Well, we’ve reached that point in the summer that so many of us wait for…the arrival of the tomatoes. Only a few short months ago, I watched as the fields were carefully prepared for the planting of tomatoes. Terra told me about how beautiful the fields become in late July as the plants have grown tall and heavy with yellow blossoms and fruit. She spoke of how all the work tying and trellising would lead to the creation of beautiful tomato arbors. Listening, I could only imagine. Here we are, late July, and despite the heat, the tomato plants are producing the long awaited fruit.
All the tomatoes planted on the farm are heirloom. To gain heirloom status, a plant must produce a stable crop for 25 years.
Due to the heat and lack of rain, this is the first year that the farm has ever had to water their tomatoes. Yards and yards of dark, soaker hoses line the rows providing water to the parched soil.
The day I visited was harvest and box packing day for the CSA. This week’s box was gorgeous, filled with Swiss Chard, Yukon potatoes, green onions, cucumbers, summer squash, kohlrabi and tomatoes.
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