Because it’s supposed to get much cooler in the next few days, I figured it was probably time to pick the remainder of the vegetables still hanging around in the garden. There are still tons of green tomatoes, which I mostly left on the plants. . . although at this point the plants themselves are pretty sad looking so I’m not sure if the tomatoes will actually ripen at all. But I picked all the fruit that was even starting to ripen, to be sure they didn’t get nipped overnight. (We still have carrots, turnips, and sweet potatoes to dig, but of course they’ll be ok in the ground for a while yet.)
I also picked all of the peppers and the remaining few cucumbers.
Then we got our CSA box from Bluebird Gardens.
I love that we’re getting lettuce again–the leaves in the upper right are bok choy, and the white thing on the left that looks sort of like a carrot is HALF the long, white radish that we got (half because we share a box with my sister, so sometimes we just cut things in half if we only get one of them).
Can you believe all this produce? And that’s HALF a share. I’m really looking forward to using those beautiful squash–this weekend might be a good time to make some muffins or bread or something. Maybe enough to freeze some!
I truly love this time of year; it is certainly bittersweet, as the beautiful summer we had draws to a close, but there is something so wonderful about fall for a gardener. Maybe it’s because the fruits of our summer-long labors are all coming now, or maybe it’s the fact that we know we’ve got a much-needed break coming.
All I know is I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks of harvesting and cooking and canning.