Frequently Asked Questions
The following are answers to the questions we're asked the most...
Share of the Farm Program
What's unique about the Share of the Farm program at Avalon Farms Homegrown?
Variety...what’s a summer in Michigan without cherries and sweet corn in season? We secure products that we don't grow from other Michigan family farms and include them in the shares so you can enjoy more of what Michigan farmers grow.
Choice...we let you choose the items and amounts you want each week. Now you can get the fresh veggies and fruit your family loves, and none that they don't.
What does it cost and how do I sign-up?
See the Online Market for options, pricing and online registration.
I love to eat _____ (insert product) but I've run out of ideas of what to do with it. Any suggestions?
Cook it. Bake it. Grill it. Freeze it. Can it. This is summer's abundance at it's best. Recipes, storage tips and directions for preparation are provided with the deliveries.
How can you have tomatoes available in May?
Ah, the glories of a greenhouse. Thanks to our greenhouses and high tunnels we can start growing earlier in the spring and harvest later in the fall. We are able pick hydroponic tomatoes from April through November.
What are your growing practices? Are you certified organic?
No two growing seasons are the same! Many factors impact what weed, insect or disease problems we have to deal with including what we crops we are growing. Some crops thrive in the heat, others prefer cooler temperatures. A cold, wet spring will create disease problems such as powdery mildew. A hot, dry summer will increase certain insect pest pressure.
- We use integrated pest management strategies and tactics, like rotating crops to different fields or sections of the gardens to help avoid insect, disease and weed pest problems.
- When it come to the greenhouses, controlling pest problems is different than in the gardens. We use lady beetles in the lettuce house to control aphids. The two major insect pest problems in the tomato house are white fly and spider mite. We are able to us incarsea, a type of parasitic wasp, to control them. Since we pollinate with bumble bees we don't want to use any insecticides.
- Weed, disease and insect pests are monitored so that we take action only if, and when, those pests start to negatively impact crop quality or production. We then use crop protectant products appropriate for the pest problem we're dealing with. Sometimes those products are labeled for use in Certified Organic systems when that is the product most effective, but organic products are not always available, and sometimes are not the most effective choice. Much of our produce is actually pesticide free, by scouting pest problems we can stay on top of problems so that we don't have to use insecticides, herbicides, fungicides as all.
- A biodegradable mulch is used to control weeds in rows. We love it since there's no plastic to pull in the fall and no plastic to dispose of either.
- We avoid tilling to control weed pests because we want to prevent soil erosion. Not tilling also conserves soil moisture.
- Our partnering farmers are also responsible growers and share our concern for producing a safe product for you and protecting soil and water resources.