One of the more rewarding parts of my job are the little things you all share with me, whether it's a family recipe, a story, a photo, or best of all, seeing the children I've helped feed over the years suddenly shoot up from toddlers in strollers to outstretching their parents. A wonderful soul shared the photo up above with me last weekend. It sums up everything I've been trying to say here for the last ten years. I can get fairly long-winded in this space at times. I have absolutely nothing to add to that beautiful note.
Our tomatoes are done for the summer, except for the Sungold cherry tomatoes. I know, tomato season always seems too short. The reality of it is that we live in a hot, wet, humid climate. Hot, wet, and humid are the perfect conditions for plant disease spores to breed. I do my best to make sure we start with the healthiest possible plants, and give the soil everything a plant could possibly want. Short of moving to a drier climate, or using a lot of nasty fungicides (I don't want to eat that either), we usually get a 6-8 week harvest period. We got seven weeks of tomatoes this year; right on average, and I think it was a pretty good haul for what was an incredibly wet July.
A few watermelons this week; mostly 'Orangeglo' watermelons and a few reds. Still lots of cantaloupes and 'Sensation' melons. Drowning in eggplant and okra! August's offerings can get a little light as most of our attention is turning towards getting fall and winter crops established - always a bit of a trick in the murky heat of late summer - so we all have good things to eat for the back half of the year.
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