At last! Tomatoes! Our Sun Gold and Apero cherry tomatoes started ripening up in full swing this week, and along with them came some of the long awaited heirloom varieties we planted. We also got a few of our chinese eggplant which we grew just for home use. We're selling the cherry tomatoes in pints at the farmer's markets already and will start selling the larger tomatoes next week when we have more of them.
Also in full swing are the zucchini and summer squash. Nothing seems to grow faster than these guys. Fruits that are the size of your thumb can burst to what you see here in just 2 days - pretty remarkable. We've got green and yellow zucchini in production as well as a yellow and green hybrid summer squash called Zephyr, and patty pan squash.
We had a big wholesale order this week for some beets. They were looking great in the garden and we had a good amount to harvest. Here is a crate with all four varieties we're growing this year. There are two dark red beets - Merlin and Detroit Dark Red, Chioggia beets (pink with a striped pink and white inside), and Burpee's golden beets. At the market we like to sell them with the beet greens still attached, but there's something really pretty about a big crate full of just beets.
These are our Red Norland potatoes. they're a small red potato that we're growing as a new potato - so we harvest and sell them fresh. They have a really tender and thin skin and a striking magenta color right when they come out of the ground. Unfortunately it tends to fade a bit very quickly after harvest.
Last but certainly not least are our rainbow bunches of carrots. Here's bunches that are bagged and ready for market. We have four varieties of carrots that are included in the bunches - orange Nelson, yellow Rainbow, purple Dragon and Purple Haze. People always ask us if the colored carrots taste the same. The truth is that all of the varieties taste like a carrot, but when they are back to back there are definitely subtle differences in their flavors - which makes for a nice combination when eating or cooking with them.