Saturday, April 22, 2017

Plant Sale Pack Descriptions



This is a list of our tomato four packs and details on each tomato. 

Before we begin here's some things to keep in mind: 
1. Our frost free date is May 15 so best not to plant tomatoes outside before that day
2. Many heirloom tomatoes are Indeterminate which means they keep growing and growing taller and taller. So we recommend some support for all tomatoes
3. Always best to water at the base...watering from above encourages disease

Scroll to the number pack which is listed on the tag. 

4 Pack Mix #1
This mix has 1 heirloom, 1 standard red, 1 sauce tomato, and an adorable pink cherry tomato
Dixie Gold Giant
  • bright yellow large heirloom tomato
Ramapo
  • Ramapo tomato was developed at Rutgers. Ramapo became a home gardeners favorite due to its rich flavor and fruit quality.  
San Marzano
  • a delicious and high quality sauce tomato
Fruit Punch
  • cute cherry tomato that bears pink juicy fruit


4 Pack Mix #2
This mix is all full sized heirloom tomatoes
Black Beauty
  • the darkest skin of any tomato out there with bright red flesh

Black Krim
  • usually thought of as one of the best heirloom tomatoes, dark red/purple skin

Brandywine
  • a classic heirloom tomato that has a delightful rich flavor, pink/reddish

Chocolate Stripe
  • dark brownish tomato with green and red striping


4 Pack Mix #3
This mix is all full sized tomatoes
Ramapo
  • Ramapo tomato was developed at Rutgers. Ramapo became a home gardeners favorite due to its rich flavor and fruit quality. 
Brandywine
  • a classic heirloom tomato that has a delightful rich flavor, pink/reddish
Black Krim
  • usually thought of as one of the best heirloom tomatoes, dark red/purple skin
Hess
  • big gorgeous yellow heirloom tomato

4 Pack Mix #4
This mix is 3 full sized tomatoes and 1 sauce tomato
Brandywine
  • a classic heirloom tomato that has a delightful rich flavor, pink/reddish
Chocolate Stripes
  • dark brownish tomato with green and red striping
Ramapo
  • Ramapo tomato was developed at Rutgers. Ramapo became a home gardeners favorite due to its rich flavor and fruit quality. 
San Marazano
  • a delicious and high quality sauce tomato

4 Pack Cherry #1
Garden Peach

  • the cutest little fuzzy (yes fuzzy) tomato hence the name garden peach it has great flavor to go with it's cute size and appealing yellow-y pinkish color
Fruit Punch
  • sweet pink cherry tomato
Yellow Pear
  • yes, they are really pear shaped and yellow too
Pink Bumble
  • pink with slight striping on the skin 

4 Pack Cherry #2
Fruit Punch
  • sweet pink cherry tomato
Dr. Caroline
  • approx. 1 inch size fruit that's yellow/white with a sweet low acid flavor
Yellow Pear
  • yes, they are really pear shaped and yellow too
Pink Vernissage
  • pink with yellow/green striping large in size and prolific

4 Pack Cherry #3
Fruit Punch
  • sweet pink cherry tomato
Dr. Caroline
  • approx. 1 inch size fruit that's yellow/white with a sweet low acid flavor
Yellow Pear
  • yes, they are really pear shaped and yellow too
Black Vernissage

  • large deep red/purple cherry tomato

4 Pack Cherry #4
Pink Bumble
  • pink with slight striping on the skin 
Sungold
  • on of the tastiest of the little tomatoes. They are small, sweet, and a pleasing deep orange color.
Fruit Punch
  • sweet pink cherry tomato
Dr. Caroline
  • approx. 1 inch size fruit that's yellow/white with a sweet low acid flavor

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Color: Tulips and Daffodils

looking inside the low tunnel


I grew some tulips and daffodils under low tunnels this spring at the farm. 

I signed up to do a Winter farmers market and knew that the veggies I had planted would only last so long (until mid January). After that I made dried flower wreaths followed by pussy willows and then on to tulips and daffodils.

Until very recently (as in this month) I was never much a fan of daffodils. But the pink and doubles varieties have changed my mind completely.









daffodil + succulent arrangement

daffodils in the hallway window

flowers in a pig

flowers and pig tails

bed side parrot tulips

green parrot tulips and succulents


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Yellow Cake + Peaches + Salted Honey Buttercream and Lavender Sprinkles Birthday Cake



Yes, this is a belated birthday cake post but I wanted to share with you this year's cake for my big three O.

I was inspired by a few things for this one: 
1. the incredible salted honey pies my friend Val makes at her bakery (constellation collective in collingswood, nj)
2. the equally as incredible honey lavendar ice cream my friend Jake makes (windy brow farm in newton, nj)
3. how much I love peaches


So with all of that I came up with a yellow cake that had peaches between the layers covered with salted honey buttercream and lavender used as sprinkles! 

I think I will use the honey buttercream will all of the my cakes now because it's a winner! 

For this I used peaches from our orchard that froze but I think fresh peaches will be even better. 



Yellow Cake + Peaches + Salted Honey Buttercream 
with Lavender Sprinkles 

Yellow cake recipe from Food & Wine

Honey Buttercream Recipe: 
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp milk
3-4 tbsp light honey
1 stick of softened butter
1/8-1/4 tsp salt

Peaches peeled and sliced and strained for at least one hour so your cake doesn't get soggy. 

Dried Lavender removed from stems and sprinkled on top!