Friday, August 26, 2016

Too Fast to Write About

Barn Cats?


Market List: Grass Fed Lamb Cuts and Brats, SuperFood Salad Mix, Green Apple Cucumbers, Lemon Cucumbers
and Tomatoes

Busy, Flyby week. Still lots of family stuff going on and canning, canning, Smoked Tomatillo Salsa, other salsa and Pickles. The moths have been busy laying eggs in our tomatillos and tomatoes which has put a definite crimp in our crop.  More rain in the forecast for Saturday as per usual. Looks like we might get lucky again and have it blow by. We will be there either way of course. Make us part of your market tradition.

TTFN,

Sam, and Bill who did not get whisked away by the tornados in Kokomo and Rayven.



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Finally Pictures


Sheep over the Lake

Market List- Lemon, Apple and Pickling cucumbers, SuperFood Salad Mix, Rainbow Cherry Tomato Mix, Basil, Cilantro AND Grass Fed Lamb cuts; Steaks, Chops organ meat and 3 kinds of Bratwurst-Garlic Butter, Rosemary and Thyme and Regular. We will have some salad and slicing tomatoes but not as many as last week. We are not running out, just in a lull between the rain and the bugs. We have a new crop coming on and new varieties too.
The ducks have stopped laying pretty much. We didn't even really get a hatching season this year, it was so weird. But we have a chicken that went broody so we stuck the last 4 eggs that we got underneath her. We'll see what happens.



 I finally figured out the photo editor on my new laptop so finally a picture or two. We worked hard all week in the garden and Rayven got another lesson in Pickle Making.
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We finally are getting some of our specialty cucumbers. I planted almost 2 oz. of  Lemon cucumber seed but everyone I know had trouble with lemon cukes this year. They vined out but the vines were spindly and virus ridden even with the pickling and English cucumbers doing fine right next to them. I planted Apple Cucumbers too and they took a long time to start setting fruit but they finally are. They are really cool looking. Kinda like the lemon ones in shape and texture but a beautiful striped apple green. I am getting a few lemon ones along with them in a different spot outside and the National Picklers are doing well too. Last week I talked about how we are putting in cool weather crops. Today I planted Giant Red Mustard and Earlier in the week we cleaned out the High Tunnel of weeds and old Greens and we planted Pepper Cress. We have some celery in the raised beds and hoped to get parsnips in again for Spring.

It's been Sultry all week and rain at night. Saturday of course they are calling for Rain AGAIN but we will be there Rain OR shine. Personally, I am hoping for shine.

TTFN,

Sam, Bill and Rayven





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Thursday, August 11, 2016

On the Other Side

You guys don't think about it, but before the season starts, we Farmers are counting the days until the season is over, before we even get the first plants in that are waiting until the last frost to happens. Mid Season, we are thinking, June, July, 30, 60, 90 days left, yep- I still have time to plant X or no I don't have time to plant -Y. We're on the other side already. I can't believe it. It seems like last week that I was saying "I can't believe that it's time for the summer market already and here we are only about 65 days from the first average frost date. No more left to plant hot weather crops, its all cool from here. In many ways of course, it's a good thing. I'm kinda tired. It's that time of year when I'm not only weeding, picking and planting but now the canning is coming on hot and heavy-like the humidity around her. Putting up Pickles and Charred Tomatillo Salsa, tomato juice and other items for winter. Still right now it's still Summer, and we'll see you Saturday for Grass Fed Lamb, Tomatoes and Concord Grapes.
God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN

Sam, Bill and Rayven who learned how to make pickles this week.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Going Fast

Market List: Grass Fed Lamb cuts and Brats, SuperFood Salad Mix, Purslane and some tomatoes. Not as many as last week but a few for slicing and Rainbow Cherry Mix. 
There just aren't as many pretty ones this week with all the rain and insects that came along with it.
Non GMO fed Chicken and Slow Food Cayuga Duck eggs.

Finally I have had the opportunity to make some Smoked Tomatillo Salsa. Next week Charred.

It's been a busy time here keeping up with the weeds and as we are weeding, I am replacing the space they are taking up with Fall crops.
Bill's 3 weeks home are already drawing to a close. It seems like 3 days and we did not get the
To DO list done. We didn't even go fishing. Still, many people would do much to have our lives and so we will see you at the Farmers Market on Saturday.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam and Bill- Rayven flying in soon.

