Monday, August 30, 2010

End of Summer, Start of Fall

We've had amazingly fluctuating weather this past week.  On Wednesday it was 108 degrees, then on Saturday the high was 76 degrees with a few sprinklings of rain.  It was like July and October in the space of a few days.  Towards the end of this week the temperatures are supposed to reach above 100 again. 

Because of cool and fluctuating weather during the spring and summer, tomato harvest started very late this year, and seems to be at its peak right now in my garden.  Over the weekend I picked lots of boxes of tomatoes, along with the first winter squash.  The squash is a bit early, and the tomato peak is about a month late.

In the orchard, Faye Alberta peaches are all picked and we moved on to Rio Oso Gem and O'Henry's.  Now we have just a few more trees of late variety peaches left to pick for the fruit stand.  We harvested a lot of ripe figs from the fig trees and we have sweet grapes from the Koyama farm next door.   

Here's what's at the fruitstand now:

  • Figs--Black Mission, brown variety
  • Grapes--Ribier (seedless, purple, limited quantity)
  • Peaches--Faye Elberta, Rio Oso Gem, O'Henry (all yellow freestone varieties); and Philip (yellow cling)
  • Plums--Casselman, Kelsey, Friar, Elephant Heart, Duarte
  • Asian Pear--Hosui and Shinseiki (yellow varieties) and Shinko and Yoi (brown varieties)
  • European Pear--Bartlett
  • Vegetables--tomatoes, eggplant (Ichiban and Listada de Gandia), green beans (Kentucky Wonder),  bitter melon, sweet peppers, hot peppers, zucchini, summer squash,  tomatillos, Swiss chard, oregano, mint
  • Eggs--from chickens at our orchard
  • Honey--from bees at our orchard

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