Tomatoes are the perfect gift.
Some of them “come in small packages”…
… and other, larger varieties, sweetly satisfy the saying that “Good things come to those who wait!”
We have three sweet, delicious varieties of cherry tomatoes – Sun Gold, Be My Baby, and Red Pearl – that we are currently harvesting and 7 larger varieties that will be coming out of the fields and appearing on the tables of our partners very soon.
In July we harvested and delivered over 3,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to our partners in Brockton from our fields. We are excited to see what August brings!
We have had some extra help from volunteer groups over the past few weeks including student leaders from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).
They helped weed beans and flowers to ensure healthy harvests of those two crops, and also picked a few veggies for us including cucumbers and zucchini.
There are many other mid-season veggies and even fruits that are coming out of the fields these days.
They include Islander (Purple) Peppers…
… Apple Pimento Peppers …
… “Luscious” and “Brocade” bi-color Sweet Corn …
… and after many months: Green Cabbage. These seeds were among our first planted on March 17, 2011 in the basement of the Holy Cross Center. One more step – to the table – for this crop, and we’ll have tracked its entire progression from seed to table!
This past week we also harvests 4 varieties of potatoes including Yukon Gold, Purple, Kennebec, and Dark Red Norland. It was a lot of work, but rewarding as we weighed our harvest and learned that we had pulled just over 150 pounds from a 125 foot row that day!
It is hard to believe that many veggies, like lettuce, fall root crops, fall broccoli, baby bok choy and others are just starting to grow into healthy, field worthy seedlings in our greenhouse. We will continue to monitor them and plant them when the time comes to ensure a continued, and plentiful harvest into October.
We are excited to also be pulling sweet, refreshing, Watermelon from the fields over the next couple of weeks to share some fresh, summer treat with our partners at Father Bill’s and Mainspring, the Old Colony YMCA and My Brother’s Keeper.