12.23.13 Solstice Harvest

12.23.13 Solstice Harvest

One last harvest before the end of the year — a basketful of winter celeriac and leeks.

12.23.13 Solstice Harvest

After two back-to-back snowstorms, a week-end thaw allowed us to pull up the row covers and check on the beds after weeks of below freezing temperatures. In addition to hardy celeriac and leeks, the kale and escarole are beginning to resprout in anticipation of longer days. Arugula, a variety called Ice-Bred, still has some vigor left.

12.23.13 Solstice Harvest

The celeriac seem none the worse for wear, despite the fact we left them in the ground longer than we intended. The softball-sized bulbs are smaller than in previous years, though enough to cook with. We also made sure to save their leafy greens for soups, stews and garnishing.

12.23.13 Solstice Harvest

After peeling back a layer or two, the leeks clean up well. The longer we grow them, the more we appreciate their ability to overwinter in-ground and add variety to our winter table.

12.23.13 Solstice Harvest

Wishing you all a merry holiday and safe travels, dear friends.

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8 Responses to 12.23.13 Solstice Harvest

  1. Fig & Quince says:

    Look at all these awesome roots! Happy Holidays!

  2. karrie says:

    very nice leeks!!

  3. Michelle says:

    I am absolutely amazed at how well those vegetables keep under cover. Fabulous harvest!

  4. Celeriac! That’s a vegetable I haven’t had in a while!

    We cannot grow leeks here, for some reason. Onions, shallots, garlic are all fine, but leeks just bolt instantly. Very odd.

  5. daphnegould says:

    Those leeks look wonderful. I keep thinking of putting them back on the menu, but like Lisa and Robb mine tend to bolt for some reason.

  6. Leek green together with celeriac greens make a very nice broth…

  7. Diana says:

    Beautiful harvest.
    Must be very sweet,
    Never eaten celeriac before, hope to try growing them someday.

  8. Simona says:

    I see some beautiful soups in the making…

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