Close your eyes and taste a bite of my freshly picked cantaloupe, grown in my own vegetable garden. It is as good as it looks, and reminds me of my grandparents who always seemed to have cantaloupe with their breakfast. I’ll also enjoy mine for breakfast tomorrow morning and I’ll take some to work for lunch and give some to my neighbor. There are several more in my patch that will ripen in the next few days, hopefully just a few at a time.
I’m often asked what I do with all the produce that I harvest from my garden. The answer is, of course, “it depends”.
Some I eat, some I give away, a tiny bit I freeze for winter, and some gets overgrown and ends up in the compost bin. It mostly depends on how busy I am.
Last night I made some fresh salsa with Jalapeno and Serrano peppers, along with some ‘San Marzano’ tomatoes and onions from the garden. Then today I took the rest of the peppers to work where I found many willing takers.
The night before, I breaded and fried some eggplant and had it as part of my supper. It’s one of my favorite cooked vegetables, but I usually have it just once a year, maybe twice. Two nights ago, I ate fresh cooked green beans and sweet corn.
And at every meal, at least for now until they stop producing, I eat fresh tomatoes. Yes, that includes breakfast. I like to eat fresh tomatoes with scrambled eggs.
Somehow, all the vegetables I grow get eaten or shared, for the most part, though I am worried that the dozen squash on the kitchen table are starting to “turn” on me because I haven’t done anything with them yet.
What does everyone else do with all their harvest?
(Don’t forget to go to yesterday’s post and enter the drawing for a short-handled Cobrahead! Winner to be selected at 5:00 pm on Friday, August 21.)