You think you are doing the right thing by following expert advice. Yes, it came from Asia and hit New York hard. It is wreaking havoc now in our area. The efficacy of the government recommendations is questioned. It is spreading rapidly; we must take action to control this plague. You have certainly guessed by now that I am talking about the Spotted wing drosophila.
The spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) is a vinegar or fruit fly of East Asian origin. It made its way into New York by 2011. Today, it has spread throughout most of the continental US. It can directly infest the fruit of many plants, but is most attracted to raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and other late-season, soft-flesh fruits. We have not been concerned before as the birds were getting all our ripe fruit. Now that we have eliminated the bird issue with the bird netting, nature’s response is the SWD. It can inflict 50% losses.
You may have noticed when you are picking blueberries that are lots of drops. Many of these are berries that have been attacked by the SWD. They fall to the ground, the SWD eggs hatch, and the cycle starts again. Organic sprays are not able to offer significant control. We needed another approach; chickens. We now have our chickens roaming the blueberries eating the drops. So, when you are picking blueberries, keep an eye out for eggs (chicken eggs). Also, you may notice many damaged berries; this is damage caused by bees wanting the sweet nectar. Since they pollinated the fruit, we need to give them what they are due.
The farm is still in need of store help. I know this is a nationwide issue but here at our local level we may have to start curtailing services. Lack of rain and labor are causing stress to plants and staff.
To cut down on watering I need to sell the plants out front of the store. I will thus have a SALE: the Proven Winners will now only be $1.99 each. This is a good time to fill the holes in your landscape; we still have months of warm weather ahead.
We need egg cartons; cardboard type only.
Wednesday is Jamaican Night from 5 to 8 pm. They have really been very pleasant evenings. Vernon will be here on the drums. Remember, it is BYOB! Here is this week’s menu:
Jerk Chicken and Pork w/ Mango Salsa
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Rice and Beans
Spanish Town Style Potato Salad
Jalapeno Corn Bread
Lemonade, Ginger Beer
ALL INCLUSIVE PRICING (includes 7% Tax & 10% Tip)
ADULT: $34 ENHANCED MEMBER: $26
ENHANCED MEMBER CHILDREN (5 to 9): $12
CHILDREN (5 TO 9): $16
ALL CHILDREN UNDER 4-FREE*
Also, remember we are selling Sippewissett Oysters at the store; $15/dozen. It helps us plan if you order oysters by email or phone by Tuesday (508-563-2560). Order by the dozens. We are also harvesting about 12 extra dozen so there are some available for walk-in customers.