September 19 Availability The farm stand will be open from 9am - 1pm with limited availability (see note below) due to herbicide drift from our neighbor's corn fields
Pinehold Gardens crops: Hoophouse grown produce (safe from drift): Red & orange slicers $3/lb Red grape tomatoes $3/pint Mixed cherry tomatoes $3/pint Paste/roma tomatoes $2/lb (limited) Celery $2 each
Drift free field crops: Potatoes (limit of 2 lbs/variety): Peter Wilcox, Carola, Adirondack Red, German Butterball, Red Norlands $1.50/lb Garlic, multiple varieties $1 each Garlic scapes $1 for one dozen (end of season) Radishes $2/bunch Hakurei turnip bunches $2/bunch (limited) Radish/Hakurei turnip combo bunches $2/bunch Cucumbers, Tasty Jade $2 each (limited) Eggplant $3/lb Escarole, $2 / head (limited) Collard Greens $2/bunch Kale, red & green frilly varieties $2/bunch Swiss chard, Bright Lights $2/bunch
HONEY Freshly spun, $10/pint, $5/half pint (limited to one pint OR two half pints per family)
Notes: We had to delay the opening of our on farm stand due to our farm experiencing an herbicide drift from our neighbor's corn fields which ended up contaminating almost half of our farm fields. We contacted DATCP (the State Department of Trade, Agriculture and Consumer Protection) and they took 44 samples from our fields and we received the lab test results on July 21. We cannot legally distribute or sell the crops in the affected fields as all of the samples had herbicide residue, mainly Atrazine, a product that is not labeled as safe for use on crops that are meant for human consumption. That means that we are unable to harvest 90% of of our summer crops (lettuce, escarole, fennel, carrots, beets, green beans, green onions, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, kale, pac choi, radishes, salad turnips, and field cucumbers). We will not also not have the late summer and fall crops of onions, shallots, peppers, winter squash, cantaloupes and watermelon. The only crops that were not in the fields that experienced drift are the produce in our hoophouses (tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, celery and eggplant) and our potato and garlic crop that was in a field away from the drift. Our niece Amanda also has a small plot that was away from the drifted fields.
We have planted our fall crops on schedule as usual, and we also tried to replant as much of the lost crops as we could. The full season crops of onions, shallots, peppers and winter squash could not be replanted as it is too late in the year to do so as they require a full season of 90 or more days to grow and mature.
And to add insult to injury, the storms and heavy rains during the first two weeks of August will also be limiting crop availability this year.
Thank you so much for your patience during this difficult time.
Your farmers Sandy & David and farmer in training, Amanda
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