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This week at our Boston Farmers' Markets

Dudley Town Common Farmers Market
intersection of Blue Hill Ave and Dudley Street
Tuesday and Thursdays 3-7pm
Through Oct 29

Bowdoin Street Health Center Farmers Market
230 Bowdoin St, Dorchester
Thursdays 2:30-6:30pm
Through Oct 29

(Boston Medical Center Farmers Market has ended for the season)

This Week

We'll have: Beets, Carrots, Potatoes, Eggplant, Japanese Eggplant, Yellow Summer Squash, Zucchini and Cousa Squash, Shelling Beans, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Kale, Spicy Salad Mix, Lettuce Mix, Hot Peppers, Parsley, Concord Grapes, Apples, (Peaches on Tuesday) and (hopefully Corn on Thursday)

Squash Saga

washing squash
washing squash
 Do you remember the rain in June? While the weather of spring and early summer may fade in our minds, its effects are still being felt on the farm, especially at harvest time. Record rainfall and low temperatures in June and July led Governor Patrick and members of the Massachusetts delegation to ask federal officials to declare much of the state an agricultural disaster zone, citing tens of millions of dollars in expected income losses.

Most of the food that goes to the market to your plate comes right from our farm sites in Roxbury and Dorchester. Some crops, including winter squash, is grown on our 30 acre Farm in Lincoln, where the rainy and cool conditions had big effects our crops. The cool wet weather made spring spinach and boc choi flourish. It set up our beautiful harvest of broccoli, providing the moisture that crop rarely gets in the Lincoln Farm's sandy soils. Unfortunately, it also set our winter squash up for failure. Our poor squash were hit on many fronts this year- first seeds were slow to emerge due to cold weather, then birds dug up the young plants to get at the seeds, then cut worms mowed down the acre of transplanted squash, then, after we'd re-seeded all three acres and put in all our extra transplants, we had six weeks with barely any sun and enough rain to ensure the spread of the many diseases that afflict squash plant

A discouraging saga to be sure, enough to make us young farmers consider a change of career if it weren't for our elders ensuring us that this is one of the hardest seasons they've ever experienced. We still have much to look forward to. The root crops are going strong. We've got a ton of beets and carrots sizing up. There are still three more weeks of the CSA to go after this one and many more good meals to be had from the yields of this challenging season.

-- Jess Liborio, Urban Grower

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