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.

Strawberries!!
Zucchini
Spring Onions
Spicy Greens Mix
Salad Mix (conventional, from Little Leaf Farm in Devens, MA)
Arugula
Napa Cabbage
Spring Cabbage
Kale
Popcorn
Kohlrabi
Fennel
Radishes
Hakurei
Mint
Parsley
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

Plant, Weed, Harvest, Repeat.

Mike G cultivatingWith the Strawberry crop starting to come in (first harvest of 2020 happened over the weekend), and the Zucchini crop hot on its heels, our crew has been harvesting almost non-stop the past few days. While we still have plenty of planting ahead of us (we’ll be planting one thing or another all the way through November), we are definitely through the majority of it. Now our field crew shifts into a 3-way balance between planting, harvesting, and weeding, or else the weeds will rob our crops of the soil nutrients and sunlight they need to flourish.

Plant Patio

Right now our Plant Patio has a selection of garden-ready veggies, herbs, and some colorful annual flowers. We also have organic seeds from High Mowing Organic Seeds, and organic fertilizers from Coast of Maine.

plant patio june 9 2020

In the Farmstand

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

Strawberries!!
Zucchini
Lettuce
Spicy Greens Mix
Pea Shoots
Baby Arugula
Baby Kale
Napa Cabbage
Kale
Popcorn
Kohlrabi
Radishes
Hakurei
Chives
Mint
Parsley
Garlic Scapes
Edible flowers
Rhubarb (conventional, from Four Town Farm in Seekonk, MA)
Dried Beans (conventional, from Green Thumbs Farm in Fryeburg, ME)
Honey (from Bee Well Honey in Pembroke, MA)
Crushed Tomatoes
Sweet Heat Hot Sauce
Organic Seeds (veggies & herbs from High Mowing Organic Seeds)

 

May 2nd special pickup day

We’re opening for the season this Saturday, 5/2, and resuming retail sales. But we’re still doing pre-order pickups this Saturday, like we’ve been offering for the last 6 weeks.

Pre-order your veggies, farm products, and gardening supplies on our online store here and come to the Farmstand between 10am – 4pm on Saturday, May 2nd for a low-contact, drive-up pickup on the left side of the Farmstand. Please note, the order period will now close on Thursday at midnight.

On Saturday, your pre-paid order will all be packed and ready to go. Please:

  1. Wear a mask.
  2. Practice social distancing while here.
  3. Follow the new signs to access the drive-up pickup, by looping left around the herb garden circle.
  4. Help us keep the interaction as low-contact and as low-risk for everyone as possible. You can walk up to get your order from under the tent or stay in your car for car service.

Jordan Brothers Seafood will also be set up at the Farmstand on Saturday from 10am – 2pm with fresh fish, shellfish, and delicious chowders and bisques. Please pre-order by emailing the Jordan Brothers crew at jordanbrothersseafood@yahoo.com.

If you’d like to pay for your order with SNAP and/or HIP, email us your order and we’ll pre-pack it and run your card at pickup. We can also take SNAP/HIP payments for retail purchases if you want to come shop at the Farmstand in person.

Stay safe & healthy!