Our 20th Season!
HOG Trough Week 10 July 27th 2015
Please remember to bring your own bags to pickup, and return berry boxes and egg cartons whenever you can!
What’s Happening At the Farm this Week
I hope everyone enjoyed (or is enjoying) the sweet corn we put in the share this past week! Sweet corn is delicious but tricky, attracting pests and sucking up fertilizer like crazy. We’ve tried lots of different techniques over the years, and I think we’ve settled on this one–we put all our energy into growing one fantastic bed of sweet corn, as early in the season as we can get it to avoid the pests, and then that’s it! This was we avoid creating breeding ground for the earworms and borers, and we won’t waste fertilizer growing food for the insects!
The shares have been pretty heavy the past few weeks, as we try and clear out some of our spring fields (beets, carrots, cabbage) to till in and cover crop. We’ve entered our summer lettuce slump, thanks in large part to the growing family of woodchucks living under the farm–we probably won’t have lettuce again for a few weeks, but we will continue to have cabbage, swiss chard, and escarole–time to get creative with your salad!
Our new HOG bags are in! Thank you so much to Maya for all her work designing them, they are amazing! The bags are $8 ea or 2 for $15, and are perfect for holding your share–they are durable, washable, and practically unbreakable! Grab them at pickup, the farmstand, or the market!
Volunteer 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 930-5pm, and Saturdays 930-12. Drop us an email if you think you might come, so we can be sure to have a project ready!
Projects this week include:
In Season This Week
Your share may contain:
walla walla sweet onions
zucchini and summer squash
Our fruit shares are provided by Briermere Farms in Riverhead, and include fruits we don’t grow at the farm, like peaches, raspberries, blueberries, apples, pears, apricots 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–green, yellow, dragon tongue, limit 1 quart
flowers–no limit, take what you can use
cilantro–no limit, take what you can use
dill–no limit, take what you can use
parsley–no limit, take what you can use
basil–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
On the Way
Coming up in the next week or two.