Fresh from the Garden

Peas and some pretty big new potatoes from the garden.

Peas and some pretty big new potatoes from the garden.

Fresh Veggies from Our Garden!

When we returned from our trip to New York, I was dismayed to see how the weeds had taken over the garden. Fortunately there are still plenty of veggies thriving too. Rainstorms kept everything growing and happy and the heat wasn’t overwhelming. Our Swiss chard recovered from a harsh pruning, courtesy of the deer. I was thrilled to harvest a nice bunch for dinner the night we returned from our trip, along with some onions and fresh eggs from our hens. The next night we had fresh peas and new potatoes (they are huge!) harvested and cooked right away. You can’t get food any fresher than that. 🙂

Five Color Silverbeet (Swiss Chard).

Five Color Silverbeet (Swiss Chard).

As I brushed aside the weeds I found carrots large enough to pull for dinner last night. They were sweet and crunchy. The onions are forming nice sized bulbs and needed to be thinned out, so I obliged. The best treat of all was fresh broccoli ready for the table. I love broccoli and some years it doesn’t do very well in our area. Our spring weather is usually short lived and goes right to summer heat before the broccoli produces well. Last year was a disappointing season for broccoli.

Our first heads of broccoli, first carrots, and some nice sized onions.

Our first heads of broccoli, first carrots, and some nice sized onions.

Dinner is Served!

I washed and cut up the broccoli and carrots and made a salad with the last of our Romaine lettuce. The onions were sliced and browned with some locally raised pork sausage. With some Swiss chard cooked up on the side, it made a delicious meal. A little honey-mustard dressing made a yummy addition to the veggies. It’s so nice to have food fresh from our garden!

Dinner - mostly homegrown with locally raised sausage.

Dinner – homegrown veggies with locally raised sausage.

After the expense of our family vacation, I’m so happy to have nearly free vegetables to harvest and eat, fresh from the garden. They have more nutrition than the produce trucked in from another state and the flavor is so much better. Growing a garden and harvesting healthy food is one of my favorite parts of homesteading.

What are you harvesting from your garden? What is your favorite homegrown veggie?

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