CSA Week 12

This Week’s Harvest

Farm News

We’ve been enjoying the wildlife on the farm the past few weeks. There are so many monarch butterflies this year! A few weeks ago we were weeding the sweet potatoes and someone nearly pulled out a milkweed out before he was stopped by another employee. It was explained that the weed was milkweed, monarch caterpillars sole food source, so it could stay. Yesterday I checked the plant for caterpillars and found 2!

milkweed that we let grow in the sweet potato patch
tiniest monarch caterpillar I ever did see
Same plant, slightly bigger caterpillar

I tried to get a picture of the butterflies but they are very active and just seem to flutter all around the farm and never stop! While picking this week’s tomatoes, I did have several other wildlife encounters that I could take pictures of. (Unfortunately not the hummingbird who visited the patch twice while we were picking)

I was about to pick this Striped German, when I noticed something just in time
Decided I better leave the tomato! Pretty certain these eggs belong to a song sparrow
Orb Weaver Spiders always choose the tomato patch for their webs
Silver Spotted Skipper

Recipes

Coming Up Next Week (our best guess…..) Cantaloupe, Basil, Tomatoes, Red Bell Peppers, Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Carrots, Garlic, Basil, Onions

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