Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Bountiful Harvest!

The garden at Grace Valley Farms grew well and prospered this year! We were able to harvest large quantities of cucumbers, zucchini, sweet corn, and green beans earlier in the year. Now that beautiful fall days are here, we are harvesting other garden goodies in great abundance. Even though it frosted on September 7th, we have had many days in the 70s and 80s since then. These warmer days have extended our growing season and the garden continues to mature and produce for us.
The cantaloupe plants produced well over 150 fruit! We were able to sell a number of them to a nearby store specializing in locally produced goods. The store sold out in one day! As well as selling the cantaloupes, we ate many ourselves, and gave lots away. We even shared them with our sheep friends!
Montana has a relatively short growing season; as a result,  it is difficult to grow full-sized watermelon. We planted a special variety of watermelon this year. We were excited to get several large, ripe watermelons! Yum-Yum!
Our winter squash patch yielded numerous types of squash. Above are the Heart of Gold squash. They are our favorite as they are sweet and mellow.
We harvested a few Blue Hubbard squash, too! They are our largest squash with the larger ones weighing over 10 pounds.
Heart of Gold and Butter Cup squash are picture above.
Delicata squash are another family favorite. They are very tasty when cut in half length-wise and filled with butter and brown sugar!
We also grew decorative gourds; most were sold to the same store that bought the cantaloupe .
These colorful gourds are called Autumn Wing.
Our Turk's Turban squash thrived this year; we picked numerous beautifully colored specimens.
Here is an early sampling of our yellow, red, and orange tomatoes. We had an abundance of tomatoes this year, as you will see in a future post!


1 comment:

stringplayer said...

WOW! A great harvest. Love all the different colors.