Kind of a mixed bag this week. Beautiful rains early in the week allowed us to catch up on rainy day chores. The Staff moved up 2400 pepper plants into larger containers to grow on for a few more weeks when they will go out into the field the first week of May. 21 varieties this year, a few new ones for you to try out, the pepper roaster will make it’s appearance in only 18 or 19 weeks! Wednesday was a raw day and we used it to do some cleaning up of the edges of the field and burn some brush. The Wednesday afternoon market also opened this week (kind of slipped up on us and I forgot to let you know last week that it was opening, sorry). More clean up on Thursday after trying to cover one more of the “big tops” with those 30′ X 100′ pieces of plastic, we are lucky we all didn’t get blown into the next county. Today is the day! Calm winds and perfect weather, we are going for at least 4 bays, find out next week! Cold weather scare the last two mornings, Thursday was right at 32 degrees with some scattered frost and we fully expected this morning to be colder but it looks as if 36 degrees might be a cold as it got. We protected everything as if the worst was coming and it all looks good. I did pick some short asparagus in anticipation of a freeze so they will look a bit odd at market tomorrow.
A bit of news from last week. We had one of our best cheerleaders/supporters here last week helping us on the farm. A bit of history, Betsy and I started Peregrine Farm by incorporating and then selling shares of stock to people who knew us and wanted to support this kind of endeavor, several who receive this newsletter. We had many great shareholders who were very patient with us in the lean years as we figured out how to make this place profitable. The best was Dottie Eakin who not only helped us with investment money but has come almost every year, from far distant places, to spend a few days to a week working on the farm. The reason I say was is that we now own all of Peregrine Farm, Inc. so we no longer have outside owners but Dottie still comes and helps. Without her and others like her we would not be here today, thank you all!