As spring turns to summer, the Greyfield Garden is bursting at the seams with ripe produce. Culinary Gardeners’ Ryan Graycheck and Maya Velasco are busy harvesting everything from heirloom tomatoes to fingerling potatoes, providing the culinary team with delicious ingredients used to feed the guests of Greyfield Inn.
Colorful swiss chard finish out the springtime harvest.
In early summer, the tomato plants start producing this sweet, juicy summer staple. By June these plants are filled with shades of reds and oranges in all shapes and sizes.
This variety of sweet red peppers includes Corno di Toro Rosso, Round of Hungary, Lipstick, and Jimmy Nardello.
Another summer favorite from the garden is summer squash and zucchini. Not only is the veggie featured in many seasonal meals, the blossoms can be stuffed with other seasonal ingredients.
From the June soil comes hearty fingerling potatoes.
Ice lettuce – these rare gems make beautiful garnishes on summer dishes.
Stay up-to-date on what’s growing in the Greyfield Garden by following them on Instagram at @GreyfieldGarden!
Tomatoes grow in a rainbow of sizes, colors, and flavors. Below is a description of how each tomato tastes based on its color.
High acid: red, green, purple, brown
Medium acid: orange, yellow, pink
Low Acid: white, larger bicolors
Red: Red tomatoes are often very acidic and are an excellent choice for canning or making sauces. They tend to be some of the juiciest tomatoes and can be used in the kitchen in so many different ways.
Purple and Brown: These tomatoes tend to be complex, intensely flavorful, and flat out delicious. The depth of flavors are sweet and earthy and are excellent for salsas and sauces or just eating plain.
Green: These tomatoes tend to be a bit sweeet with a very full, rich flavor and closely resemble the taste of red tomatoes. They are also great in sauces and salsas.
Orange: The golden-hued, sunny varieties burst with a sweet citrus flavor. They are excellent for use in gazpachos
Pink: These taste very similar to red tomatoes but are typically a bit milder and sometimes sweeter. These are also a great choice for folks who prefer a lower acid tomato.
Yellow: These tomatoes have a bit of a citrusy taste, with a hint of lemon and tend to have a low to medium acidity. They are great for salads or used to add color and a citrusy flavor to salsas.
Striped: These varieties are typically low in acidity and have a fairly high sugar content. They also tend to bear very large fruits (especially the German and pineapple varieties) and are a delight to grow and eat.
White: These are a great variety for folks that can’t handle the acidity. These are a great choice for fresh eating and are very mild. Due to their low acidity they are not a prefered tomato for canning
Driving Directions to The Greyfield Inn Ferry
From the North:
Take Interstate 95 to Highway A1A (Exit 373). Turn left at the light at the end of the ramp. Then follow A1A East for 14.8 miles to Centre Street. Turn left onto Centre Street and go to the waterfront. Drop off your passenger and/or luggage to meet he Boat Captain at Dock 3 next to the “Lucy R. Ferguson” sign on the dock rail. Follow the directions on your parking pass to the parking area, then walk southwest across the train rail to the boat.
From the South:
Take Interstate 95 to Highway A1A (Exit 373). Turn right at the end of the ramp. Then follow A1A east for 14.8 miles to Centre Street. Turn left onto Centre Street and go to the waterfront. Drop off your passenger and/or luggage to meet he Boat Captain at Dock 3 next to the “Lucy R. Ferguson” sign on the dock rail. Follow the directions on your parking pass to the parking area, then walk southwest across the train rail to the boat.
Google Map to Dock
Shuttle Service from The Jacksonville Airport
Greyfield Inn Ferry Schedule
Fernandina Beach / Amelia Island, Florida Embarkment
Fernandina Beach Departures:
9:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
Cumberland Island Departures:
8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
Please be at the dock 15 minutes ahead of your departure time.