Morning fog with possible drizzle is expected to give way to mostly sunny skies Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Of note is the possibility of snow overnight Thursday into Friday. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
Chef Claudette Herring slices some of the heirloom tomatoes she and partner Lauren Phillips picked up last Sunday at the Red Bank Farmers Market. Below, Herring and Phillips at Via 45, their Broad Street restaurant. (Photos by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)
By JIM WILLIS
“We’re going to miss the tomatoes. And the corn. The corn was so sweet this year,” chef Claudette Herring of Red Bank’s Via45 says wistfully of the change of seasons. “We’re not going to have corn like that in the winter.”
Herring and Via45 chef Lauren Phillips did some shopping at the Red Bank Farmers Market last Sunday to get a read on what’s available as we teeter from summer into fall.
The chefs suggest keeping an eye out for the last of the season’s heirloom and grape- or cherry-sized tomatoes, and found some large yellow varieties at the market.
“These tomatoes are beautiful, and they won’t be around much longer,” says Herring.
Wendy Weiner, aka the Front Yard Farmer, in a garden she maintains in Rumson. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)
By JIM WILLIS
Think of eating from a Jersey garden, and tomatoes, squash and eggplant all come to mind. And for good reason, too. Gardening is almost always synonymous with our abundant summer harvests.
But one of the biggest advantages we here on the Green have over other regions isn’t the high heat of our summer growing season, but the length of our fall growing season.
“Our area has one of the greatest climates for growing fall crops, and that is because it’s such a long season.” says Wendy Weiner, of the Front Yard Farmer. “We get a very long fall growing season. Even in New York state, it’s much shorter.”
You might want to get those leaves out to the curb while they’re still dry and fluffy, as we’ve got rain in the forecast by midweek, before sunshine returns on Thursday.
Here’s the outlook from the National Weather Service:
Emergency personnel prepare to transfer a fall victim from an ambulance to a waiting medevac helicopter at Fair Haven Fields Friday night. According to an unconfirmed report, a 14-year-old boy fell off a roof at a residence on Hance Avenue Road in Fair Haven shortly before 9p. Further details were not immediately available. (Click to enlarge)