HOG Trough Week 9 July 20th 2014
Please remember to bring your own bags to pickup, and return berry boxes and egg cartons whenever you can! If you forget your bag, HOG bags are available for $6 each or 2 for $10.
Whats Happening at the Farm
Sweet corn is in the share this week! And if you give it a chance I guarantee it will be the freshest, sweetest corn you’ve ever eaten. Corn sugars begin to turn to starch as soon as it’s picked, so for the best flavor, steam it up the night you pick it up! Or better yet, take a bite raw as soon as you get home.
A warning to all, corn is difficult to grow organically-it is a very heavy feeder, meaning it needs a lot of extra fertilizer to do well. Also, sweet corn is so delicious tons of other animals and insects love it too! Corn seed is a favorite of crows, so we seed the corn into flats and transplant it after it’s sprouted. Corn kernels are loved by corn earworm and corn borer, both of which can be a problem at the farm as well. The only organic method to control these insects is to use a specially designed gun to spray oil directly onto the silks-but you have to time it just right…too early and the kernels won’t be pollinated. Too late and the insect has already taken up residence. Just chop off the tips that may be a bit wormy, and your family won’t be the wiser! This will be our only planting, since it is such a land, fertilizer, and pest hog, so enjoy it this week!
Need a little extra produce? We sell on Saturday mornings in Bellport next to It’s Only Natural and Rocky Point Farmer’s Market on Sundays. Remember CSA members get a 10% discount at the markets! And stop in at Lillian’s for 10% off of all purchases $30 or more at It’s Only Natural the health food store in Bellport! Lillian also has a great selection of bulk grains, and beans that she can order at a discount for CSA members, so stop in and order what you need!
Sean, Jill, and the HOGVolunteer Work Hours
Members are welcome to volunteer all season, and if you complete 15 hours or more you receive a $100 refund! May and June is the perfect time to volunteer–lots of projects, cool weather, limited bugs. Workdays are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-5pm, and Saturdays 9-12. Drop us an email if you think you might come, so we can be sure to have a project ready!
In Season This Week
lettuce or radicchio
chard or kale
cucumbers–our second planting is gearing up, an the first is still pumping out cukes, so prepare for a bulk sale, perhaps later this week!
walla walla onions
corn–we are only growing one planting of corn this season, since it is quite difficult to grow well, and takes a lot of land and fertility. So enjoy these precious ears! There will be some worms since we don’t spray, but usually they are just at the tips, leaving the rest of the ear sweet and delicious! Corn starts to convert sugar to starch as soon as it is picked, so eat it as soon as possible after picking up!
Our fruit shares are provided by Briermere Farms in Riverhead, and include fruits we don’t grow at the farm, like peaches, apples, blueberries, pears, plums, and more!
Pick Your Own
At the HOG all of our herbs and flowers are u-pick. Please come anytime, avoid picking if there is heavy rain, bring your own clippers if you can, and be sure to leave the gates as you found them! Also please be gentle with the plants–all of our herbs are meant to last for the season, so please clip gently and only remove a few stems from each plant. With care these beds will last all summer!
beans–unlimited!! please only pick the first 3 rows, the far right row is a dry bean and is not ready to pick.
cilantro–limit 1 bunch
dill–limit 1 bunch
basil–no limit, take what you can use
parsley–no limit, take what you can use
oregano–no limit, take what you can use
sage–no limit, take what you can use
chives–no limit, take what you can use.
thyme–no limit, take what you can use
marjoram–no limit, take what you can use
On the Way