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From our field to your table. Growing Season Share 2019- Week #21
Weekly Field Notes 

Farm Talk Notes from your farmer


Most weeks when I pause to write this email I am in a hurry and can't recall what sets this week apart from all the others.  So I open the photos on my phone and start looking back at what things caught my attention the past 7 days.  This week it was overwhelmingly the bugs!
    Not "bad" bugs though; the ones we like; the cute and ferocious ones!  I have seen so many spiders this past week that have been successful in their trapping, and many monarchs and swallowtails caterpillars enjoying these beautiful days.  The pests on my flowers have been worse than I've ever experienced (I'm only getting 1 harvestable bloom for every 15-20) but yet when I went to spray an organic pesticide on them the other evening, I couldn't bring myself to do it!  Yes there are pests that I have no remorse in killing but there's also so many bugs fighting for us and doing what they can to balance out this little ecosystem. 
    And this is why we say our produce is "better than organic".  We don't have a lot of acreage so each little corner of the farm has our eyes on it regularly and because of that attention we don't spray on a schedule but only when we absolutely feel that the natural balance won't prevent our crops from being decimated.  Large organic farms don't typically have that opportunity.  They have to spray on a schedule because the alternative could mean loosing acres.  I am sympathetic to those farms but oh so thankful that I get to farm here, where I have a chance to get to know the bugs.  

Two years ago I got to make a giant flower chandelier for the Farm to Table tent (this was the prototype) and last year it was a tunnel sized flower curtain.  I'm having a hard time coming up with a fun flower installation idea for this year so if you have thoughts let me hear them!


We still have Farm to Table tickets  available for Friday.   Find them at  https://urbanrootsfarmsgf.weebly.com/farm-to-table-dinner.html

WANTED:

Any blue pint or quart size boxes!  Thanks!

Full Share:            

Tomatoes (2)
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumber
Choice of Shishito or Lunchbox Peppers
Bell Peppers (2)
Zephyr Squash (2)
Sunflower Shoots
Choice of Leaf Lettuce or Green Beans
Melon
Radish
Small Share:

Tomato
Cherry Tomatoes or Cucumber
Choice of Leaf Lettuce, Kale or Beans
Lunchbox Peppers or Bell Peppers (2)
Zephyr Squash
Choice of Okra, Fennel or Radish
Butternut or Red Kuri Squash
Melon
Sunflower Shoots

Sunflower Shoots


Sunflower Shoots are a delicious snack filled with protein, calcium, magnesium and iron.  We enjoy putting them on wraps, mixing them into salads, or using them as a fresh garnish on noodle dishes and stir-fries. 

Time to Party!

October 25th we are celebrating our 10th birthday! It is the weekend before Halloween so naturally it will be fall festivity themed with fun activities for the kids, a beer tent for the adults, live music and cake!  Mark your calendars now and look for more information soon to come.
Add Ons:
Eggs - No extra today
Mushrooms $4
Goat Cheese $6
Coffee $14
Flowers - No extra today
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