The Vineyard Gazette honors us this week with a well-reported article about the adventures of our 2017 tomato crop, which was delayed by adverse weather in the spring and early summer but is coming in gangbusters now. Food writer Susie Middleton, an experienced farmer herself, does an excellent job turning all of Simon’s geeky statistics into a very readable story. Some highlights:
- “(B)y the time the Fair began on August 18, the farm had only harvested 955 pounds of red field tomatoes, as opposed to 2,800 pounds the year before.”
- “On August 19 of 2016 — smack dab in the middle of Fair week — the tomato crew, led by manager Lydia Hall, picked 1,133 pounds of red field tomatoes. This year, the first 1,000-pound day came on August 28.”
- “Last year, Morning Glory Farm harvested a total of 42,550 pounds of field tomatoes (all varieties)…”
- “(T)here’s no indication that this year, with 17,000 plants in the ground, will be significantly off — the harvest is just delayed.”
- “Morning Glory has contracted with an organization in Boston called Commonwealth Kitchen that will take the farm’s tomatoes — the first 1,000 pounds went off this week — and return glass jars of both crushed tomatoes and marinara sauce to sell in the store.”
Bottom line: We’ve got plenty of tomatoes for your slicing, cooking and canning needs and you can buy in bulk for as little as $1.95 a pound. Or check back soon for our jarred tomatoes and enjoy the taste of summer all winter long.