The most W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L time of the year

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Pink Cherry Tomatoes, freshly harvested

Tomato season is finally here, for real!!!!!!!

And, of course, we are super excited. Tomatoes are our obsession: the crop we dream about in the winter, one of our first crops to seed in the spring, the crop we agonize over when there’s a late May frost, the crop we tend meticulously for months before we ever get a harvest, the crop we can never get enough of. And, for this window of time in late summer and early fall, they’re glorious.

We’re harvest lots this week—BLT-ready Slicing Tomatoes, Caprese Salad-worthy Heirloom Tomatoes, and infinitely-snackable Cherry Tomatoes—so get ready to feast.

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The perfect Red Slicing Tomato, vine-ripened & delicious

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pixabay shishito peppersShishito Peppers are in our CSA shares, our OHBs, and at our Farmers Markets & Farmstand for the first time this season. We are BIG fans of Shishitos, which are super trendy at fancy restaurants right now. They’re little peppers with great flavor and, occasionally, a bit of a bite. We always blister them in a cast iron skillet on the stove or the grill, and serve them ASAP. But if you want to get a little adventurous, there’s plenty of room for creativity. If you’ve never had them, you’re in for a treat!


We’re hiring for the fall

  • fall farmstand mumsFull-time Farmstand crew
  • Part-time Farmstand crew

Check the Jobs page for position descriptions and for how to apply.

 

Summertime, harvestime

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Garlic beds looking lush

Late July is the time to start harvesting the first of the fall storage crops, like Garlic and storage Onions. Last week we finished up our Garlic harvest and then started on storage Onion harvest over the weekend. Both crops need time to ‘cure’, the process of drying them out gently so that they’re able to hold at room temperature for months. We have our curing operation set up in the barn—racks and racks holding thousands of pounds of Onions and Garlic. In the event of a vampire horde attack, head for our barn—I can’t think of a better safe haven.

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Garlic curing in the barn

TOMATO UPDATE: We’ve been hearing one question more than any other for the past week: Do you have Tomatoes yet???

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An early harvest of Cherry Tomatoes

Well, kinda.

We’re still waiting on the motherload to ripen enough for harvest, but in the meantime we’ve been skimming off small harvests every day. That means that there are some Tomatoes in the Farmstand every day, but not a consistent supply. It looks like these small harvests will continue for the next couple days. However, the heat and sunshine forecasted for this week are exactly what the doctor ordered. By the weekend we expect to be able to harvest enough to keep the Farmstand fully stocked.


Farm to Table Dinner menu is here!

Chef Chandra at The Farmer’s Daughter has announced the menu for this year’s Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday, August 17th, and it looks amazing!

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Tickets are available now. We will enjoy this amazing menu al

Sunset in the peach orchard

fresco in our Peach orchard, overlooking the fields and Langwater Pond, watching a summer sunset. It’s really magical.

We hope you’ll come celebrate with us.


Upcoming events

On Saturday, August 10th, we’re bringing our wood-fired Pizza oven on the road! We’ll be at Night at the Brewseum at the Children’s Museum Easton making delicious pizza to go with the beer selections from 16+ local breweries. The brewery lineup is impressive and tickets are still available here2019 night brewseum logo*****

The lovely Kristen Keaney of Be Well & Rise is teaching yoga classes at the farm this summer, including some for kids.
Here’s the schedule for the next month:
  • August Farm Yoga(for adults), Saturday 8/10 at 9am
  • August Kids Yoga & Nutrition Class with PYO Cherry Tomatoes, Saturday 8/24 at 10:30
Our next Farm Pizza Nights are going to be:
  • Friday, August 23rd, 5 – 8pm
  • Friday, September 20th, 5 – 8pm
See you on the party lawn!

 

 

Rain is a good thing

main st field summertimeWe’ve had some roller coaster weather the past few days—from the weekend’s sweltering heat and high of 94 (and it felt like 108) to today’s chilly downpours and forecasted high of…68. While we’d like a little less water in the field right now, for the most part the crops are taking it in stride. Our Tomatoes are doing great and it’s looking like we’ll have some good ones ready to pick late week or over the weekend. lwf organic corn at farmstandAnd we started picking our own organic Sweet Corn today, which is always exciting for us—we love the change of pace of picking a new crop.

The field crew has more planting on the docket this week—fall crops like Broccoli and Lettuce—as well as the usual field chores of weeding and cultivating. But this rain means we probably won’t have to irrigate for a week! Rain is a good thing.

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Breathe deep, stretch deep

We are feeling lucky to have TWO yoga classes at the farm this week:

  • Storytime & Yoga for kids on Wednesday, 7/24, at 10:30am
  • Farm Yoga (for adults) on Saturday, 7/27, at 9am

Both are taught by Kristen Keaney of Be Well & Rise and tickets are available at her webstore.