Farm Journal

August 2020 - The Rise and Fall of Tomatoes

In most fruiting crops, like tomatoes, squash and zucchini, cucumbers, etc. there is a harvest cycle that resembles a half moon - a slow start, leading up to a peak of harvest, and a gradual decline. Tomato harvest follows this cycle more than any other fruiting crop.

We have to plant enough tomatoes to provide a good amount for most of the season, but there will inevitably be a few weeks where there is only a few tomatoes, as well as a few weeks where there is a boatload of tomatoes!

This is the natural cycle of the plants. Being part of a means CSA you get to experience the flow of the farm season.

All this bounty just makes me feel rich!

But it can be overwhelming if you don't know what to do with it… so check out our storage tips for summer veggies, as well as our preserving tips for complete instructions to freeze, can, and/or dry tomatoes, available on our Resource Center website page for CSA members.

Did you know? Tomatoes are so easy to freeze for winter cooking. Just throw them in a freezer bag, whole or quartered, squeeze out the excess air and stash in the freezer. When you thaw them, the skins peel off easily. These make a great, super-fresh tasting addition to soups, sauces, and stews in the winter months.