String beans, potatoes, flowers, tomatoes....
Happy Friday! Change is afoot in the fields this week as the summer crops slow down. This month, I expect to have plenty of potatoes, modest quantities of tomatoes and peppers (the plants are still loaded, but ripening is slow now), and an occasional summer squash. Next month, I'll start harvesting my fall crops: winter squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, radishes, and greens!
Yesterday, when I would usually be writing this blog post and opening the online shop for orders, I was busily processing tomatoes and peaches! Cristin, of Coop's Soups, hosted me, Jill (Tanglewood Flower Farm), and Robert (Blueberry Gardens) in the commercial kitchen she uses in Brookeville. We processed about 50 pounds of tomatoes and 30 pounds of peaches. It was my first time canning and I learned a lot. If the taste tests go well, you might just see some of the jars we filled at the farm stand in the upcoming weeks....
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)
- Large mixed bouquets, small arrangements in jars, bunches of multi-colored zinnias, and small white hydrangeas.
- Grains (Purple Mountain Grown in Takoma Park)
- Sorghum flour, buckwheat flour, whole wheat flour, rye flour, old fashioned rolled oats, 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)
- String beans (Blueberry Gardens in Ashton) - Three tasty varieties in mixed quarts.
- Garlic (Somerset Produce in Ashton)
- Peppers (Somerset Produce in Ashton)
- Hot peppers: Bulgarian carrot, cayenne and habaneros
- Sweet peppers: mini and full sized varieties in red and orange
- Potatoes (Somerset Produce in Ashton) - Purple Majesty (purple skin, purple flesh), and Harvest Moon (purple skin, gold flesh).
- Summer squash (Somerset Produce in Ashton) - bi-color yellow and green crookneck squash - limited quantities
- 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 :)
Thank you for your support.