Peregrine Farm News Vol. 8 #26, 9/22/11

What’s been going on?

A gray and somber way to end our season but the rains are once again perfectly timed for winter soil preparation. We got the last big pepper harvest done yesterday before the downpours and all that remains to be picked are poblanos and eggplant. Next week we will make one last pass through the field to glean the last of the peppers, primarily green bells that we will sell wholesale. This morning the last of the tomatoes are coming off the vines and then the remaining five rows of plants and trellis will be torn down.

By the end of next week it will all be gone. The last Big Tops uncovered and the hoops moved from one field to another. All the trellises will be deconstructed and neatly stacked for the winter. The few sweet potatoes that we grew will be dug and curing in the greenhouse. Turkeys will have moved to their last pasture. All the fields will be mowed and probably even disked for the first pass in the process of getting ready for winter cover crops. Even Betsy will fly out on Saturday for three weeks in Italy, leaving me home to finish up the last of the farm winterization.

And so ends another season, the 30th season, at Peregrine Farm. Of course we are not ever really finished, just a temporary lull in the action. We will be back for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving market to pass out the turkeys along with lots of great vegetables for the holiday meal and there may even be some guest appearances in December if there are crops available and then it all starts again in February with Betsy’s anemones and ranunculus.

In general it has been a great season, one of the best in memory. Sure a little tough out there in July and the ongoing drought has made some things more challenging but overall the crops have been happy, the staff has been happy and hopefully all of you have been pleased with the bounty we have been able to coax from the fields. Betsy and I are always grateful and amazed at your support of what we do and for local food and farming, thank you!

Picture of the Week

This giant volunteer plume celosia, at the end of one of the pepper rows, greets us as we walk out every morning

What’s going to be at the market?

It is our last regular Saturday market for the 2011 season.

Don’t forget about that Thanksgiving Turkey, reserve now while the selection is ample, we still have about 25 birds available.

One last big Celosia show along with lots of great ornamental peppers. Plenty of fragrant Oriental Lilies.

We will be roasting Saturday even if it is threatening rain, again. In Sweet peppers we have a moderate supply of Red bells, with small amounts of Yellow Bells. Small amounts of Purple Bells, lime green Cubanelles and Corno di Toros. In hot types there is still a fair amount of Anaheim, Poblano, Serrano, Cayenne and Passilla. Very few Jalapenos. The Padrones and Shishitos are slowing down. Yellow and Red Habaneros and Aji Dulce, the habanero flavor without the heat.

Tomato supply is going, going, almost gone. In Reds there is a small amount of Big Beefs. In cherry types there is a small supply of Sungolds. Look for green tomatoes for frying or other uses.

More of the awesome Italian heirloom Eggplant. Still plenty of Red Onions! Winter Squash with Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti and our favorite Sweet Dumpling which is the sweetest of them all, no added sugar required! Look for more of the baby Ginger and Summer Crisp Lettuce, Japanese Turnips.

As a reminder if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.

Hope to see you all at the market!

Alex and Betsy


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