Are you seeing these little critters on some of your CSA produce? These bugs are called aphids. Aphids are harmless and some people will just chalk it up as extra protein. But if you would rather bypass the extra nutrients, follow the method below.
Aphids are sticky and will not wash off easily but a vinegar rinse helps to release them. This method works well and will clear out most of the aphids.
Fill a large bowl with cool water and place it in the sink. Add 1 – 1 1/2 cups of white vinegar, depending on how many bugs are on the produce. Set the item in the vinegar water mix, swish gently and let sit for ten minutes.
Sometimes, however, an item is too heavily infested for this treatment. If this is the case, we are happy to issue a replacement. Send an email and let us know.
Climate change can make organic farming even more challenging. The unseasonably warm weather brings out the bugs.
One organic way to control aphids is by using beneficial insects. For aphids, Joe uses ladybugs. He releases thousands of lady bugs throughout the year, we do not use sprays. Here is a new crop of lady bugs just delivered and ready for release.
Thank you everyone for your patience during the buggy season.