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Week 3: veggies, and first week of fruit!

ree-licious Orchards is bringing down our first fruit share delivery (2 pounds of sweet cherries).  The following few weeks will be sugar and shiro plums (about 3 pounds) and then we will move on to the bigger (10 pound) weekly shares with peaches and nectarines, apples and pears.

The vegetable share for this week will be: Green leaf lettuce, pearl onions, radishes, spinach bok choy, arugula, sugar snap peas, broccoli, summer squash, choice of escarole or endive, and choice of an herb.

Best,
Enid

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Starbrite Farm Update #5.

Hello Everyone,

Well, it was a scorcher of a week!  It’s summertime in New Jersey just
like I remember it-hot and humid. While the hot warm weather crops
such as the tomatoes and peppers have been in their glories, the cool
weather plants have been looking quite dejected- wilting and droopy.
Fortunately the heat wave is predicted to break and we will have some
milder temperatures by mid-week. There’s no rain in sight though, and
the ground is getting pretty dry. We are moving into the time of
summer when passing thunderstorms are our best chance of
precipitation. We find ourselves hoping for them, with the caveat that
they not be accompanied by high winds or hail.

We are in the weeds, as they say; only in this case it is meant both
literally and figuratively. We have been fighting to keep the grasses
from swallowing the potatoes and the leeks and pulling the pigweed out
of the carrot and beet crops. Once we begin deliveries and markets,
harvesting occupies so much of our time that it’s hard to keep up with
the maintenance.

The pea picking is especially labor intensive and for that reason I
wish to thank profusely the volunteers who came out on Sunday to help
with the pea harvest. They picked nearly 300 lbs. of sugar snap peas,
more than half what we will need for the week.

The Guatemala workers I have been waiting for finally had their
interview at the embassy this past week and were given visas. They
will arrive this Wednesday day night. Hallelujah! Help is on the way!

We were visited this week by a gentleman named Mark from the state
insect labs. He brought with him and released thousands of parasitic
wasps. Parasites you say?  Yes, but fortunately they only parasitize
the larva of the Mexican bean beetle. This undocumented alien was once
the scourge of bean growers throughout the state until this wonderful
biological control program was developed.  It’s a beautiful thing; one
less crop that has to be sprayed and it’s good to know something good
is being done with our tax dollars.

The share for this week will be: Green leaf lettuce, pearl onions,
radishes, spinach bok choy, arugula, sugar snap peas, broccoli, summer
squash, choice of escarole or endive, and choice of an herb.

Enjoy!
Farmer John

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