G-A-M-E T-I-M-E!!! Almost every chef leading a kitchen ordered from the farm today. It was exhilarating to be a part of. We almost couldn’t fit everything into the truck. It was a crazy game of tetras. As we were delivering this morning we noticed a new co pilot pictured below.
This mass of orders came just in time for our first big harvest of tomatoes. Terrin and I pulled almost 300lbs from the plants yesterday. We have had very warm weather up until last week and now it is very cool, especially at night. This is pleasant for the workers but very bad for the plants, especially since ours are on the verge of ripening. We have also had about 8 inches of rain in a week, so that combined with cooler temperatures means…………. yup, you guessed right! It means we have Septoria and Bacterial spot. To say I’m freaking out a little would be an understatement.
Our romaine was timed to be ready for the first week of school as well. As we were harvesting Justin and I decided to pull a little initiation/ welcome to the crew prank on Terrin. When you turn the water source on to the wash/pack station, a geyser of water shoots out of the hole in such an obnoxious way that your entire body is soaked for the rest of the morning. We dressed Terrin in my raincoat and sent him into battle. Justin and I were snickering and spying on him as we were unloading the truck. Sure enough after two turns the geyser shot up but dear Terrin is so loyal to his job he didn’t let go until he made sure it was on all the way. Unfortunately for him it took longer than normal because Justin and I were laughing so hard we couldn’t give him a straight answer. WELCOME TO THE CREW TERRIN!
The chefs have been making some phenomenal food with some of the produce they have been receiving. Rich, chef of Presbyterian dining hall, is one of our biggest customers. He has been taking massive amounts of basil, peppers, green beans and squash and processing them down into puree, hot sauce and pickles. The colors and flavors are amazing. Thank you Rich and all the other chefs who support the farm!