Fall Fun starts this weekend!

Columbus Day hayride 2015 croppedThis Saturday is the Autumn Equinox and also the start of our weekend hayrides out to the Pick Your Own Pumpkin patch. Bring your family and friends down for free hayrides around the farm, with a stop off to pick a Pumpkin. You can frolic among the Pumpkins and take all the farm selfies your memory card can hold.

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carving pumpkin stone wall cloes upAfter your hayride, scale our gigantic hay pyramid and enjoy a summit snack of our freshly harvested Apple Cider Donuts (while also sipping some delicious local Apple Cider). Our Farmstand has a full selection of Pumpkins–Carving Pumpkins, Sugar Pumpkins, Mini Pumpkins, warty Pumpkins, multi-color Pumpkins–and Gourds (after all, it is Decorative Gourd Season) to adorn your dining room table. Happy Fall!

Winter CSA

winter-squashJoin us for the sweetest season! Our Winter CSA shares are full to the brim with Winter Squash, Carrots, Potatoes, Lettuce, Broccoli, Onions, Greens of all kinds, Beets, and Sweet Potatoes. Our 8 week Winter CSA season starts the first full week of November and runs through the last full week of December.

You can sign up online or go to our website to download a paper signup sheet and drop it in the mail.

Deep in the Heart of Tomato Season

ashley picking cherry tomatoesStill deep in the heart of Tomato season, we’re out in the tomato fields every day picking Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, and our famous Red Beefsteak Tomatoes.

It seems like every few hours another farm truck rolls up to the barn, the bed full of colorful crates of Tomatoes just picked from the field.

handful of red cherry tomatoes

‘Braveheart’ Red Cherry Tomatoes

Some are the color of the sunset, or a trippy Jackson Pollock painting, some are dusky purple like crushed velvet, some glowing orange like a summertime popsicle, others are a deep ruby red or a delicate spring green. We are constantly sampling them all–Tomato Quality Control is a coveted job around here–to make sure they’re as juicy, flavorful & delicious as we dream about all winter.

heirloom tomato layout

Tomato varieties from top left: Striped German, Speckled Roman, Cherokee Purple, Golden Jubilee, our favorite Beefsteak variety with the unsexy name of BHN-589, Berkeley Tie Dye, Berkeley Tie Dye again (top view), Costoluto Genevose, and Cherokee Green. 

 

Rainbow-licious Heirloom Tomatoes

heirloom tomato display from the east with basket

A rainbow of Heirloom Tomatoes!

Red, orange, yellow, pink, green, purple, black, striped, speckled, ribbed, streaked, mottled, flecked, not to mention juicy, flavorful, complex, luscious, intense, and DELICIOUS!

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One of our favorite Heirloom Tomatoes, Speckled Roman

Yes, our Heirloom Tomatoes come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and even tastes. Some are

heirloom tomato display striped german center

So many Heirlooms to choose from!

mild and sweet and others have deep, intense flavor that may be tangy or even a little tart. We love them all. And we’re picking them all, too. This hot weather has the Tomato plantings producing so fast that we can hardly keep up with all the harvesting. But we wouldn’t have it any other way–this is what we live for!

While we’re still definitely reveling in Tomato

green pepper display

Our organic Green Peppers and Shishito Peppers

season, we do, once and while, lavish some attention on all the other amazing and delicious crops in season right now. Our Pepper crop is looking great–Green Bells and Jalapeños and the not-to-be-missed Shishitos. The sweet & colorful Peppers are almost ready for harvesting, too!

garlic curing in barn

Organic garlic drying in the barn 

We’ve finished the Garlic harvest for the season and it’s stacked up in the barn, curing so it’ll last through the winter. The storage Onion crop is also running through the curing process in the barn and we’ve been happy with the harvest this year.

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Sunflowers waiting to be bunched

Our Sunflowers are also loving the heat and we’re out picking every day to keep up with them. The whole bed buzzes with the happiness of a thousand bees, slurping up nectar and gathering pollen to bring home to the hive. We have a nudge them off the Sunflower faces as we harvest, telling them to move on down the row. They’re happy drunks, so they don’t mind.

jen making sunflower ageratum vases

Our Cut Flower Grower, Jen, making Sunflower and Ageratum vases.