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It's Melon Time on the Good Farm!

Posted 7/30/2019 6:20pm by John and Aimee Good.


Picking melons - Everyone seems to have some trick for picking out a good melon. Well, no tricks are needed when it comes to our melons. 

Cause we only pick 'em ripe!

For muskmelons (cantaloupe), the color change on the fruit is the obvious clue. The melons start green. When they ripen, they turn that lovely light orange color. Then they should slip from the vine when tugged.

Picking at this stage gives you melons with true ripe flavor. But since the melons cannot handle shipping in this state, you never get melons picked ripe in the grocery store. Which is why I NEVER liked cantaloupe until I worked on a farm. Now I LOVE it! 

In PA, we actually grow muskmelon, not cantaloupe, but that is the more common name. But when you smell the fragrant aroma of these muskmelons, you will know why they get their name!

For watermelons, we watch for several clues. First the plants themselves begin to die back slightly. Then we check the fruits. The tendril opposite the watermelon should turn brown and dry up. That is an indicator of ripeness. We also pick a few from the patch to test them, as watermelons tend to ripen more evenly than muskmelons.

Yes, our watermelons have seeds. The sugars are concentrated around the seeds, which is why ours are so sweet!  Enjoy good old-fashioned flavor with these varieties.

THE HARVEST

New -Melons! (Watermelon and/OR Cantaloupe)

New - Red potatoes! The digger worked beautifully! Lots of nice red potatoes. Check out a video of it in action on our Instagram page.

Silver slicer  &/or Lime Crisp cucumbers

Sweet white onions

Red &/or Orange tomatoes -Peak tomato harvest this week!

Carrots

Zucchini and/or Summer squash

Salad mix

Garlic

Possibly eggplant and/or Asian eggplant

*This is our best estimate of the week's harvest and is subject to change.

Coming Soon: Green peppers, yellow sweet corn

EXTRA SHARES: Eggs, Cheese, Fruit, Coffee & Biweekly coffee shares this week!

FRUIT SHARES: PEACHES ARE IN! Peaches should be taken out of the bag and left out on the counter to soften for best flavor. 

 

Upick at the Farm:  Herbs - Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Sage, Marjoram & Parsley-  pick as needed

Cherry tomatoes - 1/2 pint per small, 1 pint per regular share

Green beans - 1 quart per share

Cut flowers - 15 stems per share

U-PICK GARDEN HOURS: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 am - 7 pm. Wednesday and Saturday mornings, 9 am - noon. 

*Below, the U-pick flower garden at the farm is in full bloom! The monarchs and other butterflies are enjoying it as much as we are! 




Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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