Friday, July 29, 2016

SO Many Tomatoes

Market List: Tomatoes, we have like 20 varieties this week of slicing and salad tomatoes, Rainbow Cherry Mix, SuperFood Mix, Purslane, Sunflower Bouquets,
Grass Fed Lamb; Bratwurst- 3 kinds.
Shoulder Steak, Chump Steak, Leg Steak and 2 types of Lamb Chops

Some of you may have noticed that there was no blog last week. Bill has been home for 12 days and it always seems like we should have more time but there are all these projects that we are trying to get done and things just get away from us. We have been picking tomatoes, tying up tomatoes, fencing tomatoes, running cucumbers, weeding, weeding, weeding tomatoes, making salsa, eating tomatoes...well you get the picture. Next week, I will be making Tomatillo Salsa FINALLY. The tomatillos are coming on beautifully. Just the right amount of rain this season. I know we were a little dry in June but then this nice shift of over 85 degree days with a nice steady shower every week. It's made everything easier except for the weeds. They of course love it too. We spend 2 hours every morning weeding and have yet to conquer them. I really tried hard to get to the tomatillo salsa this week but the collection is slow when you are tying them up and staking them also. SO many things to do and in so many differing directions. We managed to get the breeding area in for the ducks so they are safe, while nesting from predators. Other than that, many of the things on our list were not gotten to yet. We have another 9 days to get the list done. I want to put a big laugh here.
Many of you were on vacation this week and we did miss you. We'll be glad to see you back Saturday.
Off to weed, sorry there are no pics today.

God's Blessings  on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam and Bill

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Visitors and Visitors

Market List; Grass Fed Lamb Cuts, Lamb Brats, Purslane, Superfood Salad Mix,
Some Black Plum Tomatoes
It has been a summer for visitors on the Farm-
Rayven was here for 5 weeks and then Wwoofer Colleen here with William who is from Shanghai, China. Bill is teaching them how to plant fruit trees.
A long time friend Karen has been hanging out this week with her granddaughter, Dad has been in my office for the last month and in 2 weeks Rayven will be back again.
Bill has vacation coming up and this is what our
TO DO list looks like;
Work on Duck Blind for breeding area
Finish putting up tomato fences
Weed, Weed, Weed the growing spaces
Clear Orchard Paths
Plant Strawberries between Orchard Trees
Plant Raspberries and JostaBerries
Trim Sheep Hooves
Fix Porch Steps
Cut down Extraneous Scrub trees and bushes

Blah, Blah, Blah

We're finally getting enough tomatoes to eat and for Salsa, this is the first week we will have some Black Plum and Juliet to sell. We had a huge Cherokee Green today and I have to say I like it better than the Cherokee Purples, a nicer acid balance and firmer fleshed. Thanks to Mike Brabo who donated the seed. We also picked some Black from Tula that had cracked and Sweet Carneros as well as a couple of Mortgage Lifters. The best time of year is when you have enough tomatoes to eat.
We may have some tomatillos this week and cucumbers are coming hot and heavy...but we are almost out of Pickles again.

Cortney and I will see you Saturday,

God's Blessings on you and yours

TTFN,

Sam and Bill













Thursday, July 7, 2016

Wwoofer Week






So the Rayven flew away and a Wwoofer by the name of Colleen landed on Tuesday.
For those of you who don't remember, Wwoof is a program for people who want to learn about farming without buying a farm or taking a class. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is what the acronym means. Colleen is going to school in St. Louis and volunteers for Campus Kitchen, a program that teaches kids and others how to cook creatively by using food that might be donated or go by the wayside otherwise. She is very interested in food, hence the interest in farming and also eager to help. Tuesday we spent the day tying up tomatoes and weeding-okay, mostly weeding, but we tied them as we went down the rows. After we worked on that for a few hours, I took her to the lake and she realized why she really came to our farm.






Today we pulled garlic. Almost all of the garlic came from Slow Foods Garlic giveaway as a opportunity not to let Heirloom varieties fade out. We planted them in raised beds using our barn compost. From this picture, you can see how great the dirt is and how helpful Colleen. As we cleaned the beds of weeds and garlic, I planted celery and lettuce in the now mostly bare beds.




Here is another example of how great the soil is here.
No, that is not another snake, that's what we in the country call a nightcrawler. We decided this was just too good of a photo op to pass up. The garlic was not as great as I expected, a long wet period this Spring followed by the punishing heat caused early maturation. It was hard to tell if the garlic was ready or that the stalks were just drying out from the early dry summer. We did get a good amount of German Extra Hardy Round and the Russian Giant had amazingly large heads. One  varieties fell apart in the rain and cold nights that we had last week. Still usable and plant-able but not perfect.

