1 Here I am with Cindy and Steve, who have been guiding the operations of Triple Chick Farm for more than 20-years. It is a certified organic farm dedicated to producing healthy, organic food. We are standing next to a bed of beautiful Swiss chard. http://triplechickfarm.com
2 This is a high tunnel greenhouse, where the tomato plants are housed. On this side are the cherry tomatoes. High tunnel greenhouses are great for climate control and head room.
3 On the opposite side of this high tunnel greenhouse, were cherry tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes. High tunnel greenhouses are great for vegetables, small fruit, and cut flowers.
4 Here's Kevin walking through the tomato greenhouse. I think he was eyeing some heirloom varieties.
5 Cucumber plants in the high tunnel greenhouse. The plants were tied, to give them more vertical support - this helps with air circulation and disease prevention. It also helps guide the shapes of longer cucumbers, so they grow straight and not curled.
6 This heirloom tomato plant, with its distinct potato leaf, is about six feet tall. This is the 'Hillbilly' tomato, Solanum lycopersicum. This is considered a beefsteak tomato, which can weigh up to two pounds.
8 Here is the prep room at Triple Chick Farm - this is where the vegetables are washed, sorted, and prepped for the markets.
9 These shallots were planted from seed, and then separated and planted again to perpetuate the bed - and what a bountiful harvest!
10 This is greenhouse #3. It houses multiple generations of lettuce. Triple Chick Farm grows more than 120 varieties - they match their crops to the changes in weather.
11 Admiring the lettuces and stopping for a photo are Lisa, Jason, Heather and Thomas.
12 This is Maggie, who is in charge of maintaining greenhouse #3 -
Triple Chick Farm has seven greenhouses in all. In this one, they grow lettuce, chard, carrots, radishes, onions, celery and turnips.
13 Lettuce 'Olsa Chica'. This was my favorite variety this visit - I loved the rich green color.
14 These are the carrots growing in greenhouse #2. They look so healthy, but just like my carrots, they need a little more time.
15 Also in greenhouse #2, rosemary, chard, lettuce, kale, cabbage and turnips. Each of these raised beds is a field, and all their vegetables, fruits and flowers are grown without the use of chemicals.
16 In the back of greenhouse #2 is a crop of Tuscan rosemary. This one is five years old. It was just pruned this season - they cut two feet off its top.
17 Kale for seed- they save all their best seeds for propagation.
18 This is from the Vermont Compost Company in Montpelier, Vermont. It is a good starter and growing medium. http://vermontcompost.com
19 Chinese cabbage, Brassica rapa. Chinese cabbage is high in vitamins A and C, and provides good amounts of calcium and iron.
20 Here is the produce all together once we returned to Skylands - a variety of colored lettuces, carrots, and celery.
21 'Freckles' is a great lettuce, an unusual romaine uniformly and densely splattered with crimson splashes on bright green leaves.
22 This is another variety of lettuce called 'Magenta'.
23 This lettuce variety is 'Concept'. This variety features dense, full sized heads with an exceptionally sweet flavor.
24 This is a young lettuce 'Oscarde' - a beautiful densely packed oakleaf.
25 This 'Oscarde' lettuce is ready to pick.
26 Here I am with Thomas in front of the 'Oscarde' lettuce.
Next to the 'Oscarde' is a lettuce variety called 'Nevada.'