Wednesday, August 3, 2011

CSA Pick Up Aug 4

This week has been a good week. The only frustrating thing is the Green Beans all came ready to pick at once so what was suppose to be a 2 week pick up will be just one week. So the half share CSA members that it is their week not to pick up will need to stop by and get there green beans this week. I hope it works out. This is the first time this has happened. I have a lot more green beans planted for a later rotation so there will be more to come. The peppers are getting bigger and the Cubanella fry peppers are really doing great. The Egg Plant are forming up nicely. I hope next week it will be ready to pick.

The tomatoes, you ask How are they doing? I have learned a lot about when to pick tomatoes. It is good to pick them when they start turning red. The whole idea of vine ripening makes the juiciest tomatoes is not true. Once the tomato has started to turn the phloem in the cells closes off and no more nutrients go into the tomato. By picking them when they are pink I can have them ripen in the safety of the kitchen so the Chipmunks and mice don't get to them. It also helps stop me missing tomatoes that are too ripe on the vine and start to rot. I have some pink tomatoes in the kitchen now and next week there should be some in the share for pick up.

Looking forward to seeing you.


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