This Week’s Harvest
Watermelon (seedless!) OR Cantaloupe
Yellow Wax Beans
Farming has its ups and downs and last week we experienced a down. We brought in our winter squash harvest and our 1/2 acre planting was close to a total bust. We think CSA will get a week of acorn, delicata and butternut but that’s it. No pie pumpkins or kabocha, no gorgeous 7 lb butternuts like last year. No squash for market or extended season boxes. Between disease and bugs, yields and quality were way down this year. The proper work was certainly put in– a day of planting, several rounds of weeding, fertilizing through the drip irrigation, and we even tried organic controls on the bugs.
We think the source of the problem was an overwintering population of the squash bugs and we have ideas on how to combat them for next year! We are also thinking about starting the squash earlier in hopes of beating the disease. And while this may not be a good winter squash year, the farm is still pumping out a lot of produce- like the melons we’ve been distributing the past couple weeks and this week’s huge bok choy! We hope you enjoy the current bounty and savor the winter squash when it does makes its appearance.