Because of the cold and wet weekend, it's even more important to get the garlic dry before it molds.
This morning, we bundled it and hung it on racks to dry with a fan on it. From the picture below, you can see how wet and dirty it is.
It's important that you don't wash the dirt off as it will remove the protective skin. Instead, hang it to air dry and then brush the dirt off.

So Wwoofer William (Yuanhang Lu) from China is arriving on Friday as Colleen is finishing up. While we are at Market he and Billy will be working on more projects and she will be with us for a bit on Saturday. Rayven will be back at the beginning of August. So much always to do and extra hands are a real blessing.
We'll see you on Saturday. Ninety degrees so come and see us for the best deal at the Market; St. Louis' Best Lemonade for only 2.00 a cup. We haven't raised our prices in 10 years because we so love being a part of your market tradition. Don't forget our Organic Green Tea with Jasmine and Robin's local honey.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam, Bill and Colleen




Friday, July 1, 2016

A Cooler Fourth of July Market

Market List- Grass Fed Lamb for your grill! Lamb Chops, 3 kinds of Steak, Kabob meat, Shanks and 3 varieties of Bratwurst- Garlic Butter, Jalapeno and Plain.
Salsa, Pickles and Garlicky Chili Sauce Bouquets will brighten up any meal.

Finally some relief. Forecasts are a lot cooler this weekend. Of course now that we are all ready to have a big summer party, temperatures predicted in the low mid 70's.
The Farm's Rayven will be flying away too. Rayven's parents want her to come home for a bit. It's going to be pretty lonesome without her around. I still haven't trained her to sarcasm but other than that, she's pretty good company and handy too. We had a Wwoofer volunteer for the day last week from China. William came and worked on the tomato fences and the duck blind that we are building to protect the ducks while they are in their brooding stage. We lose so many ducklings every year to predators. Ants in the nest when the ducklings are hatching out, Coons and snakes clean out the nest while the mother is eating, crows run the ducks off the nest. So that's the project for July. Next weekend we will have Wwoofer Collen S and William will be back again as she is leaving.

So brave the rain and come out to Tower Grove Farmers market anyway.


God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN

Sam, Bill and Rayven for  bit longer

Friday, June 24, 2016

Reasons We are Short on Eggs and...Patience



Market List; Garlic Scapes, SuperFood Salad Mix, Purslane,
 Grass Fed Lamb; Chops Steaks, 3 varieties of Bratwurst, Ribs, Shanks and Stir Fry cuts
Non GMO fed Chicken and Slow Food Cayuga duck eggs.
Sunflower Bouquets with Red Hot Pokers




Still pretty hot here at Sunflower Savannah. So hot in fact that we put shade cloth up over about a third of the garden. This is some of the shade cloth here behind Rayven. It's used to shield the crops from non stop sun and of course it helps us out by giving us some relief too while we work, weeding and planting. It will keep the tomatoes from blistering on the vine and reduce water usage. We haven't had to use it for several years. It is unusual for it to be this continually hot this early in June.
Still we have lots of tomatoes coming on and cucumbers for pickles. No lemon cucumbers as of yet, they are a lot slower than the pickling cucumbers. On Sunday the first Sunflowers bloomed out.







Lately we have been coming up short on eggs on several occasions without any apparent reason. At first we thought it was the heat but it was hotter on several days than on the times we got less eggs. Last night we went out to feed the chickens and I heard Bill yell. I ran back, "what's the matter?" he came out of the barn muttering and looking for something. I was afraid that something had happened to one of our animals. He didn't answer me so I asked him again, louder WHAT"S WRONG?" he yelled there's a snake! So I ran in to look. This is curled up in the egg box.
It didn't move even though I stuck my hand in the box trying to get a picture of the whole thing several times. I am assuming this is because it was digesting the eggs. If you look closely, you can see the bumps where the eggs are. I ran into the house and got my phone and called Rayven to see it. We hauled it out of the box with a fork and away it slithered...Back under the barn. When it stretched out, I would guess it was over 5 ft. long. As you see in the pic, I never did get a shot of all of it even though I tried over and over again.
That's my week in a nutshell.

97 degrees tomorrow. See you at the booth for some Lemonade or Tea.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN

Sam, Bill Rayven and a very full snake.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dang it's Hot!

