Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Red Hill Farm, Week #15, by Angela

This is a Full Share and Bi-Weekly Tuesday Pickup week.

Josh will be in the share room this week to assist you. If you have a stash of plastic bags at home, we'd greatly appreciate your help refilling the plastic-bag bin in the share room--thanks.

The tomato rows in the field will be open for gleaning during pick-up times. These are the rows that are on your left as you enter the farm, so you will have to walk back up there after you've parked your car. Please do not park your car even temporarily on the driveway to pick or load your tomatoes--it's a violation of fire safety codes. Please also note that this gleaning does not include the tomatoes in the U-pick area. 

Much like our gleaning event last year, you may take as many as you'd like, to help us clean off the plants before pulling up the stakes. So bring your bags, buckets, boxes, and brawn to lug off as much as you'd like. Remember that green tomatoes will ripen on the counter. The rows will remain open for gleaning during pickup hours this week and possibly next week. (The neighboring eggplant and pepper rows will be marked off; please DO NOT go down those aisles as we are still harvesting from those plants for parts of the share).
Samuel Palmer, Ruth Returning from Gleaning, ca 1828,
Victoria & Albert Museum, London (source) According to Palmer scholars,
"the powerful figure of Ruth the Gleaner [symbolizes] the fecundity of
the land.
For your menu planning this week, you may anticipate:

  • Salad greens
  • Elba potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Sweet White Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
Cheers from Angela!

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