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week 13 update

Hi all,

Havenwood Farm delivers today.  Yum.

In a nod to Rosh Hashana and first day back at school for some of you,
today’s fruit share will be apples: Gala and Britemac.

The vegetable share for this week will be:  Tomatoes, peppers,
eggplant (maybe), red potatoes, yellow onions, carrots, string beans
or edamames, ground cherries or cherry tomatoes, arugula or mustard
greens and choice of an herb.

Best,
Enid

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Starbrite Farm Update #15

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a pleasant Labor Day weekend.  There’s no 3 day weekend
here at the farm of course, we’ve got to harvest your food!  For my
workers and I, today was just another day of labor. Besides
harvesting, the major project for Monday was to finish erecting a
temporary fence around 4 acres of field to keep the deer from
destroying the pumpkin and winter squash crop.  The vines are
beginning to die back and there are only a few more weeks before the
harvest, but the deer have already done a lot of damage.  We need to
protect it until it matures and we have a chance to bring it in out of
the field.

We are back in the greens business again, this week we have arugula or
other mustard greens, next week there will be tatsoi. A second
planting of chard is coming on and the first planting has been
renovated and is beginning to grow nicely again.  We should have
spinach and kale in 2 or 3 weeks.     Unfortunately lettuce is still a
few weeks away, but once it begins again we should have a steady
supply until the end of the season.   I haven’t griped about the
weather yet; a mandatory part of these updates, but I’ll keep it
brief.  It’s been beautiful of course, but very dry; we really need
some rain and there’s none in
sight.

Beans are a bit scarce at the moment, as we wait for the next planting
to start producing, which should be next week as they are flowering
heavily. The Rattlesnake beans have been almost completely defoliated
by the bean beetle, despite the release of thousand of parasitic
wasps.  The guys from the state insect lab have been making frequent
visits to scout and release the wasps to try to at least reduce the
population that will overwinter.  In the mean time I have to tolerate
the devastation.   Zucchini and summer squash will be making their
reprise soon, possibly by next week.  I’m sorry to say that the melons
are done, but at least we had a fairly good run.   Eggplant production
is still slow, so it’s a maybe for this week, if you got it last week,
a probably not.

The share for this week will be:  Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant (maybe),
red potatoes, yellow onions, carrots, string beans or edamames, ground
cherries or cherry tomatoes, arugula or mustard greens and choice of
an herb.

Enjoy!
Farmer John

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