Field Notes: Volume 16, Number 13
This Week’s Harvest
While we strive for consistency at the Ecosystem Farm, we ask that our SHAREholders please keep in mind that Friday and Tuesday harvests will not always be the same.
For your convenience, an exact harvest list will be posted in the packing shed.
This season, it seems, is one of the stink bug. Introduced to the mid-Atlantic region from Asia more than a decade ago, invasive populations of the brown marmorated stink bug have expanded to wreak havoc on the East Coast. Munching on ornamental plants, fruit trees, vegetables, and legumes—and entering into homes and buildings in the fall to seek shelter before winter arrives—these pests do so much more damage than their squash bug relatives.
Indeed, the brown marmorated stink bug is slated to do severe damage to fruit, vegetables, and farm crops throughout the United States, feeding on plant tissue to the point that a fruit or vegetable becomes pitted, dimpled, or otherwise deformed, and thus unsalable.
At the Ecosystem Farm, we have lost an entire crop to the pest. The tomatillos have acted as a trap crop of sorts, attracting the brown marmorated stink bug away from other, perhaps more valuable crops. While it is disappointing to lose the husked green fruit, we have accepted this loss with