August 2019

August 2019 E-Newsletter

"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it." 
-  Russel Baker

a heart shaped cactus pad


Featured Instagram Photo of the Month: A Prickly Heart

Upcoming Garden Events:

Aug. 10 - Saturday Workday - 9:00 AM - Noon 
Aug. 10 - Potluck Lunch - Noon 
Aug. 10 - General Meeting - 1:00 PM 
Aug. 11 - The 2019 Tomato Tasting - Noon - 1:00 PM 
Aug. 25 - Sunday Workday - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Useful info:

  • Things to do in August: water, weed, harvest, eat, relax, make some notes about what to plant next summer and maybe dream a little of cool season crops.  While it’s tempting to get a jump start on fall crops, we usually get some pretty good heat in September and October that makes it difficult for cool-weather cropa to survive.  And while it’s tempting to try transplanting one more tomato plant or one more zucchini, remember that the long hours of summer daylight  that these plants need to thrive often diminishs much more quickly than the heat.  
  • Hopefully, your summer garden is finally in full swing. So, what to do with all that harvest? This seems to be a boon-year for cucumbers for many in the OVF community.  Of all the summer crops, cucumbers are the hardest to find recipes for outside of the pickle.  Still, you could try some cold cucumber soup, delicious tzatzitki, or even a cucumber salad either served with avocado or a more traditional Japanese style (sunomono).  Too many tomatoes?  You could always make soup, sauce, bruschetta or caprese salad. That said, if you’re looking to impress some friends, why not try this gorgeous caramelized tomato tarte tatin from the New York Times?  Lastly, if you aren't stock-piling zucchini for National Sneak Some Zucchini On Your Neighbor’s Porch Day on August 8th, you could always try these awesome zucchini fritters, the ever-popular zucchini bread, a low-carb zucchini pizza crust, a super yummy cold zucchini salad, or if you happen to have a spiralizer, Zoodles!  When you’re ready for a diet after eating all the other good stuff, check out this chicken and summer squash recipe that is simple, healthy and delicious!


OVF Announcements: 

Tomato Tasting

If you love tomatoes, the 12th Annual Tomato Tasting is an event not to be missed.  This is a great way to taste a large variety of tomatoes grown at OVF.  Discover what you like, what you don’t and take notes of what to plant for next year.  OVF gardeners are encouraged to submit their own tomatoes for tasting.  Everyone who submits a tomato will receive a raffle ticket to win a prize (multiple entries are allowed).  Anyone is welcome to stop by the event and taste but only OVF members, associates and families may enter tomatoes.  Volunteers are needed to help run the day.  Contact Andy Morris if you would like to volunteer.  Entry forms and more event information can be found on the Ocean View Farms Website.  Event time: Sunday, August 11, noon-1:00 PM.  Those submitting tomatoes can drop them off between 10:00-11:30 AM.

Tomato Tasting August 11th




 As always: we want to hear from you!  Send us an email, reach out on Facebook, or tag us on Instagram @oceanviewfarms. 

That’s all for now.  Happy gardening!