What’s in the bag?

For the week of September 28, 2015, you can find the following in your share:

  • Spaghetti squash
  • Cabbage
  • Beans
  • Radishes
  • Peppers
  • Beets
  • Turnips
  • Eggplant
  • Okra

We look forward to seeing you at drop off sites or at the farm!

Notes from the field: Blight cleanup

We would like to take a moment to thank everyone for their loyalty, support, and encouragement during this difficult time. We would also like to thank all the CSA members, family, and friends, who came out to the farm to help pull plants and destroy the blight. The Brown County Extension office has estimated that the blight clean up would take our farm 100 man hours, so we greatly appreciate everyone’s help in this regard.

The tomatoes left in the field after cleanup.

The tomatoes left in the field after cleanup.

We have eliminated the plants from the fields, but we still have  tomatoes that have been impacted by the blight in the field. The plants are drying out safely under plastic in our old cow pasture. We will burn this pile of plants as soon as it is dry enough to burn.

We would like to take encourage all of our home gardeners to also do a blight clean up. The spores of the blight can live in the soil up to five years. The blight can also travel hundreds of miles when the weather is in perfect condition for it. If everyone who is experiencing the blight in their garden eliminate their blight, we are hopeful next year’s crop will be at less risk.

The signs of the blight include black/brown spots on the plants and the produce. The plants will also be dying or possible rotting in the garden.

We recommend that if you have signs of the blight on your tomato or potato plants to burn the area that these plants are growing in your garden. Do not till them into the ground or add them to your compost pile, as the blight will live over the winter and could impact your plants (and your neighbors’ plants) again next year.

We also recommend that you do not plant your tomato and potato plants in the same soil next year. Rather, consider planting them on the opposite side of your garden the following season.

If anyone has any questions about the blight or how to clean-up the blight we encourage you to visit the Brown County Extension office or to talk to Nancy to learn more.

 

Notes from the field: Our plight with late blight

We are devastated to announce that the late blight has hit our farm and that we now must destroy all of our potato and tomato plants. Completely destroying these plants will hopefully give us more control over the blight, however, we must act fast because the blight can travel hundreds of miles by air. The fungus that causes the blight can live in the soil up to five years, which is why every spore must be destroyed completely. This also means the potatoes which were produced from the blight-impacted plants must all be destroyed and cannot be used to as seed potatoes for next season.

What does this mean for our other plants in the field? We are currently treating our eggplants and pepper plants with copper sulfate at the direction of the Brown County Extension Office. We are hopeful that we can save these plants from being effected by the blight. The copper sulfate will hopefully prevent the blight from spreading to these plants.

What causes the blight? The late blight is caused by a fungus, which is encouraged by the cooler, wet weather that we have recently experienced. The late blight also will spread hundreds of miles when the weather is ideal for it. This is what has caused the blight to affect many farmers within the Northeastern part of our state.

We, as farmers, are aware of the risks when we set out to plant our fields at the beginning of the season. We understand that the perfect tomato can only grow with the perfect balance of rain and sunshine. We pray that each season our farm will not be impacted by any devastating disease, like blight. Unfortunately, this season we were not able to avoid the devastation of the loss of our potato and tomato crops. We apologize to our loyal customers, although it does not appear there is anything that can be done to prevent these types of things. And most importantly, we appreciate your continued loyalty during this difficult time.

Check out the video posted by the Green Bay Press Gazette featuring Kellner Back Acre Gardens’ plight with the blight.