• Ali Collier

Where are the Tomatoes?

Happy Monday Pop Uppers! Our vendors have survived another HOT week and are looking forward to the semi-cool weather predicted for the coming weekend. Yesterday's market was VERY hot and by the time I got home I felt thoroughly cooked through. But we had a blast and it was so great to see so many of you come out to support our vendors and our sponsor, The Glen Rock Mill Inn.

I also learned something about gardening yesterday from fellow grower and friend, Tiffany of Morgan Peri Organics. While commiserating about how slowly our tomatoes are coming along she mentioned that it may just be too hot for them. What a breakthrough idea this was for me! I have only been growing for 4 seasons and usually have many more failures than successes (seriously) so I just assumed somehow I had forgotten how to grow tomatoes. I looked it up, though, and lo and behold I found it to be true:

Daytime temperatures consistently above 90° F or night time temperatures consistently above 75° F create all kinds of stress for tomato plants.

Meaning the pollen gets destroyed, the plant won't flower and it just goes into survival mode until the temperatures get back to the desired range. So, we'll just add this phenomenon to the pile of strange things happening in 2020.

So, while the tomatoes are in short supply at our online market now is the time to enjoy other summer classics and some of our more unusual offerings:

First up a classic summer specialty, hot peppers from Love Sown Family Farm:

These spicy, but not too spicy, peppers are my one of my favorite finds of the season. I've ordered them several times and just slice up these skinny little wonders and put them straight into my meals. There's no need to take the seeds out, which is the worst part of cooking with peppers in my opinion.

For something a little different try Staghorn Sumac from Brabble Hill Farm:

If you know me then I've probably already tried to get you to try staghorn sumac berries. The berries themselves are fuzzy and have large pits so they're not fun to eat but the clusters make a delicious sun tea and they dry nicely to be made into a wonderfully crimson spice. Don't be fooled by the name, staghorn sumac is NOT related to poison sumac, plant names are just funny sometimes.

A classic baked good, Zucchini Bread from Burtt Baking Co:

Katie has been busy pitting together her summer line up of baked goods and she's hit upon a way of using up the bumper crop of everyone's garden, the zucchini. With cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, I am sure, without even getting the chance to try it, that this zucchini bread is better than mine and I'm not even upset. It just means I won't have to turn on my oven!

For something deliciously beautiful I present to you Shiso from Tulsi Fields Farm:

While shiso is nothing new in China, India and Japan I've only known about this herb about as long as I have known Matt. His knowledge of herbs and usage of them in teas never ceases to amaze and educate me. I like to use fresh shiso as a cut flower filler, as well as in salads, tomato sauces and on pizza. It really is that good. I think this week I will try fermenting it!

Everything old is new again with Cardoon from Morgan Peri Organics: My dad mentioned in passing about how my grandmother used to make cardoon when he was young so when I cook this up it'll be like learning a little bit about my dear departed G-ma. Tomatoes can't do that.

Another summer classic, Note Cards from Mary Magenta: OK, so this might not be as classic for some of you as they are for me, but man, picking out my summer stationary before going to summer camp was really the only part of having to write home I enjoyed, sorry Mom. These cards designed by Mary are beautiful and I love that there are 6 designs but you only get to see one. An art surprise is the best kind of surprise... second only maybe to getting a card in the mail. Send one to someone you love.

Longstanding traditions is the new black with Lavender Essential Oils from Wildwood Lavender Farm:

Maybe it's just because I don't personally know how to use a copper still but I am delighted and amazed to find that almost 200 years since the invention of the copper still it can still be used to make such high quality products. And that we can get it right here in SoYoCo!

Find a new favorite with the Face Essentials Sample Set from Mother Truffula: With a set that includes sample portions of Whipped Face Cream, Bamboo & Pumice Face Polish, Herbal Clay Mask, Nighttime Face Serum, and Caffeine-Infused Under Eye & Face Serum you are sure to find something your skin will love. I love how the Bamboo and Pumice Face Polish makes my face feel after a long, hot day when I'm covered in grime. Bonus, this set comes with a cute little wooden spoon!

SO, you should be all set with an order for a daringly different week with a few comfortable favorites for balance. Orders can be placed by Wednesday at 4pm for Thursday pick ups at 59 Water St Glen Rock or Life in Balance Yoga in Hanover. Orders for produce only can be place by Friday at 12pm for pick up at Untamed Boutique in Hanover at 10am.

Remember too, we're holding a giveaway for an art pin from Mary Magenta (doesn't mine look cute in my hat?). Every online order by July 31st receives an entry. We will choose 1 winner from Glen Rock and 1 from Hanover.

And, if that wasn't enough, a selection of our vendors will be popping up at The Glen Rock Mill Inn on Sunday from 12-3pm. Follow social media pages (Facebook , Instagram, Twitter) for an announcement of the vendors and any sudden updates.

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