We grow other crops in smaller volumes, such as green beans, beets, melons and other items. We try to have these items available during the summer months, whether they come from our own farm or other local farms. Those vegetables, such as potatoes and onions, that ripen at times that conflict with our fruit harvest, are regularly sourced from other local farmers.
Tomatoes (Mid- to Late-July): In 2003, we built our first high tunnel greenhouse for growing tomatoes. In a high tunnel, which is essentially an unheated greenhouse, tomatoes are planted in directly in the soil. The high tunnel offers several advantages over the field for tomatoes, including less disease (blight), more attractive fruit, higher yields, the ability to control soil moisture and an extended season (both earlier and later). Looking for green tomatoes? Give us a call, we can generally pick some for you from July to October.
Squash: During the early-Summer we grow zucchini & summer squash in our high tunnels, after which it is grown in the fields. The Fall brings several varieties of winter squash in from our fields, including butternut, buttercup, acorn and hubbard squash. We also grow an assortment of other specialty varieties, which will vary by year.
Sweet Corn: One of our favorite summer time treats is sweet corn! Our corn begins to ripen in early-August and continues throughout early-September. We pride ourselves on having super sweet and super fresh corn on the stand during corn season. We taste test all the time, just to make sure what our customers get is only the best!
Lettuce: Since 2012, we have been experimenting with hydroponic lettuce. We have three hydroponic tables located in one of our high tunnels where we produce mixed salad greens for our café and to be sold by the pound during the summer months. Hydroponic lettuce is beautiful and delicious and because it does not come into contact with the soil it has a longer shelf life than typical mixed greens.
Eggplant: We have found that eggplant grows very well in our high tunnels, producing large smooth fruit. Eggplant is typically available from late-July through early-September.
Green Peppers and Jalapeno Peppers: Bell peppers in assorted colors and hot peppers with varying levels of heat also come out of our high tunnels and fields beginning in mid- to late-July.