farm update

Dear Readers,

Here’s the news on the farm… We’ve got our end-of-July tomatoes! Yesterday, we picked the first striped zebras (an heirloom variety, yummy sliced up in a salad). Our peppers are about to be ready too. We grow my favorite kind: Carmen, a long, vibrant red sweet pepper. We’re harvesting melons starting next week. Our pole beans are taking a hit from pests called leafhoppers, but we’re getting enough to bring to market.

Before market this morning, I taste-tested the different varieties of fruit we brought, so that I could talk to our customers about them. Glen Glo peaches have a bright, peachy flavor, while Gala peaches (not apples!) are rich and full-bodied, like a deep red wine. Shiro plums are smooth and sweet, and ruby sweet plums have a more extroverted nature, almost sugary when ripe. We also brought our redder-than-red nectarines and our first apples, Pristine– crisp and tart.

We’ve had to carefully pick which crops to irrigate each day, as we don’t have enough water for all of them. The soil was like dust, but the long drought was finally broken by two good rains this past week, thank goodness! It has been HOT here. I can’t imagine what farming in someplace like Alabama is like…

Here’s a picture of the farm crew:

May your week be filled with tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!

Laura Beth


4 thoughts on “farm update

  1. Hi Laura – Love the sound of the Glen Glo peaches! From the picture, it looks like there is way more women who work on your farm than men, is that norm?

  2. Great question, Jen. In small organic farming, there are often more women on staff than men! Also, when we go to regional meetings for different talks on sustainable farming, the crowd is usually at least 2x women than men. I don’t know why that is. A friend joked recently that all of the men work in livestock, rather than vegetables.

    Farming is a really good occupation for women– it doesn’t necessarily require superstrength (though some women have that– I’m thinking of you, Abby!) and there is now a general understanding in the sustainable farm community that women are welcome.

    My roommate mentioned that many women have a nurturing quality that translates really well into tending to land.

    Food for thought though……..

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