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Fall Harvest

It’s the first week of August and while it may not seem to be Fall on the calendar, the cool crisp morning air, marks the beginning of the Fall harvest season in the northern hemisphere.

Taking Inventory Before My Fall Harvest

While I was walking my community garden yesterday, I saw, Sunflowers standing tall, inviting the birds to partake of it’s seed before heading south.

Fall Harvest

I saw the last of the cucumbers plants dying out, the third planting of green beans beginning to bloom and the first pumpkin turning it’s bright orange color, signaling fall harvest time is near.

Fall Harvest

My little garden has brought a lot of pleasure into my life, given me much needed exercise, provided me with all the fresh food I needed over the last few months and with canning some of them, I’ll still be using the food well into the coming new year.  I am grateful for every pea, radish, green bean, potato and tomato it has blessed me with this year.  The best part at this time of the year is, it’s not over.

  • Planting A Fall Garden

In the coming week I will plant my Fall garden with another crop of broccoli, cucumbers, beans, onions, and sugar snap peas.  Most of these will be harvested before November and it’s colder weather hits my Northeast Tennessee community.  Planting a Fall garden is a little different from planting a Spring garden but just as exciting.  Cold weather plants provide us with the produce for many hearty winter meals.

You can find several recipes for these wonderful Fall harvest vegetables, here.

http://www.foodshoppingonabudget.com/2013/11/broccoli-easy-and-quick-recipes.html

Being part of a Fall Harvest means fun to many people.  After all the hard work is done, there can be hay rides, pumpkin carving contests, harvest celebrations with music, dancing and food,,lots of food.  Pumpkin pie and Grannie’s Apple Stack Cake, to name a couple of my favorites.

Just because the days are getting shorter and cooler, is not a reason to give up on your garden.  Fall Harvest season is the reward for all the work you have done through out the year in your vegetable garden.

 

Broccoli, A Cold Weather Vegetable Garden Favorite

Broccoli is one of the all time favorite cold weather vegetable garden plants. For the most part, it is easy to grow, makes an impressive plant in your garden but the best part is, it’s very good for you.

Broccoli good for the body

Broccoli, A Favorite Cold Weather Vegetable Does The Body Good

Broccoli as most of us know it, is one of the flowering vegetable. It is thought, by many health experts, to help prevent diseases, among them being some forms of cancer. Broccoli is a rich source of nutrients which helps to fight off many illnesses and promotes better health in it’s eaters.

Broccoli is known to be very low in calories [about 30 per cup], an excellent source of Vitamin C, A, K and the B complex group of vitamins. It’s also has healthy minerals such as, calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, selenium, zine and phosphorus. It’s an all around health pill in vegetable form.

When selecting your Broccoli, choose the freshest you can find. You want it a bright deep green in color, with firm flowerettes and stalk. Look at the ends of the stalks, to be sure they aren’t showing signs of splitting or decaying. Both are signs that it has seen better days and not fit for you to feed you or your family.

You can store your fresh Broccoli in the refrigerator for 2-3 days before use but if you know you wont be using it in that time, you may want to slice a thin piece off the bottom of the stalks, then place the whole plant in an upright postion in a jar, with about on inch of water. Cover the flowering part of the plant with a loose fitting piece of plastic and it should keep for up to a week, in this manner.

Keep your cooking method for the Broccoli on the simple side. Steaming, roasting or raw, is the best way to keep all those good vitamins and minerals in working order to do your body good. When we over cook vegetables such as Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts and other root vegetables we loose almost 50% of their food value.

Quick and easy recipes for Broccoli and it’s family, can be found on our sister site http://FoodShoppingOnABudget.com

So when it comes to choosing your cold weather vegetable be sure to check out the Broccoli family for good tasting and good for you, eats.