This week we are opening up the rest of our You-Pick field for your picking pleasure. Below you can read a few notes to orient you to what is available.
Cherry Tomatoes are just starting to ripen. You will find a few handfuls at the bottom of the plants, but there will not quite be enough to stock up yet. Most likely you’ll find yourself eating everything you pick!
There are two beds of Okra plants. The okra pods that you harvest grow very fast — so even if you don’t see much one day, they will grow back very quickly. The best size to harvest is when they are around 3-4″ in length. It is best to bring pruners for harvest as the stems are hardy. Larger, tough pods should be cut off so the plants continue to produce; do your fellow you-pickers a favor and cut the woody okras off the plant.
There is a mixed bed of Herbs which include Onion Chives, Garlic Chives, Flat Parsley, Curly Parsely, Oregano, Thyme, Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Chamomile, Savory, and Marjoram. Please harvest sections of the plant but not all of the leaves of one plant; this will allow the herbs to continue to grow and get bigger for the rest of the season.
We also have Cilantro, Dill, and Basil plants located at the far end of the field in two different rows. These herbs are also available for You Pick.
In addition to Herbs, there are also You Pick Hot Peppers! There are multiple varieties of hot peppers to harvest, however not all of them are currently ready. Each variety is labeled with a sign. There is also a corresponding number on the sign which is our method of giving the peppers a “heat index.” Peppers with a “1” and “2” are mild; “3” is a moderately hot pepper; “4” indicates solidly hot pepper, while “5” is reserved for the hottest peppers — our habaneros.
Currently, the only peppers ready for harvest are the Capperino Cherry Peppers, the Jalafuego Jalapeños, and the Hot Rod Serranos (see photo, below.) While the Jalapeños look similar to the Serranos, they are larger. The Capperino Cherry Peppers are great for stuffing with cheese. These should be harvested when they are red. The Jalapeños will eventually turn red, but they are ready when they have a dark green hue. Serranos will also turn red but are fine to pick when green.
Capperino Cherry Peppers, Jalafuego Jalapeños, Hot Rod Serranos
While other plants have peppers on them, they are not mature and should be left on the plants until they finish growing. Varieties NOT ready include the Anaheim, Numex Suave Orange, and the Habaneros.
Last but not least, we have a nice selection of Flowers. While the varieties aren’t labeled, you’ll find marigolds, calendula, celosia, poppies, verbena, borage, cosmos, phlox, frosted explosion ornamental grass, gomphrena, zinnias, and mexican sunflower, among others. There are also sunflowers. As with herbs, pick individual flowers but leave the plants to continue to grow and produce more blooms to last for the whole year.
Some items we have not mentioned because they are NOT yet ready. These include our Tomatillos and Husk (or Ground) Cherries which are located after the Hot Peppers. We will let everyone know via our newsletter when they are ready to be picked!