Farmers vs. bugs: the Long Game

Colorado potato beetle in the fieldWe’re trying an experiment with our Potato crop this year, in an attempt to outsmart our biggest Potato nemesis, the Colorado Potato Beetle. Colorado Potato Beetles (CPB) are the most destructive pest for our Potato crop every year, munching aggressively on the leaves and stunting Potato development underground or killing the plants completely. CPBs overwinter in the ground and emerge in late spring, usually in perfect time to attack our young and vulnerable Potato crop.

In early April we planted a small crop of Potatoes that we intend to harvest soon for New Potatoes, but held off until this week on planting the bulk of our almost 2 acres of Potatoes. In the farming world, mid-June is a very strange time to be planting Potatoes. potato beds fieldBut by waiting so late, we’re betting that most of the CPBs who overwintered in our soils have died off after finding no all-you-can-eat salad bar when they woke up in May. And we’re hoping that by making an unexpected move in the long game against CPB, instead of just being reactive, we will reduce their overall numbers on the farm for following seasons, too. Fingers crossed.

PYO Strawberries cancelled

After much consideration, we are sad to announce that we won’t be offering Pick Your Own Strawberries open to the public this season. Given the current Covid situation, we don’t think we could safely manage large numbers of people picking, and successfully enforce the many new rules we have implemented for our own harvest crew to reduce the risk of Covid transmission. We’ll still have berries available for purchase at the Farmstand, at the Markets, and for online pre-order, as well as in the CSA shares and in the Organic Harvest Box.

Plant Patio

plant patio june 16 2020

In the Farmstand

All produce is Certified Organic and grown by us, unless otherwise noted.

Spring Onions
Spicy Greens Mix
Salad Mix (conventional, from Little Leaf Farm in Devens, MA)
Napa Cabbage
Spring Cabbage
Garlic Scapes
Dried Beans (conventional, from Green Thumbs Farm in Fryeburg, ME)
Honey (from Bee Well Honey in Pembroke, MA)
Bee Pollen (from Bee Well)
Sweet Heat Hot Sauce
Organic Seeds (veggies & herbs from High Mowing Organic Seeds)

Attleboro Farmers Market

Our beloved Attleboro Farmers Market opens this Saturday! This is our 11th season at the market, and we’re so glad to be back again under the fabulous leadership of Market Manager Heather Porreca!

Attleboro is open from 9am – 1pm every Saturday until October 24th. Please read the new Covid rules below. We can’t wait to see all our Attleboro friends again!

2020 MFM Market Rules AFM