It was one hundred degrees at 12:30 p.m. and shot up to 110 by 3 p.m. and 112 around 5 p.m. Farming in Arizona for 17 years, I don't remember it being this hot in May. Now around June tenth or so it's usually around 108/109 and climbs to the teens in mid June, but not it May……. and maybe my memory isn't……and it was…..oh boy!
This picture shows one day of harvest from a few years ago and only this many filled containers would fit in the photo. That day just over 500 lbs. were picked. These were mostly golf ball sized, pear and Roma. Harvest began at 630 a.m. and finished at 130 p.m. In tomato season the farm produces five to seven hundred pounds every two to three days. Tomato season usually lasts through late June to early July.
Upon inspecting the tomato plants yesterday, I was shocked see a few large ripe tomatoes. I didn't think I would see tomatoes for a few more weeks. It's possible, I said possible I could have a few tomatoes on the tables this Saturday at the farm stand. I'm not trying to pull your leg, all depends on the animals, will they leave them alone? In order to have tomatoes the weather must get hot so I guess I should welcome the heat and enjoy its fruits for as long as it last. I will probably add tomatoes to the veggie list this week.
Here's the veggie list:-Potatoes
-Green Zucchini Squash
-Pickling Cucumber and Slicers
-Sweet Red Onions
-Mini Sweet Yellow Onions-my favorite
-Tomatoes – farm stand only.
-maybe a vendor or two; bread and beef?
-one broken sprinkler head
-Don't forget to buy your ticket at the farm for a chance to win a 250.00 CSA Membership. The raffle ends June 7, 2014. And new summer hours 7 to 11 a.m.