The Mighty Nightshades

Mighty Nightshade

Did you know that Tomatoes, Eggplants, Peppers and Potatoes are all members of the same plant family? Some people call them nightshades, farmers usually call them Solanaceae and most people call them delicious. They will all be making an appearance in your share this week! This is also the last week of summer holidays for some of you I’m sure, including Kayla who has been helping out here at the farm, all the best to you Kayla! Good thing Max has offered to step in and help now that she is gone.

A walk of the farm this morning revealed some baby squash in our squash patch, some teeny tiny carrots who will hopefully enjoy the cooler nights of September, and healthy stand of winter radishes. Sadly a peak under the row cover where our salad mix was supposed to be flourishing revealed nothing but lambs quarters! I guess the flea beetles had already infiltrated before the bed was covered and ate every last shoot before they could even grow true leaves. I have seeded another bed, so fingers crossed that the beetle pressure won’t be as intense.

Another crop that did not fair well this season is the onions. The heat and lack of rain in the spring stunted their growth so much that I abandoned them to the weeds. A few of them survived and are still growing, but many of them quit early so I will gather those up this week and send them along. The good news is there is still lots of garlic, so I will send extra along this week to make up for the miniature onions!

This weeks share:

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Summer Squash
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Beans
  • Basil
  • Parsley

– Jenny

 

 

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