Our tomatoes are definitely peaking this week. We have red slicing tomatoes, sweet Sungold cherry tomatoes, a rainbow of roma tomatoes, and seven or eight different varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Every spare box in the shed is tucked full with tomatoes, everyone around here constantly smells like tomatoes, and I think I'm starting to pick tomatoes in my dreams. If it's going to rain just about every weekend, why not pick up a box or two of tomatoes and make a big batch of your favorite soup, sauce, or salsa?
The blackberries are starting to come in, and the poblano peppers are really cranking if you're looking for a pepper to spice up your salsa. The green poblanos are fairly mild, while the fully ripe red poblanos pack a serious punch for you heat-lovers. Getting down to the last of the carrots until fall - if anyone's interested in stocking up, carrot roots with the tops removed will keep for around two months in your refrigerator. If you're wondering where the beans and zucchini have gotten to, after so many weeks of heavy rain and thunderstorms on a near-daily basis, some of our plants have taken quite a beating, and planting more in soupy soil is near impossible. I've poured more bean seed out there than I care to think about, only to watch one row of seedlings after another drown in standing water. The zucchini is in pretty much the same boat (pun intended), though they may recover with a little TLC. I've constantly been overhearing, "you farmers must be loving all the rain this season!" Not so much. We still have quite a bit to offer at the moment, but keep your fingers crossed for us for more sunshine than rain, please!