There were still tomatoes ripening on the vine in Genoa on Oct. 22, 2022, just before it snowed for the first time. Leaving the plants out this weekend with temperatures forecast to approach freezing is a gamble.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.
With the possibility of temperatures approaching freezing this weekend, it’s time to start thinking about the harvest.
The University of Nevada, Reno, Extension Douglas County’s 2023 Fall Harvest Festival is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Dangberg Historic Home Ranch, 1450 Highway 88, Minden.
During the event University of Nevada, Reno Extension staff will be putting on three demonstrations on center stage:
5:30-6 p.m. – UNR Extension Mineral County- Extension Educator Staci Emm will be doing a demonstration with the Mobile Harvest Unit team (Jamie Lee and Austin Yohey) on animal protein and where it comes from. Samples will be provided.
6-6:30 p.m. –Lindsay Chichester, UNR Extension Douglas County - Extension Educator, will be demonstrating different techniques for harvesting honey. Samples will be provided.
6:30-7 p.m. – Jessica Gardner, UNR Extension Douglas County – Horticulture Outreach Coordinator, will be demonstrating how to plant fall bulbs.
Local vendors and producers will be available for the public to talk to and possibly purchase products.
And once you've harvested the bounty you might want to make preserves or ketchup or some other means of keeping the fruits of your labor around using a pressure cooker.
Cooperative Extension is hosting free pressure cooker gauge testing 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the office at 1325 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.
Anyone interested should bring their entire lid.