Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday June 23rd, 2004
|Sungold Cherry Tomatoes|
Hello! We started picking tomatoes this week! The first picking is always a little light. By next weeks deliveries you will be receiving a few more pounds worth than this week. I want to review the different varieties that I have grown this season so that you can identify your favorites. The German Johnson is a medium to large size pink fruit. The Cherokee purple is a medium to large size purplish fruit. The Striped German tomato is usually pretty large (over a lb. or more each) and has a unique color to it. The shoulders (the area immediately around where the fruit was attached to the vine) usually stays slightly green, turning into a brilliant yellow along the sides and finally a bright red on the bottom. It is fruity and sweet and delicious. The Persimmon tomato is an all orange tomato and rather tasty. The Green Zebra is a 'ripe when green tomato' which means it pretty much stays green. It takes on a slightly yellowish coloring when ripe, and is usually pretty small in size. The standard red tomatoes are called Big Beef. That is all of them. Most of them are Heirloom varieties that have really unique flavors but are a real challenge to grow. They seem to be doing well this season. The second planting of tomatoes is coming along well also and will follow the first in a few weeks. The third planting was put in the ground last Wed. and mulched last Thursday. They look good.
Although my mind is swimming with tomato thoughts right now, there are other exciting things going on at the farm. The corn has started to tassel, which means it is starting to form its cobs. The look really good so far, so hopefully we will see a nice harvest from them in a few weeks. The Okra is doing well also, and we may be picking it sooner than we like. I apologize for my lack of enthusiasm about harvesting okra, but for some reason I am really sensitive to the fuzzy-prickly texture of the whole plant. I usually break out in a rash and it itches like crazy!!! Let's hope Elizabeth doesn't have the same problem! The winter squash is looking REALLY good as well. We planted it mid May in the no-till zone. It has really taken off and has started to vine out profusely. The winter squash plants can vine in each direction up to five or more feet. At this point the plants, spaced five feet apart, have reached over to the neighboring rows. It looks like waves of green leaves as the pathways disappear from sight.
I hope everyone knows that they should not put their tomatoes in the refrigerator!!!!! It takes away a lot of the flavor. You can keep them in the brown bag they came in and set them on the counter at room temperature. Tomatoes continue to ripen like this, and you can eat them at whatever stage you like best. I have given fairly ripe tomatoes to everyone this week, but if you would like them to ripen even more try playing around with letting them set for awhile.
What to look forward to...
Well, as I have already mentioned, members will be receiving a good bit more tomatoes next week than they did this. Sungolds will be around for a while, so we will be seeing plenty more of them as well. Green beans will be in shares again next week, as well as eggplant. If anyone is totally squashed out at this point let me know and I can hold some of it back. The summer squash has just done so well this spring that I can't help but continue giving it to you all. Let me know what you think. Well, thanks everyone for eating my produce! Hope you all have a good week, and would love to hear from you all if you get a chance to drop a note. Elise.
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