Our challenge of the week is the bugs – harlequin bugs, western striped cucumbers, spotted cucumber beetles and grasshoppers. These insects are feasting on our vegetables. One of the reasons we have so many is that our weeds got out of control and many of the bugs are hosted by the weeds. The harlequin bugs really like the amaranth which is everywhere in our field. The bugs will get a share of the production until it gets too cold for them to live and that is some months away.
Our eggplants are really starting to produce. We have four kinds growing – the standard Italian variety and three small ones that are purple, white and mixed. We will be bringing all the varieties to the market in the weeks to come.
Our mouse melons are also growing well. We had a few at the market last Sunday and hope to have them at both markets for several weeks going forward.
We have started the planning for our winter CSA, developing a list of vegetables and varieties to grow. Please let us know if you have any suggestions.