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BARN & GARDEN: What’s Up With My Tomatoes This Season?

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Narcissus 'Mount Hood': Mount Hood is the world's favorite snow white Daffodil, famous for pristine large blooms. The petals of this trumpet daffodil emerge a pale yellow and mature to a perfect ivory. (Americanmeadows.com)

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Many of you have been coming up to me at the market and stating your tomatoes are just setting fruit.  Due to the late start of summer and then heat waves growing tomatoes this year has been quite a challenge, but don’t fret!  As long as your tomatoes have even the slightest blush of color on them, you can simply bring them in before the first frost and let them ripen on the counter in your kitchen or any other nice warm space.  As I write this, it is in the 80s.  I hope by the time it goes to print, we have not had our first frost!!  There are prices to pay for living in our gorgeous High Desert home, and wildly fluctuating temperatures is one of them.  

Here at Moonstruck Farms, we have turned the irrigation down in the field each week for the last few weeks encouraging the tomatoes to ripen and so that we can start clearing the fields.  We are starting trays in the greenhouse in hopes of some nice winter greens since direct seeding is failing because ground temperatures are just too high still.  We are going to start clearing because it is time to plant our new daffodil varieties that have arrived.  Look for these gorgeous daffodils in colors you have not seen before at the local markets.  We will have them for sale so you can enjoy them in your gardens, too.  We are designing seed packets to share some of our favorite flowers with you, and as long as all goes well with the printing process, we will have these at the market soon.  We are working on getting the Sweet peas to you first since, in the warmer areas of the High Desert, this is the time to give these and many early Spring flowers a chance to set some roots for an early Spring bloom in 2021! 

At the Phelan Certified Farmers Market, the market will be closing at 5 pm as of this printing due to the time change.  The Phelan Farmers Market will remain in the Phelan Community Park as long as possible based on the weather pattern.  Once the weather gets a little too nippy or wet, and our customers and some vendors require shelter, we will move into the Phelan Community Center and the adjacent parking lot.   Thank you for your generous support, and remember, the Phelan Farmers Market is open year-round thanks to the fantastic farms and vendors that serve our community but will close for two weeks for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  Find us on Facebook or Instagram for weekly updates or sign up for our electronic newsletter on Facebook by hitting “more” or merely emailing phelancertifiedfarmersmarket@gmail.com and asking to be added to the mailing list. 

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