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Week 12 update from our farmer

Posted 8/25/2020 12:47pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

 

The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, August 26th 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 Patrick O. and Jessica W. (5pm to 6:30pm) and Petra R. and Jane P. (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:

Hi Folks,


So I guess I misspoke when I said that the extreme heat was done for the year, as we are amid several more scorching days. We had a few minor rains during the week; sufficient to help transplants to take root and seeds to germinate. As I expected my early August planting of spinach was almost completely killed by excessive rain from the tropical storm. The next planting has germinated well and should be ready to cut in a month or so. Greens in general, are still scarce. We will have some arugula next week and should have lettuce again as well.

The root vegetable for this week is radish. I know that for many of you it is not very popular. Remember that it can be cooked and doing so takes away the bite. It can be roasted or included in soups or stir fries; and it’s good for you! If you are not ready to cook with it quite yet- remove the tops and store just the roots. It will not take up much space and will keep for weeks (or even months).

The ground cherry production has dropped off and the deer have been feasting on them as well. I go out every night before bed with my spotlight and chase them off, but they are most likely back again before my head hits the pillow! The South American cousin of this fruit- Physalis peruviana, aka goldenberries are beginning to ripen prolifically. These are sweeter than Physalis pruinosa but also more tart. We will be including them in the shares, as availability allows, over the next couple of weeks.

We are into the next planting of sweet corn now, with slightly larger ears. We send it with the usual caveat- there may be a worm on the tip. We have 5 more varieties/ plantings to come and we are spraying with a combination of biological controls to suppress the buggers. One is a highly specific virus and the other a more broad-spectrum fungus. Later in the season these pests become more abundant and we are hoping to minimize their presence.

The full share for this week will be: Peppers, tomatoes, sweet corn, melon or watermelon, onions, radishes, beans, kale, arugula, baking potatoes and an herb (parsley, thyme, or summer savory).

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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