Back to working on our site today after the long holiday weekend. No travel for us; we hunker down and enjoy the comforts of home. Which this year included our first sweet corn from our field, a little earlier than usual.
Let me explain a little. We don’t have either the time or the energy to plant our own corn, nor all the other wondrous things that grow here on our hill. I am lucky to have a gifted son Tim. who makes his living farming our fields growing exceptional organic produce, much of which ends up gracing the tables of New York City’s best restaurants. He offers his exceptional variety of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and other fine and unusual produce at the Union Square greenmarket under the name Eckerton Hill Farm. We are more than overjoyed to make practical use of his surplus (or whatever we can talk him out of.)
Tim’s produce is a labor of love and a work of art. He’s the only “farmer” I know who starts sweet corn seedlings early in his greenhouse, then transplants them by hand into the field to achieve an earlier yield. His love and art are amply rewarded by the quality of the veggies; MSNBC two years ago called his tomatoes the best in the country. And he’s the only Princeton-educated farmer I know.
Now, you don’t need that ivy-league diploma to drive a tractor, but that’s not Tim’s only skill. He’s also a very good writer whose book, Heirloom: Notes From an Accidental Tomato Farmer is being released next week. I’ll be posting an impartial review of it soon; in the meantime, you can pre-order it from Amazon by clicking on the ad in the right column.