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Farmer's Market 9-7-19

Posted 9/7/2019 6:15am by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

We have enjoyed the cooler weather of the past few days as we anticipate higher temperatures returning next week. Tomatoes like warm temperatures, although it can get too hot for them if it stays over 100 for a few days.  Our tomatoes seem to like the recent temperatures.  They are going wild and we have an abundance of them to share with you today including : Cherokee Purple, Garden Peach, Cherokee Green, Green Tiger, Pink Boar Striped, Caiman, Jaune Flamme, Striped German, Striped Hollow and several other varieties.  We also have our wonderful cherry tomatoes available for $3/pint or two for $5. 

Some beautiful eggplant, both Black Beauty and Purple Japanese, will bring some great flavors to your dinner table this week. They sure are pretty. And they taste even better than they look.

Lettuce is back.  Took a while to get it going and just as it was looking good a few weeks ago the dear decided to take the family out to the salad bar for dinner one night.  But, now that we have our cool (actually hot -- it's electric fence) deer fence, the lettuces are rejoicing that they can send their delectable edible leaves sunward so that you can be the recipient of the miracle of photosynthesis.  What we actually do is harvest the sun.  We just try to stay out of it's way so it can do it's thing.

We harvested a bunch of Butternut Squash and are bringing some to the market today.  I couldn't wait to try it out so I roasted some last night and then Jeremy concocted a sauce with maple syrup, fish sauce and hot pepper flakes.  Yep, fish sauce.  Unbelievably delicious.  Beth posted a picture on Instagram (harmonyfieldsfarmky) so check it out.

And, of course we still have some ghost peppers.  They go great with everything!

It's very rewarding to see the fruits of your labors come to fruition.  It's nice to know that even if you are stymied by the weather (our incredibly wet spring) you can still produce incredible food.  Or, as I said above, get out of the way and let the sun and the plants do their thing.  That's what organic farming is all about.  Build the soil naturally, as nature intended, and get out of the way.  Let the soil provide the nutrition.  You don't need petroleum based fertilizers.  You don't need to herbicides that not only kill weeds but also the soil bacteria.  You don't need pesticides. Cover things that are susceptible with netting.  Build the soil to produce strong, hardy plants that can resist pest pressure.  It's a lot of extra work but it enables us to get out of the way.

Sun, water, great soil -- that's the formula. And this formula produces the results that ends up on your table and in your belly.  So, get out of the way. You don't need processed foods.  You don't need additives with names you can't pronounce or understand. Just good old organic food straight from the field to you.

Thanks for supporting us.  Without you we wouldn't be able to do this. It actually takes more work to get out of the way.  But it is truly worth it.

Larry

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