August is typically our bleakest month, but not this year. After a sweltering July, many of our late summer crops are looking better than ever.
Okra, an August staple, is beginning to produce in large quantities. The variety pictured is 'Red Burgundy', an heirloom variety that cooks and tastes just like the typical green varieties. Okra is a member of the hibiscus family and has gorgeous flowers. It is a favorite of hummingbirds and bees.
Melons are necessary for surviving an Alabama summer. These cantaloupe are days away from ripening.
We are always testing new crops for the August heat. Arugula and edamame are two that have passed!
The winter squash harvest has begun! So far we have brought in the butternut and orange kabocha for curing. There are still pumpkins, green kabocha, spaghetti squash, and delicata to go.
There are still cherry tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, basil, flowers, and more being harvested. Visit Find Our Produce for information on where you can get your hands on some.
Fall is just around the corner and we are busy planting more cooking greens, salad greens, root vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, herbs, and more.
NEWS FROM THE BEND
From planting time to the growing and harvesting seasons,