harvest meal

Harvest meal – the way to celebrate a birthday!

We enjoyed a family meal today to celebrate a special birthday and a bountiful harvest. Thanks to our super-fantastic intern who stopped by and helped make green tomato salsa (recipe will be in a separate post)

IMG_2015.JPG and picked wild blackberries for this crisp

IMG_2013.JPG to go with the fresh peach crisp. Awesome and thanks, Mags.

We also enjoyed this

IMG_2017.JPG our first Ambrosia corn harvest along with stuffed peppers

IMG_2012.JPG – stuffed with onions, basil, garlic, cream cheese and cheddar cheese. The Hungarian hot wax were unbearably hot. The jalapeño and Feherozon were good! All of these goods were a complement to spareribs and sauerkraut salad mom brought and the main act of smoked wild-caught salmon (from Annie Kay’s)


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IMG_2020.JPG Exactly, Franklin!

A day of rest…

Some times you need one. Sunday was it for us at PTHF.

The morning started off with a light rain…which is EXCELLENT for the crops as it was much needed…but it isn’t so good for direct seeding (i.e. cannot or really should not work wet soil as it destroys its structure to do so).

So…the Wonder Dogs and I took two walks around the pasture. On the first walk, I photographed some wildflowers and such (see previous post) and found this manna from heaven…



I have no idea what kind of berries these are…not blackberries as those are just forming and are all green. May be a wild black raspberry? It is along the road frontage fence, hidden amidst honeysuckle and my favorite…poison ivy. Of course, I ate some. They are crazy sweet. So, on our second walk, I came back with a bucket.


Wild berries



Ok, so not an abundance, but this bounty was from the first stop. After noticing the first hidden bush, I started looking for others….and I found some.

Why? Well, when you have a quiet day, I don’t know what you do, but we eat. Here’s what was going on in the meantime…

Apple wood smoked salmon

Apple wood smoked salmon

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. I could have more of this beauty on any given Sunday. It went well with our friends and family that supped with us later…and all of the delicious sides (most containing freshly harvested wares from the garden, including wild berries….and we are all still upright).

A vibrant plate of deliciousness

A vibrant plate of deliciousness

I love a day of rest!!!!

So do these guys…


Harvest sauté

Tonight, we are enjoying a Southern favorite, Chicken Perleau (Pilau), accompanied by a harvest sauté.

The Chicken Perleau was a Wednesday night dinner offered up at the Baptist church back in the day when we lived in SC (the “Ladies” also did mean country fried steak and fried chicken). My take on it is:

*Chicken cooked, shredded (amount is up to you)
*Smoked sausage (kielbasa or little smokies)
*chopped onion
*sliced celery
*garlic clove, diced
*bay leaf

I tend to do a one pot deal. To cook the chicken, I boil with the sausage. Reserve this liquid. Once cooked, remove the chicken and shred; cut the sausage into bite sized portions. Add desired amount of rice (I usually do 2-3 cups) to the reserved broth. We like short grain brown rice. Add chopped veggies, shredded chicken, sausage bites, and bay leaf. Cover. Bring to a boil then simmer 25-30 minutes or until rice is done/moisture absorbed.

For the harvest sauté:

Part one – the roots
Here we have carrots, fingerling potatoes, sliced kohlrabi, onion, garlic (the only thing NOT from the garden), and celery (hmmm not a root)

Curly, Toscano and red Russian kales, snow peas, chard, Joi choi, Nappa cabbage, Komatsuna and Mizuna mustard.

All were sautéed in olive oil.

The finished product: