The Drying Shed, Round II Photo Credit: April Jones
Meet Your Food
Head Lettuce OR Beet Greens: Your choice this week of classic crunchy iceberg, more smooth butterhead or delicious beet greens.
Cucumbers: Standard green cucumbers and/or round lemon cucumbers.
Onions: Small mustang onions AND as many as you want of what I call dry scallions. These scallion shaped onions are dry on the outside but peel back a few layers and you’ve got a summer green onion for roasting or dicing into salads.
Cabbage OR Mustard Greens OR Swiss Chard: Your choice!
Dry Farmed Tomatoes: I have not irrigated these tomatoes since I transplanted them in May. Dry farmed tomatoes command a premium price in California, and it is claimed that they develop a more concentrated flavor in a smaller ‘package’, similar to how you might stress a grape vine to create a more complex flavored wine. This is the first year I have trialed dry farmed tomatoes, so please, let me know what you think.
Farmer Jones Notes
If you are reading this, you have already noticed what I’ve been up to: finalizing my new website. This website has been a long time coming. I’m especially proud that the background pictures are 100% authentic. Yes, that is my farm landscape, and yes, that is really my soil, from my farm, where your vegetables come from. Please don’t be shy about letting me know if you find something amiss or if you really appreciate a particular feature of the new website. Like the farm itself, this site is a work in progress and I want it to work for you.
Friday and Saturday of last week the crew and I harvested about 1,000 lbs of dry storage onions. Harvesting onions is usually a very gratifying job, and this year was no exception. The Red Wing variety (red bulb) is especially gorgeous. If you peel back the outside layer, you find a shiny, deep maroon/purple color that is as beautiful as a glass of wine. I’m looking forward to sharing these onions with you come fall and early winter. Meanwhile, this week I’m bringing you the smaller onions that won’t cure out well. They are perfect for fresh eating and pack a nice strong flavor.
All said, this has been another productive and happy week of farm life. I hope you have a chance to enjoy the summer sun while we have her.