What’s Up with the Corn?

weekly CSA produce share
Our corn has already been trimmed, why? Read on.

If you look at the corn in the photo, you might be saying what’s up with that? Why are the ears cut in two? Well, the explanation is quite simple: the corn is naturally-grown, which means no insecticides, no genetic modifications to make the corn produce Bt — a poison to larva, including all caterpillars; basically, the corn is grown like it was years ago. The way our ancestors grew it. And, since corn is food, corn borers likes to eat it; they start at the tip of the ear, munching away. So, these were simply ears that corn borers got to before we did. Now, you might say, just spray the corn, but what will happen next (if the corn isn’t sprayed) is that those corn borers will attract tricogramma wasps, and their larva will feast on the corn borer eggs. It’ll be like having a natural pesticide working 24/7 until harvest. And, before you know it, most of the corn borers will be gone.

This week’s share:

  • Corn (4 half-ears)
  • Green chiles (4)
  • Sweet potatoes (3)
  • Tomatillos (1 basket) — traded for more sweet potatoes
  • Red onion (1)
  • Cucumbers (3)
  • Summer squash (1 large)
  • I’itoi onions (1 bunch) — one of our favorite onions!

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