Market List; SuperFood Salad Mix, Dill, Spearmint, Salsa, Leeks, Onions and Bouquets
Grass Fed Lamb; Chops, 3 kinds of Steak, 3 Bratwursts-Garlic Butter, Plain and Jalapeno

This week was slightly less stressful in some areas but it was so hot that it was hard to get as much done in the garden as we would have liked. We'd water the greenhouse and animals, work a couple of hours, water, go in and do Farm related stuff, water the animals, water the greenhouse, jump in the lake, work outside for a bit, feed and water everything and go to bed.  Throw in a couple of meals and you have yourself a Part-Tay. That's about how it went all week. Luckily that meant I actually did a little canning and got some Garlicky Chili Sauce made today. Our tomatoes are beautiful and loaded with blooms but thanks to the constant heat, we are going to have to put up some shade cloth or risk blossoms dropping. We have Juliet and Black Plum tomatoes getting pretty far along and should be ready by a couple of weeks. I wanted to take some pics of how great our plants look but it just did not happen. Some pickling cucumbers have shown up but probably not enough to bring to market. We've been planting, planting planting. Pulling out the peas and radishes and planting more cucumbers. This week we will have a couple of bouquets. We had some flowers last week but just no time to cut them with all that went on here. So look for Red Hot Pokers, Dahlias and Butterfly Weed in the bouquets. No sunflowers yet but they are coming on fast. I was really worried about getting Salad cut tomorrow but the temp is only getting to 87 instead of hovering around 100 as it has been all week. We amy have some scapes, but I didn't have time to check. We planted as fast as we could for 3 hours and then got outta there.

90 degrees on Saturday so look for our Award winning Lemonade and Organic Green Tea with Jasmine and Local Robins honey. We're the best deal at the market. Lots of imitators but we're the real and best deal. See ya at Tower Grove Park. 8:30-12:30.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam, Bill and Rayven

Friday, June 10, 2016

Short and Sweet

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Market List - Garlic Scapes, Snow Peas, Purslane,
Non GMO Chicken and Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs- No Salad Mix this week.
Lamb; Chops, Steaks-3 kinds, Stew Meat, Brats- Garlic Butter, Plain and Jalapeno

and while we don't have tomatoes yet, Harvey Yoder from Tower Grove had an excess and sold some to me, so YES WE WILL HAVE SALSA on Saturday. Probably will not be every week yet but it's a start. Looks to be a great year for tomatoes. We have lots setting fruit and those with fruit already hanging. I can't wait.
We will bring a few tomato plants for those who need replacements but not many.
There is not too much to report. Scrambling to finish getting the rest of the tomatoes in ground and due to some family issues, haven't had as much time as we'd like focused on planting. Rayven is still here and learning more all the time. We did manage to cool off in the lake a couple of times and we starting putting up our tomato fences today. 

95 degrees on Saturday so stop by and get a cup of Green Tea with Jasmine and Robin's Local Honey or one of St. Louis' Best Lemonade. We'll see ya then !

God's blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam and Bill and Rayven

Thursday, June 2, 2016

In Which a Rayven Flies Onto the Farm

Rayven with Slow Food Garlic Scapes
Market List ~ GARLIC SCAPES, Superfood Salad Mix, Snow Peas, Spearmint, Cilantro, Kale, Endive AND

Grass Fed Lamb- Steaks; 3 kinds-Leg, Chump and Shoulder, 2 kinds of chops and 4 varieties of Bratwurst,
Non GMO Chicken and Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs

AS WELL AS

We're bringing all the varieties of Tomato Plants 1 more time. After this, we will just a have a few with us in case someone needs a replacement.

Still have about 28 Heirlooms and 5 Hybrids. We've been planting, planting but we still have a lot left.

I know everyone is anxious for Salsa but it will be a few more weeks yet. We have tiny tomatoes but nothing even close to ripe for Salsa.

Well we have a new helper on the farm. Rayven is the daughter of one of the girls that hung out at my house all the time (before and) when they and my step daughter were growing up. Dana her mother wanted Rayven to have a taste of how she spent her time as a teenager and Rayven wants to learn about animals and the business side of farming. She's learned a lot more than that already.



Her first night here we spent a couple of hours sorting sheep. I had bought color coded collars that we added bells to in order to distinguish bloodlines.
The oldest ewe in each line received a certain color and then all of her female offspring and their offspring received the same.
BellaDonna, the first ewe lamb we had born here was red. Angelica had the most of the same color as we have four of her daughters and some of those have ewe lambs also.
This sounds like a simple process but matching all the white ewe lambs to all the white ewes was a process - let me tell you especially since some of lambs are boys so that's another looksee. By the time the bells and collars were on and all the rams were separated, all 3 of us were pretty hot in more ways than one.


