Homestead Hoopla 2016 CSA Newsletter
September 26, 2016
This week’s harvest includes:
Swiss chard or turnip greens
*indicates Small Share contents
**CHECK TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE TAKING THE CORRECT SIZED SHARE AND IF SOMEONE IS PICKING UP FOR YOU, LET THEM KNOW TO CHECK THE SHARE SIZE**
This weather is just amazing! Everyone is enjoying cool mornings and warm, sunny days. This morning we had another nice rain shower. Tonight is the Maryland Food Bank Meet, Greet and Learn cocktail party at the farm. Thank you to everyone who RSVP’d. We’ll see you tonight. The Food Bank is very special to us and we’re excited to showcase their amazing work.
Broccoli and kale are coming along, albeit slowly. The kale is absolutely COVERED in harlequin bugs. We have zero tools to combat these ferocious beasts who are intent on ruining the crop. In a very desperate measure, last week we sprayed kaolin clay on the entire crop. The thought among entomologists is that the bugs don’t like the feeling of the clay on their legs and will avoid the crop. Interestingly, this week, we have about a 50% reduction of bugs on the kale, so it appears to be working. Fortunately, the buggers haven’t made it to the broccoli and cauliflower!
Mediterranean Shrimp and Spaghetti Squash this looks good! We had shrimp scampi with spaghetti squash the other night and it was definitely missing something – like capers and olives! This squash is definitely suited to an intense variety of additions.
Winter squash, green beans and greens will be the focus of the final weeks of CSA. The broccoli needs to GROW to make the final boxes.