Anyone who follows us on Instagram (@therootdownfarm) has a little more incite into how things are going on the farm. It is the only social media we've ever participated in. So anyone on Instagram knew how the corn was maturing (I use the Stories a lot, too), and also already know that the tomatoes have FINALLY starting to ripen. Phew...soooooooo very late this season and out of our control. Our whole region is experiencing similar results from the crazy dry, cool, cloudy Spring we had. There is something called 'growing degree days' in the world of farming and each crop requires a certain amount of them to mature. To put it mildly, this Spring was not helping stack up any growing degree days (oh yeah, plus the very late freeze in addition to the very late frost happened, too).
So here we are, with thunderstorm after thunderstorm rolling through, each bringing problems for crops on the wind and the rain, but we are simply thankful to have some tomatoes to munch this week.
This week's share will include: tomatoes (yes, the first of them but there will be more soon enough as I say every season), head lettuce, new potatoes, carrots, beets, peppers, eggplants, cabbage, fresh onions (try all the varieties!), kale, chard, fennel, squashes, kohlrabi, and sweet corn (as long as the birds can leave them alone). Also...got some interesting comments about the corn last week. If you are driving on Shimerville you can see it from the road (like you can almost every season)! It's right in front of your eyes.
The fruit share will include peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots!
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