Harvest Monday, October 31, 2016 + Peanuts Harvest & Boil at Locust Grove

We had snow, our first snow of the season! Although the ground was all white, that scene did not last long as the snow turned to freezing rain followed with just rain and that washed away all the ice and snow.

Beginning of the week night time temperature was predicted to be in the 20’s and snow was in the forecast for Thursday, 10/27/16.

Need to get my garlic planted, harvest some of the crops and dig up my sweet potatoes in the garden (the leaves were a bit damaged from the 10/14 frost but since it was not a killer frost I am sure the tubers did not suffer any damage). It was a busy week.

From the garden:

Found a few hidden Goji berries that the birds missed.


Goji Berries

Was going to save the Goji berries for soup, but decided to add them to a napa stir-fry I was making and that was a mistake. Goji berries (to me) has a slight medicinal taste and that did not go well with the napa stir fry (in soup the slight medicinal taste is not objectionable).

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Decided to take a chance and only harvest part of the crops still growing in the garden.


Left to right: Peppermint Swiss Chard, Golden Pascal Celery, King Richard Leeks & Red Giant Mustard

In the above photo that’s only a portion of the chard I harvested. Partially cooked all and froze for later enjoyment. The celery, leeks and red giant mustard are still in the fridge.

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Harvested 14 heads of Black Summer Pac Choi. Left a few in the garden to test for cold hardiness. Most will be going into the freezer.


Bglack Summer Pac Choi

Pac Choi looking pretty good considering I did not spray.

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Last of the sweet potato vines.


Sweet Potato Vines

By some miracle the SP vines in the above photo were not damaged by the frost of 10/14/16.

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Harvested part of the Loose Head Beka Santoh Chinese Cabbage and the Qindao 65 Chinese Cabbage.


Chinese Cabbage: Loose Head Beka Santoh & Qingdao 65

The Qingdao cabbage were badly damaged by all sorts of bugs that found a home among the layer of leaves. Removed and discarded ¾ of the outer leaves and was left with the above, the largest weighed only 9 ounces. Makes me wonder: How much chemical was used to produce those huge beautiful Chinese cabbages we see in the food market?

The Loose Head Beka Santohs were fairly bug free. Next year may just grow this variety.

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From the containers

Last of the Kohlrabi – Purple & White Vienna.


Purple &White Vienna Kohlrabi and Broccoli side shoots

The 2 insignificant broccoli side shoots were from the garden.

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Harvested only the outer leaves of the lettuce, remaining plants are continuing to grow.



Did not weigh but there were enough lettuce leaves for multiple meals. They were so tender and crisp.

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Last of the Tae Baek daikon.


Tae Baek Daikon

Don’t care much for the texture so will not grow next year.

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The Green Lance F1 loves the cooler weather and is sending out many new shoots.


Green Lance F1

Fall crop does so much better, may grow again next year but only as a fall crop.

The crops left in the garden and containers all survived the snow and freezing night time temperature and are continuing to grow, though slowly, so gardening season is not yet at an end.

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From Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden (LGHVG)

This was our best peanuts harvest at LGHVG. Previous years as soon as the peanuts have filled out the critters get to them before we do, very heart breaking. Somehow they know when the peanuts are ready. Smart critters, they would eat the nuts and leave the shells scattered on the peanut bed. This year they decided not to visit and we did not miss them at all 🙂

We planted 2 varieties of peanuts: Tennessee Red Valencia and Caroline Black, both did well.


Tennessee Red Valencia Peanuts


Tennessee Red Valencia Peanuts. Photo courtesy of Urban Farmer.

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Carolina Black Peanuts


Carolina Black Peanuts. Photo courtesy of thepowerofplants.

I brought in my portable stove and we had a peanut boil in the garden using the freshly dug peanuts, both varieties were delicious. A few of the garden volunteers and myself liked the Carolina Black while others preferred the Tennessee Red.

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Peanuts Boil in the Garden

Last year the critters left us so few edible peanuts we each had only one single nut to taste. This year we were able to feast on quite a few whole boiled peanuts in the garden plus extra uncooked to take home. It was a delicious treat.

Click here to learn how peanuts grow.

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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34 Responses to Harvest Monday, October 31, 2016 + Peanuts Harvest & Boil at Locust Grove

  1. Can you believe i have never seen snow! I must have been living under a rock Norma. You still have to many wonderful things coming out of your garden. Wonderful.
    Have a wonderful week and stay warm.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Mandy,
      Perhaps someday you will have the opportunity to play in snow. Fresh fallen snow is pretty to look at but no fun to drive in. A wonderful week to you too.

