The thick of summer

bag of corn in the fieldWe’re into the thick of summer now, and harvesting two of our favorite summer crops like mad: Tomatoes and Sweet Corn. We dream about these days all winter—abundant sunshine and abundant delicious food—so we’re soaking up the long summer days now.

We usually harvest our Corn first thing in the morning. The stalks are often wet with dew, so moving through the Corn forest harvesting the ripe ears leaves us soaking wet, but it’s still lots of fun.

corn harvesting crew in the field

Tomato harvest is never done when the plants are wet. So the harvest crew usually leaves Tomato harvest ’til last in the morning, right before lunch. Just before they head sungold cherry tomatoes in a hatin, they’ll pick a hatful for their own lunch because nothing beats a fresh Cherry Tomato picked at peak ripeness. They taste like liquid sunshine.

If you’ve been growing Tomatoes at home, you know that they can be a tricky crop to grow. Tomatoes are native to the harsh desert of Peru and Ecuador and making them feel at home on the leafy coastal plains of New England is a tall order. Around here, they’re prone to a slew of Tomato diseases and nutrient deficiencies, so keeping them productive and organic takes some doing. Fruition Seeds has a free ebook with lots of pictures to help you identify and prevent issues (organically) with your Tomatoes. And if you discover you didn’t plant enough Tomatoes to keep yourself in BLTs and Caprese salads and Salsa Fresca, we got you!

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