Farmer’s Note, week 9

Dear CSA Member,

I have been a bit reluctant to express our complete joy with the tomatoes this season-just in case. My grandmother instilled a healthy dose of superstition at an early age that follows to this day.  There was no way I was going to jinx the harvest.  Now that we are actually filling baskets with tomatoes it is time.  The tomatoes will be coming on stronger and stronger as they ripen in the hot summer sun.  There are a variety of tomatoes that will come your way in no particular time or fashion.  We pick the patch, weigh and crate the tomatoes making sure that each CSA location gets their share.  Some varieties are heirlooms, some hybrid, some open pollinated, all delicious.

  • Flora Lee-long paste tomato with green shoulders
  • Gilbertie-long paste tomato with green shoulders thinner than the Flora Lee
  • San Marzano-paste tomato, elongated
  • Pomodoro-large, meaty, heart shaped with a ribbed top and round bottom
  • Pony Express-the smaller saladette type with a elongated shape but smaller than the other elongated varieties
  • Sunkist-round, yellow tomato
  • Pargon-large, red slicer
  • BHN-826-large, red slicer

And three Cherry Tomatoes:

  • Sun Gold-our favorite gold, round and sweet
  • Gold Nugget-we tried this for the first time this year, oval, yellow
  • Washington Cherry-new as well.  Large, red

I have updated the book list on the farm web site – click on Recipes, Resources and Reading.  There are cook books that celebrate the seasonal harvest, two that only deal with tomatoes.  Two of the cook books are written by CSA members: Recipes from America’s Small Farms and The Whole Truth.

So, celebrate the tomato.  Finally a summer that feels and tastes like summer.
Enjoy the Vegetables-Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

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