Today we learned how to harvest green peppers. You basically just look for ones that are the right size (as large as a baseball), find the stem, and twist and pull the pepper off. Some had sunspots, which ruin the waxy coating on the pepper and lead to it rotting if it isn’t picked soon enough but most were perfect, much more fresh than what you’d see at the store. I was very surprised at how many grow on each plant; each has about 4 or 5 of varying sizes growing at one time. The volunteers were very enthusiastic today, often comparing what they had picked. That kind of excitement is what causes a lot of the drop-ins to come back so often. We get about 7 or 8 every day!
I also checked out the tomatoes, which are just starting to grow in and are looking ripe and a bright red color. They are quite pleasant to pick. The new VISTA Marie and I agree the plants smell a lot nicer than cabbage, though cabbage is fun to harvest because you get to work in a team. I hear we’re going to start harvesting turnips and beats soon. I haven’t picked any plants from the ground yet, should be interesting!
-Steve, Development Intern