TIME FOR TOMATOES
Caitlyn Anderson here wondering how she will be negotiating getting the tomatoes into the packing barn! We notice that there are three categories of tomatoes that are listed in Harvie's listings -- cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, and paste tomatoes. (We haven't given out paste tomatoes yet, the larger San Marzano's are just starting to come in.) Since we are also growing some varieties of heirloom varieties, and they don't have a separate category (yet), we will be, and have been, grouping them in with beefsteak tomatoes. So when we give out the beefsteak tomatoes, you might be receiving one of the heirloom tomatoes. Maybe later this season or at least by next season (assuming we continue with Harvie!) we can have a separate category of the heirloom tomatoes. Similar issue with peppers; right now we have to manually override the basic category of "Sweet peppers" if we want to differentiate the frying peppers from the bell peppers, and the colored peppers from the green peppers. But better if we can list them (and have you rate) separately; otherwise they have all the same rankings, and same priority in listing.
A FAREWELL TO OUR SUMMER HELPERS
We take on a handful of students each year to help us with the workload during the summer months; some attending college, some in high school, and a few still at the middle school level. Some homeschooled as well! The timing works out pretty well, since June, July and August are the busiest seasons, so we need the most help during those months. This year we have had three college students spend part or all of their summer with us, in addition to six high school age teenagers, and several middle schoolers (including our own Emma). The college students have all departed now, and the high schoolers are soon to follow. We wish them all well in their life journeys, and a hearty thanks for their contributions and efforts. Many of them learned a few new skills as well! We might need a little assistance yet this fall in the packing barn, so if you might live close by, and be interested in either some part-time work, or just exchanging either a morning or afternoon's help for a big box of produce, send us an e-mail!