Seeding Brassicas and Transplanting Fall Tomatoes
All of the brassica fans out there will be happy to know we seeded several trays in the greenhouse last week! This round included more lacinato kale (a community favorite) in addition to Red Giant and Ruby Streaks mustard greens. We also seeded Mibuna, a Japanese mustard green with a mild flavor that produces tight clusters of long, narrow, dark green leaves. Since it’s still incredibly hot out, we’ve been implementing extra measures like a shade cloth to keep our brassicas as happy as possible.
The fall succession of tomatoes is officially in the ground and we’re working on getting them trellised this week. If all goes according to plan, we should be able to start harvesting them in October! We’ll be trellising our tomatoes with the trusty “Florida Weave'' method to keep them upright and maximize air circulation. As they grow, we’ll be able to weave more string throughout the plants and t-posts in order to keep them supported. In case you missed it in the last post, here are the varieties we’ve planted: Matina (a red German heirloom), Jaune Flamme (a sweet and fruity French heirloom), and Galina (a sweet yellow cherry tomato).
Our monthly Farmers Market is this Saturday, August 21st! Our vendors will have a variety of local and sustainable goods ranging from baked goods and coffee to pastured eggs and wagyu beef. And of course, our veggie wagon will be there with the following summertime veggies and fruits: okra, eggplant, long beans, zucchini, amaranth greens, arugula, Arava melons, beets, cowpeas, lemongrass, and Thai basil. If you’ve been looking for a way to eat more locally and seasonally we highly recommend stopping by the market! The market is located at 8939 Harlem Road and will be open from 8am-noon.