Thursday, May 12, 2016

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Dear Friends,

Raspberry season is here! Our red fall raspberries make wonderful jam, jelly and syrup and are amazing for fresh eating. We will open for picking on Tuesday, August 8th. We are also beginning to harvest our tomatoes. We grow heirloom and gourmet varieties, unparalleled for canning, freezing and fresh eating. In addition, we have a full pick-your-own veggie garden.

Prices:
Raspberries: $4/pint
Tomatoes: $2/lb under 15 lbs OR $1.65/lb over 15 lbs
Red Peppers: Not available yet
Picnic Peppers: Not available yet
Banana Peppers: $.30 each
Eggplant: Not available yet
Broccoli: Not available yet
Zucchine: $1/lb

Raspberry Production at our Farm:
We use the only 2 organic labeled insecticides for SWD* on our berries and remove over-ripe berries daily by hand as part of our pest management program. Our fungicides are also organic. All the raspberry rows are hand weeded. We take every precaution to protect our precious pollinators, only spraying late at night (yes, even organic spray will kill bees). Please note, this allows us to control pests, not eradicate.

*Spotted Wing Drosophila
http://www.ipm.msu.edu/invasive_species/spotted_wing_drosophila



Farming Practices at our Farm:
We use IPM (Integrated Pest Management) or sustainable farming practices. Our goal is to provide food that is not just healthy for people but also the environment. We are not organic but use organic practices whenever we possibly can. For example, all of our crops are hand weeded to drastically reduce the amount of herbicide needed. We also use certified organic sprays. As of last year, we no longer use synthetic nitrogen but all natural fertilizers and crop rotation.


Thank you and see you soon.
Liz, Carrie & Stacy

strawberries raspberries tomatoes pumpkins
Strawberries:
mid-June-early July
Raspberries:
late August-October
Tomatoes:
late August-September
Pumpkins:
October