Farm News – August 21, 2023

Circle Brook Farm
Circle Brook Farm

Hi Everyone! We continue to be blessed with decent weather – mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. The rainy stretch has taken a toll on our tomato crop though, especially the heirlooms, but we have some later plantings that are still looking okay. There are many ripe tomatoes on the vines that will not be picked because they are too ripe to sell or distribute to the members. They are good for making tomato juice that can be used as a soup base. We also have a lot of plum tomatoes that are ripening en masse. Over the next 2 weeks we will offer members the chance to buy bulk tomatoes. We will also invite members to come out to the farm and pick their own.

Our eggplant production has slowed down, and I know from past experience that many of you are ready for a break, and so we will take one. The melons have also been badly affected by all the rain as well, but as the vines die back the melons ripen. They may not be as sweet as I might have liked, but they have good flavor. The South American cousin of the round cherry, known in Colombia as uchuvas, and marketed here in the States as goldenberries, are finally ripening. They are sweeter than the ground cherries, but more tart with a citrusy flavor. We will be including them in the shares as supply allows over the next few weeks. We are doubling up on the alliums this week, with both leeks and garlic.

The share for this week will be: Lettuce, squash, garlic, carrots, peppers, sweet corn, kale, leeks, tomatoes, beans, melons, goldenberries, and choice of an herb (dill, cilantro, or parsley). Premium shares will also include bok choy and cherry tomatoes.

The fruit share for this week will be: peaches and Ginger Gold apples. No flower share this week.

Enjoy! Farmer John

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