Down on the farm: The boxes are probably not going to be as full as they have been, but they are some of the most interesting ones we have had-as far as variety. Donna and I figured those who got thyme, mint, and rosemary last week wouldn't want them again this soon. So the weekly boxes will get small bunches of dill, parsley, and tarragon this week.
Celery likes cool weather and an organic soil-which is why they grow so much if it in "The Glades" during the winter. Sometimes I decide to plant a little, and sometimes we actually have some to harvest. Thanks to the weather we have had in the last month, this is one of those times. It needs to be harvested or we'll probably lose it. Stalks are thin, but there are lots of pretty leaves, so it will be useful to some of you.
It's amazing to see how fast things can turn around in a crop field. During February and most of March that cool, dry weather, combined with longer days certainly gave us some positive changes-and weeks of good production. But the last few days have turned into south Florida almost-summer conditions, which are not good for any crops. Diseases killed all the 'Amelia' tomatoes that were in production. There is a new crop of them close behind. Though predicted days to maturity of vegetable crops are, of course, based on conditions and not meant to be exact, 'Amelia' is listed as a 75 day variety and, as of tomorrow, has been in the field for exactly that many days.
So, for a couple weeks, I hope you like to try different tomatoes. At the beginning and end of the season, I always plant a lot of different varieties-some that I know will do OK in the heat, and others that I want to try under these conditions. So, I really don't know what kind of tomatoes we will put into the boxes this week-it will vary each day. If there are any that you particularly like, email me a description or picture and I will try to identify them. Then I'll know that they are worth growing, if they can stand up to the heat.
Thanks for your comments on the little Roma shaped one you have been sampling for two weeks-so far, most who commented have liked it. It is 'Garden Gem', from Dr. Harry Klee's program at UF. The main purpose of their program is to breed for flavor. They also have produced 'Garden Treasure', a large tomato, and 'Maglia Rose' a little oblong, pointed one with pink and yellow stripes that might have been in with your cherry tomatoes recently. They had been giving away a few seeds of 'Garden Gem' and 'Garden Treasure' to those who gave small donations to their program. They've run out of 'Garden Gem' seeds now, but have other new varieties. If you have time and interest in this-maybe for you or your friends grow gardens up north in the summer-here is the website: http://hos.ufl.edu/kleeweb/flavorresearch.html Look under New Garden Cultivars to find the information about donating and getting seeds.
What's in your box: Salanova salad mix tomato medley! broccoli or cauliflower (may be green or purple cauliflower)?? mixed herb bunch: thyme, rosemary, and mint for B week boxes; dill, parsley, and tarragon for weekly boxes spinach? beets squash Daikon radish celery (large boxes only) arugula (large boxes only)
Enjoying your veggies: Don't let the Daikon radish scare you! They are often used in Asian cooking-especially for pickling. If you have one of the spiralizers, you can make Daikon "noodles"-for a slaw or to add to other spiralized veggies. Here's an interesting list of ways to use it from the Produce for Better Health website: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/top-10-ways-to-enjoy-daikon-radish
Weekly extras: The best way to order extras is to email Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org 2 PM the day before you get your box. If you are ordering later than that, please call 561-638-2755 and leave the message on the machine, since we don't always have time to check email in the mornings. (Those ordering for Monday boxes should call and leave a message, since you don't receive this list in time to order by email.)
Flowers require earlier orders since we have to order them from other farms. For more information, please check the "Weekly Extras" section on the subscriber pages of our website.
Locally grown Flowers (for Tuesday boxes, order by noon on the Friday before your box; for Thursday and Friday, order by noon on Wednesday). For information about these flower growers and some pictures of their flowers, check the Subscriber Business Links on our Subscriber section
Seed to Bloom, Loxahatchee: colorful mixed bouquets-whatever is in season $10.00 each (Sorry-not available for Monday boxes.) Caribbean Exotics, Delray Beach: long- stemmed Heliconia-large, impressive "ginger" flowers $15
McCoy's Honey-raw, unfiltered, locally produced http://www.mccoysfloridahoney.com/ 1 lb. glass jar $5.00 each (wildflower, palmetto, or orange blossom) 3 lb. plastic jug $14.00 each (wildflower, orange blossom, or palmetto) 1 lb. glass jar Orange blossom honey with comb included $6.50
Herbs (some are from our farm, some from Pontano Farms) $3/bunch Basil cilantro dill mint (This generic mint is actually spearmint.) oregano parsley rosemary sage tarragon thyme
Baby Greens $2.50/bag Arugula 8 oz. bag Salanova salad mix 8 oz. bag Red Russian kale 8 oz. bag Mustard greens 8 oz. bag Microgreens, sandwich bag (mix may contain radishes, arugula, kale, and/or purple kohlrabi leaves) Celery microgreens, snack size bag
Larger greens $3/bag (large bunch or head) Curly endive (frisée)-probably last week Escarole-probably last week Curly green and/or red kale Tuscan kale or Vates blue kale Swiss chard, and collard greens-leaves are small. NEW! celery $2.50/bunch-these bunches are tall, but are only about a third as full as the celery you would buy in the store
Other Veggies and fruit from our farm small beets (with greens, if you ask for them) $3/lb. Daikon radishes-pretty big! without greens unless you tell us differently $2 each NEW! Baby bok choy-red, green, or mixed $3/lb. Brussels sprouts on the stalk $1/lb.-most stalks are 2-3 lbs. and may have 12-15 sprouts (probably last 2 weeks) Green tomatoes (only small-medium ones) $1.50/lb. Papayas $1.50/lb. (most weigh 2-3 lbs.) choose green or yellow/almost yellow Summer squashes-mix or match: zucchini, yellow, 'Sunburst' little round, scalloped yellow squashes, or 'Ishtar' light green cousa/Middle Eastern type $2.50/lb.