Saturday, July 13, 2013
This past week we had lots of greens, the first carrots and beets of the season, garlic scapes and scallions, gorgeous red tomatoes and baskets of cherry tomatoes, peas both snap and shell, broccoli and raspberries. Also Lauren's delicious cookies on Wednesdays and Fridays, local author Suzie Crowther's new book The No Recipe Cookbook, three kinds of granola from Back Roads Granola of Halifax including gluten free, Bonavue Farms chicken and beef, Lauren's herbal concoctions of creams, soaps, lip balms and more, jams and preserves and Robin and Ty's famous Sunday sermon alternative of coffee and scones.
Posted by woodbird at 3:34 AM
The Spotted Winged Drosophila is a new invasive fruit fly which first appeared in Vermont in the days following Tropical Storm Irene. It affects all soft fruit causing them to rapidly soften and turn to mush. Unfortunately it is here to stay, so we need to deal with it as best we can. It does no harm to people, just fruit. You can freeze infected fruit, eat it, cook with it.
What we will be doing:
We have traps hung about in the bushes which will provide some control
We will be spraying two different organic insecticides; Entrust, which is a form of spinosad, and Pyganic, which is an organic pyrethrum.
We are participating in a study to see if a new type of net can exclude the drosophila. You will see it in some rows of newer blueberries .
What you can do:
When picking, pick thoroughly to not leave ripe fruit on the vine or bush
Refrigerate berries when you get them home - cold will delay the development of any infected fruit.
Picking berries which are slightly underripe will help. although flavor is sacrificed a bit
Read and follow the instructions at the farm stand as to which area is open to picking. Some areas may be closed for a day after spraying.
Posted by woodbird at 3:29 AM