August 03, 2004
Farmers Market Fun
Living in a small town, our access to exotic produce is limited. Luckily in spring, summer, and fall we have our local farmers market to compensate. The produce is always fresh, often picked that morning, and having the chance to chat with the people who grew the food is a true treat.
This weekend our first official act was an early morning trip to the farmers market. Before us lay various kinds of corn, melons, corn, tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, and much more. We picked up beefsteak tomatoes (our ten plants are on hiatus after a fungal infection), pattypan squash, Silver Queen corn (my wife's favorite variety), and okra.
The benefits of our trip began at lunch, when my wife made her corn soup, served with a salad. For dinner we fried the okra, sautéed the squash with onions, and ate fresh corn on the cob. Sunday's meals were filled with leftovers from Saturday and more corn on the cob. Our weekend was filled with the freshest vegetables, and for that we consider ourselves blessed.
Posted by david on August 03, 2004
My tomato plants were destroyed by blight this summer. I need to learn more about what to do to catch the problem early becuase once the blight takes over, the plants are doomed.
I'm still getting some fairly decent tomatoes, but all the rain we've been getting hasn't help, oddly enough.
The thing that seriously failed were my pepper plants. They'd bud, then nothing. (I had a couple of different types of bell, and jalepenos.)
(Sorry - a bit off subject.)
We've got a great farmers market on the way to Sandbridge Beach. Always the best produce, and lots of different kinds of jams, pickles, etc. I got the best pickled squash, and pickled okra. I get spoiled in summer. The grocery stores produce department is just so meh.
Kelly, You probably have early blight. You shouldn't plant your tomatoes in the same place but once every 4 to 5 years to prevent soil-borne fungi like blight. Make sure not to compost your diseased plants. Wash your hands (scissors, knives, etc.) after handling the diseased plants to prevent the blight from spreading to your healthy plants.
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