On the Farm- August 16th
The pumpkins are orange. As you stoop down in the garden picking basil or parsley, you might see the massive jack-o lantern rusting, from a dappled green to a full orange. It’s a testament to the season, the hot dry season we are experiencing. Things are maturing early. We may not long for a pumpkin in August or care that it’s early. I know I won’t mind if the vines stay healthy and the heavy fruits hold for a month or more. But having other things mature early is entirely desirable.
The winter squash continue to fill out and ripen- we should have a wonderful crop this year. The melons are heavily netted and just need a few more weeks of heat to yellow and ripen. And perhaps best of all, the tomatoes continue to roll in. They are juicy, flavorful, early, and prolific. The cherry tomatoes seem to multiply before your eyes, their sweet intensity calling you to pick more then your patience might normally allow. They are certainly worth a trip to the field.