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Pruning And Other Wonderful Things We Can Do On The Farm

Posted 5/16/2018 1:07pm by David Zemelsky.


Its a good time here today.  But I usually feel that way anyway about what goes on around here.  My only wish is that we had tomatoes to offer you right now.  Patience and acceptance.  Whenever a customer comes up to me at the market in April and ask if there are tomatoes yet, my first iinclination is to snicker or laugh.  Of course not.  But they don't know how long things take to reach maturity.  If they did, they wouldn't bother to ask.  Anyway, if someone came up with that question in April, it would give me a "teaching moment" to explain that we start tomato plants from seed in the middle of Winter and can't plant them out until it gets warmer and that if we're lucky, we'll see tomatoes in July. But just maybe.  Once they arrive, though, it feels like heaven has actually fallen at my feet.  We work real hard on these tomatoes, trying to keep the plants healthy.  One very important procedure that we do that really enhances the flavor is to spray the whole plant with a seaweed spray.  There are so many trace elements that get absorbed through the tomato leaf.  Not to forget the salt in the brew.  Its like pre salting your fruit.

An important and gratifying job around here that I reserve mostly for myself is to prune the tomato plant.  This serves to help produce bigger and healthier fruit.  A properly pruned plant will benefit from the airiness created by the culling of leaves.  Also , in between each branch is a sucker that needs to be removed.  Suckers are what makes for a densely  branched plant. Its a lot of work, but I believe that by doing this, we are growing the very best tomato possible.  I hope you agree.

This week at the store we will be having the following items.

SPECIAL: 4 pack of Juliet or Striped German tomatoes. $12.  Usually, plants are $5 each.  So that's a substantial saving

Plenty of herbs: majoram, basil, thyme, chives, savory, chives, cilantro, rosemary  $5/plant

Tomato Types;  $5/plantuse this address to see choices.http://www.starlightgardensct.com/showcase/spring-plants

Baby Sunflower: These will not get big, which is awesome for some growing conditions

Arugula- $6/bag

Salad Mix- $6/bag

Glorious heads of lettuce--$3.50/head

Pea Tendrils- for pea tendril pesto and Asian cooking $6/bag

Big Kale- $3.50/bunch

Carrots- $5/bunch.  Sweet, first of the year

Spring Garlic- $4.50 /plant.  Use the whole plant

Swiss Chard- $3.50 bunch

Spinach $6/bag

Radishes- $3.50/bunch

Haukeri Turnips- $4/bunch

Pak Choi- $3/bunch

Orders in to me by 8AM Thursday.  Pick up Thursday after 2pm in our shed at 54 Fowler Ave.  The shed is just to the left  of the house as you face it. Payment goes in jar.  Bring a light if you get there after dark.

Lastly, we'll be hosting our art show of Ty's work this Saturday from 1pm to 5pm.  Hope to see many of you there.  We'll be opening up the home and her studio with the work that she's dedicated herself to over the past 30 years.  While, we've decided as a family, to not sell anything as yet, you should come anyway and let us know what interest you.  We're also having a raffle to raise money for the scholarship in her name: Ty Zemelsky Raising Artist Fund which will benefit a CRHS graduating senior who intends to pursue the visual arts.  The winner of the raffle gets a free CSA membership.  Tickets will be $15.  Good luck, too!

Thanks and have a great week