Well, well, well…… the outside temperature feels like summer now that the tomatoes are gone and I am back in the kitchen. Imagine that! It was sort of a crap shoot, wondering how many more I would get and if they would turn from green to red. This just wasn’t a good year for tomatoes. We had too much rain, then it was cold and now its 80 and sunny going into October.
The green tomatoes are being put to great use and I have received some beautiful pictures from Bonnie (HH chef) and Antonio (Pike Chef).
I spent last week taking down the tomato trellising, ripping out the plants and hauling the plastic mulch and drip tape to the dumpster. Its always an adventure pulling up the plastic. Last year I did the “burrito method” where you are on your hands and knees rolling as you go down the bed with your face inches from the ground, up close and personal with all the wild life that has made a home in the moist, shaded environment. This year I knew better and was on my feet with plenty of distance between me and the creatures. I uncovered a humongous toad and a family of mice (mother and 4 babies) this year. Now maybe I care a little too much but their untimely death was not going to be on my watch. As soon as I pulled the plastic off them the mother took off into another bed leaving the babies alone and helpless, yes…. we are still talking about field mice. Anyway, I immediately called for back up (Jeremy) to bring me a box so we could reunite the babies with the mother. After about ten minutes of herding them down the rows, unsuccessfully trying to squeamishly get the babies in the box, the mission was accomplished to my satisfaction and we could continue on about our day. I wish I had a picture of Jeremy and Bryan helping me herd. It was very sweet and absolutely priceless.
Although the tomatoes are gone, I am still getting peppers, chard, spinach, nasturtium and sorrel. I am also hoping to have kale in the next couple weeks. I was able to do some taste testing on the green beans when I was harvesting last weekend. I will be making my first harvest tomorrow for a special event at AKL this Friday.
I am back in my kitchen as of today and I am so excited to use the produce from the farm!! More pictures to come :).