Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday July 23rd, 2003
|Sungold Cherry Tomatoes|
|Eggplant, Summer Squash, or extra Cherry Tomatoes|
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It was really nice to have those folks over who came out to the farm on Sunday. Thanks for the interest in touring the farm! Another big yield this week, as we are slowly but surely making up for the slight deficit from the spring. This past week on the farm we have been working on hoeing, suckering and trellising the third planting of tomatoes. This planting, although we have lost a few plants to what seems like Bacterial Wilt, are doing well and should be ready for September. The first planting has been taken over by Early Blight, a fungal disease inevitable in the humid south that starts to kill the leaves of the plant from the ground up. This is a good reason why we do successional plantings of tomatoes. We have started harvesting from the second planting as of last week, although they are showing signs of the Early Blight as well. Hopefully it won't take them over so fast that we will have a gap in tomatoes towards the middle to end of August, but we will have to see. Some organic growers spray copper on the tomatoes to slow down the blight. I have not done so, although it is something I have considered. One negative effect is that it is not good to get a copper build up of any sort in your soil, and as I stated, it is inevitable to get the blight, the copper only stands a chance of slowing it down.
The blueberries are still very abundant and should be so until the middle to late of August. The later variety is now ripening, and is what is in your shares this week. Perhaps you will notice that these berries are a bit sweeter, as the earlier variety tends to be a bit more on the tart side, especially this year.
There will be more weeks with flowers, for those flowers share members. We have given close to ten weeks thus far out of the 10-15 weeks of arranged flower deliveries. There will most likely be five or more in the remaining eleven weeks of the shares. Keep in mind you may not be getting the flowers as regularly as you have been since we are approaching the maximum weeks of flowers..
Many of you may not be familiar with spaghetti squash. I would like to give you some tips on how to cook it, but also recommend to check out your cookbooks for info on this yummy winter squash. The name refers to the squash's flesh, which when cooked, forms loose spaghetti like golden strands.
To prepare the squash, you have a couple of options, but I see the following as the most efficient. Try boiling the squash whole, in a kettle. When water is boiling, drop the squash in, skin and all. When a fork easily goes into the flesh, the squash is done. Remove from water and let cool. When the squash has cooled, split in half and remove the seeds. Now comes the fun part. With a fork you can comb the flesh of the squash and the 'spaghetti' will pull off in long strands. You can refrigerate for later or use right away. The spaghetti squash strands can be used in place of spaghetti with your favorite tomato sauce. You can also eat it as a side dish. Good luck!
Next week we can look forward to more eggplant, peppers (colored ones soon), blueberries, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, basil, onions, corn, cucumbers, and summer squash. We have a gap in the bean plantings right now because we lost the third planting. The fourth planting should be about two to three weeks before harvest. The winter squash is repining, so you will see more of that in the next month or so. The melons and cantaloupes are coming along, we will possibly be seeing watermelons in about two weeks, with cantaloupes following at about three to four weeks. We are preparing to plant some of the fall crops, greens primarily, but also plan to have late beans, squash and cucumbers. Thanks! Elise.
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