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Hello, Conscious Eaters!
It’s been a wet, hot, and whacky season. Weather is always an unpredictable part of farming, and some of our farm partners have reported the loss of crops due to storms and flooding.
Fruits and vegetables grown in fields (blueberries, arugula, lettuce, etc.) are particularly susceptible to damage from temperature fluctuation and increased moisture. For example, drastic increases can cause some crops to “bolt” which is when a plant goes to seed. Its stalk shoots up and begins creating seeds, diverting its energy and causing it to turn bitter in flavor.
But there’s plenty to rejoice about and look forward to.
Tomatoes. There are so many kinds to be excited about.Where do I start?! We’ve already begun carrying outstanding organic cherry tomatoes from Blue Moon Acres and amazing heirloom beauties from LFFC. In a week or two, we’ll have the tastiest tomatoes from Eckerton Hill Farms. Their story is incredible: Owner Tim Shark started his first tomato seedlings on the roof of a Brooklyn brownstone. He sold them at farmers markets, making a name for himself, and eventually expanded to a 58-acre farm in PA where he now grows over 200 varieties of different fruits and veggies!
We’ve been enjoying stone fruit from the west coast. But local peaches, apricots, nectarines, and more are around the bend! We’ll be getting them from the Fingerlakes region, as well as from Fishkill Farm in Hudson Valley. Don’t forget cherries. Their season is short but their impact is long-lasting. Snag as many as you can for all your summer baking and canning.
New Potatoes are potatoes harvested earlier in the plant’s life cycle. They are luscious and more tender than their cured counterparts. You may notice their fragile skin already starting to peel when you receive them. This is totally normal and gives them a delicate texture you’ll be daydreaming about until next year!
Until next time, Farmies!