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Town Farm Shows Some Hornworms a Good Time!

Posted 7/30/2012 8:28pm by OONA COY & BEN JAMES.

Greetings everyone –

We generally find one pest as pesky as another here at Town Farm, and we don't often get too excited about the arrival of the cornseed maggot, say, or our third infestation of flea beetles in a couple months. But when a gorgeous creature like the tomato hornworm comes along, we  can't help but pull out all the stops. Our kids manhandle them. I break out the camera. And after we've had our fun, we'll even let the chickens "take them for a ride." Here are some pictures.

hornworm in hands

hornworm & wiley

hornworm on fingerchicken & hornworm

So the big news around here is watermelons. It's a really good year this year (especially satisfying after last year, which was pretty blah). They're sweet. They're juicy. They're red. They're yellow. And they're coming in fast. Find them at market (we'll have samples!). Pick them up in your share. There is nothing like a true watermelon at the height of the summer. 

Shareholders, please click here to see what else besides watermelons will be in this week's share. Also some important info about PYO green beans.

At market we will have the first of our incredible cantaloupes, which long-time customers know are like no other melons anywhere. Plus the season's first leeks, gorgeous bell peppers, and more. Here's the complete list:

RED & YELLOW WATERMELONS, CANTALOUPE, BELL PEPPERS, ITALIAN & ASIAN EGGPLANT, CUBANELLE PEPPERS, FRESH SUMMER ONIONS, CUCUMBERS (crisp & juicy, here's a recipe for quickles), YELLOW SQUASH, ZUCCHINI, PATTY PAN (here's a great tandoori kabob recipe), ripe, red TOMATOES, SUNGOLD & MIXED CHERRY TOMATOES, GREEN BEANS, LEEKS, FRESH GARLIC BULBS, CILANTRO, DILL, PARSLEY, JALAPENO PEPPERS, RED CABBAGE AND TENDERSWEET CABBAGE, HEAD LETTUCE, CARROTS (Here's how we got them), BEETS, KALE (here's a great recipe for Massaged Kale Salad), SWISS CHARD, and SHAVED ICE!

Our shareholders already know the glory of our flower patch, but we figured there are plenty of market-goers out there who'd love to keep freshly-picked flowers on the table for the next bunch of weeks. So, for the first time ever, we are offering a PYO flower share, just during the month of August. Come pick a bouquet from our patch as often as you like (one bouquet per visit, any day but Saturday). Over twenty varieties of beautiful flowers! (Sorry, no hornworms included.) The flower share costs $50. Email us or come by the market if you're interested.

PYO flowers

That's all (except for some pictures). We'll see you soon!

 

watermelon pick

Silas picking watermelons this morning!

Helen eats yellow watermelon

Helen & Owen from Farm Hands pre-school eating yellow watermelon this morning.

Owen eats yellow watermelon

If you're a gardener growing watermelons for the first time, here's how you know when they're ripe. Look for the tendril that comes from the juncture where the watermelon stem meets the vine. When the tendril has turned brown and crispy, the watermelon should be ripe. Silas is holding the tendril in this picture.

tendril