Week 7 is here and we have weeds to our ear!

It’s week #7 of our CSA.  Members this week will receive:

  • Kohlrabi
  • Snow Peas
  • Butter crunch lettuce
  • Dill
  • Basil
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini

We are very grateful for the beautiful weather and rain we’ve had, which is great for our crops.  But unfortunately ideal growing conditions for vegetables are also ideal growing conditions for weeds. Since we do not use any chemicals or pesticides, weeds are particularly troublesome for the organic farmer.

weeds

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What do we do to control our weeds?  Some of our plants, like those we start in the green house, can go into rows we first lay down a biodegradable plastic that prevents anything growing other than what we plant in the holes of the plastic.  But our root vegetables go into the ground as seeds and need lots of sunshine, so plastic doesn’t work for those.  Instead, we rely on lots of hand weeding and rototilling between the rows.  If anyone has a strong desire to get your hands dirty, we love volunteers!   (See our post from last week).

But if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right?  So we’re thinking about taking the opportunity of all these full-grown weeds and having a weed walk to teach others about the great, hidden benefits in your own backyard.  What’s a weed walk you ask?  We’d partner with an expert forager to guide people through our weeds, pointing out what is edible, and how you can use similar weeds in your own backyard.  Would you be interested?  We are also considering having a pesto day on the farm, which we’ve done before, teaching people how to use some of our fresh ingredients to make their own pesto (and more than just your typical basil pesto).  We want to hear from you – which would you rather: weed walk or pesto day?  Tell us on facebook.

 

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