Tomato Season has Arrived

It's my favorite time of the growing season. Although harvesting is a bit of a time sink, I take great joy picking crops that I started back in February. Tomato season is upon us and to find out what tomato is for you, below is a description of the main large tomatoes we grow.

Let's start with Brandywine, pictured above. I grow the original Quisenberry strain of Brandywine. They are on everyone's top of the list when it comes to a deep complexed tasting fruit. They are not always pretty looking, but it's hard to beat the flavor,

Next we have our other heirloom, Cherokee Purple. Although it's obvious that the color is definitely unique, the flavor stands out as well. In taste contests, this is one of the few tomatoes that has beaten the Brandywine. The shape is more standard and the size is anywhere from 1/2 lb to 1 lb.

The last variety grown here is Big Beef. Hybrids get a bad rap because many hybrids taste bland since taste wasn't considered as a trait worth worrying about (not joking). Big Beefs are an exception. They are perfect slicing tomatoes for sandwiches and burgers. The average size Big Beef ranges from 1/2 to 3/4 pound.

Using my unique ordering system, selling tomatoes to members is challenging. I know some people don't read this section of the newsletter and will be confused when it comes to ordering, but this year I'm going to try to sell them like a farmer's market. I will sell based on the weight of the tomatoes you want. In other words you tell me you want 3 pounds of Brandywine and 2 pounds of Big Beef and you will get that quantity of tomato. If you have a special need for larger or smaller tomato size, let me know. Remember medium size tomato is 1/2 pound and a larger tomato is 3/4 pound. I will sell them in 1/4 pound increments starting at 1/2 minimum.

Oh and one more important note. My sweet corn is ripening and some will be ready this week. On Tuesday, I will send out an email letting you know the quantity that will be available for Thursday. I will sell out, so I will sell the corn to the first people who reply back to that email on Tuesday. I will need to limit the corn to a max of 6 per person.

Besides tomatoes, I will be adding red bell peppers, jalapeño peppers and arugula this week. Below is this week's offerings:

Big Beef Tomato $3 a pound

Brandywine Tomatoes $4 a pound

Cherokee Purple Tomatoes $4 a pound

Cherry Tomatoes $3.50 a pint Cherry Tomatoes $6.50 a quart Garlic $1.00 a head Pickler Cucumbers 1 order is 2 for $1 Golden Beets. $3.50 bunch Red Beets $3.50 bunch Green Beans. $3 bag Medium Green Bell Pepper. $1.25 each Large Green Bell Pepper $1.50 each

Large Red Bell Pepper $1.75 each

Jalapeno .50 each Kale $3.50 bunch Rainbow Chard $3.00 bunch Zucchini $1.50 each Yellow Summer Squash $1.50 each

Arugula. $3 a bag Basil $2.00 bunch Dill $2.00 bunch Oregano $2.00 bunch Thyme $2.00 bunch Eggs $5.00 dozen Carolina Reaper Hot Sauce $8.00 Pickup will be the same as before, Thursday from 11:00 to 2:00. Enjoy the season, Mark

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