Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday July 7th, 2004
|Sungold Cherry Tomatoes|
Hello! Hope you are all well. I want to thank the members who have written me with their thoughts on summer squash and tomatillos. I have received mixed responses from my question asking if anyone is squashed out. So, I am going to continue putting it in shares while we have it, but want to let everyone know that if you are squashed out just send me an email and we can hold it back from your share every so often. Also, if you have a special liking for tomatillos please let me know. The tomatillo harvest is getting larger at this point. Full shares have received them this week, and half shares will receive them next. I think they are really great, and just so cute. It has been a real pleasure to grow them. Also, please let me know if you want me to throw some green tomatoes in your share. I will wait to put them in until I hear from you so speak up!
This is the first year I have grown sweet corn and have not seen corn ear worms. It is kind of amazing, and must have something to do with the weather this season. The are practically inevitable when growing corn organically, so I am happy to say the corn ears are worm free and look healthy. They will be ready to harvest next week, and it looks like it will be a hearty harvest at that.
The watermelon has just started to turn pink inside. It is hard to guess, but I think we may see it next week or at the latest the week after. I have grown a pink flesh and yellow flesh variety. I think the yellow flesh Moon and Stars variety will be later than the pink Black Mountain variety.
It is hard to believe we are already at week 12 in the season. This is the half way point. Week 25 will bring us into October. So far I feel like the season has been very productive and smooth running. As I have mentioned in previous newsletters, we are preparing for the fall planting. Just this past weekend we seeded fall crops for transplanting. This Thursday and Friday we will begin preparing the beds in the field for planting. So very exciting.
Just a reminder that you don't want to put your Sundgold Cherry Tomatoes as well as your regular tomatoes in the refrigerator. The cold really takes their flavor away. Just set them on your counter. Keeping them in the paper bag will facilitate ripening so keep that in mind.
If you set your onions on the counter they will continue to form their protective dry outer layer of skin. They will store for a good while if you allow them to cure this way. Everything else you receive should go in the refrigerator, in plastic bags to hold in their moisture. The garlic doesn't need to be in a plastic bag, although it does hold better in the fridge.
What to look forward to...
As I mentioned earlier, next week you may find some corn in your shares. There will be more tomatoes, sungold cherry tomatoes, tomatillos for half shares, green peppers, garlic, basil, cucumbers and summer squash. We may see some watermelon as well. We will for sure have the first harvest of leeks in shares, so let me know if you don't want to receive them as I think I remember some folks actually not liking them. That is it for this week. Look forward to hearing from you. Elise.
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