The garden continues to catch up, a good thing since the temp hit a low of 40ºF here last night. Tomatoes and melons play a large role in today’s share, with peppers and eggplant still mostly waiting in the wings. We have a great crop of melons right now, and the tomatoes are really coming in . At the moment we have a mix of cherry, slicers and canning types. Canning, aka cooking or processing, tomatoes have a lower water content (less juice down your chin) and so are great for fresh sauce/salsa. We are also preparing fall crops: hundreds of lettuce seedlings have been transplanted, turnips and other greens are growing under row cover (a thin blanket, to keep of flea beetles and keep temperatures up), the next crop of carrots is looking good, and fall spinach is germinating. These fall crops like cool weather, and aren’t as bothered by the pesky frosts of the later fall.
Canning tomatoes are available for u-pick this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is enough for a couple households to pick a 1/2 bushel basket (a little less than the size of the brown box your share has been coming in) each of these days. We would like to be here when you come, to show you to the tomatoes, so let us know when you would like to arrive and we’ll plan accordingly. They are a bit of a jungle, so you may want long sleeves and pants.
David’s mom and dad are visiting from Gainesville, Florida. While here, they enjoy cooking with the fresh produce from the garden, and we enjoy the results. We have had fresh tomato sauce, fennel au gratin, squash blossoms simply fried, made into soup and stuffed with ricotta cheese. Would you like to try squash blossoms? If we hear “yes!” from a few of you, we’ll include them in next week’s share. Squash plants produce both male and female flowers: the female flowers have a little round swelling at the base that, if pollinated by our honey bees or wild bees, develop into fruit – the squash. The male flowers are the ones we pick and eat.
Hoophouse raising party postponed till further notice
Our hoophouse will not arrive until next week, so we will have to postpone the hoophouse raising party until the hoophouse parts arrive. He have high hopes for the hoophouse once it arrives – we will be growing tomatoes in it next year (most of the nicer tomatoes in your last few produce shares are from our smaller hoophouse). And it should help us weather inclement weather in the spring and fall.
Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 24
Come to take a wagon ride out to the winter squash field, help harvest the winter squash, pick a jack-o-lantern, and then partake of one of the best potlucks around! More details will follow closer to the date, but put it on your calendar now! The rain date will be Sunday, Sept. 25.
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