Our plants are ready for the rain to stop. Here are the varieties we have this year. Some old friends and a few new ones.
This time of year we begin planning for our spring crops and the seeding of long term vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. So now is the time to vote for your favorites so we can seed some for you. Have a favorite variety of tomato? Look on our tomato page under produce and post your favorites here. Or email us a list.
Know a great hot or sweet pepper? Let us know, we like trying new varieties!
This time of year in addition to all our farm fresh produce and dried tomatoes we are fortunate to be able to sell lovely citrus from our sister farm, literally Janet’s sister, Dayna’s, farm.
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It’s peak season for our sweet, juicy melons. Going fast though. Come taste all our varieties and vote for your favorite.
Leisen’s Bridgeway Farms has had a number of customers at the farmers market express concern that they are late planting tomatoes. On the contrary, now is a perfect time to plant your entire summer vegetable garden. Our weather is just now stabilizing and the nights are warming from the 40s into the 50s. Plants like eggplant, peppers and tomatoes all prefer a warm environment and beans, squash and cucumber need warm soil to germinate and of course the melons, especially watermelon, need those warm days to be at their best.
This year we reduced our varieties of tomatoes to a chosen few. These are the cream of the crop with a few new varieties on trial. As we plant our fields the number of plants available gets reduced and some of the varieties disappear so get them soon. There is a link below to our 2016 tomato varieties list. Come to the farmers markets and pick up your tomato plants.
Micro Greens are lush and varied. Packed with nutrition these baby plants are versitile. They can be put on sandwiches, added to salads (or make them a salad by themselves), used in smoothies, stir fried, added as garnish to dishes and the list goes on. Thanks to Joby and Ricky at What’s Up Farm for getting us started on these fun additions to our farmers market display.
In spite of our record drought you can have a vegetable garden. Many vegetables use minimal water and actually suffer when over watered. One of those plants is the tomato. Plant it deep, water it well the first few days to get it established then water deep and infrequently. If the plant is wilting in the morning, water it.
Here is a list of our varieties this year. Many are selling out as we only seeded a few so get them soon before they’re gone!
Galeaux d’Eysines, that warty pumpkin we have at the markets this month has a unique flavor and makes great soup or pie. We have begun slicing this pumpkin and the other large, soup pumpkins, Musquee de Provence and Marina di Chioggia, into smaller portions for individual recipes. It’s getting toward the end of our other squashes especially Delicata and Butternut. Branch out and try a Kabocha Winter Sweet variety or Speckled Hound. Come to the market and get them before they’re gone.
This will probably be the last week for the luscious Ambrosia melons. But have no fear, the French are on the way. Charentais and Petit Gris de Rennes melons will be showing their faces next week and the San Juan, Wrangler and Zatta melons are going strong. We have some Cranes still ripening on the first planting and the second row is beginning to show signs of ripening. And as always we will have our Sugar Baby, Sunshine and Little Baby Flower watermelons. Maybe a New Orchid or two as well. Watch for them at the farmers markets. Get there early if you want Crane melons or Sunshine watermelons, they are very popular. Tastes will be available for most of the melons. The sweet, dog days of summer! Get them before they are gone.