Welcome to all of our members who are joining us for the 4th of July shares!! Our CSA is now in full swing.
The Fourth marks a time when all of our nightshade crops will be right around the corner. This family of plants includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and tomatillos. To keep our eggplants healthy, we have been checking each plant (we have 4,000) every couple of days for the Colorado potato beetle. This beetle ravages the plants’ leaves and lays its eggs on their undersides. Our crew is responsible for physically removing the striped beetles and their neon eggs until the eggplants are mature enough that they are strong enough to handle the pest pressure. The beetles make growing potatoes incredibly difficult and add much more work to eggplants, but it’s all part of organic farming and integrated pest management.
To keep our tomato plants healthy, we have been pruning and trellising the plants, both which require multiple rounds. These practices channel the plants’ energy into producing bigger, richer fruits and keep the plants free of disease and entanglement.
This week we also have several events on the farm including Friday Night Oysters, a Spanish Colçotada dinner, and on Saturday, a Beekeeping Workshop as well as our usual Chores with a Farmer and DIY Pizza Workshop.
For this week's recipe, try a kimchi using the Napa cabbage, garlic scapes, and daikons!
This Week’s Box:
- Daikon Radishes
- Boc Choi - optional
- Broccolini - optional
- Broccoli Rabe - optional
Open in the Fields:
- Herb Garden
- Edible Nasturtium Flowers
- Catapano Herbed Chevre
- Carissa’s Honey Oat