It’s official. Tomato season has begun!
We picked our first ripe tomato on June 2. JUNE SECOND. The earliest by far that we have every had tomatoes. This is thanks to converting our useless greenhouse into a highly productive high tunnel. The little bit of extra heat from the wood stove heater in the greenhouse/new high tunnel allowed us to plant tomatoes in late February.
And here they are now:
The kiddos in the “greenhouse” about three weeks ago. Yeah, it’s a little tight in there. It may or may not be a jungle at this point. Let’s just say, I won’t be posting any more pictures. I will also say, we will most likely rethink our spacing in the greenhouse next year.
The old high tunnel is looking good, too. Especially since this is the fifth year for tomatoes in the high tunnel. Yikes. That’s too long to have tomatoes in one spot. These are all determinants, meaning we will get a big crop off of them, and then yank them out. After this year, we have plans to rest a replenish the soil in this high tunnel, and then decide what crops to plant in it next spring. We also have plans to put in another this fall.
Look closely and you will see that we have wire along the sides of the high tunnels. That’s to keep critters out. Last year, we had terrible trouble with possums, raccoons, and skunks sneaking in and eating big bites out of each ripe tomato. It was disgusting. This year, we’ve outsmarted them. We hope.
The field tomatoes are looking good, as well. Tilled, mulched, caged, and irrigated – it’s been a busy week in the garden!
I truly don’t know how this happens. The plan is always to make jams and jellies all winter long to use up the fruit and juice from the summer before that we didn’t have time to use and stuck in the freezer. And then somehow, it is the end of May and my freezer still looks like this:
Part of the problem this year (I think) is that we had such a mild winter that we were never really stuck inside. We sure got a lot done outside around the farm, but I didn’t get as much canning done as I needed to do.
So yesterday, I made a tiny dent in the juice we have frozen.
The result? Delicious elderberry jelly and apple/grape jelly. Still have a ways to go, but at least I freed up a little room in the freezer.
Oh, and this year’s blackberries are already starting to ripen. Another season begins!
I know, I know, Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet. But, for the early Christmas shoppers, we are now offering Werner Creek Farm Christmas gift baskets! Pictured above is the deluxe basket for $35 and includes:
2 pints of salsa – one medium and one mild heat
2 pound jar of honey
Two half-pints of jam or jelly. Flavor options are:
Mixed berry jam
Blackberry jalapeño jam
Honey also makes a great gift by itself! New this fall are our 1/2 pound jars (on the right), which are perfect stocking stuffer size.
We also have smaller baskets available for $22. They include:
One pint of salsa
One pound jar of honey
Two half pints jam or jelly
We will make individualized arrangements for pick-up or delivery in the Cowley County area.
Orders can be made by messaging us on Facebook, calling 222-5821, or commenting below.
Thanks for looking and Merry Christmas!
Five baby goats now call our farm home! And boy are they fun to watch. 😀