- Melons (Cantaloupe & Watermelon) – All Shares
- Summer Squash/Zucchini – All Shares
- Fennel – All Shares
- Radishes – All Shares
- Kale – All Shares
- Mini Tomatoes – All Shares
- Slicing Tomatoes – All Shares
- Tulsi Basil (not pictured) – All Shares
- Apples – Half Shares Only
- Eggplant – Full & Half Shares Only
- Onions – Full & Single Shares Only
- Cucumbers – Full Shares Only
- Dill – Full Shares Only
- Beets – Full Shares Only
I want to let you all know that we received about an inch of rain last Friday/Saturday and it was delicious and sweet. Boy did we need it. We have had a very dry July and August and it is such a relief to have some decent rain hit the ground after many misses. We have another good chance of some rain this Thursday night. The crops have really responded and things are looking spectacular right now. We have many of our fall crops in the ground now, and more planting will continue until mid September or so. Our Fall Produce Shares are now sold out, so we are excited to be producing lots of tasty vegetables for those 5 bi-weekly deliveries.
Tomatoes are one of the most commonly grown fruits in America, both known for their wide variety of uses and ease to grow. The ancestors of the crop originated in South and Central America and is believed to have been domesticated first by the indigenous people of Mexico. Not long after the first settlers landed in modern day Mexico the tomato was taken back overseas to Spain and from there, spread to other European colonies and settlements in other parts of the world during the 16th century.
Here at the farm we are growing quite a few different types of grape and slicer tomatoes. The slicer tomatoes are the bigger variety which include the more traditional round red, the more elongated Sheboygan tomato, and a bright yellow round type. These would be the fruits used mainly for cooking, juicing, or for sandwich making. These tomatoes will readily ripen of the vine if you happen to receive one or two that are not as red or soft as you desire. We have an even greater variety of grape tomatoes growing in multiple shapes and sizes. The more tangy, exotic ones are short, stubby and yellow like a fingerling potato while a slightly bigger, purple and green striped type are more round. All of our grape tomatoes, you may have realized, are noticeably sweeter than their store bought counterparts and taste great raw whole or sliced into your favorite dish. It is best to NOT refrigerate your tomatoes as chilling them is known to reduce the flavor. They store best at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.
We hope you have been enjoying them!
Some recipes to try: