Want the good news, or the bad news?
OK, I'll give you the good news first, that's what I was hoping you'd say. We are going to be bringing TOMATOES this week! Big ones, small ones, juicy ones, tasty ones, ones you can slice, dice, chop, chomp, or just pop in your mouth whole. The real shebang. The best vegetable that's actually a fruit. We love tomatoes here, and I think it's a pretty universal thing. Limited amount this week, should be more as the season progresses.
OK, here's the bad news. Our field tomatoes outside our two high tunnels have contracted LATE BLIGHT, the scourge of vegetable growers and a disease that will literally wipe out our entire 1/10th of an acre of tomatoes in about a week or so. There is no cure, except by burning your plants down with a propane torch, which also has the annoying habit of ruining the fruit. This sucks. It has been a wet year, which makes this much more likely to happen. What does this mean for you? Well, as CSA members sometimes you have a smorgasbord of vegetables to choose from, and sometimes we have crop failures, even though we spend all day doing this. Kara and I spent countless hours tilling, mulching, staking and trellising these tomatoes, not to mention starting the plants in early april, spreading chicken manure, etc all just to burn them down with fire in final week before we start harvesting them. So, it's kind of a huge bummer.
HOWEVER! We are not completely stupid. We know late blight happens every so often, so we have lots of heirloom tomatoes still in our greenhouses, happy as can be! We will be harvesting those exclusively for our CSA and you will be receiving every ripe tomato we pick. But, that being said, expect to not have as many tomatoes as last year . . . and it's possible the late blight can spread into the high tunnels. But for now, happy tomato season!
I'd put some recipes in here for tomatoes, but I think you all know how you like them best. That being said, this week we have oregano and basil, which pair nicely with tomatoes in italian dishes or fresh on crusty bread with cheese, and we have jalapenos and onions which make a great salsa. Good luck!
And, to end on a positive note, our watermelon, sweet corn, pineapple berries (what we're calling husk cherries, it's a dumb name that's hard to say and not descriptive), sweet pepper, winter squash, brussels sprouts, fall greens and roots and herbs all look really really good!
Without further ado, the veggies for the week! 24 items to choose from.
Red, white and blue new potatoes! (these are new potatoes, their skin is fragile, store them in the fridge and eat them as simply as possible, they are very creamy and delicious!