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:
SOOOO delicious and yummy!!
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 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!
This it what it looks like on a vegetable farm hours before the first forecasted freeze: We picked a few tomatoes.
Oh, and here’s a few more …
And oh look! There are some over here …
You get the idea. 🙂 Tomatoes anyone?
Once the summer really gets underway, I find that I have very little time to blog – primarily because vegetables are taking up a lot of time!
Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes! The heirlooms have finally arrived! Black Krims Cherokee Purples, Brandywines, Mortgage Lifters, Amana Oranges, and MORE are now available! Can’t wait to share these with people at farmers market in the morning!
We also still have cucumbers and a few summer squash. Winter squash (butternut and spaghetti) will be available soon. Our okra is sloooooow this summer. And the deer like the okra plants. A lot. Don’t hold your breath for the okra.
But tomatoes … boy, do we have tomatoes. 🙂
(Thanks to the Ark City Traveler for taking this great photo of our veggies!)
Vegetable time is almost here! We have picked the first few tomatoes from the high tunnel, including this beauty, here. Probably won’t be enough for farmers market tomorrow, but hopefully by next week, we will have enough to share!
It took great restraint to not gobble this up on the spot.
We WILL have a few summer squash at market, though – tiny, sweet pattypans – YUM!
Zucchini almost ready to pick
Gage says there are a few cucumbers ready, too, but I am skeptical. You almost have to squint to see them here.
Another tomato, blushing on the vine, almost ready to pick! Get ready! Delicious produce coming soon!!
While our fresh veggies are not quite ready, we will still be at the Ark City Farm and Art Market today from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
We will have thornless blackberry bushes, chocolate mint plants, pecans, and homemade jams and jellies.
New this week, we have wine grape jelly and cherry jam. We also still have a few jars of delicious blackberry jam left, and some tomato jam left. Tomato jam has been our most popular seller this spring!
Check back for an update on vegetables coming SOON!