Come and visit us this weekend:
Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
60 Rhodes Place, Cranston
We will be bringing the following items to the this week:
Sugar Snap Peas
Beets (with tops)
Flowers!!! The sunflowers have started to bloom!
Our newest hoop-house, the “Big House”, is the home of our collard greens and kale crops (both are of the brassica family). Unfortunately there has been a infestation of flea beetles this spring.
According to the website eXtension.org, flea beetles are a diverse group of small (only 1/16″ long) leaf beetle.. Some flea beetles are considered pests (they feed on crops we want), while others are beneficial weed biological control agents (they feed on plants we don’t want (weeds)).
In North America, flea beetles most often become pests when attacking plants in the families Brassicaceae, also known as crucifers and cole crops (e.g. broccoli, kale, cabbage, collards), and Solanaceae (e.g. potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers). Flea beetles are highly mobile, making control difficult. Here is what flea beetle damage looks like.
On a happier note, our lavender has begun to bloom! It is important to harvest the lavender when it just starts to bloom as it keeps longer when dried and will retain more of its amazing scent. A good way to know when it is time to harvest lavender is to look for bees. Bees LOVE lavender blossoms!
The first of the Gladiolus have begun to blossom as well. Here one with a beautiful shade of purple.
See you at the market!
Farmer Kim 🙂