August 2, 2023

Here we are at the season halfway point already! Welcome to several new shareholders this week. We are so grateful to all of you for supporting local growers.

This has been quite the season so far. The long cool spring has brought lots of fruit, but also many weeds and insect pests. Whipstone Farm is overwhelmed with grasshoppers that are doing significant damage to many crops. Much of what they have planted these past couple of weeks has been killed either by grasshoppers or heat damage, and many other crops nearing harvest are being decimated by these hungry pests. We are hoping that the start of the monsoon season will bring some relief for our growers as they work hard to put food on our tables each week.

Willowbrook Farm is still managing to deliver salad mix this week, even with the extreme heat. What a blessing! The lettuce crop is still going strong, despite the solid effort by the weeds to take over. See Hilary’s work weeding below. Whipstone Farm has harvested their first potatoes of the season so we will have some delicious red fingerling potatoes to enjoy. But most exciting of all, tomatoes are finally here! Willowbrook’s cherry tomatoes are one of my favorite treats of the season. They are sweet, juicy, and perfectly ripe. If you can resist eating them all straight out of the bag they will be perfect on top of a delicious salad.

Have a great week!

What’s in your basket – August 2nd

Cherry tomatoes – Willowbrook Farm
Kale – Willowbrook Farm
Onions – Willowbrook Farm
Parsley – Whipstone Farm
Potatoes – Whipstone Farm
Salad mix – Willowbrook Farm
Summer squash – Willowbrook Farm

First potato harvest of the season at Whipstone Farm.

Weeding at Willowbrook: before…

… and after.

One of Whipstone Farm’s flower houses.

Baby butternut squash at Willowbrook Farm.

Cherry tomatoes!

Rain, rain, please stay!