This is week #12 and we are more than halfway through the season! Wild!
Sorry I've been missing the blog but we went on VACATION! During the summer! I went two weeks ago and Adam went last week!
Farming full time makes taking the occasional family vacation a big challenge, but when Adam and I partnered up one of our first goals for our new business was to improve our on AND off-farm lives and have more fun! So these little summer vacays are a big win for team #worklifebalance!
Our CSA peeps this week got a super summery share full of heirloom tomatoes, rainbow carrots, summer squash, cantaloupe, sweet onions, cucumber, jalapeño, curly kale, and basil.
We wanted to take some time this week to celebrate tomatoes and dig into some of the unique characteristics of the funky varieties we grow.
We like to grow heirloom and heritage varieties of tomatoes 'cause they're tastier, funkier, cooler, prettier, and way more fun! An heirloom variety is one that was developed more than 50 years ago, while heritage varieties are usually developed using older heirloom and then breeding for additional vigor and disease resistance. Despite all the amazing characteristics of heritage and heirloom tomatoes, they are very sensitive to moisture and, therefore, susceptible to cracking. As the weather gets a cooler, they should crack a little less, but, for now, we all get to embrace the cracks and imperfections! (I know I feel pretty cracky and imperfect after a long season)!
This lovely, sunny tomato is a member of a French Heirloom variety series. Marigolds have a peachiness to them; think super sweet flavor and juice dripping down your chin.
A child of Cherokee Purple, one of the most well-known, and well-loved heirlooms, this funky green guy takes its complex flavor from its famous parent while bringing its own brand of sweetness.
Another French Heritage, Marbonne is not your everyday red tomato. With fruits averaging 1 lb, these monsters provide a classic red tomato flavor: acidic, slightly salty, slightly sweet; but there is a depth of flavor and meaty, juicy texture that sets Marbonne apart than its less Parisian relatives.
This French Heirloom is the t-bone steak of tomato varieties. Marnero's texture is dense, juicy, and beefy. Purple tomatoes are lower in acid than other tomatoes and Marnero's is savory, sometimes even smoky.