Rayven was not so crazy about planting tomatoes but as with all good workers, she did what she was told. Wednesday was all about weeding in the High tunnel. She found this more interesting as we did some identification on the uses and problems of our local weeds.

While weeding the Slow Food Garlic Beds we came upon a surprise... Garlic Scapes! This whole wall as far as you can see is Garlic from the Slow Food Heirloom Garlic Project and potatoes from the Organic potato order. (Behind Rayven, the table grapes we planted 2 years ago.)We have another bed too from the first year of the Slow Food Garlic Project. After we picked the first batch, Rayven decided it would be interesting to count how many we got. After she counted 105, she decided maybe not so fun but she finished and posted on Instagram a Guess how many Scapes are in this Bag?post. Answer 276. Still some to pick tomorrow.
And so winding up the week with some help for a change, an answered prayer. We're still planting but the greenhouse actually has some bare spots finally.
See you Saturday, Rain or Shine...but hopefully just shine until the market is over.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam, Bill and Rayven









Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Market 2016

            Market List;
Endive, We have an influx of it right now. It's great in Salads, sautéed or stir fried. Very versatile, while it's technically a leafy green, similar to Romaine in structure, it also fits the bill in many other cooking styles. Not to be confused with Belgian Endive.
Superfood Salad Mix- Endive, Lambsquarter, Arugula, Kale, Bok Choy, Radish,
Mache and Wood Sorrel.
Cilantro
Lamb-Steaks, Chops, 3 kinds of Brats- Plain, Jalapeño and Garlic Butter
Red and White Scallions and a limited amount of Snow Peas

Tomato Plants for 2 more weeks- It's time folks. This week and next are prime planting weeks and then it will be almost getting too late. Here's a reminder of our varieties;

Caspian Pink, Golden Jubilee
Early Girl, Dr. Wyche's 
Lemon Boy, Pork Chop
Pantano Romanesco, Arkansas Traveler
Japanese Black Trifele, Homestead
Pink Girl - Green Zebra
Gold Nugget-Green Copia
Paul Robeson-Striped German
Purple Carbon-Cherokee Green
Black Plum-Cherokee Purple
Washington Cherry-Violet Jasper
Juliet- Eva Purple Ball
Chocolate Cherry-Rutgers
Mortgage Lifter-Sweet Carneros
Black from Tula

I have a few Moscovich that finally are growing that I am bringing for those of you who keep asking.

Hopefully the rain will miss the Market window. 80 degrees and so should be great Lemonade weather. Don't forget our Lemonade was voted #1 in St. Louis and our Green Tea with Jasmine is delicately sweetened with Robins local honey. We haven't raised our cup prices in 10 years, at 2.00 it's the best deal at the Market.

Oh yes and a couple of you ordered Legs of Lamb 2 weeks ago. They are ready.

God's blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam and Bill 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Some Days are...

Rosa -August 2005- May 2016








Market List - Salad Mix, Endive, Grass fed Lamb, Cilantro, Spearmint and still
Lot and LOTS of Tomato Plants
Caspian Pink, Golden Jubilee
Early Girl, Dr. Wyche's 
Lemon Boy, Pork Chop
Pantano Romanesco, Arkansas Traveler
Japanese Black Trifele, Homestead
Pink Girl - Green Zebra
Gold Nugget-Green Copia
Paul Robeson-Striped German
Purple Carbon-Cherokee Green
Black Plum-Cherokee Purple
Washington Cherry-Violet Jasper
Juliet- Eva Purple Ball
Chocolate Cherry-Rutgers
Mortgage Lifter-Sweet Carneros
Black from Tula-

I know a lot of you were disappointed  because Moscovich was dropped off the list but they just weren't performing.






Some days on the farm are warm and rewarding but others are without seeming too dramatic- heartbreaking. Today we lost our Great Pyrenees Rosa. She was our first Large Guardian dog. This pic was taken the first day we brought her home from Dave Heinkbein's place-remember him? He used to sell lamb at the market. His dog's were never socialized and they never came to the house- they stayed in the field with the sheep and goats 24/7. They were so wild that when Dave caught her to see if she was the female we wanted, Rosa bit him. When he caught her again for us to take home, she bit him again. As soon as I saw her, I knew her name but she was not happy being on Bill's lap. Our vet told us that if we wanted her to be a good sheep dog, we should not handle her. It was good advice but we did not account for the generations of lack of socialization. For years, she followed us around but would not let us touch her. Billy courted her and sang to her, made up a song especially for her. Finally the last 4 years she got to where she would come to us, especially if there was a storm. She was a barometer. Vicki Lander would send me a pic of the radar and I would send her a photo of Rosa already in the greenhouse telling me without a sound that a storm was coming.

