First Frost Harvest


Covered trellises warming back up in morning sun

Last night our cold little valley had its first frost.  Not anticipating another night below freezing for several days, we covered up many of the veggies and herbs that are still producing.  We also did a thorough harvest.

Our work is cut out for us – the garage floor is covered in bowls and bins of squash, beans, tomatoes, tomatillos, onions, cabbage, eggplant, peppers, and more!  To find ideas for what to do with our harvest, I scanned back through recipes from past blog posts.  Enjoy!

Canning salsa for winter storage

Canning salsa for winter storage

Salsa is a great way to use up tomatoes, tomatillos, onions, and peppers.  In my post about salsa, I included my basic recipe and ideas for fun ingredients to add. Click here for special tips if you’re making it with kids.  We enjoy salsa fresh and also cook large batches to can for winter storage.

Eggplant didn’t grow as profusely for us this year, but we have several nice big ones.  I can’t wait to pan fry them using my favorite recipe.

We left the chard and kale standing in the garden – they can survive temperatures in the 20s.  Fall is a great time to enjoy these hardy greens, which generally get ignored in our garden until now.

Though we’ll store our winter squash before eating, I enjoyed looking through these recipe ideas from last year – a clear sign I’m ready for fall flavors.

Finally, if you’re looking for creative ways to use up a variety of veggies, don’t forget fermentation.  This is especially easy for anyone with cabbages to use up – home made sauerkraut is easy and delicious.  My favorite ferment in our fridge is currently garlicky carrots, and I have a jar of curried cauliflower pickling on the counter.

Happy Harvest Season!


This entry was posted in Home Gardens, Musings, Recipes, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to First Frost Harvest

  1. jolynnpowers says:

    so lovely to see what a person can do with just a average garden… love winter squash and tried to grown some this year… acron and butternut…. both did fine and i will plant them again… will be looking for more ideas to cook them up thanks Jolynn

  2. Pingback: Scenes of a Fall Kitchen | GrowingStories

  3. Pingback: Exciting House Progress | GrowingStories

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s