Planting the Last Round of Summer Crops
JULY 27TH, 2022
We’re harvesting a brand new melon for you this week that is as tasty as it is beautiful! The Kajari melon has striking burnt orange, cream, and green stripes on its skin. These personal-sized melons have green flesh that is less fruity than our Arava melons and more musky. As you can see in the photo below, the Kajari has green stripes as it grows. Once the melons begin to mature, some of the stripes take on a burnt orange hue which can be seen in the one Farmer Daphne is holding. We’ll have a very limited amount of Kajari melons at the farm stand so make sure to get there early if you’d like to try one!
As we near the month of August, we’re focused on getting our last round of summer crops in the ground. Once August arrives, we’ll begin starting seeds for the fall season! This last round of summer planting includes some regionally specific varieties that we hope will do incredibly well on the farm. One of these varieties is a Texas heirloom okra called Hill Country Red (pictured below). We also planted Gold Coast okra (a variety bred in Louisiana) and Louisiana Long Green eggplant.
This has been one of the most prolific pepper seasons we’ve had on the farm in the past few years. Have you been able to try them all yet?! We’ve been enjoying experimenting with all of them in our own kitchens, especially the sweet pepper varieties like Jimmy Nardello and Corbacci (pictured below). Though they might look spicy upon first glance, Jimmy Nardello and Corbacci peppers both have a sweet, rich flavor. Farmer Daphne loves to stir-fry them with our Tromboncino squash and some soy sauce. She recommends adding your favorite protein to the mix and serving it with jasmine rice or rice noodles. Or, you can use them in any recipe calling for sweet peppers or bell peppers.
Currently in Season at the Farm Stand: Scallions, Sweet Potato Greens, Amaranth Greens, Sweet Peppers, Hot Peppers, Asian Eggplant, Italian Eggplant, Cucumbers, Burr Gherkins, Tromboncino Squash, Okra, Bitter Melon, Korean Melons, Sugar Cube Melons, Basil, and Lemongrass.