What’s been going on!
A glorious, cool 54 degrees this morning after the cold front passed! The long shadows of September mornings that reach over most of the fields, even mid-morning, this time of year makes us aware that the season is really changing.
While our focus is on planting and cultivating the cool season crops we are keeping a very close eye on Hurricane Irma and where she might go. None of the scenarios being considered are good news short of an abrupt turn out to sea. We are certainly preparing for a good amount of rain and at least winds in the 20 mph range on Monday and Tuesday but ready to batten down more if it changes. We already uncovered the tomato Big Tops and will at least uncover half of the other set of Big Tops, partly it is that time of year and the rest is just in case.
Otherwise we are into one of the best parts of the year with great working conditions in the high clear light and pleasant temperatures. The little tunnels are completing their turn over from summer crops to cool season planting. The big planting of tomatoes will be pulled out over the next week too. Soil samples have been taken so that the end of the month we can begin all of the winter soil and cover crop work. It all starts to run fast now, have to enjoy it while we can.
Picture of the Week
Tomato Big Tops uncovered waiting on the sun
What’s going to be at the market?
Remember to come to the stand first to get your peppers into the queue and then when you are finished shopping your roasted peppers will be waiting for you. If you want a large amount roasted let us know and we will make sure to have them ready for you, they freeze great! For our Green Chile fans this is a great time for us to do big orders as we have a lot and they are really nice.
All of the peppers are here in all colors and heat levels. Sweet Red Bells; Corno di Toros in yellow, orange and red; lime green Italian Cubanelles. Ashe County Pimentos, long and sweet Jimmy Nardelos and a few Spanish Piquillos. Shishitos and Padrons for appetizers and Aji Dulces the Habanero flavor without the heat.
Hot peppers from mildest to hottest- Passilla, Anaheim (New Mexican), Poblano, our own Picante Pimento, Serrano, Jalapeno, Guindilla from Spain, Cayenne.
Fall salad crops with Summer Crisp Lettuce, Japanese Salad Turnips and Red Radishes. Callaloo, Jamaican spinach, our favorite hot weather green, with just a quick sautee. Lots of beautiful Eggplant with Heirloom Italian and striped Nubia. Spaghetti and Butternut Winter Squash.
The Crested Celosia wave continues, big felt like heads.
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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