August 3 2011, Week 16

Hey Folks!  What a summer so far…..lots of produce and lots of heat.  The 100+ degree temperatures that we have had for the past two weeks provoked almost all of the second planting of tomatoes to ripen!  Yikes!  We harvested two weeks worth of tomatoes in just one week last week!  In addition to that, tomatoes in general ripened two weeks earlier than normal this year, back in early June.  So, our second planting of tomatoes is already on the decline, early, but as you can see, that makes sense.  We will have red tomatoes next week, but beyond that we are not so sure, so enjoy them while you can! 

Speaking of the heat!  We are trying hard to not wilt ourselves during these hot days.  We try to be out of the sun by noon, working in the shade of the packing shed after that.  It makes a HUGE difference.  Despite that, August is always a time when the hard work our bodies have endured during the season so far catches up with us.  I have to be good about stretching, eating right, sleeping enough and taking my vitamins this time of year.  I have learned over the years that it is crucial to do so in order to make it through August in good spirits. 

Only four more weeks folks!  We are harvesting our sweet potatoes this week, will cure them for a week, and have them in your box for at least the last two.  Yum.  More winter squash, onions and potatoes as well.  Hopefully green beans, more cherry tomatoes, basil, summer squash and maybe even some eggplant and watermelon. 

Enjoy.  Let me know if you have any thoughts, questions or concerns.  I love to hear from you!  Elise. 

What's in the box?

Full Share
Crop Amount  
 
Tomatoes - 4 lb.
Mixed color cherry tomatoes - one pint
Peppers (One red sweet bell, one Poblano, two Chili Peppers) - ¾ lb.
Summer Squash - 1.5 lb.
Basil - one bag
Butternut Squash - one
Half Share
Crop Amount  
 
Tomatoes - 2 lb.
Sungolds - one pint
Peppers, sweet - ¾ lb.
Summer Squash or cucumbers - 1 lb.
Basil - one bag