TOMATOES!!

heirloom tomato hands squareOur Tomato harvest is in full swing and we are loving it! Tomatoes are our favorite crop to grow (and to eat!), so we look forward to Tomato season all year long.

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Right now we’re harvesting some of our favorite Heirloom varieties like Cherokee Purple, Striped German, Speckled Roman, and Arkansas Traveler. Harvesting Cherry Tomatoes is a special treat, too. There’s an endless variety of shapes, sizes, and almost every color in the rainbow is represented in our Cherry Tomato beds.

regular red tomato displayOur classic red Beefsteak Tomatoes are bearing heavily and tasting great, too. We’ve been enjoying some epic BLT’s, Margarita pizzas, and huge batches of fresh Tomato salsa. YUM.

If you read the newsletter last month about the feats of strength performed by our guy, Mike “The Brockton Hammer” Nevins, here’s an update on how his Tomato beds are looking these days. We’ll be harvesting this planting of Tomatoes soon!

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Tomato harvest 2018 has begun!

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Organic Cherry Tomatoes are here!

The wait is finally over! The 2018 Tomato harvest is ON!!

Tomatoes are hands down our FAVORITE crop here at Langwater. Nothing beats a fresh, vine-ripened Tomato at the peak of flavor. We take a lot of pride in our Tomatoes because we think they are the essence of summer–juicy, sweet, flavorful & ephemeral.

We’ve got several kinds and colors of Cherry Tomatoes ripening like mad in the field–pink ones like these, plus red Grape Tomatoes, red round ones, and yellow Grape Tomatoes. We’re just starting to pick some red slicing and heirloom Tomatoes as well, and the harvest will increase each day as the week goes on.

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Red slicing Tomatoes (aka Beefsteaks) are ripe & ready!

Time for the first BLT of the summer, or a flame-grilled burger with a thick slab of juicy beefsteak Tomato on top. MmmmMmmm!

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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.

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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!

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Squeaky clean Carrots!