Week 11 August 28

From Carter, your lead farmer:

As a youngster growing up on a small farm in Southern Michigan everyone I knew would thump their watermelons to see if they were ripe enough to pick. Its a hollow and watery sound. We would even thump the watermelons at the store just to keep in practice. Later on as an adult I learned additional methods for finding those ripe melons from my co-worker George who was a grower from New Jersey who had lots of experience with fruit and vegetables and lots of quirky advice for me. With all the thumping and scrutiny most but not all of the watermelons I pick are ripe and ready and I apologize if you happen to get one of the less tasty ones. I am confident that over the next few weeks the watermelons and cantaloupe you get will be plenty delicious.

Sunday morning brought the second major hail storm in a month. Large leaved crops like cucumbers and summer squash are badly tattered and it will take a few days to see how much real damage occurred. Cross your fingers. We will get back to you about the tomatoes and bell peppers.

  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow crookneck
  • Slicing cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Paste tomatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Green beans
  • Basil and fresh oregano.