Homesteading In The Pacific Northwest

Monday, November 7, 2011

Harvest Monday ... and a Hobbit Hole Update

I'm joining other bloggers over at Daphne's Dandelions as we share our weekly's fun to see what others are harvesting and what they are cooking up with it...check it out!

I have a confession to make.  I have not been harvesting very much from my garden in the past few weeks.  Not that there isn't produce out there; my root vegetable beds are doing just fine.  I have plenty of carrots, parsnips, turnips and beets that can be pulled anytime, but I've put the covers on the beds and are just letting things "root cellar in the ground" for right now ... why?  Do you remember my post about the Hobbit Hole Root Cellar?  Well it's kind of busting at the seams right now ....

Squash, squash and more squash ...

Apples and onions and pears ... Oh, My!

And here's the confession part ... I didn't grow most of this.  I've mentioned my friends at the local produce stand, S & S Produce, many times over the last couple of years.  Well, back in July I was in there shopping and mentioned to the owners that they should think about having a Facebook Page (something I'd mentioned several times before).    They said they'd think about it, but they really didn't have time to mess with it.  I started to walk out to my car with my purchases, but this time I stopped and turned around ... "I'll do it."  I said.  "I'll build you a page and keep it updated; you just tell me what you want me to tell folks you have available."  They said "Great!" and offered to pay me for my time ... NO WAY!  This place is an asset to our community and I want to make sure they stay in business ... I knew making the page and keeping it going wouldn't take that much time and I spend way too much time on Facebook anyway.  So I made the page and they were happy with it ... and produce started appearing!  I'd stop in for a couple of limes and some tomatillos ... and a box of apples mysteriously found it's way to the back seat of my car ... or some peaches slightly past their prime but still good for jamming ... flats of blackberries that were getting just a bit soft ... and squash...and more squash...and still more squash ... often I wouldn't find it until I got home; some times not until the next day ... So I have a root cellar and a freezer full of local produce; easily enough to last the winter!  My friends at S & S are closing up until next spring ... but I have plans for that Facebook page come April!!  : )



  1. Oh what a great deal! I have my wine collecting neighbor and you have a local produce stand!

    It looks like you are well stocked for the winter!

  2. What a good reason to have to leave the veggies in the ground a bit longer!

  3. What a bounty in return for your help! Don't you love the feeling that a full pantry and storage area gives you? Deeply satisfying contentment. Only thing that makes it better is also have lots of items still growing under protective covers in the garden. You have both - so you must be feeling pretty happy about now. :D