I always try to guess what will be in our box each week. This week we had garlic, onions, peppers, green beans, greens, zucchini, parsley and okra.
I can say that I have never ever heard of hot pepper butter. But I can tell you that we will always have a jar in the fridge. I am thinking hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner tomorrow night. We tasted it and it is spicy but our mouths are watering just thinking about dinner tomorrow. It really isn't a butter like margarine or even butter like apple butter. To me it is more like sweet pickle relish with a BIG KICK!
Now comes the real organic farming education...Organic Farming 101
Here is a list of products that Andy uses to deter insects and disease...
Garlic spray (made from his own garlic)
Montery Insect spray
Surround and Champ (copper spray)
All those products are approved by the NOP (National Organic Program). They prefer to think of them as band aids. They use them to help the infested plants to get back on their feet. The primary focus is always to build up the soils. Mocotrol O and Montery Insect spray and Dipel are beneficial bacterias of some sort thet will infest the insects and their eggs. They are very affective in controlling certain s[ecieas of insects. Surround and Garlic oil work more by deterring insects from the crops. Surround forms a thin white coating on the plants and the insects really don't like it at all. Garlic evidently has a bed smell that the insects don't care for either. Champ or copper sprays help prevent diseases. Pyganic is used to control tough cucumber beetles. The bad part about using Pyganic is that it will kill some of the good insects as well as the cucumber beetles. Andy says that they really try to use it very little.
After all that information...don't you just want to go out back and dig up the backyard and start your own organic garden. Heck no...I think Andy and Lizzie and the helpers are doing a fantastic job!