Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday August 25th, 2004
|Sungold Cherry Tomatoes|
Hello! Welcome back everyone. I had a very nice week off here at the farm. We didn't take a trip, but rather spent some quality family time with my mother and brother. My brother was here for a rare visit from Seattle, and as I mentioned my mother has moved here from Maine and is settled in nicely. She has helped out a good bit on the farm already, she harvested your cherry tomatoes this week! Speaking of family, I would like to congratulate the Pekar's on their new baby boy, Jake. I think we also have another member expecting any day now, Trish McGuire. I will keep you updated. My intern this summer has returned to school at the University of Florida. We had a great summer together, she was a big help and is a really wonderful person. You will be happy to know that the experience of working on a farm has inspired her to take her Biology major in the direction of Sustainable Agricultural research. Us farmers could sure us her in researching in the field, she is smart one and will most likely go a long way with her work.
This past week has been a productive one on the farm. With the help of a friend and volunteer, Rebecca Hren, the fall and some of the winter-transplanted crops are happily in the ground. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kale and Lettuce are among the fall bearing crops transplanted. We also planted some Collards and Brussel Sprouts for harvest this winter, as both have increased flavor after being subjected to a frost. The fall tomatoes are looking good with a lot of fruit on them. The fall brings some fall worms, specifically in the tomatoes fall Tomato Fruitworm. So far the aren't too bad, and I sprayed them with a mix of Fish Emulsion (Nitrogen boost) and Dipel (organic BT insect repellent for the fruitworm). Lets hope this does the trick, although if rain comes we may have to hit them again. On the down side, we have lost some of the fall direct seeded crops that we put in a couple of weeks ago. The spinach and beets to be exact. The area they were seeded in is a very weedy plot, and excess grass crowed them out really early on. The were so small when the weeds came on, after the last bought of rains, that we couldn't save them. These things happen though, and in retaliation I will seed more of them in a less weedy spot this Thursday. If this works we will be seeing these guys in October in shares. I will keep you posted.
I will keep reinforcing the notion that the Winter Squash does hold for quite some time. I hope members aren't feeling as though they are receiving too much of it, but if you do please let me know. It will hold on the counter or in the fridge for months, so no hurry on tackling the hard, but yummy fruit. Watermelons are picked when they are ripe and once harvested will not gain any more sweetness. The will hold for a week or two in your fridge, but enjoy them while they are here, this weeks melons are the last watermelon of the season for the farm. Also, if your tomatoes are not as deep in color or as soft as you like to eat them, remember to let them set out on the counter for a couple of days. In a brown paper bag accelerates their ripening since the ethylene gas they put off is trapped in the bag and facilitates ripening. Once tomatoes begin to show color on the vine they have obtained their maximum potential of sweetness. The tomatoes you buy in the store, if shipped in, are picked green and then gassed with ethylene to turn them red. They have not obtained the sweetness they would have if allowed to color on the vine.
What to look forward to...
I think you can assume from everything that I have told you the things you can expect in the next seven weeks. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions! Elise.
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