First, some updates from the farm, courtesy of Zaid and Martha:
We had 5 dry days in a row a record for this year. However it continues to be cool and last night it rained till morning. So the blight threat continues and we continue to spray Oxidate ( similar to hydrogen peroxide).
So far this year has been our most challenging. However, our crew especially the Egyptians have come through and made a difficult situation more manageable. On another note we finally brought in a container of organic herbs from the farms owned by Egyptian crew and we will be marketing the herbs.
In terms of crops everything this year is different, many crops are late and some are diseased. We had to remove ½ an acre of tomatoes and lost a few other crops such as cauliflower. Overall things are not bad but everything can change if we lose our tomato crop.
In related local news, The NY Times continues to provide excellent coverage of late blight, this time exploring how farms and crops are regionally interconnected, from the city dweller with a window box to the major agricultural operations in the area. There are also especially interesting notes on how regionalized tomato breeding has been eschewed in favor of one-size-fits-all crops picked for traits like shelf life instead of flavor or disease resistance. Highly recommended reading that lends perspective to just how hard our farm is working to bring us the best produce possible.
And now, what you've all been waiting for - this week's share forecast:
- 3/4 lb. Fava
- 1 lb. Greens
- 1 lb. Tomatoes
- 1 Pac Choi
- 3/4 lb. Eggplant
- 1 lb. Squash
- 2 large or 3 small Peppers
- 2 lb. Peach
- 2 lb. Apricot
- 2.5 lb. Plum