After a lovely four days canoeing in the backcountry of Algonquin, we are back with some peak summer vegetables! The tomatoes have ripened significantly while we were away so everyone will enjoy more tomatoes this week. The sweet peppers are starting to ripen and the carrots have grown bigger. And a real treat this week: sweet corn! While I typically grow some sweet corn for us as a family, I don't generally include it in shares. We often lose more than 50% to resident raccoons and skunks and corn is a land and nutrient intensive crop that doesn't lend itself to small scale farms. That said, we've had a great crop this year and there is enough to share.
Late August is not the most beautiful time on the farm: the plants are starting to look a little ragged and care-worn and certain crops are winding down production. Our cucumbers are one of these crops. We will still have some in the trade-in bin for a few weeks but otherwise they are done for the season.
Another crop that is (temporarily) finished is kale. Normally, we have kale through the entire season but we have had a sudden ambush of flea beetles in the past week, which have totally destroyed our spring kale crop. You can see in the pictures below the extent of the damage. And these little insects did all this damage in a three day window! Luckily, I had new kale transplants ready to go and planted those (and row covered them well) today. This means we will be without kale for the next few weeks but should have it for the last couple fall weeks. Those that have greens add-ons will still receive their greens, but it will primarily be chard until the kale returns.
You will see that we have some bonus jalapeno peppers in your shares this week. These hot peppers, like any herbs, are a bonus item. This means that I don't calculate the value of these in your shares and, as such, they are not trade-able. Take them or leave them, as you desire.