Thursday, November 4, 2010

Cucumber

Tyria Cucumbers
Update 11/6: added another photo after the jump.

Another summer farm crop is cucumber (Cucumis sativus).  This year my folks are growing an organic, hybrid variety of English hot house cucumbers called Tyria.  They are burpless and the skins are so thin and tender that you don't need to peel them.  They're the kind are often found cello-wrapped in grocery stores.  The seed was purchased from High Mowing Organic Seeds.  The cost is about $1.00 for each seed, but is well worth it because the plants are so productive – yield is about 20 to 30 pounds per plant per season.  This crop was grown exclusively in the greenhouse.

There was an earlier picture of these same cucumber vines in the Happening Now on the Farm post.  Compare that picture to the picture on the right and the picture after the jump to see how fast they've grown.

Many of these cucumbers were recently harvested and sold to Real Food Nation, a Santa Fe restaurant my folks highly recommend.


 Janis and David Cox pose with Mom in front of the cucumber vines.

William reaches for the cucumbers.

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