The Farm Dirt
News from Bartlett's Farm 
August 26,  2015
Open 8-7 every day
Open 9-6 Thursday-Monday at 21 Old South Wharf
Main Street Truck and 'Sconset Truck -  Mon-Sat 9-1 
Hours change on September 7
Bartlett's Farm Tomatoes
~ by Andrew Spollett
August on Nantucket means beautiful beach days, the Boston Pops playing at Jetties beach, and of course, Bartlett’s famous field tomatoes!  Our tomatoes truly are a taste of summer on Nantucket, and they are highly prized by our customers.  The combination of sea breeze, our well-drained soil and the farming experience of the Bartlett family combine to produce our great tasting tomatoes. 
The field tomato production is divided into three groups: large red tomatoes, cherries and grapes, and heirloom varieties.  The primary difference between the red tomato varieties and the heirlooms is the method by which they are bred.  All the large red tomatoes we grow are F1 hybrids, or first generation hybrids (remember freshman biology?)    

Heirloom tomatoes are open-pollinated, which makes them inherently different from hybrid tomatoes.  The term “open-pollinated” refers to the natural method of pollination, where insects and weather are responsible for the pollination of flowers.
Seeds from open-pollinated varieties can be saved for next year and the resulting tomatoes will be just the same as the tomatoes those seeds came from.  Growing plants from seeds saved from hybrid tomatoes will yield tomatoes that are not the same.    
My favorite tomatoes that we grow are the Sweet Orange cherries because they have an intense flavor and high acidity.  My favorite red tomato is called Celebrity, which is a medium sized tomato with a beautiful globular shape and deep red flesh and it’s excellent for both eating fresh and making sauce.  I also love the Green Cherokee, Brandywine and Great White heirlooms, which all have very complex flavors.  I use the heirlooms to make Caprese salad with the Maplebrook burrata, Farm-Grown organic basil, and a bit of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  August is prime time for our incredible tomatoes, so try all the varieties before they are gone!
Roma Tomatoes are Ripe!
Romas are great as sauce tomatoes and they are perfect for freezing!
To freeze: Cut them in half, end to end, lay them on a cookie sheet that fits flat in your freezer (you may want to use parchment if your tray is not non-stick,) drizzle with a touch of garlic infused olive oil and some chopped fresh herbs (optional) and roast them til they're soft.    When they've cooled, lay the whole tray in the freezer and when they are frozen solid, remove them from the tray and place them in freezer bags. You can use them in place of canned tomatoes all winter long.
Lobster Dinners Every Night with Lobsters supplied by Nantucket Fresh Catch! 
Back to School 
Once again, our Gift Manager, Kate, has brought in some great
Back to School items!  
These backpacks from Dabbawalla are super fun, and oh so functional!  And she has a great collection of re-usable lunch packaging options,
from bento boxes to freezie packets you can use to
keep your lunch cold for up to 10 hours.  
But who can wait 10 hours for lunch?
Pick up these great back-to-school supplies before you leave the island and you'll be all set for the big day! 
Bartlett's Branded Clothing 25% off
Carlson's Orchards peaches are simply the most delicious regional product we sell here at the farm. But the season doesn't last forever, so enjoy them now!
Have You Checked out our Pet Department? 
North Woods Animal Treats come in a variety of shapes and flavors, Peanut Butter Bears, Parmesan Moose, Peppermint Pines, (which promotes good breath) and their newest shapes and flavors, Trail Mix Trout (loaded with antioxidants), and Bacon and Egg Bone. They're made by hand in small batches with human grade ingredients and are all natural. All shapes and flavors that take us and our pets into the North Woods state of mind, even if just for a few moments.
The tasty ingredients are Whole Wheat Flour, Wheat Bran, Canola Oil, Filtered Water, Rosemary Extract, (a natural preservative), and either Parmesan Cheese and Peanut Butter, or Peppermint Oil, Peppermint Leaves, and Parsley, or Cranberries, Carrots, Flax and Honey. Clean and simple formulas that dogs love! Each cookie is approximately 4" wide and 2 oz in weight. These are not small cookies!
Does Your Garden Need A Little Pick-Me-Up?
Come on out to the garden center where perennials are 20% off!
(Does not include Mini Evergreens)
Now is a great time to plant perennials.  They will grow their roots and get settled into the garden before blooming their heads off next spring!

Also in the Garden Center
Pottery 20% OFF
4.5” & 4 Pack Herbs 50% OFF
Stone Statuary 20% OFF
Tropical Foliage Plants 30% OFF
(Sale DOES NOT Include Succulents or Cactus)
Safe and Effective Badger products are on sale at 25% off.  Stock up on sunscreen and bug repellent!
Did you know we use Good Bugs
to Combat Bad Bugs?
Corrugated cardboard net-covered strips hold Chrysoperla rufilabris larvae, also known as Green Lacewing larvae. These are beneficial insects that feed on aphids, mealybug, whitefly, mites and thrips.  
We release these in the greenhouses and in the garden center where they hatch and continue to combat infestations of all those damaging pests.  

Lacewings occur naturally in our environment and when they run out of bugs to eat in the greenhouses, they go find bugs all over the island. 

Who's YOUR Farmer?

​Stephen Bopp is part of the 7th generation of Bartlett's Farmers!  He has been working on the farm since he was 13! He loves picking corn, tomatoes and broccoli, and loves helping his fellow employees solve problems.  He wants to keep on farming as his career.  Steven is Cynthia Bartlett Burns' second son. 
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