Week of August 9, 2010
I took time today to look back at the newsletters from 2008 and 2009 just to compare how we are doing this year. Last year on this date we were having our second round of corn. This week you will be getting your third and last round. This third planting is called “Incredible” and I think you will agree with me that it really is incredible.
I am anxiously awaiting your comments. I hope you have filled the comment sheets out – if you haven’t, there is still time. Please bring them with you to pick up your basket/bag tomorrow.
Sad news – Gwen left us today after working here for ten weeks. My, the time has flown! She is taking a short vacation with her two sisters and then will be returning to Grinnell College for her senior year. Larry and I appreciated all the hard work that Gwen did for us throughout the summer.
Liza will be with us for a little while longer – her departure date is to be determined. We will have a new face with us starting next week, Anna Sander. Anna is from Carroll and wants to spend a few weeks helping out with the last of the season.
There are several things that I have now noticed that are weather related. Last week I was checking over the onions and noticed a lot of spoilage. We have always been proud of the onion crops coming from this farm but are pretty disappointed with them this season. I believe the spoiling is due to the wet area they were planted in and all the rain when it was their harvest time. We have been cleaning them and you will still be getting them in your basket/bag. If you are getting too many, try drying them on a low temperature in the oven. You will be glad you did when you get them out this winter to put into soups.
For the most part, I have been feeling pretty good about the garden. The beets have been a disappointment – you have seen me write that before. The potatoes haven’t been the best. This morning when we were digging them, there were some hills that were completely rotten – too much water.
The tomatoes seem to be having problems as well. We noticed that they were dying at the bottom of the plants. I believe this is the blight. We didn’t have it last year and I think because of all the rain this year, the conditions have been just right. There are lots of tomatoes and I think they will ripen fine even with the blight and it definitely won’t affect the taste. We also have some (lots) of tomatoes growing at Harrisdale Homestead, but they will come later. Having a later planting of tomatoes will help stretch out the season longer.
This week’s produce:
Over the next few weeks you will be getting some Heirloom varieties of tomatoes. Many people refer to these as the ugly tomatoes. We always plant some for fun and for flavor. There are many that think these tomatoes taste better than the standard varieties. They are somewhat difficult to grow as they crack easily.You will be getting the regular tomatoes as well, we will just throw in a couple of these from time to time.
Cherokee Purple: The Cherokee Purple tomato is considered by many to be the best tasting tomato.
Black Prince: Princely refinement defines this outstanding, juicy, round tomato with its warm, rich colors and robust, full-bodied flavor. Originally introduced in Russia.
Green Zebra: Exquisite green bi-colored tomato. The tomato flesh is lime-emerald color. A great tomato for brightening up salads.
Yellow Brandywine: Large yellow fruit of exceptional quality, creamy texture, and delicious flavor.
There are a few others that we have. I will be telling you about them later. Meanwhile, enjoy these tomatoes that will surely brighten your day – that is, if you like tomatoes.