As we near August, we’re approaching our quiet time of year on the farm. Based on records from years past, we should have okra, eggplant, and basil available for another 4-8 weeks, and will likely keep some peppers around until the first frost, unless we need space to plant other fall crops. Nonetheless, with just four rows each of okra and sweet potatoes, and raised beds of basil, eggplant, peppers, and peanuts, we’ll definitely be spending a little bit less time on watering, weeding, and harvesting over the next several weeks. It’ll be a well deserved break after our busy spring and early summer seasons.
We’re even now starting to put some peppers up for winter and spring enjoyment. We pickled 12 quarts of sweet banana peppers, and prepared both sweet and hot peppers to be frozen. I like to freeze sweet peppers in slices for adding to stir fry, but I dice hot peppers to be able to add just a bit of heat to a dish, or to a skillet of cornbread. After freezing them on a baking sheet, I’ll transfer to freezer bags, and they’ll easily keep in the freezer for at least 6 months.
As we’re spending less time outdoors on the farm, we can now start thinking ahead to fall. Fall planting will begin around mid-September, with the first fall harvests occurring in mid- to late-October and continuing as long as winter weather allows. With fall planning in mind, we have a very quick two-question survey to help assess which fall veggies are most in demand. Thanks in advance for taking a minute to respond!