I definitely have a surplus of tomatoes right now. It took me the better part of the afternoon to pick them all yesterday. I decided to try selling some of them at the road by our place. We get a decent amount of commuter traffic so we’ll see how this works out. I don’t have time to go to the second market this week which would also sell a large amount of these.
In this past Mondays share (I think #13) was the following: 3 melons, onions, garlic, tomatillos (used in mexican salsa verde) + hot pepper, tomatoes, ground cherries, sweet peppers, acorn squash, lettuce, beets, carrots, broccoli, 1 zucchini and 1 cucumber. The last two are pretty much done in the garden. It’s definitely the biggest share so far and the quantity might be overwhelming for some. The upside is that many of the items will store for quite a long time. The acorn squash will last probably a month at room temperature, if not more. The carrots and beets can last a month in the fridge or more if kept moist (keep in a plastic bag or veggie drawer). The tomatillos last surprisingly long although I’m not entirely sure of the best way to keep them. I think they’ll ripen further at room temperature. The onions and garlic will last all winter if kept cool and dry-ish. Any not so ripe tomatoes can sit around on the counter for a week or more. The rest of the stuff is probably best consumed in a week. The melons are pretty ripe for the most part, especially the cantaloupe which I think I’ve just figure out how to harvest properly. I’ve been harvesting them too ripe, but I’ve been practicing looking for the “slipping” of the melons and I think I can see what’s going on.
The melon plants are pretty much finished now, so there won’t be too many more to come. I have 3 boxes full of melons that I will take to the market tomorrow to see if I can get something for them. I’m really not sure what to charge for them though. I also think I have a bunch of ripe watermelons but I have no idea how to tell besides eating them.
One final note to any shareholders still reading this: I probably won’t be giving too many ground cherries in the shares from now on. They are a lot of work to pick! You are however welcome to come and scrounge as many as you like. There are lots of them but they can be hard to find. We also have a lot of cut-flowers that you are free to make bouquets out of. Here is a picture of my son making the ground cherry harvest look like a breeze! Note: Those are jerusalem artichokes towering at 10+ feet in the background.