What's in the box
Early Italian Garlic, Dark Red Norland Potatoes, Mara Des Bois strawberries, flowers with Korean Mint and Rosemary, Onions from the Onion Trial this week it's Firenze Torpedo , Zucchini - Romanesco is ribbed, Genovese is light green, Nano Verde di Milano is dark green, and the round one is Tondo. Pearl White Sweet Corn, cucumbers - Delicatesse, White Wonder and Poona Kheera, lettuce, and finally French filet green beans.
|From a Distance|
|Watermelon in the foreground|
|C41 is Iroquois & W32 is Baby Tsubaba|
Okay, I think I can tell the difference between a Baby Tsubaba and an Iroquois. Just kidding, there are no square melons in the trial. But suffice it to say, I can tell a watermelon from a regular melon. I can't tell you what a Tsubaba looks like because I've never grown it. The melons came to me in a package from a grower in Northern California named Castanea. Along with these, he sent me some seeds for yellow skinned watermelon. He gave me no more information than that.
Why yellow? Well, when they're yellow, they're ripe. No more guessing! It's a funny thing, when I announce that I'm going to do a trial, other farmers send me seeds too. And many thanks to everyone who sent seed.
|Last year's melons|
Asahi Miyanko Ibrido
Winter King & Queen
Grover Delaney (an old favorite!)
Cream of Saskatchewan
Golden Honey Cream
New Hampshire Midget
It's quite a list. So get your melon recipes ready. I received one from a CSA member that I'll put up as soon as we see a ripe melon.
|A few more melons from last year|
Golden Honeymoon Honeydew
Bidwell Casaba (the huge one)
Rugos de Cosenza
Farthest North Mix
Long Island Exotic
Toto el Ano
Collective Farm Woman
Verde De Invierno
Long Island Late
Over the weekend Leo and I trialed all the Zukes. Our favorite remains the Romanesco, the ribbed one. I wanted to dislike the Tondo. Wrong Shape! Wrong Shape! Not like the others. But it was surprisingly good BBQ'ued. I cut it in half and cooked first cut side down and then flipped it, gave it a light dusting of herbs and salt and let it Que skin side down. When we ate it, we didn't eat the skin. It was yummy. It's such a puny bush. The first 2 died! So my prejudice aside, go ahead and eat them.
Have a nice week. This weekend I will start seeds for fall. Isn't that scary?