These days the sun is ripening row after row after row of Tomatoes, with truckloads of crimson Beefsteaks and old-fashioned, oddball Heirlooms rolling out of the field. We’re racing the sun, the plants, and your appetites to keep up.
If you haven’t yet brought August’s abundance into your kitchen, now is the time for juicy Heirloom Tomato sandwiches, colorful caprese salads, and batches of spicy Bloody Marys. Park that bowl of Cherry Tomatoes on the counter and get to snacking! —Erika Rumbley
Pizza Night is this Friday
Farm Pizza Night is back this Friday, August 2oth. We’ll stoke up our wood-fired pizza oven and start slinging pizzas at 4pm, finishing at 8:30 under the twinkle lights on the party lawn.
The menu for Friday includes:
a Seasonal Special featuring (surprise!) our own Langwater Farm Heirloom Tomatoes & Basil
Eggplant is a classic summer crop—heat-loving, perfect for grilling, and very versatile in cuisines of all types. Growing them is pretty satisfying too. The large plants grow broad, overlapping leaves in a canopy to shield the fruit from the scalding sun, but that also makes the Eggplants tricky for harvesters to see.
So at harvest we move down the rows methodically, peeking into the canopy of each plant to see if any of the developing fruits are ready to pick. When we find one that’s full & heavy, we clip it off the plant, carefully avoiding the tiny thorns the plants sometimes produce on the calyx (the little green cap that Eggplants wear), and maybe admiring the smooth, glossy sheen out in the sunlight.
Though they look tough, Eggplants can bruise just like anybody else, so we treat them delicately as we pack them into the harvest crates and bring them in from the field. Just like all fresh-picked, perfectly ripe produce, Eggplant has great flavor and a tenderness we miss in off-season grocery store produce, so we savor it every year, knowing it’ll be many months before the season comes back around again.
No two days are ever the same on the farm—every day is different, no matter how familiar it feels. That’s even more true when it comes to each season. Around this time last year we were already in a level 2 drought, which is certainly not a concern this year. But dealing with the meteorological curve balls keeps the job interesting, and negotiating with the weather gods is probably the most important spiritual side hustle that farmers have.
The wet weather continues this week, though we’ll get some sun starting Wednesday, which will make our Tomato crop happy. Warm sunny days are what we need right now to push the Tomato crop all the way into ripening. Fingers crossed we get a good stretch of clear weather soon, so we can all enjoy the BLTs and Caprese salads we deserve.
Langwater Farmers Market
Our Langwater Farmers Market is now on Thursdays from 2 – 6pm for the summer season.
There are two special guests at the market this week—Swirled Sugar with delicious organic cotton candy (!) and Acentria Intensive Foster Care program, a local organization helping kids find permanent, secure & loving homes.
We’ll be hosting Farm Storytime at the market this week at 2:30pm. Come for the PYO Flowers, then stay for the Farmers Market & Storytime!