We try to grow as many crops as we can vertically, up trellises, to save as much space as possible. The tomato vines in particular grow about three feet a week in June, which means I'm out there almost every day in June lashing the vines up against the fences to keep them upright, then tying them up again...and again...and again. The smell of a tomato plant is one of my favorite smells in the world. But on a hot sunny summer afternoon, surrounded by over a thousand tomato plants growing at a slow lunge, that lovely smell hits a fever pitch...and all of a sudden I'll feel like that lady who just took a bath in cheap perfume just sat down next to me on a hot crowded bus. Woozy, and it's time to put the twine away, move on to something else, and get back at it the next day.
All three varieties of our cucumbers are coming in quickly now, and while I know the pricing may look confusing, it all works out to roughly the same price per pound of cucumber. Our regular garden cucumbers are an old southern heirloom variety called 'General Lee.' English cucumbers are longer, with thinner skins and fewer seeds. Diva cucumbers are smaller, very sweet and crunchy cukes with very thin skins and hardly any seeds.
While the heat pushes the squash, cucumbers, and tomato vines to grow like kudzu, it also causes some of the more delicate, cool-season crops to fade away, so be sure to get your fill now. The peas are already done (smart customers gorge on a favorite vegetable when I warn you every week: these have a really short season!), same for the broccoli. This is likely the last week for most head lettuces, collards and radishes.
Thank you all so much for your business, for some fabulously busy farmers markets in recent weeks, and have yourself a great week!