We found out Friday night that the high tunnel doesn't protect tender vegetables when the temperature dips to 17 degrees. Today the look of our high tunnel is vastly different than it was Friday morning! We've pulled all the tomato and pepper plants and their trellising system. The good news is that the new plantings of lettuce and Swiss Chard survived and are thriving.
The first of the tomato and pepper plants went in the high tunnel the first week of May allowing us a growing season that lasted a little over five months. We began harvesting tomatoes the second week of July and continued harvesting them until October 12. Many lessons have been learned as we look forward to a new growing season.
Meanwhile, we still have beets in the ground that are available for sale to the public. In addition, we have a limited number of cabbages, shallots, Swiss chard and a few onions for sale. Winter squash is also safely harvested and stored and available for sale. Varieties include Hubbard, Butternut, Buttercup and acorn.
Potatoes are commercially grown with chemical herbicides, fungicides and pesticides at many times during their life cycle. Ours have none of that and you can even feel good about eating the skins - and let's face it, aren't the skins from an oven-baked potato amazing?