Thursday, October 4, 2012


It is now early October and we are just coming up for air after an especially abundant tomato season. Don't worry tomatoes are not gone! We still have plenty at the markets and they are fabulous.

But September's warm, long days are now behind us and things are slowing down slightly. In August and September the farm was running at full throttle and the DGP stall at the farmers markets were jam-packed with customers (our dear customers: we LOVE you! thank you.) With Joe so busy with the farm I was completely absorbed by the adventures and responsibilities of small children/laundry/making-dinner/etc. In the middle of tomato season I also had a knife v. thumb accident that many of you home cooks can probably relate to (ouch!) and which kept me from tomato canning and even cooking for a couple of weeks. I'm sharing these details because I had intended to write several long, lovely September blog posts full of recipes for cooking and preserving our Early Girl dry farmed tomatoes and, well... it didn't happen. Instead here are some highlights of the tomato-mania that was the last month or so at Dirty Girl Produce:

FARM VIDEO TOUR: This is a video of our family at the farm in the tomato fields. It's pretty good example of what happens when you try to get your kids to "be professional."

Dirty Girl Produce Tomato Farm from miranda schirmer on Vimeo.

AWESOME PRESS: The August edition of SUNSET MAGAZINE featured an interview with Joe and included a full page photo of him in front of our tomato field. Here's the photo and bit from the article:  

"Joe Schirmer, a former competitive surfer, earned celebrity status in the San Francisco Bay Area with his dry-farmed Early Girl hybrid tomato. His coastal farm near Santa Cruz, Dirty Girl Produce, is warm enough to ripen a tomato, but cool and foggy enough that no irrigation besides rainfall is required."

THE SECRET TO A GREAT TOMATO: We only grow one variety of tomato and we only grow it one particular way: Dry-farmed Early Girls. What is "dry-farming"? When tomatoes are in season this is the question we get asked most often at markets. Thanks to a really cool project with the Oliveto Community Journal (of Oliveto Restaurant) we have a video of Joe explaining what dry-farming is:

More on Dry Farming from Dirty Girl from Oliveto Community on Vimeo.

THANK YOU! It's been a wonderful, sunny year for tomato farming -- which we are especially grateful for after the last two cold (stressful) summers -- and we are so thankful to our customers for coming out and buying our tomatoes and supporting our farm and our family!

1 comment:

  1. How is your farming method going to differ in a year that your area receives an abundant amount of rainfall?