In later years she followed us to the lake and waited for us to swim and then would follow us back












All of this being said, she had a way with the sheep. A bark from her would send the sheep flying from anywhere they were, in seconds they would be at the barn awaiting her command. She braved storms, coyotes, blizzards and many dangers of which we were never aware. We never lost a lamb to a predator. I have over the years put many photos of Rosa on the blog with the flock.











A few of you may remember the popular picture that I posted of the snow storm before market a few years ago. Not sure how I got this effect as it is not a video but it sure made a great pic.

Snow on the Pyrenees

All dogs touch us in the soft underbelly. Always there for us without a word but farm dogs are extra special. Maybe this doesn't count as Farm news but it just didn't seem right that it should go unmentioned.
Rosa will surely be missed.

We'll see you Saturday.

God's Blessings on you and yours

TTFN

Sam and Bill minus Rosa



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Same Old, Same Old



This will be a pretty boring post, pretty much the same as the last one. My back is recovering nicely but I have been battling bronchitis all week. It's mostly just to remind you of the market and our tomato plant varieties. It's the perfect time to start planting and speaking of planting, we had a few volunteers last week and got in about 250 plants. My thanks to everyone who made the effort.

I removed Moscovich from the list. People keep asking for them, but they are just not growing on. After a month still about 3 inches high when everything is 8-12 inches or more. It's a disappointment but here are lo

This will be a pretty boring post, pretty much the same as the last one. My back is recovering nicely but I have been battling bronchitis all week. It's mostly just to remind you of the market and our tomato plant varieties. It's the perfect time to start planting and speaking of planting, we had a few volunteers last week and got in about 250 plants. My thanks to everyone who made the effort.

I removed Moscovich from the list. People keep asking for them, but they are just not growing on. After a month still about 3 inches high when everything is 8-12 inches or more. It's a disappointment but here are lots of other choices; 

Mortgage Lifter- Pink, Good performer, disease resistant and yummy flavor. Can crack if there is a lot of moisture but dependability in flavor and taste make it worth it.

Pork Chop- Great flavor and early production. Performed well in a continuously wet season.

Black from Tula- As always, an amazing variety. Great texture, juicy yet meaty wonderful flavor. A little susceptible to aphids.

Purple Carbon- same as above also add high germination rate.

Paul Robeson- Yummy! will always make my list. Brick red, rich and smoky flavor.

                Black Plum- Beautiful brick red plum type tomato,
                      varies in size from grape to plum size
                                                                                                           
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Azoychka Russian-Citrusy, Juicy Slicer.







Caspian Pink- It's a keeper! Good production, low acid with great tomato flavor, beautiful fluted fruit.


Green Zebra- not so great production this year but once you taste a Zebra,
you will always have a space for it.






  Golden Jubilee- Good producer of lower acid tomatoes.








Pantano Romanesco- another flat fluted tomato, good production and disease resistance.




Cherry tomatoes

Juliet-
Red Grape tomato that has fabulous production AND dries into a superbly chewy tomato










Chocolate Cherry-
These bruised looking beauties are rich in flavor and meaty
Violet Jasper surpasses itself with Green and purple striped beauty as well as production, is beautiful but needs to be fully ripe to obtain full flavor. 


Gold Nugget- New but supposedly sweeter than Sun Gold.

These Beautiful Striped tomatoes can have as many as 4 colors. Some argue that they are the same as pineapple. They are not my favorite because they are lower in acid than I like but have a big following.





Cherokee Green and Purple- Yes, we have both color this year. Again, not one of MY picks for the table but I am in the minority. Super sweet and for an Heirloom extremely productive. They just don't have enough acid for me. They are our largest, best looking plants.


We have an abundance of  Reds, there are many to choose from this year.
Arkansas TravelerEarly Girl
Homestead


Rutgers





Pink Girl
Sweet Carneros





Eva Purple Ball


Don't forget, we start everything from seed and this year we mixed our own compost from off the farm. These plants not only are unique but strong and beautiful too.
ts of other choices;