Honey with the comb, beautiful blooms, and lots of tomatoes!
I hope this message finds you well.
Tomato season is upon us! We planted three successions of tomatoes in the field in Ashton and the first two are ready. We have two varieties of cherry tomatoes, two kinds of red slicing tomatoes, and several varieties of heirlooms.
In addition to tomatoes, we also have an abundance of basil, sweet peppers, cayenne peppers, and potatoes.
The summer squash and cucumbers do not appreciate the wet field conditions we've had recently. Still, I expect to have decent quantities of these summer favorites through the end of August.
The flowers at Tanglewood Flower Farm continue to impress me. This week, we have beautiful white hydrangeas, small mixed arrangements featuring lots of black-eyed Susans, zinnia bunches, and large arrangements.
We also have a new honey option this week. Charlie, of Charlie's Bees, delivered his raw honey with the comb! This chunk honey has slabs of honey comb with extracted honey all around it. You can eat the comb, chew it like gum, or simply admire its beauty.
Your business supports several local, sustainable farms and a vibrant community of people who take great pride in growing nutritious food. All items are grown in Maryland - most within 20 miles of the markets. Everything is grown according to the rules of the National Organic Program. Honey is raw (not heat pasteurized) from bee hives in Silver Spring, Ashton, Laurel, and Brookeville. Grains are from fields in Ashton, Beltsville, Newburg, and Leonardtown (Leonardtown is furthest away - it's ~60 miles south of DC). Here's what you'll find at the farm stands this week:
- Cut Flowers (Tanglewood Flower Farm in Ashton)
- Mixed bouquets, bunches of multi-colored zinnias, and large white hydrangeas.
- Grains (Purple Mountain Grown in Takoma Park)
- Sorghum flour, whole wheat flour, brown rice, old fashioned rolled oats, oat groats, and buckwheat groats
- Honey (Charlie's Bees in Silver Spring)
- Raw (not heat pasteurized) honey from hives at small farms in Ashton, Brookeville, Laurel, and Silver Spring.
- Vegetables and Herbs
- Italian basil (Blueberry Gardens and Tanglewood Flower Farm in Ashton)
- Cucumbers (Somerset Produce in Ashton) - several varieties are ready this week: classic green slicers and picklers (which are also tasty fresh), Silver Slicers (thin skin, great flavor), Poona Kheera (golden skin, great flavor, and very juicy), and Striped Armenian (long, curvy cukes with thin striped skin and great flavor). Try something new!
- Garlic (Somerset Produce in Ashton)
- Peppers (Somerset Produce in Ashton) - cayenne hot peppers, red and orange tapered peppers, and mini red snacking peppers
- Potatoes (Somerset Produce in Ashton) - Dark Red Norland (pink skin, white flesh), Purple Majesty (purple skin, purple flesh), and Harvest Moon (purple skin, gold flesh).
- Summer squash (Somerset Produce in Ashton) - dark green zucchini, bi-color yellow and green crookneck squash, and a few light green cousa squash. Try them all!
- Tomatoes (Somerset Produce in Ashton)
- Cherry tomatoes - red and orange varieties
- Full sized red tomatoes
I think that's everything!
You can find this bounty at one of our markets and you can order online!
I hope you're well and to see you at the farm stand :)