[Market-farming] Tomatoes and Irene

Beth Spaugh lists at rhomestead.com
Sun Aug 28 20:33:28 EDT 2011

Striped German. Black Prince need to pick a little under ripe before it
splits.  Orange Banana hasn't had as much blossom end rot as in the past.
Speckled Roman, Djena Lee. Polish Linguisa but it doesn't sell well. 


Thought power was back after 8 hours, but is is coming and going so will
unplug again after this quick round of email.  Over 6 inches rain but not
gully washing.  We started our really really dry.  Wind wasn't all that bad,
but hated the hoophouse plastic whipping deflated with no power.  Broilers
OK in battened down field pens so I know the rain soaked in rather than
ponding too badly (though walking out to the broilers was very slushy).
Ducks seemed to enjoy it.  Haven't looked in the field yet.


Beth Spaugh

Rehoboth Homestead, Peru NY

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Moore Lappe




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Like many of you, I have been forced to take a day off by Irene. I hope that
everyone's farms and gardens are faring well in the storm. 

Since this is tomato season, I wanted to ask people which heirloom varieties
they have been having success with this summer. 

I live in upstate NY where we have a late spring and a warm summer. This
year the spring and early summer were rainy. July was very dry and August
has been quite rainy. 

The varieties that have had the fewest disease problems and least splitting
in my garden include: Orange banana, Speckled Roman Paste, Green Zebra, and
Brandy wine, and Pineapple. Probably in that order. The first 2 which are
paste tomatoes have been very resistant to splitting. 

Varieties that have not done well include Cherokee Purple - plants and fruit
very diseased with many black spots, Nyagous - almost all fruit split badly,
and Beauty Queen- lots of splitters. Most of my cherry tomatoes have also
split- I grow Sungold, 5 star grape, Lollipop, and Yellow Pear.

Thanks for your input.


New Leaf Farm

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