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1,198 tastes of summer

October 2nd, 2013 at 03:26 pm

Another uber-productive day here at Patient Saver's homestead.

I did 3 loads of laundry.

I tried out a chocolate/apple bread pudding recipe in my new mini slow cooker. It was not bad. Might be better to try another time with better quality bread, maybe a challah bread.

I also knew I had 3 or 4 full size celery plants growing in the veggie garden, and I want to make use of them before the frost kills them.

I dug up one by the roots today. I plan to try growing it in a pot indoors this fall and winter. It's the coolest thing: here's a blog post about it: http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/growing-celery-indoors-never-buy-celery.html

While my celery stalks were pretty skinny, I did have a ton of bushy leaves, which of course are also edible. Most people don't bother with these, but they're organic so I figured, what the heck?

I tried another recipe for cream of celery soup. Had to go the supermarket for a few missing ingredients, and it wasn't too hard to spend $30 there. (I got the freshest organic red grapes there; I've never had such crispy grapes. Really good.)

Instead of a cream of- type soup, the recipe called for about 4 oz. of brie cheese. I used my immersion blender to puree everything. It's not bad, but a little on the watery side.

Tomorrow, I want to try to use up a container of sour cream before it goes. I just hate wasting food around here. I have some frozen peeled bananas so may try some sour cream banana bread. However, I'll need to run to the organic farm for a dozen eggs.

I tried going on my state's healthcare exchange. I was able to create an account, but when I began applying for 1 of the 3 silver plans available to me with some credits, the system stopped working. It was also difficult to tell by going to the insurer's sites whether my doctors were in their networks.

I'll try again later this week.

The garden is all pulled up save for the celery plants, a yellow squash plant with one small squash I will pick soon, and several parsnip plants. The parsnips sweeten in the ground with a few frosts, so they can stay a while. I'm not sure how big the roots will be since i never really thinned them the way I should have. Bad me.

I had an average sized vegetable garden this year, with one exception. My dad had given me a surplus of cherry tomato plants he'd grown from seed, so I had probably 7 or 8 in the ground. Because I am obsessive about these things, I counted every cherry tomato I picked this season (as well as all my other produce). I weighed and calculated the organic price equivalent of my harvest, too.

So, are you read for the grand total of cherry tomatoes harvested? 1,198 cherry tomatoes. Yup. Amazing, isn't it?

Blight has become a big problem, though, so next year, I may have to only grow tomatoes in pots. I also want to try the celery again, along with garlic, shallots, scallions and potatoes. Each year I like to try different things.

8 Responses to “1,198 tastes of summer”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    Oh my on the tomato count AND the chocolate bread pudding. I wish we were closer. I love gardening and am always sharing plants too!

  2. TashaC. Says:

    good gardening job! Sounds like you brought in a good, healthy haul!

  3. My English Castle Says:

    I'm in awe of your tomato count! How many plants?

  4. SicilyYoder Says:

    Your tomatoes look so good!

  5. Kiki Says:

    Amazing amount of tomatoes!

  6. baselle Says:

    Wow on the tomatoes. I really enjoy the bitterness of celery leaves. I braise them sometimes, but if the leaves are chopped finely they can double for parsley.

  7. PatientSaver Says:

    English Castle, I had 8 plants. So that's about 150 cherry tomatoes per plant. HOWEVER, I EASILY lost just as many tomatoes to waste, due to their rotting on the vine or my discarding them after they developed splits, from too much water. The plants got so huge that many tomatoes I simply couldn't reach to pick, or were hidden by foliage.

    Seriously, for as many as I picked, there were tons that were wasted, so in reality, these plants produced about 300 cherry tomatoes each. Not a bad investment.

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    I might add that while some of the tomato plants were the usual cherry size, several of them were what I would describe as a jumbo-sized cherry tomato, noticeably larger than the usual size. These were my favorites; they were a real pop of flavor in the mouth. I counted these as ordinary cherry tomatoes, although you might say I was getting quite a bit more, pound for pound.

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