(for the TLA May Journal)
We Farmers were told a year ago that “tomatoes just don’t grow in Savannah”….AND that the reason southern cooking called for okra, collards and peppers so often is because those were “the ONLY vegetables that grow at ALL in our sandy coastal island dirt.”
Well…not so fast!
Admittedly, the topsoil at Skidaway Farms has gone through a major transformation…and its clay-like subsoil has been built upon with lots of dark healthy soil and deep black refined compost. Not to mention the hours of labor lovingly spent shoveling and hoeing and tilling that soil so it was more than ready to nurture seeds and fledgling plants. Yes, perhaps it took hundreds of hours…maybe so…but if gardening and farming are what make your heart go ping, then “it was really no time at all!”
Skidaway Farms is enjoying its second successful spring harvest. Due to the unusual warm weather, it has come earlier this year. But no complaints have been heard about that …just a collective quiet cheer for the beauty that meets the eye when one looks out across all the plots at the Farm.
Here’s a list of what has been harvested so far this spring:
Red Leaf lettuce
Herbs – Dill and Thyme and Oregano and Chives and Mint and Parsley and Cilantro
Greens – Collards and Mustard and Kale
And what’s growing towards a late May harvest:
Tomatoes – Big Boy and Mountain Princess and Cherry and Yellow Pear and Grape varieties
Potatoes – Red and Yukon Gold and Sweet and Fingerling varieties
Peppers – Jalapeno and Green Bell and Sweet and Yellow varieties
We Skidaway Farmers are mighty proud we weren’t deterred by all that hard work to get the Farm’s soil ready…it sure has provided our families with a home-grown cornucopia!
Come on down and visit the Farm…the gates are open from sunrise to sunset every day. Go to our website at www.skidawayfarms.net for directions.