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The Rise and Fall of Tomatoes

Posted 8/6/2019 6:35am by John and Aimee Good.

The Rise and Fall of Tomatoes. . .

There is a cycle to this sign of summer on the farm, and we are  in the peak of harvest!

In most fruiting crops, like tomatoes, squash & 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!

Well, it's boatload time folks!

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 this week's storage tips for summer veggies, and freezing/canning/drying tips for tomatoes!

And Recipes! Enter TOMATO into the search box for plenty of ideas!


New - White Sweet Corn!

Red &/or Orange tomatoes

Melons (Watermelon and/OR Muskmelon)

Red potatoes

Silver slicer  &/or Lime Crisp cucumbers

Sweet white onions


Zucchini and/or Summer squash-

Salad mix


Eggplant and/or green peppers

Coming Soon: Sweet peppers, yellow sweet corn

EXTRA SHARES: Eggs, Bread, Fruit, & weekly Coffee shares this week!

FRUIT SHARES: Peaches should be taken out of the bag and left out on the counter to soften for best flavor. Varieties this week - Coral Star - big, beautiful and very flavorful! Some Flavorburst as well - more mild flavor but very sweet.


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

Cherry tomatoes - 1 pint per share

Hot peppers - some Jalapeno & Hot Wax

Cut flowers - 15 stems per share

Note: More green beans & edamame coming soon - Mexican bean beetles are bad this year and this is affecting the bean harvest, so yields are down.

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

*Below, this is a very common tomato pest, the tomato hornworm, a large very hungry green caterpillar who feasts on the green tomatoes themselves.  You can see he is not looking so good.
The body of the hornworm is covered with the cocoons of a parasitic wasp
. The female Braconid wasp, Cotesia congregatus, lays her eggs under the skin of the hornworm, and the larvae feed on the insides of the hornworm, eating their way out and spinning these white cocoons that you see. A bit gross, but really cool!

We do not have to do anything to take care of these hungry caterpillars, except provide a good home for beneficial insects such as this parasitic wasp to live on the farm - harmony in nature!

More ways below, to find what you need to know:

CSA Pickup/ Upick Hours  - lists hours for all pickup sites, as well as Farm Upick times

CSA Pickup Changes & more - change contact info, check your balance, make a payment, schedule a vacation hold and double pickup, switch to a different pickup day or location for a week, etc. (To permanently change your pickup location, you need to contact Aimee.)

News & Blog - Missed an email? Want to review an old one? You can find all our email posts here in our blog archive.

Recipes - Every week we post new recipes highlighting the vegetables in your share. Most recent additions will be at the top of the page, but we have quite a lot of recipes on this page, and you can search by vegetable to find many more ideas!

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053





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