This week, we will have sweet red peppers, potatoes, onions, garlic, eggplant, beans, summer squash, tomatoes, kale and collards, a chili pepper, edamame soybeans, and herbs. The peppers we've given you so far have all been sweet; almost all of the peppers will be sweets of various sizes, shapes, and colors. If they aren't fully red when you get them, you can leave them on the counter and they will finish ripening like a tomato. We are finally able to harvest some chili peppers, nothing fancy, but a nice addition to the vegetable selection. The chilies will be on the other side of the room from the sweet peppers so they don't get confused.
In addition to cracks in the tomatoes, peppers and tomatoes are also suffering from blossom end rot this year. It's also a condition that develops in drought. The plants need water to carry calcium from the soil into the roots and throughout the plant body. When it is very dry, they can't get as much calcium as they need fast enough and they develop a calcium deficiency. It shows up as a watery or black area on the bottom half of the fruit. It usually wrecks a tomato fruit, but you might find some peppers in the box that have it and yet still have a little life in them. We try to throw them out, but don't always see the damage when we are picking fast. As the fall rains get a little more regular, it should go away.
We have edamame this week, hopefully next week, too, as long as the beans don't mature too fast. I'm going to give you whole stems. You can pick off the fat bean pods and leave the stems here, or take the whole thing home and let the kids pick them off. To prepare them, throw the whole pods into salted, boiling water. Let them blanch for a couple of minutes, then run under cold water to cool. To eat, you squish the little beans out of the pods. They are good as a snack or in a salad. You'll notice lots of flat pods in the edamames this year. Those are the ones that formed during the worst of the heat. They tried to make a bean, but couldn't. The yield of actual beans you can eat will be considerably less than we usually get. Same thing has happened to the commodity soybeans in the fields.
There are still four wonderfully adorable kitties here who need homes pretty fast. They are nine weeks old now, getting less cute all the time.
We will be open from 4:30 until 7:30 today for those of you whose Labor Day plans run later into the afternoon. We have four weeks left, including this week, of pickups on Monday and Thursday evenings. Remember that starting October 6, we switch to Saturdays, 10:00 until 2:00, for the last four weeks of the season. Might want to get it on your calendars now.
See you this week,
Posted by Laura @ 07:33 AM CDT