Hoboken Tomato Tasting !
Sunday, August 26th, will be the Annual Tomato Tasting in Hoboken at the Hoboken Historical Museum between 1-5 pm. It is always a great event where we bring many different varieties of tomatoes for tasting as well as farm fresh produce, dips, salsa & pesto for sale. We hope to meet many members there as we have in the past. The address is 1301 Hudson Street and we are set up in the walkway. It is a fundraiser for the Hoboken Historical Museum.
Franklin Greenhouse Report: The microgreens have to be replanted as the germination was very sporadic. We will be replacing them with another planting of microgreens and some arugula. The ginger crop is really looking great, and that will be harvested around the end of the season. The Oriental greens had their share of problems and we hope the problems are under control. Renee seeded some carrots for the end of the season harvests and they are coming up well. She has also started zucchini transplants in the greenhouse for planting in the fields at the farm, probably a bit late, but we hope they will do well.
From the Fields: This week we worked on the round field and got caught up on weeding. In this field we have tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and a new variety of tomato, Indigo Rose. All the plants are doing well and have come along great with the weather cooperating the past few weeks. We are a bit behind on weeding the other fields, but this week with good weather should catch up on it.
Michael seeded more radishes, Oriental greens, lettuce, beets and dill this past week. They are all actually up and growing as we write this news. The crew transplanted more cucumbers and zucchini so their production will start soon as zukes produce within 45 days. We transplanted some broccoli as our original planting just did not produce. We hope the newest crop will come in by the end of the season. Four rows of broccoli were lost from our original planting which is probably due to the weird weather patterns we had where it was hot, then got too cold, then got too hot again. The cauliflower has been decimated by the animals.
The crew has been busy harvesting the tomatoes and keeping on top of them as during a dry period, followed by rain, the heirloom tomatoes will often crack. We want continue this practice so that the quality of the heirlooms we harvest remains high. The small red tomatoes in this week’s delivery are the variety known as Siberian, which is a tasty small round red tomato. Most of Saturday was spent sorting the tomatoes to cull out the damaged ones and make sure each delivery sites gets a nice variety as well.
Weather Report: There have been a bunch of locally severe storms over the past week, some with small hail. Fortunately, no severe damage occurred at the farm.We did receive about 1 ½” of rain over the past week, spread out over the week. This really helped the newly seeded crops and we haven’t had to irrigate the fields. This late in the season we are pleased that our pond is filled up again. It was down over 2 feet during the dry periods and during that time Farmer Rich was worried about lack of water. Mother Nature has rebounded for us, though most of the mid-west is still in a severe drought condition.
Animal report: The rabbits and groundhogs had a run on the fields this week. Crops they consumed were lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli and the cauliflower. Farmer Rich found the breach in the fence where the groundhogs are getting in and fixed it. The rabbits on the other hand are more elusive as they apparently are just living inside the fence and continue to reproduce.
Week of August 20th - Pick of the Week: click on the links below or to the right to bring you to the delivery specific to your pick-up location. Deliveries will be of similar variety & poundage, but may contain different items at anytime during the season. Occasionally, some crops are ready to harvest but not enough to deliver to all our drop-off locations. What we do is start to filter them in each week to a different drop-off until there is enough to delivery to everyone.