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Now Is As Good As Later (or even better!)

Posted 5/25/2017 9:36am by David Zemelsky.


I heard  Mark Bittman, the very famous cookbook writer, the other day on the radio.  His words made such an impression on me because it helped me realize that in  some small way all of us who are interested in real food are helping the world be a better place by buying locally.  Over the centuries, according to Mark, we are eating a smaller and smaller percentage of real food as a civilization.  Just look in any supermarket, down any aisle, and you'll notice that most of what they're offering for "food" , is more of a chemical concoction that is very often depleted of nutrition and loaded with sugar.  Sugar, according to Mark isn't just "empty calories", but rather toxic calories.  Real food has sustained people for centuries without causing disease.  Your choice of trying to get real food from local sources, I believe will help keep you healthy. I'd better stop there cause the subject is vast and deep and if I get into any more, then I'll spend my day writing this rather than grow the food that we want to provide for you!

One of the things that we're growing this year is beets. Beets are a little slow to get going, need a nice supply of food to produce a nice root and are one of the most awesome vegetables to eat roasted.  We're going to have a few choices, including Touchstone-a golden beet that literally has the color that will pull you in.  Last Thursday, I spent a long time going down a bed of tiny beet greens, getting rid of weeds-one of the many good jobs around here.  After getting down the rows (there were three), I turned around a looked back at the result.  The newly weeded rows stood out like proud little children in the Madeliene books, except of course that we're talking three straight lines instead of two.  It was the last maintenance work that I did that week, as Friday turned into a total prep day for the Saturday market.  It wasn't really till Tuesday that I took the next close look at this bed.  I was amazed how they had grown in just 4 days.  But now that I think about it, that was 10% of the length of time to maturity, which is a lot. These beet greens need to be thinned now.  So one of the items we'll be offering to you this week is beet greens.  Here is a picture of a promising row of beets.

Here is a progress report on the tomatoes.The picture above will show you how much they've grown!  We've already had about a dozen ripe sun golds.  Excellent start.  I hope that you can see all the yellow blossoms.  Promises of fruit, ahead.

And that brings me to the store:

First off, the large kale is here!  We started these guys way back in the Winter, in the basement under grow lights.  They've been working hard to be ready for Memorial Day.  Large leafed Kale Salad-an all time winner is now possible.  Just get those big leaves cut up, take the veins out and "massage" the cut up leaves with lemon juice for 25 minutes.  Toss with dry roasted nuts and any other vegetable that you like and coat everything with real (not that stuff in a green cardboard container!) parmesean. $4/bunch

Tomatoes, eggplants and Peppers:NOW IS YOUR TIME!  It won't be too late to plant after Memorial Day. I'm only mentioning that traditionally, people like to put these things in the ground now.  I'm going to put below the descriptions of the tomatoes that we have for sale.  The peppers are only great colors: red, orange or yellow.  Won't be able to say which one you get, but either way you'd be getting a winning color.  Here's the tomato selection:

Hillbilly Potato Leaf: never grown these, but they look a lot like striped german, so I thought it would be fun to broaden my horizon.  There's a picture and a descriptor at the following link.  I don't have a lot of these, so first come will be serve first.  http://www.seedsavers.org/hillbilly-potato-leaf-tomato

Wapsipinicon-probably one of the most surprising tasting tomatoes-ever.  They have small fruits and produce a ton of tomatoes on each plant.  They have a sickly yellow color, which is in direct contrast to the amazing taste.  Think "edible perfume" because there are so many  levels of flavor here. Here is a link to what they look like:http://www.rareseeds.com/wapsipinicon-peach/

Mortgage Lifter.  This is an impressive tomato (actually, I haven't met a tomato that doesn't impress me!) because of a few things. First, the taste is terrific.  Its got an active taste that makes you feel grateful.  It is also a productive plant with extra large fruit.  Here's a link to see what it looks like. http://www.rareseeds.com/mortgage-lifter-tomato/

Striped German: My favorite for flavor and looks.  If you look on our website and see our grandson about to eat a tomato-that's a striped german.  It has a ripple of bright red going through a light orange flesh. Heirloom. Look here for image.http://www.johnnyseeds.com/vegetables/tomatoes/heirloom-tomatoes/striped-german-organic-tomato-seed-2372.html

Juliet-these are my Desert Island tomatoes.  The only one, if I had to choose just one to take to a desert island.  Great for both cooking and eating raw (a rare combo). Small, red rugby shaped fruit.  And a real producer. Look here for image.http://www.johnnyseeds.com/vegetables/tomatoes/paste-tomatoes/juliet-f1-tomato-seed-707.html

Sun Gold- perhaps the most popular tomato ever.  Small, orange fruit. Productive. And sweet. Did I say sweet?  Don't buy these if you can't stand sweet.View image here:http://www.johnnyseeds.com/vegetables/tomatoes/cherry-tomatoes/sun-gold-f1-tomato-seed-770.html

Black Cherry-another cherry variety like sun gold.  The fruit is just a little bit bigger than sun gold and the color is kind of a musky purple,red.  Savory and sweet at the same time.  The taste is very complex.  Sometimes, I say that if sungold is grammer school, then black cherry is graduate school.http://www.seedsavers.org/black-cherry-organic-tomato?gclid=CPOExZ6t1tMCFc-EswodqWoGGA

Paul Robeson- a cult classic in the world of heirloom.  This is a black russian variety.  The color is exactly the color you'd want to see on your tomato plant, but not on your living room walls!  Its taste is probably why people prefer heirlooms to regular tomatoes.  Also, if you've never checked out Paul Robeson himself.  This would be a great time.  A true Renaissance Man who was never recognized for all his many talents.  One of my real heroes in life. View image here:https://www.totallytomato.com/P/00540/Paul+Robeson+Tomato

Pepper plants-after literally weeks of being small, they're finally starting to take off.  Not sure what they've been waiting for.  These are bell peppers with strong red, yellow and orange colors.  Peppers are easy to grow-just give them good sun, but also some kind of a shade over once they start producing fruit.  Otherwise, they tend to burn. $5/plant

Eggplant-I'd be happy to share my eggplant parmeasan recipe with anyone.  Like the peppers, they've been growing a long time, but have only recently started to get big. $5/pot

Herbs-sage, flat leafed parsley, and german winter thyme.  All of these can become permanent parts of your outdoor garden $5/pot

Compact Genevese Basil- wonderful addition to all herb gardens.  Will last the season.  Bred to stay small for growing in a smaller pot

Dwarf Sunflower-  perhaps the cutest and most desireable  plant to get in a pot.  They stay small for growing in a pot, but can also be planted outdoors. $5/pot

Braising Greens- $6/bag. Hot/spicy, crunchy-everything you've always wanted in a cooked green

Kale- $4 bunch.

Salad Greens- $6/bag

Spring Garlic- $2.50 each. These are a spring treat.  A wonderful flavor of garlic utilizing the whole plant.

Arugula- $6/bag

Pea Tendrils are back, too. $6/bag. We made pea tendril pesto yesterday and it was outstanding.

Beet Greens- a real fine experience.  Can be eaten raw or lightly stir fried. $4/bunch

Email me back with your request by 9AM Friday (May 26th) Come get your order after 2pm that day. Self service. There's a payment jar. Cash preferred, but if you have to, checks are ok, too.  If you arrive at 2 and I'm not quite there, don't worry I'll be right up!

We hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend.