What’s been going on!
Well August came in like a lion or a tidal wave. Five inches of rain in two days destroyed all of our driveways, washed out the field we were preparing for fall and winter crops, blew the poblano trellis over. Normally we celebrate July being past, hmmm.
Spent yesterday morning regrading all the drives, have never seen one storm move so much gravel. We have mostly pulled the poblanos back up but half of one bed is still a mess and will be a pain to pick for the next 3 months. Hopefully it will be dry enough this afternoon to re-till and re-establish the beds in the fall vegetable field, we have planting that has to be done!
Jennie and Trish have begun to tear out the sliding tunnel tomatoes to make way for fall and winter crops which marks the beginning of the end of tomato season. Next Monday may be the last regular tomato pick as the plants are really beginning to suffer from all of this hot, wet weather. Just in time for our summer break!
As you all know for years we have taken a break in early August to recharge the mental batteries and to prepare for fall. 25 weeks straight at market with hardly a day off since early April requires a pause. We will all be at market tomorrow and Jennie and Trish will be at market next Wed. and possibly next Saturday the 13th if there are enough tomatoes left. We will not be at market on the 20th but back will the pepper roaster and fall smiles on the 27th.
Pictures of the Week
Blown out field
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A small amount of tomatoes all around: red Big Beefs, Cherokee Purples, Kellogg’s Breakfast in yellows, yellow and red Striped Germans, Cherokee Greens, pink German Johnsons. Sungolds, Mixed Cherries and Blush too. Plenty of Green Tomatoes for frying and pickling!
A bit more Summer Crisp lettuce. Callaloo the summer cooking green to replace Kale, actually an amaranth, also known as the Jamaican spinach, great for a fast sauté. More of the cured sweet Red Onions. Green Onions
More Peppers each week with Cubanelle and Corno di Toros in sweet peppers. Hot peppers we have Serrano, Passilla and Jalapeno, Cayenne, Datil’s and some really beautiful Anaheim (New Mexican) and Poblano chiles. More Spaghetti Squash and Eggplant too.
Don’t miss the Shishito and Padron appetizer peppers. Shishito from Japan and Padron from Spain, prepared the same easy with a quick blister in a pan then sprinkled with salt and eaten whole. Get some of both and do your own comparison.
The flower department is into deep summer mode. Some of the nicest, fragrant, Tuberoses we have ever grown. Zinnias and Sunflowers. Delicate tiny yellow nad black flowered Triloba The Crested Celosia wave rolls on. The radiant Plume Celosia is back too. Beautiful fresh Limelight Hydrangeas. As always, amazing Bouquets.
As a reminder if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you. Just so you know, sometimes not everything listed will be at the Wednesday market.
Hope to see you all at the market!
Alex, Betsy and Jennie
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