Yesterday morning a small group of our CSA members gathered at our county Cannery for a day of tomato canning. We harvested about four hundred pounds of sauce tomatoes for this culinary adventure. After instructions by the cannery supervisor about procedures and process, tomatoes were washed, steamed, peeled, chopped and stuffed into mason jars. Once lids and rings were sealed, batches of seventy-five jars were placed in giant, high-temperature steel vats to process for forty five minutes. The degree of satisfaction once its done is high and the anticipated enjoyment of this labor in mid-winter even higher. Here’s to pasta, chilli, pizza, and more!
Tomato preservation success aside, two recent storms have wreaked havoc with our tomato plants. A few rows are severely damaged from strong winds and rain, while others are showing signs of bacterial infections. Which is to say that we are losing plants faster than anticipated. Though, we have a small second succession of Cherokee purple heirloom’s and more Hanover red tomatoes planted. These are expected to be ready by mid to late August.
Produce available at the markets this Saturday and Tuesday are cabbage, cantaloupe, Asian eggplant, leeks, mint, jalapeño peppers, sweet Carmen peppers, sweet bell peppers, peaches & nectarines, rosemary bunches, patty-pan squash, Sungold tomatoes, black cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, Hanover red tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, and zinnias.
Today’s poem, Summer of the Ladybirds, is by the Tasmanian poet, Vivian Smith. His work is profoundly influenced by the Tasmanian landscape and its colonial history. His crisp lines imbued with meaning and grace offer a poignant pause during this summer heat.
Be well, eat healthy, and be kind to yourself and others.
Alistar, Rebecca, and Georgia