This is a broadcast of the emergency tomato warning system. ￼
Today we may only have two bins of tomatoes available for customers instead of four. We ask that everyone be considerate￼ of your friends and neighbors in line today and perhaps take a few less tomatoes than your heart might desire so that everyone can enjoy a few ARTfarm tomatoes today.￼￼ (We should be good on cherry tomatoes, it is the slicing tomatoes that have been affected.￼)
Intense and heavy rains and winds of the last months have had a ‘deferring’ effect on our tomato plants. Gusty winds knocked off flowers, and provided a lot of nutrients and water to the plants. Typically at this time of year Luca is careful not to overwater the tomatoes because it will put them into a plant growth mode instead of a fruit growth mode. But because we could not control the weather, the tomato plants are deferring their fruit setting and they are moving toward vine growth. This means that we will have a lot of tomatoes later in the season if the weather starts to even out.￼￼￼ But for the next couple of farmstands, ￼we ask that you show consideration to your fellow customers and share what bounty is available until the crop starts rebounding.￼￼
Thanks, and our apologies to Langston Hughes for stealing his beautiful words to talk about something so silly. Have a wonderful day! We’ll see you at three.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore-
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over-
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?