THIS WEEK: ALL THURSDAY BOXES
WILL BE MOVED TO WEDNESDAY. DON'T FORGET TO TELL US IF YOU NEED TO SKIP YOUR
We hope your Thanksgiving is relaxing and delicious. We
are thankful for your support of our farm.
Down on the farm: This weekend was a good one for the
greens-our newest planting of baby greens just jumped right up! One of those
general " rules of thumb" (I guess it's a green thumb, in the case of
horticulture.) is that fruiting crops need more sun than crops we grow for
leaves. While all these crops grow better when there is sun, in a string
of cloudy days, especially with showers, the greens generally do better than do
the tomatoes, peppers, squashes, etc. Of course, when plants are constantly
wet, there can be problems with fungal and bacterial diseases-and greens do get
some of those, too.
I am SO sorry about the corn last week. We didn't discover the high
percentage of ears that were infested with corn silk fly larvae until after the
Tuesday boxes were gone. So, most of you on Monday and Tuesday got corn full of
silk fly larvae. These insects rarely show evidence of being there on the
outside of the ear and we don't routinely open all the ears, so they get by us
until we decide to eat some or someone lets us know about the problem (which
several of you did-and I thank you for that). We did check the corn for
the Thursday boxes and threw away those which had the larvae in them (over
60%), so, since we had to throw away so much, by Friday we were out of it
Now you know why I am so paranoid about these insects. This
is not just a "worm" that you can get rid of by cutting off the end
of the ear. We can usually control them by spraying 2-3 times a week (Big
commercial growers often spray daily-there are probably times when we should do
that.), but about once a year they get through and we lose a crop. It might be
that it rained right after we applied insecticide, that there was such a big
population of the flies that we needed to spray more frequently than we did or,
(one of my big worries) that they are developing resistance to the insecticide
we use. That crop has been mowed and I don't want to ruin ears in the new
crop by opening them to check until we are close to harvest. So, if it is OK,
it will be in the boxes when it is ready.
There will be more color with the green in your boxes this week, since
more tomatoes are ripening, and peppers are starting to turn red. This week is
a transition from the first crop of broccoli to the second one, so some sunny
days will help to make enough heads to keep it in all the boxes this week.
Cabbage was not on my schedule for this week, but some of
the larger varieties that were planted early are finally making nice cabbage
right now. If we don't harvest it now, the heads may crack. At least it keeps
well, so, if you have too much to eat this week, save it for next week. We
usually harvest cabbage with a lot of the outside "wrapper leaves" on
it. We cut it that way on purpose so we don't have to put it in plastic-most of
you agree with us about that. Yes, you do throw away some of those leaves, but
they make a great mulch around your shrubs.
Banana production always slows down during the winter, but
the shortage is earlier and worse this year. Tejal tells me they have been
having problems with the plants for months. So we don't expect to have any
available this week. Hopefully they will be available again soon.
What's in your box:
broccoli??? summer squash
baby arugula (large boxes only)
cabbage (large boxes only)
sage (for Monday-Wednesday)
A little housekeeping: Donna sent out the December invoices last week.
If you pay monthly, you should have received one. If not, please check your
junk mail folder and, if you don't find it, send Donna an email or give her a
call to see if you can see where it went. Or, just check the schedule you
received in your first box and it will tell you how much to pay (unless you
have bought extras or skipped a box).
Weekly extras: For most extras, please order by 2 PM the day
before your box. If you are ordering later than that, please call
561-638-2755 and leave the message on the machine, since we don't always have
time to check email in the mornings. (Those ordering for Monday boxes need to
call and leave a message, since you don't receive this list in time to order by
email.) Flowers and sprouts require earlier orders since we have to order
them from other farms. For more information, please check the
"Weekly Extras" section on the subscriber pages of our website. The
best way to order extras is to email Donna at email@example.com.
Locally grown Flowers (for Monday and Tuesday boxes, order
by noon on the Friday before your box; for Thursday and Friday, order by noon
on Wednesday). For information about these flower growers and some pictures of
their flowers, check the Subscriber Business Links on our Subscriber section
Seed to Bloom, Loxahatchee: colorful mixed bouquets-whatever is in season
$10.00 each (Sorry-not available for Monday boxes.)
TEMPORARILY OUT: Namwah bananas
(short and plump) from Yagnapurush Farm in Loxahatchee.
1 lb. $1.50
3 lbs. $4
McCoy's Honey-raw, unfiltered, locally
produced Good supply now!http://www.mccoysfloridahoney.com/ 1 lb. glass jar $5.00
palmetto, or orange blossom)
3 lb. plastic jug $14.00 each (wildflower,
palmetto, or orange blossom)
1 lb. glass jar Orange blossom honey with comb included $6.50
Honeybee pollen 8 oz. $12
Pict" Honey This honey is coming from the hives he keeps in Loxahatchee. 3 lb.
plastic jugs $16
Herbs (some are from our farm, some from Pontano Farms)
opal (purple) basil
mint (This generic mint is actually spearmint.)
specialty mints (chocolate, apple, pineapple, peppermint) not available this week: oregano
Baby Greens Microgreens $2.50 sandwich bag (mix may contain radishes,
arugula, kale, and/or purple kohlrabi leaves) Baby arugula $2.50/8 oz.
Baby kale $2.50/8 oz. Baby mustard greens. $2.50/8 oz.
Swiss chard (most is white stemmed right now) $3/bag
Collard greens $3/bag
Broccoli leaves $3/bag
Tuscan (lacinato) kale $3/bag
Other Veggies and fruit from our farm NEW! Cabbage $.75/lb. NEW! Turnips- crisp, white 'Hakurei'
variety (with greens) $3/bag (about 6-10 turnips-depending on size)
Green or 'suntan' peppers $.75 each
Radishes 'Easter egg' mixed red, purple, white ones $2/bag of 8-10
Papayas $1.50/lb. (most weigh 2-3 lbs.) choose green or ripening
Hot peppers: mix or match; sandwich bag of 4-5 peppers $3
Jalapenos-green or red
Cherry bomb peppers-round, red, hot!
SORRY-No eggplant this week.
Sprouts from Universal Living Sprouts in Royal Palm Beach (www.ulsprouts.com):
These delicious sprouts are too perishable and expensive for us to keep them in
stock, so please be sure to pre-order them if you would like to buy
some. You will need to order them a week before the day of your box-or
you may place a "standing order".
The first 4 are more like microgreens-they are growing in
flats and then cut off. The beans are more like sprouts-with the tiny roots. Sprouted greens 8 oz. $7.00
Buckwheat Sprouted beans 4 oz. $3.00 Adzuki
Pea beans-sprouted peas
Mixed (Adzuki, Lentil, Mung)