  2. You have an amazing crop. I have never seen black peanuts before I am sure those are going to be delicious in one of your dishes. You know I have never had fresh goji berries, only dry. Dry they are sweet without medicinal taste. I wonder if they add something to them during the drying process?

  3. Margaret says:

    Wow – the peanuts look amazing! I have a feeling that I would not have much luck with those as squirrels always seem to be digging in the beds and it’s been particularly bed in the past couple of years. But I may give them a go at some point anyhow & give them some protection.

    I had the same experience with napa cabbage this year. It’s the first time I’ve grown it and I’m not sure if I will grow them next year as many of them bolted and those that didn’t were reduced to a quarter of their original size once I peeled away all of the buggy/chewed up leaves.

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    S.N.O.W…you are kidding…so early!!! I love those black peanuts!!

  5. The peanut harvest and boil sounds like such fun! I’ve never seen a black peanut though, that is a first for me. I agree about the Chinese cabbage. Mine always get bugs in the leaves, and the ones in the grocery would have to be heavily sprayed. It’s good you were able to salvage some of them though.

  6. Julie says:

    I would cry if we had snow this early! I’ve never seen black peanuts either. I harvested my peanuts this past week as well. They are drying on the fence, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the squirrels don’t run away with them all! I previously dried them in the garage and learned that every rodent in the neighborhood invaded the garage and then the house, so to keep the rodents outside I now dry on the fence. Do you dry yours or use them all fresh?

  7. ChgoJohn says:

    I cannot believe you had a frost already, Norma, let alone snow!!!! You beat us, that’s for sure. Our temps plunge at night but here in the city we’ve remained above freezing — with no snow in sight. That being said, your weather wasn’t my only surprise. I had no idea that you were planting peanuts, too. You really are a marvel, Norma. How I’d love to se your garden. It must be wonderful to see.

  8. Sue Garrett says:

    I’ve never heard of anyone growing peanuts as a crop before let alone boiling them.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Sue,
      Do you visit Julie’s blog “Budding & Blooming”? She posted her peanuts harvest on Harvest Monday, a very bountiful harvest. Of course being in South Carolina she has the ideal peanuts growing condition. Boiled peanuts are very popular in N & S Carolina also in Asia and Africa.

  9. Traveller at heart says:

    What color are the black peanuts when skinned? Freshly harvested peanuts are deliciously raw.

  10. Karen says:

    Snow in October, I hope that is not an omen of things to come. Glad it didn’t really harm your garden.

  11. You have the most amazing and beautiful harvest of greens, Norma. I want to dive in and grab some! I’ve never seen those black peanuts. Do they taste similar to red ones? They are so pretty and exotic looking. I’m just imagining something that color in an African peanut stew. Cannot believe you’ve had snow on the same day that it was 89 here. It is just today cooling off into the high 70’s and we’ve had no moisture of any kind for months.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Betsy,
      The black peanuts, to me, has a stronger peanut taste than the red ones which I like very much. The skinned nut is the same color as the red ones. Next year I must remember to take photo of the unskinned and skinned nuts.

  12. Eva Taylor says:

    I Norma, why do you need to boil the peanuts? The black ones are beautiful. The old tobacco farms in Ontario have been turned into peanut farms for the most part. We can buy Ontario peanuts in the Niagara area and a few other markets.
    Is your daikon different than normal daikon? I ask because this sushi place we go to, spiralizes (very, very finely) the daikon as garnish and it is very good. Quite fresh tasting. Looks like you had a lovely harvest despite the snow. Fortunately, we have not had snow yet, it’s been unseasonably warm which makes me worried because they are saying we will have one of the hardest winters this year than we have seen in many years. yikes.

  13. Bill says:

    Your veggies look beautiful as always. You make a good point about the Chinese cabbage. We have to peel away the outer layers that harbor the bugs too. You can tell the heads in the store have never had a bug near them!

  14. hotlyspiced says:

    There’s so much variety here which is really impressive but what has wowed me the most is the peanuts – especially the black ones that I’ve never seen before. I’m glad that this year you’ve had a good harvest. Good luck with the snow, ice and rain – it does sound super cold in your part of the world xx

  15. Sophie33 says:

    Indidn’t know that black peanuts excisted! Waw! I also didn’t know they grew underground! Super!

  16. Karen says:

    I just wanted to stop back by and wish you a happy New Year.

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