This week the weather is predicted to be hot and humid. Considering it is the first of August, I guess we are entitled to some normal summer weather. I have like having the cooler temperatures, but some of the crops need a little more warmth to be able to grow. I believe I have read where this past July was the coolest on record with an average temperature of 68.2 degrees. Sure has saved on people’s air conditioning!
You will begin to get tomatoes this week. We are very proud of the crop we have this year. The tomatoes are huge and delicious. There are several heirloom varieties that we will be starting with. These tomatoes always captivate my interest in that so many of them are weird shaped and in a variety of colors. It was not that long ago that I thought a red tomato was a red tomato. We will have a good supply so you may want to consider making salsa, juice or freeze some. Roma tomatoes make the best salsa (and tomato sauce) in my opinion – we will let you know when they start coming on. Perhaps you have a favorite salsa recipe. We would love to have you share it with us. Just send it to Kathy or me.
Our second round of sweet corn is looking very good. If all goes well, you should have some in your baskets in the next couple of weeks.
We have been planting for the fall season but now we need some rain. I know, I know, it wasn’t that long ago I was complaining about the rain! We are putting irrigation on the melons and the broccoli and cabbage in order for it to make it eventually to your tables. The current green bean crop is diminishing and the next one will be a little while coming on. There are lots of little Ambrosia melons and watermelons growing – in a few more weeks they will be in your baskets.
We are gearing up for our Practical Farmer’s of Iowa Field Day on Sunday August 16th at 4 p.m. It is our hope that you all will come to see the farm and gaze upon the fields where your food is grown. Field days are always a good chance to get together to talk about food and whatever else is on people’s minds. I am hoping the raspberries will be ready but it might be just a week too soon. There is a lot of weeding to do so we can have the farm looking in top shape. Please come and bring a friend.
Until next week…….