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!