It could be time to admit the end is near.
At least for another season. Not to go about fear mongering, but let’s be honest. Coming up on the last weeks of September and with a full moon coming soon, the frost advisories are getting closer all the time. However, a few more 80 degree days are predicted for this week and that bodes well.
The broccoli, cauliflower, bean and lettuce crops could certainly use the boost of heat and sun. Everything else is clearly on the wane, and it is okay, just hard to accept. I know I was utterly unprepared for the end of the peach season this weekend. Albeit the perfect opportunity to reinvest myself in the apple department. We still have close to 20 varieties of apples available under the tent. Your family favorites Honeycrisp, Macintosh, and Cortland have been recently joined by Macoun, Empire, Liberty, and Freedom.
You may have garnered from this week’s news that New England is expecting a particularly bleak apple season. While we haven’t noticed so far, guarantees of quantity are impossible and with orchards reporting losses of 20-80% over last year’s haul I wouldn’t want to be standing around empty-handed when the supply runs out. Wait, there goes that fear mongering again. Sorry. So don’t worry about it, but you know, be on your game, don’t miss out on your favorites.
Elsewhere in the stand, Mirai corn is done for the season, but we plan on having enough Providence butter and sugar to pick through the end of the month and on toward Columbus Day. We are also still picking white corn, either Mattapoisett or Argent for a while longer.
Tomatoes took a hit with last month’s heavy rain, but seem to have come around, and we are still getting a pretty healthy pick out of them once they dried out. Peppers, eggplant, cucumbers and summer squash are all still producing, but maybe not in the numbers you are used to, cold nights certainly make a difference.
One note on the peppers, if anyone out there is a fan of scotch bonnet hot peppers let us know. We have a great assortment of hot peppers usually, but for some reason the bright orange and VERY hot Scotch Bonnets are very productive right now and ripe for some homemade hot sauce. If that’s up your alley give us a heads up and we will be happy to pick you a generous amount.