You’re asking for it

tomato

Tomatoes, that is.  At least 5 different people this week have asked for them.  After ensuring that they all had a place to protect tomato plants from frost at night, I told them that we would start putting some varieties on the stand this week and bring them to the Saturday Market.  But each sale will come with a warning and each customer will have to give us their word that they will take good care of their tender plants.  The timing of this plant release is particularly bad since temperatures are supposed to dip to 2C Sunday and Monday night.

Tomato varieties
Salad Tomatoes: Black Krim, Black Prince, Brandywine, Yellow Brandywine, Green Zebra, Jaune Flamme, Manitoba, Moneymaker, Moskvich, Mortgage Lifter, Salt Spring Sunrise
Cherry Tomatoes: Gardener’s Delight, Tumbler (in hanging pots), Sun Gold
Sauce/drying: San Marzano, Principe Borghese, Roma
Other: Tomatillo, Purple Tomatillo

Other new plants on the farm stand and at the Saturday Market this week:
rhubarb
bronze fennel
arugula
New Zealand spinach
nicotania variety packs
black & pink hollyhocks
bachelors buttons/cornflowers – now in 4-packs
yellow & red chrysanthemums
lunaria/money plant
phacelia

Other available plants that are ready to be planted outside
celery
bulb fennel
albion strawberries (note: 6 packs are getting low, but there are still lots of singles in 3.5″ pots at 3 for $5 which is nearly the same price per plant as the 6-packs, only the crowns tend to be bigger in the 3.5″ pots)
broccoli
cauliflower
cabbage
kale
pac choi
lettuce
spinach
onions
leeks
sweet peas
snap, snow & shelling peas

In the next few weeks, we will have:

9 more varieties of tomatoes (when they’re bigger)
10 varieties of peppers
4 varieties of eggplant
10 varieties of squash & pumpkins
4 varieties of cucumbers
basil
chamomile
dill
oregano
thyme
parsley
cosmos
marigolds
alyssum
nasturtiums
rudbeckia
echinacea
sunflowers

Veggie Spotlight: Calabrese broccoli
Dark green, 10cm (4″) heads on this HEIRLOOM, open pollinated broccoli variety. Calabrese is the original broccoli, developed in Italy hundreds of years ago. Great flavour and texture.

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