HARVEST REPORT – 2001
This season we had bumper
harvests of two chile pepper varieties: the Yellow Jalapeno and Cyklon. The Cyklon chile ripens red and is about 3 inches long with a medium
hot heat scale. We also had a strong
showing of the Lipstick Sweet Pepper.
Other peppers that we grew out
on a much smaller scale included Thai and Laotian. The big surprise of the season was the
Ground Cherry Tomato, which is amazingly sweet, like a pineapple dipped in
honey. They were a big hit at the two
places I exhibited my peppers at this year:
Sheldon Fun-Days in Sheldon, Illinois, and, of course, at Garfield
Farm Museum at the Annual Heirloom Show.
Although the Harvest Season
went well, I didn't get to save as many seeds as I had hoped or make as many chile products as I would prefer (or take any of my
traditional harvest photos) to make for two major reasons. The first reason is WE'VE MOVED! We've relocated from our apartment in
Rosemont to a house in Tinley Park.
For those of you who are familiar with Our Story, you might be
wondering, 'will Jimmy change the name of his chile
operations back to Jimmy's Tinley Chiles?' Well let me stop the rumor right
here and clarify that the name Jimmy's Chiles will stay the same. I love Tinley Park, but the Jimmy's Chiles
name has grown on me. Relocating from
an apartment – along with getting the house to how we wanted it to be – to a
house is incredibly time-consuming, and since we moved in October when
harvesting efforts peak, my harvesting and processing efforts were hindered.
The other major reason is that
I'm a bit of a news/current events addict, and September 11th kept me glued
to my TV MUCH MORE than usual. There's
much I'd like to say about this event and our War on Terrorism, but I'll keep
it short, and just say a couple of things:
It is my prayer and hope
that our government will wise up and dramatically change our lax INS
(Immigration and Naturalization Services) policies. It's obscene to allow people who hate our
country in here on visas or via other means;
I've read one story (Time or Newsweek was it?)
where our Intelligence Services have uncovered terrorist plans to target our
FBI. And while we initially thought
the terrorists we're targeting the Federal Bureau of Investigations, we have
since learned that the FBI acronym refers to our Food and Beverage
Industry! Because of these diabolical
intentions, I am strongly encouraging you, my fellow Americans and good
people around the planet, to grow a VICTORY GARDEN this summer, and every
summer for the rest of your life to help combat these bastiches
who would target our food supplies!
Get to know your local nursery better! Start saving seeds and establishing
relationships with other Seed Sources.
I don't care if you ever order seeds from me, but I do care that you're
able to grow some of your own food, and that you are able to establish some
independence in your seed strategy, which means growing heirloom varieties,
and not having to always rely on a hybrid seed supplier. So in the spirit of the Patriot on Flight
93 who said 'Let's Roll', I say to you:
Let's Process and Preserve
Let's Save Our Seeds
Let's Win the War Against Terrorism!
Jimmy at Garfield Farm’s
Jimmy at Sheldon Fun-Days in
Fellow Americans checking out
seeds, chiles and ground cherry tomatoes (and
sampling some Flames of the Holy Spirit
Nothing like enhancing a
chicken meal with some peppers
Chef Dean working his magic
with the chicken and peppers
in a container – look closely and you can see purple, yellow, orange and red chiles.
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Last Updated: Dec-2001