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Box 8, July 14, 2011

Posted 7/15/2011 10:12am by Andy Watson.

Aside from the storm that ripped through this Monday, we’ve had pretty amazing weather lately….your finger crossing and well wishes must be working! Keep it up. Our crops faired the storm pretty well, except some of the flowers. And we did have 2 work shares stuck en route to the farm on their bikes that day but our chauffeur service got them to the farm safely.

            The mosquitoes have arrived but so far they aren’t too terrible but the Japanese Beetles are a bit maddening. They love the flower bed, especially calla lilies and sunflowers. Andy has noticed they are all over the weeds by the crops but they haven’t really ventured over to the crops yet. There isn’t a great way to get rid of them except hand-picking them and dropping into soapy water so we hope they stay away from the crops. There are a variety of things we’ve done at the farm for pest control in recent years. Last year, we added bat houses and a kestrel house and we think we have inhabitants this year! Each year we buy and release thousands of ladybugs in the greenhouses to eat up the aphids. Occasionally we cover newly transplanted crops with row cover until the plants are mature enough to fend off pests. And of course, some years are just better than others…we are hoping that the pests don’t have a good year.

            You can store your cabbage in a bag in the crisper for quite a while if you are not ready to use it.  When it is time to use it, just peel off an out leaf or two and it will be as good as new.  Use the pac choi in a stir fry or slice in half, marinade in teriyaki or soy sauce, a little oil, and grill.  Just remember if you do grill them, when you slice them in half, keep the root on so the two halves don’t fall apart on the grill. Happy Eating!

 

In Your Box This Week:

 

Green Cabbage

Fresh Garlic

Zucchini

Spring Onions

Chard

Sugar Snap Peas (Last ones)

Baby Pac Choi

Herb: Basil

Flower rotation

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