DEAR FARMKETEER, if you have been a Farmketeer for a few years, you know that the tomatoes hold a secret August caucus. No people, no farm dogs. Tomatoes only.
Last night the tomatoes convened. A midnight leak revealed the agenda: Choose a date for their initial public offering.
Today we saw the broadcast. TOMATO TIME IS NOW!
There are bountiful beefsteaks.
Fields rich with romas.
Vines with ample heirlooms.
And copious cherries.
The extended Nightshade family is here for the party. You can pick Japanese, fairy tale, and classic eggplant. The classic is rebounding from heavy picking; tons of the others.
Peppers are profuse. Sweet bell, sweet Italian, cayenne, jalapeño, habanero, serrano, red rocket, and Thai chili. The sweet peppers are currently green and purple, while red rockets and serranos are starting to turn red. Everything else is still green. Thai chilis are just starting to grow in.
Pick Ginger Gold apples. For casual consumers, these are the first worthy apples of the year. They are a tasty cross between Golden Delicious and Albemarle Pippin. Download the farm brochure containing our Mapple™ to help yourself find varieties as you wander the orchard.
Squash, herbs, and flowers. Pick zucchini, yellow squash, basil, sage, dill, cilantro, parsley, and oregano. Watch this silent Instagram short from the flower patch. An essentially pointless movie, but perhaps a small counterweight to the great mass of outright fatuous internet content.
This week’s Washington Post shares a teachable moment for tomato touchers. Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.