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Box 16, September 8, 2011

Posted 9/10/2011 8:19pm by Andy Watson.

In Your Box This Week:
Garlic
Yellow Onions

Cucumbers

Cantaloupe
Zucchini

Bell Pepper

Summer squash
Eggplant

Beets

Roma Tomatoes

Tomatoes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           `                                                                                               
Edamame Beans

Raspberry Rotation 

Brrrrrrr. It is a bit chilly in the mornings. It’s great working weather but it slows down the heat loving crops. The zucchini and cucumbers are fizzing out a bit. The diseases that tend to pop up on those crops early are just appearing now. It could be the weather, it could be the fertilizer, or it could be the varieties.  Either way,  we will be fertilizing again, choosing similar varieties, and hoping that Mother Nature is on our side next season.

            The salad mix and lettuces are looking great and should show up starting next week. The winter squash is going to be curing soon to toughen up the skins for storage. The watermelons are headed your way next week and look good. We had a great season for the cantaloupe, our best in at least two seasons. This is the last week for the cantaloupe. The onions are almost done curing and we have begun the tedious job of trimming the dried tops off. The garlic is done drying and ready for storage. Believe it or not, we will be planting garlic in just over a month for next season.

            We are preparing the farm for the Bike the Barns event that takes place in two weekends. We are waiting for a demolition crew to come out, hopefully today or tomorrow, to remove the barn foundation and demolished silo. We are working on creating a self guided tour for riders that want to stroll around the farm on their own. We are also hoping it will come in handy for our farm party and any future events. We hope it will be a great addition to the farm.

 

            We hope you enjoy your produce this week, and we hope you can get out and enjoy this beautiful weather.

           

 

Heirloom tomatoes have certain characteristics that make it easy to tell the difference from other non-heirloom varieties. Heirloom tomatoes are tomatoes that are past down from family to family. They are typically at least 20 years old but they all have to start being passed down sometime. Over time, some of the characteristics can change and become the farmer’s own variety. This is how similar looking and tasting tomatoes can have different names. Heirlooms tend to not be “pretty”. We have been conditioned to perfect grocery store tomatoes. Grocery store tomatoes tend to be pretty but pretty flavorless. What heilooms lack in beauty, they make up in flavor. Some characteristics of heirlooms are, bursts of color on the bottom, big cracks on the stems, and odd noses and scars. Just cut around the bad areas and enjoy.

Kelly Bratt & Andy Watson, Sprouting Acres


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