Fall is a wonderful time. Our goal is to extend the season by growing storage crops so our very own Agricola can have local produce going into the winter months. Some storage crops we have grown so far: Nero Tondo Radish, Watermelon Radish, Delicata Squash, Kabocha Squash, Beets, Kohlrabi, and Potatoes. We have learned a lot about the ebbs and flows of providing vegetables to the restaurant. Some items are such a hit with local eaters that we run out in a matter of weeks, while other crops that are producing well create a surplus that we wholesale to Zone 7. The learning process is steep, and I am looking forward to finishing out this season while planning for the next. The picture above is Kabocha winter squash which is currently being served at Agricola. Come and try it before we run out!
It has been wonderful to work outside this August. This week we have reached the height of our season which means extra time preparing for the markets. We have heirloom tomatoes and shishito peppers piling high. The cool weather is letting our new planting of kale and swiss chard thrive. Our tomatoes are producing but there is always a threat of disease when it stays wet and cold for so long. So far we planted shunkyo radishes (seen above), black radish, watermelon radish, and french breakfast radish, hakurei turnips, heirloom carrots, broccoli, kohlrabi, and lots of beans to bring us into September. We still have our last planting to do for the fall and we are anticipating the “Outstanding in the Field” dinner on September 15th. Enjoy the weather while it lasts!
It is always a special time when you see the first ripe tomato of the season hanging off the vine. I try and only eat tomatoes when they are in season. Once you taste the amazing flavor of local tomatoes it is hard to eat one that has been shipped from Florida and put in a ethylene chamber to ripen. Tomatoes are political. I will not go into too much detail, but mass produced tomatoes found in the supermarket and fast food chains have a story behind them that is not very appetizing. Local heirloom tomatoes are appetizing. So much work and care goes into growing these amazing fruits. There is planting trellising, mulching (try spreading straw on a 100 degree day), and pruning. Then when it rains for six weeks there is an outbreak of disease! It is all worth it because each tomato that makes it to your plate has a distinct taste and is grown with love. We are finally able to bring our tomatoes to market and soon on your plate at Agricola. Enjoy the bounty and know the origin of your tomato. Support local and sustainable farms because they will provide you with the best tasting food that is in season grown naturally.
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Agricola, our own restaurant serving rustic American food and festive drinks located on Witherspoon Street in the heart of Princeton Borough is now open.
Great Road Farm will be the supplier of fresh, authentically grown ingredients including vegetables and pasture raised eggs.
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