News from the farm: June 30, 2010

What's going on at the farm?

        Hello Members!  This week I get to write about some of the successes we have had, to go along with our bountiful harvest for you all this week, and to counter last week’s description of challenges.  If you read last week’s newsletter, you remember how I described our different approach this year to watermelons.  Well, we tried the same different approach to cantaloupe,  and as you can see, it worked fabulously.  We harvested close to four hundred cantaloupe since Friday, as more are ripe each day!  I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.  So this week for breakfast we all get to enjoy the sweet aromatic fruit.  Despite the temperature of 45 degrees our walk-in cooler is set at, we have been enjoying the brief times we have to enter it, not only for the respite from the heat, but mostly for the wonderful smell the plethora of cantaloupe have brought it.  Hopefully they will not all ripen so quickly and we will have more for next week for you all.  We also have two more plantings in the ground that were planted to stagger a harvest, so you will see more cantaloupe again in a month or so.

And the tomatoes!  So many so early.  The good thing about the heat we have been having is that it brought us tomatoes a full two weeks before they were due.  This is unprecedented in my ten years of farming my land here in North Carolina.  And they taste oh so good.  I have been enjoying them in my salads, and my pasta, in my eggs and any in other way I can think of.  I hope you do too.  You will want to take them out of their paper bag and set them on your counter, not in sunlight.  Keeping them in the bag will accelerate ripening, and they don’t need that at the stage they are at. 

Cucumbers!  Finally!  Sorry it took a little bit, we did not have luck with our first planting, but the second is looking wonderful, and the third is growing to follow.  There should be more next week.  We still have a lot more onions, but thought we would take a break from those this week in case you had a bunch stored up you needed to use.  Soon we will have a lot of potatoes, but plenty of time for that.  The peppers are looking great also, and we should have those lovely mildly hot Poblanos soon.  The colored sweet bell peppers will be ready in a month or so. 

If you have any feedback, questions, or concerns, please let me know, I love to hear from you all.  Thanks! Elise.

What's in the box?

Full Box
Crop Amount  
 

Tomatoes - 3lb.
Cantaloupe - Three!
Little Baby Flower Watermelon - One small
Cherry Tomatoes (Sungold or mixed colors) - 1 pint
Cucumbers - 1.25 lb.
Summer Squash - 1.5 lb.
Jalapeño - One

Half Box
Crop Amount  
 

Tomatoes - 2 lb.
Cantaloupe - Two!
Cherry Tomatoes (Sungolds or mixed colors) - 2/3 pint
Cucumbers - 1lb.
Summer Squash - 1lb.
Japanese Eggplant - ¾ lb.
Jalapeño - One