Monday, September 19, 2011

Harvesting Grapes and Figs


It's that time of year again. The figs are ripening....

....The concord grapes are ripe and hanging from the arbor.

Here is our little harvest from the weekend, including a few heirloom tomatoes.
This batch of grapes is earmarked for a restaurant my son works at. The chef will use them in a pork dish!

We're keeping this little crop of figs. I plan on making a goat cheese and fig salad.
Here's the recipe:

Combine 3 tsp. sherry wine vinegar, 1 tsp. dijon, a small minced shallot, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/4 tsp. kosher salt, and 1/4 C. walnut oil in a bowl and whisk. Set aside to marinate for half an hour.
In a large bowl, toss 2 and a half ounces of mixed baby greens, 6 quartered figs, 1 and a half ounces of goat cheese and 1/4 C of walnuts or pecans with the vinaigrette.

The colors are just beautiful!

I have several projects up my sleeve this week. Can't wait for Bob the Painter to arrive!
Happy Monday Everyone!


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21 comments:

Kathysue said...

Your fresh produce is beautiful, just look at the gorgeous colors!!! I lovvvve figs and goat cheese. I just fixed an arugula and goat cheese salad yesterday, Yum!!! Happy Monday!! Can't here what all you are up to this week!!! xo Kathysue

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Delores, How lucky you are to have fresh figs! I ate these every morning while we were on our recent cruise and now I am addicted. The only problem is here in Richmond the tiny ones are $1.50each! Your pictures beautiful!
xo,
Sherry

Tammy said...

Beautiful post! The salad recipe sounds wonderful. Over the weekend I made a Chocolate Walnut Fig Cake with Grappa and Cardamom Whipped Cream. It too was yuumy! Always looking forward to your posts!
~Tammy

Rose H (UK) said...

My mouth is watering SO much! I just LOVE figs...

Privet and Holly said...

I've only had
figs dried, but
you may have made
a convert out of
me....That salad
looks like something
out of a painting!
xx Suzanne

Today's Treasure by Jen said...

What a wonderful bounty! You are so fortunate to be able to grow such classics. I make a fig confit this time of year, while the figs are perfectly ripe. I jar it and use it as a topping for goat cheese during the holidays.
Thanks for the beautiful post.

cityfarmer said...

of COURSE, these are from your private vineyard!
naturally ...


great post

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

What beautiful photos, I'd take a few and frame them!

The enchanted home said...

SO jealous!! (but in a good way) sooo beautiful!!! I love figs and love grapes and have made no secret that I would LOVE to live in Napa and hopefully will one day when we retire, fingers crossed!! These pictures are beautiful and I make a very similiar salad often, its devine! Loved this post.

Toni said...

Your harvest is worthy of a "Grown in CA" commerical. The grapes look so lucious, I don't know that I could give them up. I have never tried fresh figs. They have been in the store the last few weeks, but much smaller then yours.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What beautiful photos. The colors are just so vibrant...stunning! Thanks for taking us on this journey thru you photos! AMAZING!
Blessings to you!

Designs By Pinky said...

YOu have convinced me: I am going to get some fresh figs and make this salad! I ahve never had a fresh fig! Your pictures of your harvest are gorgeous. ENJOY!!!! XO, Pinky

NanaDiana said...

oh-I love figs! This salad looks absolutely wonderful! I can't wait to see what you and BOB are up to!;>) xo Diana

Theresa Strickland said...

Deloras that looks so yummy and rich. Please make the fig salad for our next gourmet dinner. Your pictures are just beautiful.
Theresa

Kathy said...

Gotta say you are the Martha Stewart of the west coast, you need your own Magazine! Love these pictures Delores you are really a pro

Lori said...

I think figs are a misunderstood fruit. Aren't they the greatest. We spread fig jelly over brie and heated it up at our last dinner party. YUM

Slim Paley said...

That salad looks out of this world. Can't wait for my figs to ripen. You are a little bit ahead of us I guess.

Southerncook said...

Your weekend harvest is just gorgeous and made me hungry. That salad looks amazing and a MUST to try. Any chance you can share your son's recipe???

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Victoria said...

Your harvest looks wonderful, Delores. I am so envious of the fresh-picked figs...my favorite. Thanks for the recipe. I am sure it is delicious and I cannot wait to try it.
Best...Victoria

An Eye for Detail said...

Can't get enough of figs!!! Help, our season here in N.C. is almost over....so I'm off to Provence next week to follow the harvest!

CAS said...

Wow, love your harvest! We just recently moved from a home where we were growing some grapes & had a huge fig tree (or is it bush?). The fig tree was loaded with "not ripe, yet, figs) & I hated to leave it, but we'll plant another one. The Fig & Goat Cheese Salad is a "must try" and soon!
:) CAS

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