Going into the fields these days is like walking into some sort of Garden of Eden that just happened to be in Mecklenburg N.Y. That's what an inch and a half of rain does for the vegetables. As you will see, everything is springy and bouncy and fill with water and life and flavor and the list goes on. We're excited!
Our fall turnips, radishes, tat soi and arugula are peeking up from beneath their row cover, cabbage and broccoli are getting bigger by the day, the onions are being dried in preparation for fall, and new plantings of lettuce, kale and basil are arrayed in straight, neat lines.
Speaking of the farm, we would love for any of you to come out and visit sometime, and now I'm going to give you a really good reason to: U-pick tomatoes! We have about 5 heirloom varieties, Sungolds, and a baby Roma type that's great for sauces, drying etc. Since we love you guys, if you come out and pick tomatoes yourselves we'll give them to you for $1.50 a pound. This is a really good deal! You can also have seconds (ones with bumps, bruises, cuts) for free.
If you are interested just call either of us and drop by! Please do this if you are considering canning, freezing etc as this is the time when the tomatoes are really ripening up! If you want us to pick you tomatoes for canning and freezing in large amounts, we will sell them to you for $2.50 a pound, which is STILL a good deal for local, organic heirloom tomatoes! They go for $4 a pound at market!
Also, our chicken processing was a success (albeit a bloody slog of a success) and we now have lots of chickens available for pickup! They are available until Sunday night, so if you ordered some please come pick them up here at the farm in our cooler! Directions to the farm are on the website and instructions for picking up and paying for the birds are next to the cooler... if for some reason you ABSOLUTELY CAN'T make it out the the farm to pick up your birds, we may be able to get them to town for you, but please call us if you need thi option....
And finally, we present: the vegetables you will be eating this week.
Tomatoes (Sungolds, Cherokee Purples, Bobcats, Baby Romas, Rose De Bernes)
Beets (The Return!)
Kale (It rises again!)
Spinach Chard (This is a fun veggie, treat it like a cooking spinach for omelets, soups, stir frys etc and you will be very pleased.)
Basil (wow this is great basil we have for you this week)
Onions (The big onions are ready to go!)
Red Cabbage (Thinly slice me and toss with lemon juice, olive oil and cilantro and S&P for best summer salad EVER)
Sunflowers (yay flowers! mostly we are the type of farmers who hate to grow anything we can't put in our mouths and chew, but sunflowers CAN be eaten and they are pretty, so we grow them for you.)
Alrighty, see you this afternoon! (or on Monday)
-Aaron and Kara