It looks like we will begin deliveries for the CSA members next week. The sunshine as of late has helped us catch up a bit, and the semi-greenhouse we built a couple of weeks ago will also help with the peppers and tomatoes in this area. We transplanted more tomato and pepper plants from Territorial Seeds, which Jeff was able to stop off at on his trip down to the ELCA Oregon Synod Assembly last week. Included are a range of tomatoes that include chocolate cherry tomatoes and Gill's All-Purpose, which Territorial describes as "A cross between Wasatch Beauty and Pepper tomato, Gill's All-Purpose was bred in 1947 by the Gill Brothers Seed Company in Portland, Oregon." We also put in some sweet peppers and Italian pepperoncini, and the corn is finally up!
It was a beautiful day out on the farm, so our Oregon Pioneer Roses are in full bloom, the first to bloom each spring. We're trying out a recipe for rose jelly, where you make a "tea" with rose petals, and then make it into jelly. As Mom put it, "We'll either have some rose jelly, or a nice syrup to pour over our pancakes." We'll let you know how it turns out, and for the CSA folks, you'll know by whether it is labeled as "Oregon Rose Jelly," or "Oregon Rose Syrup..."