Tomatoes!!

July 18, 2016

 

It took a while, but the first tomatoes have finally arrived!  They are ripening a week or two late this year due to the lack of sun through May and early June.  We love when the first tomatoes of the season arrive because we get to enjoy tomato sandwiches from now until October.  I think Jess enjoys it as well because it is easier cutting up tomatoes, onions and cucumbers for dinner rather than cooking.  You will also find blue potatoes, which means you have gotten a chance to try all four varieties we grow.  Our favorite is the Yukon gold potato due to its versatility, but the blue potato definitely gives anything you make an added color.  Just because this is the final variety does not mean this is the final week you will have potatoes in your share.  We have plenty more of each variety still left to be dug.  We also added purple and white peppers to the share, but these will be similar to the green bell pepper.  The red and orange bell peppers are only a week or two away.

 

Wow has it been hot!!!  We were lucky to get some rain a week ago to help germinate our first beds of late summer beets.  We have been feverishly planting broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussel sprouts and are on our third planting this week.  We also have to plant our next planting of beets, first planting of fall carrots, and last planting of scallions.  These crops need cooler soil temperatures to germinate.  We have all the beds prepared, but now need to seed them at the most opportune time to ensure germination.  We have found that the best chance usually comes when the temperatures drop usually right before or after a rain storm.  I really wanted to plant today, but due to the hot temperatures coming Monday and the possibility of rain Tuesday I have decided to be patient and wait.  We don’t get too many chances in the fall, therefore, it is important to do the process correctly the first time.

 

The Sweet potatoes have been growing by leaps and bounds the last couple of weeks.  We love this crop and can’t wait to start digging them.  Because the CSA ends at the beginning of October, we usually dig them early rather than wait to make sure you are able to enjoy them for a couple of weeks.  The onions have finally been hung after drying in the high tunnel and we couldn’t have asked for a better crop.  The watermelons and cantaloupe also look healthy.  Last year we did some cantaloupe and are trying to add watermelons this year.  We don’t have a ton of space for this type of crop, but decided to give it a try to spice up the CSA shares come mid-August. 

 

Hope you are enjoying everything thus far.  We are excited to see the summer crops rolling in.  As for myself along with everyone else who works here, we enjoy having the chance to provide you with vegetables this year!

 

This week's share consists of:
Full Share- tomatoes, yellow wax beans, onions, eggplant, peppers, blue potatoes, lettuce mix, kale, zucchini, cucumbers, celery

Half Share- tomatoes, yellow wax beans, onions, eggplant, peppers, blue potatoes, lettuce mix

 

What can I make with my share this week?? Here are a couple of ideas!

 

Three Bean Salad-http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/three-bean-salad-for-3

 

Avocado Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich- http://blahnikbaker.com/avocado-tomato-grilled-cheese-sandwich/

 

Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup- http://www.recipesthatcrock.com/slow-cooker-stuffed-pepper-soup/

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