Farm Stand Today….

…and the tomatoes are pumping out the fruit! Eighty-five plants gave me around 150 pounds of delicious heirloom fruit today. We also had bell and chile peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, onions, and honey.

Some of My Favourite Heirloom Tomato Varieties

  • Costoluto Genovese - Red and fluted/scalloped variety in the third photo
  • Black Krim - A widely celebrated heirloom that is lightly scalloped with a purple skin (last photo)
  • Reisetomate - The clustered variety in the bottom left corner of the second photo. Individual fruits are like fused clusters of cherry tomatoes.

Farm Stand Today!

Onions - Red Southern Belle along with some Texas Super Sweets (not pictured)

Sugarsnap Peas - Super sweet and snappy 

Parsnips - The roots aren’t over yet

Premium Late Flat Dutch Cabbage - These are over 6 pounds a piece

More Sub-Tropical Fruit in Spring

The plants in the sub-tropical fruit grove have been flowering and setting fruit. 

  1. This one’s got a heap of names: Indiana Banana, Hoosier Banana, Poor-Man’s Banana, Pawpaw. It is the largest of the edible fruits of North America and not even closely related to bananas. It is native to the southeastern and midwestern U.S. but can also be found growing in the Carolinian forest of the very southern tip of Ontario, Canada - the province of which I am also native. The pawpaw’s texture is very similar to a ripe mango with a wonderful tangy flavour. 
  2. Rose apple - Belonging to the nutmeg family, this fruit is related to neither roses nor apples. This fruits aroma is overwhelmingly similar to roses with a snappy apple-like texture. An interesting fruit, certainly; one that I want to eat a whole bucket of, certainly not. 

More Sub-Tropical Fruit in Spring

The plants in the sub-tropical fruit grove have been flowering and setting fruit. 

  1. The macadamia nuts flowered recently and have just set fruit. This photos shows the fruits (follicles) beginning to develop. 
  2. The Surinam cherry is not a cherry at all but belongs to the nutmeg family (Myrtaceae). The cultivated fruits of this family always seem to have strong, distinct “myrtaceous” flavours that I can only describe as resinous or “turpentine-y”. They’re certainly unique and not unpleasant. If you love turpentine, they’re delicious. 

Sub-Tropical Fruit in Spring

The plants in the sub-tropical fruit grove have been flowering and setting fruit. 

  1. Bananas flower throughout the spring and summer - this is the first plant to flower this season. The Cavendish bananas that you get in the grocery store are just an example of how a banana can taste. Ours have a smoother, moister flesh with a more acidic flavour. 
  2. Pineapple guavas (not a true guava) or feijoas are my favourite fruit in the grove. These will be ready in the late summer. They have a stony texture like a guava or pear with a moist, gelatinous interior. The flavour is certainly reminiscent of pineapples. 

Farm Stand Today!

The reign of the roots has come to a close - bulbs and tubers to soon ascend.

  1. Rainbow of Carrots - Amarillo, Atomic Red, Berlicum 2
  2. Artichokes - Violetta Precoce and Green Globe
  3. Sugarcane
  4. Turnips - Milan Purple Top and Japanese White
  5. The harvest board for today

I had some new and returning crops on the farm stand this past Saturday. In addition to the vegetables pictured we were selling avocados, Valencia and blood oranges, kumquats, Meyer lemons, cabbage, cauliflower, artichokes, beets, and baby lettuces. The reign on the root crops should be ending in early May as the summer vegetables start to come in. 

Photos

  1. Radish - Chinese Red Meat 
  2. Carrots - Amarillo and Berlicum 2
  3. Turnips - Purple Top Milan
  4. Radish - Long Scarlet
  5. The whole farm stand

Here are some photos of last week’s harvest for the farm stand. The cool season crops are still coming in and the citrus is cranking!

Perfection Drumhead Savoy Cabbage, Kumquats, Tangelos,  French Breakfast Radishes

Farm stand today - some beautiful food for sale! The photo of the harvest board should give you a good idea of what’s in season in Southern California right now.

I’ve got a farm stand coming up this Saturday. This means lots of harvesting, washing, packing, stacking, and pricing to do. I will be pulling beets, radishes, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, mustard greens and perhaps a few stalks of sugarcane from the farm. The Arboretum’s orchards will offer up “Valencia” oranges, “Bacon” and “Hass” avocados, and “Meyer” lemons. 
This is a photo of a farm stand in the late autumn of last year. Working our way from the foreground to the background we have: “Valencia” oranges, pomegranates, “Hachiya” and “Fuyu” persimmons, bananas, eggplants, and way in the back we have some bell peppers and pumpkins.     

I’ve got a farm stand coming up this Saturday. This means lots of harvesting, washing, packing, stacking, and pricing to do. I will be pulling beets, radishes, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, mustard greens and perhaps a few stalks of sugarcane from the farm. The Arboretum’s orchards will offer up “Valencia” oranges, “Bacon” and “Hass” avocados, and “Meyer” lemons. 

This is a photo of a farm stand in the late autumn of last year. Working our way from the foreground to the background we have: “Valencia” oranges, pomegranates, “Hachiya” and “Fuyu” persimmons, bananas, eggplants, and way in the back we have some bell peppers and pumpkins.