What’s been going on!
Wonderfully cool day yesterday and we took the opportunity to finish seeding an acre of summer cover crops of pearl millet and cowpeas. I spent Monday getting everything mowed and getting the soil ready in various fields, the rains that came with the cold front fortunately missed us which allowed the seeding to go forward. With good moisture in the soil they should sprout quickly and give us a good smothering stand.
The first real tomato harvest on Monday and Jennie spent a good amount of time carefully showing Lacee and Jacob exactly how we pick and sort tomatoes. How much color is enough, how to separate the full ripe, part ripe and seconds from each other. What to do with damaged fruit. Which boxes to use and how to pack them to protect the tender orbs. It is a long two months, with thousands of pounds of fruit, so it is best to get everyone on the same page from the beginning.
The sweet red onion harvest is happening today and tomorrow. A bit tedious pulling each one, sniping the roots off and the neck making sure to leave an inch or so to dry. Put into ventilated crates and stacked in the shade covered greenhouse to cure but not in the direct sun so they don’t get sunburned. Look for them at market in a few weeks. Tomatoes, onions, cukes, basil and peppers, seems like summer is finally here.
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Tomatoes coming to a plate near you!
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