Moving Toward Autumn

As we enter September, we start transitioning slowly toward fall crops. For this week, we will begin to add onions to the mix. The crop is strong, but still not quite ready for harvest. We decided to give everyone a nice sized onion in this week's share. However since they aren't quite hardened yet, I would suggest either eating it in a day or so or keep it in the refrigerator until you want to use them. Hereafter, the skin should toughen up and you can keep them for much longer periods in a cool, not cold, location. Other than that, we will have a similar share than last week Onion Cantaloupe Sweet Corn Cherry/Heirloom/Hybrid Tomatoes Pickling/Standard Cucumbers Yellow Squash Zucchini Re

Muskmelon or Cantaloupe?

I hope you remember that we are doing our CSA pickup tomorrow. We went down to South Carolina to view the total eclipse yesterday. It was one of the more amazing sights I have ever witnessed. Sadly it took me over 17 hours to get back and before I try to get my first shuteye since Sunday, I just wanted to fill you in on your share. Your share is very similar to last week. Hybrid/Heirloom/Cherry Tomatoes Regular and Pickling Cucumbers Yellow Squash Zucchini Peppers Corn Kale Basil Cantaloupe Obviously Cantaloupe is new this week. They are very juicy and sweet. Here's a quick lesson on the differences between cantaloupe and muskmelon. First of all just about everyone, including farmers,

Enjoying the Summer Bounty

This will be a short post, since this week's share is similar to last week's. I will say that tomatoes are in their prime. I don't want to scare you by giving you too many tomatoes, so when you get your share let me know if you want more. Also the corn will be at prime age and sweetness tomorrow. Your share will contain: Sweet Corn Cucumber -Regular Cucumber -Picklers Zucchini Yellow Squash Cherry Tomatoes Hybrid and Heirloom Tomatoes Kale Basil Garlic Peppers Eggplant Enjoy, Mark

Sweet Corn, Glorious Sweet Corn

It's always an exciting time of the year when sweet corn makes it debut. This week, we will start giving you some sweet corn in your share. Sweet corn is one of my favorites to grow, harvest and eat. Admittedly, I am a corn snob. I will not eat corn that is not from my field, unless I get it from a friend or family member and I know the variety. In my opinion, corn from the supermarket is an embarrassment, but I also believe that Butter and Sugar sweet corn from a farm stand is not much better. Over the years, my friends, family and I have tried many different varieties. We've had many sweet corn tastings and I have settled on two varieties this season that I believe you will enjoy. Fi

The Heirloom Tomato

When observing people, the above diagram is not only humorous, but sadly mostly true. When growing heirloom tomatoes I find another accurate depiction: If I were a smart man, I would only grow hybrid tomatoes. They are disease resistant, plentiful and uniform in appearance. With that said, I have no choice but to grow heirlooms as well. I really want you to experience a classic tomato taste. Here's the problem; heirlooms are usually not pretty looking. One part might ripen earlier than another. Also, they crack easily, they are anything but uniform in appearance and some plants, that are 7 feet tall, might have only 3 or 4 tomatoes on the entire plant. Having said that, it's not summ