies in the garden every summer, so when I bought my first house 15 years ago, I was bitterly disappointed to discover that I didn't have adequate sun for veggies. Last year we took down several trees to build an addition. I now have one very small patch of yard that gets 6 hours of sun. So, for the first time since I was a kid, I have two tomato plants growing in pots and they are loaded with beautiful tomatoes! I can hardly wait until the first one turns red. I look at them every day, sometimes a couple times a day to see if they have started!
Some people have a single favourite vegetable?!!? Hard to believe. I love almost all fresh vegetables (except for parsnips) & could eat them for breakfast, lunch & supper. Just answering this thread is making my mouth water. :-) It's funny but while I enjoy fresh fruit, I don't like them nearly as much as I love vegetables. I guess my love affair with vegetables is one reason I'm still slim & healthy at 58. I miss fresh veggies so much in winter but where I live, there's still a good selection of many vegetables in the fresh markets during winter but not like summer.
I'm with isom here! One favorite veggie?? No such thing. However, I will draw the line at okra. Slimy. I've heard it described as snot from the ground...
(Isom, try parsnips cooked the way Julia Child suggested -- boil them in some lightly salted water until fork tender, then puree in a food processor. Take the puree and put it in a double boiler and cook over slowly simmering water for another 30 minutes or so. It brings out the sweetness, and they're delicious. To make them even better, serve in zucchini boats...)
However, now that asparagus is over and the lettuce has bolted and my tomatoes are sagging in the heat, I've got EGGPLANT!! I love the stuff. I've loved it since I was a child. Fried, baked, roasted, pureed, I love it. EGGPLANT!!!!
Sorry, mgpaquin, there's NO way to make parsnips taste good (except to bury them in the garbage). I know they're sweet - it's the other part to their taste I so dislike. Something about that makes me gag - a sickly sort of taste (to me). But okra! I love it. It's not so much slimy as containing a plant gum. I especially like it in an East Indian dish I make & doesn't seem slimy to me at all. I suppose I'll forgive you for not liking okra if you don't mind me disliking parsnips. :-)