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This Week's Share Plus an Update on Monday's Tomato Tasting

Genevieve Sep 7, 2013 2-18 PM

Fred snapped this great photo of Genevieve at last week's farm pick-up (thanks Fred!). Submit your own photos when you snap them and we'll feature them here!

Monday's Tomato Tasting Results! 

We had a beautiful dinner and tomato tasting at the farm on Monday. It was a full event and a beautiful night. If you attended and snapped some photos, please share them! We'd love to put them up on the blog. 

We thought you might like to hear the results of the tomato tasting. In all, we had 21 varieties of raw tomatoes to taste. Here are the results! 

  • First place: Sungold
  • 2nd: Black cherry
  • 3rd: Juliets (a little variety of Roma)
All three of these are small varieties and not in the share, but all are in the u-pick fields - come pick them!

In last place: Ethiopian Black  tomatoes.  (These are also in the u-pick field. Don't give up on them yet -- keep reading!)

In the sauce tasting: 

  • First place: Ethiopian Black tomatoes (the least popular raw, but the most popular in sauce!)
  • Second place: A mix of Sungold, Black cherry and Juliets
  • Third place: Sunkist
  • Fourth place: Roma 

We also tasted six varieties of peppers, both unripe and ripe. Oranos won for both ripe and unripe! Least popular ripe was Jupiter. Least popular unripe was Lipstick. 

All this tasting was followed by a great dinner, wine and dessert. A beautiful night and one we hope to repeat next year! 


New Items For Sale at the Pickup! 

As we announced last week, we have new items for sale at the pick-up locations. There's Garlic  for $5 a pound and Honey ($10 per one pound jar).  


What's in this week's share: 

  • 2 3/4 pounds combination peppers + acorn squash
  • 7 pounds total combination potatoes + tomatoes
  • 1 pound total combination eggplant + radishes + okra + chiles + garlic
  • 1/2 pound greens (options are arugula, spicy mix, ruby streaks, mizuna, Siberian kale, Red Russian kale)


What's on U-Pick: 

  • Tomatoes! All the tomatoes fair game all week. 
  • New: Peppers. There are lots of ripe and unripe peppers. Be warned: the field is a far walk or you need a high clearance vehicle. 
  • New: Okra. If you come to pick it, check in with the farm staff to find out where they've most recently picked. 
  • Basil
  • Updated: Herbs: parsley, sorrel, mint, lemon balm, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, lavender (no flowers), marjoram, stevia, thyme, Thai basil, anise hissop, cilantro, coriander, dill leaf, Mexican sour cucumbers.  
  • Husk cherries (also called ground cherries). Pick them when the husk is yellow or brown.  The fruit inside should be yellow and sweet.
  • Flowers (Gladiolas, zinnias and more) - sunflowers are beginning to bloom. 
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomatillos.  Pick them when the fruit fills out the husk.  The fruit inside should be green and taste like a tart, unripe tomato. 
  • Chile peppers (we have ancho poblano, black Hungarian jalapeno, Hungarian Hot Wax, Big Jim Anaheim, Joe's Long Cayenne, Chinese Five Color, Maya Red habanero). This week, we have the most poblano, and the least habanero. 
Questions? Comments? Let us know here on the blog! 

 Have a good week, everyone!


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