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August 17 update from our farmer

Posted 8/18/2020 11:01am by Jeff Schrimmer.

Week 11 of 24

The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, August 19th from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by members will be picked up by the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry at 8pm.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped at the pickup site and behind the scenes. We could not do this without you. Our volunteers this week will be Melissa R and Adam C. (5pm to 6:30pm) and Matt d. and Wendy L. (6:30pm to 8pm)

Full shares are now being delivered in boxes that cannot leave the pickup site.  Please bring your own bags so you can transfer the contents to them. If you have borrowed a reusable bag from us, we ask that you return it.  If you have received items in plastic containers, please return the containers.  Egg share members should also return their cartons. 

Remember that face coverings are mandatory when picking up as well as maintaining a 6 foot distance from others if they are not in your household. Only one member of your household will be allowed to enter the garage. Regulations from the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services can be viewed here: http://www.downtownharvest.org/blog/39286

We are still accepting new members for produce at prorated fees, but John has asked us not to take any new orders for eggs for the time being.

Sincerely,


Maria, Phil, Katia, Nancy, Jeff, and Pamela

And, here is an update from our farmer, John Krueger:

 

Hello Folks,


It seems that we may be over with the scorching heat for this season. Hopefully, the precipitation will be a little more regular going forward. We received about .3 inches on Sunday and have a chance for some more of the wet stuff this afternoon. We are in the process of transplanting the fall brassica crop and a little rain really helps them to take root. I am also direct seeding a lot of fall greens, carrots, radishes, and turnips. Most of the spinach planted in early August died from too much rain and there is not enough remaining to merit keeping it weeded. I will have to abandon this planting. The next planting is just starting to sprout, and I will be planting more this week.

 

We finally have enough sweet corn to distribute. I have purchased netting to cover the crop, as the first 2 plantings were ravaged by red-winged blackbirds! Now if we can just keep the racoons at bay… We are already having a problem with corn earworm and have begun spraying the silks with an organic approved biologic control. We will try to cull out any infested ears but it’s not easy when we are so busy and understaffed. If one sneaks past us, please excuse us, and cut the tip off. Organic corn is hard to find exactly for this reason- it has several hard to control pests. Most of the corn grown conventionally is from GMO seed. Monsanto (now Bayer) has engineered the plants to produce the same proteins produce by the bacteria which is our biologic control. Now that it is so ubiquitous that the target pest- Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) are developing resistance.

The full share for this week will be: Sweet corn, onions, lettuce, kale, tomatoes, ground cherries or cherry tomatoes, red cabbage, peppers, beans, beets, basil and melon or watermelon.

Enjoy!

 

Farmer John

 

Week 15 update from our farmerSeptember 15th, 2020

The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, September 16th from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by members will be picked up by the Our Lady of

Week 14 update from our farmerSeptember 8th, 2020

The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, September 9th from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by members will be picked up by the Our Lady of S

Week 13 update from our farmerSeptember 1st, 2020

The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, September 2nd from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by members will be picked up by the Our Lady

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