Archive for August 29th, 2015

Watermelon Surprises

So this Spring The Farmer’s Wife had a great idea on how to plant the watermelons.  Instead of one bed of each variety and having to visit each one to harvest those melons, why not plant all varieties in one bed?  They all mature at about the same time, the pollinators for the seedless would be incorporated within the beds, and we could harvest from start to finish in one bed–should be faster and more efficient! Great in theory…

One problem–how do you tell which ones are orange-meated or yellow-meated without cutting them apart, and how can you be sure the seedless is not seeded when they look so much alike?  Today we had an impromptu course on rind identification–not fool-proof, but maybe a little easier.  The hard one is the Amarillo (yellow-meated) and the Farmer’s Wonderful or Extazy (red-meated). Orange Crisp seems pretty distinct…but there is supple differences even within the variety itself.

We will do our best to get you the watermelon you want–but rest assured, they are all good and they are all priced the same. We are going to sell them as ‘Surprise’ Watermelons–Yellow, Red, or Orange.

If you get a seeded Crimson and you wanted a seedless–we will replace it with what you want–Just let us know!  Maybe send a photo and text to 431-1219…

Also, if your melon is over-ripe return it for a replacement.  We try to stay on top of their ripening, but sometimes we miss one in the field or get it wrong.

Enjoy them while they last–first frost and the melon season comes to an end!  

The Farmer’s Wife

Saturday Market- August 29th, 2015

We spent all day harvesting tomatoes, cantaloupe, and watermelonsthe tables have been set up and the cooler perused for surplus-–  Now we are ready for all Big Horn Basin people that want Farm Fresh and Locally Grown produce, organic principles, and lots of tender love and hard work… Prices are reasonable.  Where?–At The Farm on Washakie Ten, turn at the 5 HUGE granaries!  8:00 to Noon–

Supplies on surplus items are limited–Cauliflower and Romanesque, Artisan Cherry Tomatoes, carrots, and Yum Yum Snack Peppers, Candy bulb onions (fresh), last of the zucchini for the season.

We have plenty of Athena Cantaloupe, French Charentais, Galia, Honey Dew…Mini-seedless Watermelons, Seedless Sweet Slice, and Heirloom Crimson Sweets. Melons priced from $2.50 to $6.00, and Watermelons $3 to $8.

We also have plenty of Tomatoes:  Priced at $1.25/# pre-boxed, and $1.50 individually weighed. There are three 10# cases of Heirloom tomatoes at $1.50/#–Brandywine and German Johnson.  Boxed units are 10#, 15#, 20#, 30#.

Other items to sell are Delicata, Spaghetti Squash, and Acorn squash….also some sweet Hooligan’s…a small multi-colored pumpkin.  Bagged Broccoli, Kale, Armenian cucumbers, Tendersweet and Green and Red cabbages, Red Beets, Watermelon Radishes, 4 kinds of Hot Peppers, sweet peppers, 3 kinds of head lettuce at $1.75 each, Amarosa Fingerlings and Purple Viking potatoes.

There will also be red Kali Pears, $1.25/#–Fresh from Fower’s orchard in Utah.

Help us clean out the coolers, move some vine-ripened melons, and take care of your tomato needs for canning or just plain eating!

The Farmer’s Wife