Monthly Archives: August 2022

Peak of Summer! And Processing Tomatoes!

The greens in the tree leaves have shifted from their rush of spring to their soaking summer sun. The days are getting noticeably shorter.

I wanted to remind members who opted for payments spread throughout the season that another payment would be beneficial, and all payments should be complete before the end of the season.

We will start taking orders for canning tomatoes. Like the pickles, a minimum of half a bushel can be reserved for a specific harvest day. We can sign you up until the middle of September. We’ll try to fill all the orders, but it’s never 100% certain what the harvest will be.

I also wanted to tell the tomato’s story so far. The plants are looking great, and it appears it will be a very good harvest. When the plants were potted up back in April, in the greenhouse, there was a problem because we had to change the lime ingredient of our soil mix, and it seemed the new lime was not dissolving and available to the plants. The struggled to develop their roots. We supplemented them with a nettle and compost tea which brought them around to be strong healthy plants. After we planted them out in early June, the weather turned quite cold and windy for a couple weeks, and the plants wished they could have been back in the greenhouse! We even saw frost on June 19th (now the record for latest frost I’ve seen). It didn’t do any damage, but shows how cold the nights were. The plants reacted by trying to make fruit right away, and held off growing. There was a tiny flush of fruit, but then they got into the summer mode and started growing like mad, holding off more fruit production. Now they’ve set a good harvest, although it appears to be ripening a couple weeks later than other years. Every year is different, and I’m always amazed at the adaptability of plants, and feel honored to be in partnership with them!

The Wealth of Zucchini

I saw a post that declared it was the time of year to lock your doors, since someone is likely to leave a giant zucchini in your car or on your porch. This is true. But I wanted to also celebrate the bounty of these plants. Last year I struggled to get enough zucchini for CSA members, since the cucumber beetle had done a fair amount of damage. I remember some plants never produced a single fruit before they died. Not so this year! We try to harvest every day and a half to two days, and even so, they put on so much growth in that time it really is amazing. My sense is that they have peeked and will hopefully slow down to have a longer, gentler rest of their harvest. But this week there are so many in addition to the reasonable number members will get, there will be many more in the free choice area for those who want to preserve or just have a feast! The easiest way to keep them is to grate and freeze. You can then add them to sauces and chili, and make zucchini bread all year round. They also dry or can be made into an awesome relish. Enjoy the image of bounty!