News From the Farm – September 14th

Good morning again. According to maps of our area, September 15th is the first fall frost date. Sources vary on what exactly this means, but practically speaking it means that around that date you should keep an eye out for frost. Frost can occur in temperatures a few degrees above freezing, not just at 32! Farmers know well the implications of frost. For us, growing many different crops, it means damage or death to certain unprotected plants. These would include tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, basil, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, among others. So, every day, I watch for predictions for temperatures to drop close to 32. Then if frost is predicted, I will go out into the fields and try to remove everything that would be damaged, or I will try to protect plants. So far it looks like we will in the clear for a while.

The picture here is of an Armenian Cucumber. This cuke is classified as a melon, but it used interchangeably as a cucumber. Taste and texture are shockingly similar to cucumbers.

We also have available daikon radishes. These beasts are about a foot long with a cool mild radish flavor. One of our favorite ways to eat them is to put a slice of chees on top of a slice of radish. On that note, here is what we have available:

Cucumbers (lemon, slicing, armenian)

Tomatoes (cherry, red slicers, heirloom, some paste)

Zucchini and Summer Squash

Beets (golden, striped, and red)

Carrots (orange and white)

Herbs (Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley)

Cauliflower (orange) white ones are coming soon!

Cabbage (red or green)

Radishes (red or daikon)


Broccoli (limited amount)