The sun hangs low in the western sky, glowing red through the smoky haze. Flocks of geese honk at me as they pass just overhead. A steady breeze from the north whispers of autumn as my hands trace the maze of sweet Italian peppers on each plant. The rhythmic chirp of crickets provides the musical backdrop. As darkness descends, I can no longer clearly distinguish the colors of peppers deep in the plants. Time to call it a day and haul in the harvest, even as the moon now glows amber overhead. Tomorrow will find me again in the pepper field reaching for the glowing orange, red and yellow of lipstick peppers and the deep crimson of sweet bullhorns and so many others. It is a glad harvest.
Our farm market is filled with seasonal abundance. Sugars are high in this perfect early autumn weather – even the green beans have a pleasant sweetness. This is a great time to fill your canning jars or freezer for vegetables that you will want to eat this winter. The peppers freeze easily, just cut them into quarters and place in freezer bags. They are so wonderful to have for adding beautiful color and flavor in the winter. They are very easy to slice or dice when just partially thawed. The skins of our roasted peppers slide off even more effortlessly when frozen.
Speaking of roasted peppers, roasting is in full swing now on Saturdays. This is an outstanding year for peppers and our chilis are no exception. We harvest on Friday afternoon and roast Saturday morning for the freshest flavor, offering extra mild through hot heat levels. The hot anaheim Sandia is an improved variety this year as it is much meatier with the same terrific flavor. This week we will also be roasting the smoky Sweet Italian, thick super sweet Italian bullhorn and the beloved red Spanish Spice. Enjoy the tantalizing perfume wafting through the air as Carlos roasts to perfection.
Tomatoes – the word on the street is that they are delicious. We are offering roma canning boxes at 23 lb.s for $45 and beefsteak canners at 23 lbs. for $48. We appreciate orders 24 hours in advance.
Berries – both strawberries and red raspberries are ripe for the picking. As before, we strongly suggest coming early as it is cool and beautiful and the berries are easier to find... Raspberry picking will be more abundant starting next week. Strawberry picking remains on the lighter side.
Flowers remain glorious, basil and pickling cucumbers are still available for pick your own. As the nights cool, both basil and cukes will be less available. If you plan to make pesto or pickles, don’t delay!
Market hours remain Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 am until 1 pm and Saturdays from 8 am until 2 pm. Berry picking is offered on Tuesday and Saturday mornings as long as there are ripe berries available, typically until about 11 am.
SALSA BAGS AVAILABLE. THEY ARE YUMMY BECAUSE WE SUPPLY THE INGREDIENTS AND YOU SUPPLY THE LOVE.
There is much to savor: sweet lettuces and fall spinach, sweet and crunchy carrots, scallions, sweet onions, beans, vine-ripe sweet melons including refreshing watermelon and so much more. Indulge your taste buds – these are vegetables that you will love to eat!