The first ripe Cherry Tomato!
There’s an air of anticipation on the farm these days. We’re waiting for the humidity to break later this week, waiting for more rain to fall on our fields, but most of all we await the first harvest of our FAVORITE crop… Tomatoes! They’re coming soon! We see a few ripening here and there, hidden in the forest of dark green Tomato leaves and branches.
In the meantime, we’re snacking on tasty Sweet Corn from Kitchen Garden Farm in Rehoboth and our own crunchy carrots. We grow acres of carrots every year because we love them so much. And nothing’s more satisfying to harvest than carrots. Grabbing a handful of frilly carrot tops and pulling up those bright orange roots is still magical, even after years of harvesting them.
Washing Carrots in the barrel washer–a good job for a hot day!
One inescapable inevitability of growing root vegetables is that they’re always so dirty! We run our carrots through this nifty barrel washer as one step in the process of getting them sparkling clean. The barrel washer applies water and tumbles the carrots to create some friction for loosening all that dirt. They come out looking so much better than when they went in!
Squeaky clean Carrots!
Our Cut Flower Manager, Jen, surveying her domain.
July days on the farm are full of early morning harvests followed by afternoons hoeing long rows or trellising our many beds of tomatoes. The task list compiled at each morning’s crew meeting seems to stretch out endlessly, but somehow it all gets done.
Summer snacks ripening on the vine.
As the crew truck rolls out to the field, sometimes someone will hop off and grab a handful of raspberries or a few cherry tomatoes for everyone to snack on. These days there’s delicious treats popping up on every corner of the farm and the crew is gleefully making the most of it.
The Farmstand crew has been working hard all winter to keep their biceps in good shape for Sweet Corn season–those big sacks of Corn are heavy! And now their dedication is paying off–Sweet Corn season has begun and they’re effortlessly hauling 50 lb. sacks out to the Corn table in front of the Farmstand. This week we’re getting our Sweet Corn from Four Rex Farm out in Hadley, MA and it’s damn tasty!
Gennaro putting his guns to good use.
And check out the black raspberries that are ripening this week! Black raspberries (different than blackberries) are a special type of raspberry that ripen to a deep, rich purple that looks almost black.
Black raspberries are a special summer treat!
Red, White & Blue New Potatoes!
Summer has arrived in New England and this heat wave means we’re looking for any excuse to cook outdoors instead of indoors. This 4th of July we’ll be hydrating like champs with yummy Cucumber Mint Water as we fire up the grill and bring out the veggies. Our Walla Walla Onions and Summer Squash make a great combo when grilled with a little olive oil and salt. And just to reiterate, nothing beats grilled, slightly charred Garlic Scapes with a little lemon juice. Our red, white & blue New Potatoes will add some patriotic color to your potato salad or festive shish kebabs.
Starting this weekend, we hope to have native Massachusetts corn available at our Farmstand! Local corn, picked and eaten fresh is always sweeter and tastier than ears that have been sitting around. And we always make sure we have the freshest corn from our local farmer friends.
Blueberries are here!
For dessert? Local blueberries from Westfield, MA just came in! Or you can grab a Bushel & Crumb pie from the Farmstand. Our friends at Bushel & Crumb were up all night baking Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble and classic Blueberry Maple pies and the results are delicious.
Blueberry Maple pie from Bushel & Crumb
Holiday hours: We’ll be open tomorrow, the 4th of July, from 10am to 1pm. If you have a CSA share and can’t make it by 1pm, let us know and we can switch your pickup day for this week.