Tall Ships picture perfect

Tall Ships picture perfect

More than 30,000 locals and visitors passed through the Kenosha harbor gates to tour or sail the seven ships on display over the weekend. The Tall Ship event was a success by every measure.

Harbor View

Here is a photographic peek at the ships and smiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large Crowds on Saturday

Shiny Deck

Pirates

Aboard Bluenose II

Empty Sails

Tall Ship Mast

Ships Laundry

HarborMarket produce hitting its peak

HarborMarket produce hitting its peak

The Kenosha HarborMarket is now officially entering peak harvest season for local herbs and vegetables. In just the last few weeks – beans of all colors, shapes and sizes made their first appearance at the popular outdoor market. And expect more of that today.

HarborMarket produce

Almost everything edible that is local is peaking. Shoppers will find broccoli, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, zucchini, golden beets and yellow squash. Strawberries have been plentiful for weeks, but now the market is filled with raspberries, blackberries and blueberries as well. Look for peppers, tomatoes and eggplants in the next few weeks but corn is still several weeks away from making an appearance in the booths.

Harbor Market from a drone

I mentioned yesterday that this weekend is packed with things to do as the Tall Ships and the Border Battle Beer Fest consume the harbor grounds. And right in the middle of the action is the busier than ever HarborMarket.

Check out what’s happening at HarborMarket. Grab a bag of beans before tasting a brew while watching all the ships go by.

 

 

Black Super Moon Tomorrow Night

Black Super Moon Tomorrow Night

A Black Super Moon will hover over us on Wednesday night and the dark sky will provide a perfect backdrop for star-gazing. This treat from Mother Nature caps off the month of July in a ‘must see’ prime time spectacle.

Black Super Moon Video 1

 

 

It’s Tall Ships Week!

It’s Tall Ships Week!

The Tall Ships are coming! The Tall Ships are coming!

 

Kenosha is back on the tall ship map. This will be the largest fleet of ships in the harbor since 2003. Seven ships will sail into the harbor late Thursday afternoon for a ‘Parade of Sail’ at 3:45pm that will head north to Pennoyer Park and then clip south before turning back at the Kemper Center and finish by turning into the harbor for a grand full-sail circle before docking.

Tall Ships Festival

Tall Ships Festival

While there will be plenty of sailing action to see on Thursday, although the festival itself will start on Friday and go through Sunday until 6pm. The grounds will open at 9am on the weekend and ships will be ready to tour at 10am.

 

The Tall Ships Festival will also include food, beverages, a Pepsi Kids Zone and live music. Several bands will take the Miller Lite Music Stage and concert tickets for ‘Rock the Dock’ with the band ‘American English are $20 on Friday night. Free entry to the dock is available for those who purchase a festival ticket before 4pm Friday.

Tall Ship Festival Map

Tall Ship Festival Map

 

There are a variety of ticket types for purchase and each are limited to one specific day of the weekend. Adult admission is $18 and children (ages 6-17) is $9. Family passes are available for $45 and admits two adults and children. Residents who show an ID can buy a Family Pass for $33. A special Fast Pass Admission can be purchased for $125 and includes admission to all ships and the music stage and also allows those to bypass all lines to board the ships.

 

Viewing all seven ships at once will be breathtaking and a photographers The Appledore IV and Red Witch will be offering sailing trips on the lake from the north side of the harbor. Five ships will be available for boarding and touring on the south side of the harbor. S/V Denis Sullivan, Picton Castle, Pride of Baltimore II, Bluenose II and U.S. Brig Niagara all will offer self-guided tours.

U.S. Brig Niagara

U.S. Brig Niagara

The length and mast heights of the seven ships vary greatly. U.S. Brig Niagara stretches out to 198 feet in length and has a sail area of 11,600 square feet. The Niagara could almost cover a football field. The ship is an accurate reproduction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s victorious flagship from the War of 1812’s Battle of Lake Erie. The ship provides a real on-board experience, including hammocks for sleeping and an active wood stove for cooking.

Bluenose II

Bluenose II

Bluenose II from Nova Scotia is the tallest ship in the fleet standing neck-wrenching 13 stories tall and is a typical Nova Scotia Grand Banks fishing schooner.

Picton Castle

Picton Castle

The 179 foot long Picton Castle is a traditionally rigged and operated sailing ship best known for her lengthy voyages around the world. She arrives in Kenosha fresh off her 7th world voyage.

 

For more information on how to purchase tickets and a complete schedule of events go to Kenosha Tall Ships

Pride of Baltimore

Pride of Baltimore

 

Show us your Tomatoes;)

Show us your Tomatoes;)

 Every backyard gardener has their favorite list of crops to grow and most will not stray too far from their plan from one year to the next. The most popular vegetable for growers is the ever-loving tomato.   The reasoning for the popularity of the tomato is simple. Tomato plants are easy to grow and don’t take up a lot of horizontal space. But more importantly, home-grown tomatoes are delicious.

Five heirloom plants

Five heirloom plants

While we can bicker back and forth over which tomato variety tastes best, no one will argue that a fresh-picked tomato off of your very own vine is far more flavorful than any you’ll find in a store or at the market. And the gap separating the flavor discrepancy has never been greater.   Back in the day…producers of the solanum lycopersicum (tomato) would simply grow their luscious yield until it became bright red (in most cases) before picking and shipping. Distributors and grocers would offer a fresh and delicious product that had a limited shelf life. Many perfectly good tomatoes couldn’t make it to the checkout line before rotting and consequently having to be tossed in the trash.   Tomato-makers hate waste and discovered that by genetically altering their crop, they could produce super tomatoes that could last for weeks and often months. Once ripe they could stay ripe for a very long time. The new hybrids cut down waste but also lost most if not all of the flavor and texture that we had grown to love. A big beefsteak bummer.

Starting to turn red 1

Starting to turn red

Not all is lost for the tomato fan. The home-grown version is as good if not better than those gems of yesteryear. And there are hundreds of varieties.   Gardeners who grow to make sauce prefer the plum tomato and those that believe size matters like the beefsteak. Those that opt for flavor over all else choose the heirloom.   Heirloom tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes and colors. An heirloom is generally considered to be a variety that has been passed down, through several generations because of its valued characteristics. Old German on the vine

Since 'heirloom' varieties have become popular in the past few decades, commercial producers have taken liberties with the use of this term. But most seeds and plants available to consumers today with the ‘heirloom’ label haven’t drifted too far from the intended path and offer styles that are bursting with flavor.   I’m a huge ‘Cherokee Purple’ fan and two of my five plants are Cherokees that bookend the tomato patch. I also planted the lovable ‘Mr. Stripey,’ the orangy ‘Old German’ and the succulent ‘Black Krim.’   The Black Krim vines are not as towering as my Cherokee Purple plants but the Krim ripened first this year. I picked this trio a few days earlier than I would prefer but wanted to have them pose for our pictures and have them ripen inside before the calendar strikes August. The Krim trio will be my first ever taste of a home-grown July tomato.

Three amigos

Three amigos

So…I showed you mine now you show me yours. Send us a photo of your very own tomatoes. Click on the form below to upload your beauties and include a brief description of your precious rosy (or green or yellow) orbs.

 

Show us your Tomatoes