Saturday our frigid weather parted ways so I ventured out to see if anything was harvestable after the thaw. I was pleasantly surprised that everything came through alright. I guess the tunnels are worth while after all, although I am not sure how many freezes the crops could take before turning to mush.
I brought in 90% of the red celery as it looked the worse during the freeze. It unthawed well and was still crisp. The celery will be cleaned, chopped and froze for use in stock, soup & stew over the winter months.
I left some newer growth on the red celery to see how it does as an over wintered crop. I am not holding out much hope but it would be nice if it continues growth once the weather improves in march.
I also picked a small bunch of bright lights chard. The chard also came through the freeze alright but was a little floppy still. The chard went into chicken soup and was excellent. I will be picking more in the coming weeks for steaming, risotto and what ever else strikes my fancy. The seed for the chard was shared by Daphne who also hosts Harvest Monday.
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