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Farm Happening for July 22, 2021

Posted on July 18th, 2021 by Ilene Freedman


EXTRA, EXTRA! Check out the Extras for sale. You can add to your order: extra produce, flats of tomatoes, pastured eggs from Nick's Organic Farm, and beautiful cards with farm photos. Click on the Extras to check it all out.


I hope you are savoring those heirloom tomatoes. They are bodacious and beautiful and bountiful. House in the Woods Farm is well known locally for our heirloom tomatoes. We also grow a couple nice hybrid varieties for a red slicer. Your boxes will contain a mix of them.. We have been selling tomatoes and plants at The Common Market for many years. There is a poster on the wall in the Veggie Shed with descriptions of heirloom varieties. You’ll be enjoying mostly Pineapple, Persimmon and Cherokee Purple varieties. 


I used to write a column in the Frederick News Post. This one gives a bit of history about heirloom and hybrid tomatoes and the difference:


Heirloom tomatoes are delicate and need care during transport. Treat them like a carton of eggs; don’t pack heavy items on top of them in your bag. We pack our tomatoes in paper boxes to distribute them evenly and minimize handling. Please do not switch anything around. We can re-use tomato boxes if they are returned clean and dry. Growing your own tomatoes? If you don’t need tomatoes in your share, you might want to change your preferences to 1 for tomatoes when you start harvesting your own tomatoes, so that they won’t show up in your share. Although, yes, you can always swap them out during customization.


The beautiful eggplant are here! We grow Italian eggplants (the big ones) and Asian varieties (long and skinny). You will have weeks to explore eggplant dishes. I love eggplant slices marinated in olive oil and spices, then grilled. Babaganouj is a delicious dip, like hummus with roasted eggplant instead of chickpeas. I use a recipe from the original Moosewood Cookbook. I found someone’s blog that includes a photo from the cookbook, so you can see the recipe here: 


We are growing ratatouille! Peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini.Explore eggplant recipes, including ratatouille: