We're unlikely to pick this many in one day again this year, but we have plenty to fill the store cupboard with jars of passata for winter and to make fresh sauces and salads. One Coeur de boeuf tomato made carpaccio of tomato (thinly sliced tomato drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and basil) for two:
Today I picked the first haricots verts (French green beans) from the plants which I sowed around the terracotta pots - there are plenty more to come! Thanks for this watering idea, Kate! It has worked very well.
In spite of the rain we've had since I hung up the strings in the garden, the aubergine slices have dried and are ready to store. I shall use them in sauces during the winter.
And the grapes are ripening. Ours are quite small, but sweet. The variety is Cardinale which is grown here as a table grape and is perfumed as well as very sweet.
The wine grapes are ripening too and soon the vendange (grape harvest) of the white grapes will begin, at night to keep the grapes cool. The red grapes will be harvested at the beginning of September. This strange summer which seems to have delayed vegetable harvests doesn't seem to have had any effect on the grapes, which are ripening as usual at this time.