August 23 Week Eleven

Lynn picking tomatoes

  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Jalapenos
  • Summer squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Beans
  • Melon
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Eggplant or kohlrabi
That’s my Mom helping pick Juliet tomatoes. We found tomato blight in the Juliets. Blight is a fungal disease that can absolutely decimate a tomato crop. It also effects other nightshade crops like potatoes and eggplant. First the leaves of the plant curl up and turn yellow with black spots. This spreads to the whole plant and it just dies. The fruit off a diseased tomato plant will rot. To control the spread of blight, I spray copper, an organic solution which stalls, but doesn’t eliminate the disease. I suspected blight a few days ago and my suspicions were confirmed after Googling for pictures of blight on an android powered smartphone. Smartphones are an excellent farm tool, especially out in the field. I use mine not only for communicating with members, but also for looking up disease and bug information, monitoring the weather, taking photos, keeping notes and maintaining an upbeat farm crew by playing some lively music.

 

Your box this week has makings for salsa. The beans are a mix of Flat Italian Romas, yellow wax and a yellow, flat, purple-striped variety called Dragon’s Tongue. Expect the cucumbers to continue. My next planting is producing baby cukes already. Try grilling baby onions on a skewer with squash. Make homemade jalapeno poppers or cucumber melon salad with mint.

 

I’ve been subsisting on bowls of tomatoes for breakfast and lunch. Some olive oil, salt, lots of pepper and sometimes chopped basil and garlic and onion. Enjoy those fresh tomatoes while we have them, right? The weather is getting cooler and we’re inching closer and closer to September. Crooked Carrot Farm tomatoes won’t survive the winter, I can guarantee you that. Happy local eating everyone!
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August 23 Week Eleven

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