Peregrine Farm News Vol. 9 #8, 5/9/12

What’s been going on!

I was reading the other day that this spring and March in particular, was the warmest spring since 1910.  We all have been seeing the results in earlier blooming perennials, trees leafing out and some insects showing up sooner.  This effect should become less and less as we head into the summer months and more normal temperatures.  One of the most striking results so far is we began picking blueberries yesterday, a full two weeks earlier than last year and the earliest date ever.

With last week’s heat things are really jumping now.  The tomatoes took off and are growing by what seems like inches a day.  The staff has spent parts of the last two days suckering them and tying them up for the first time.  We are trying to get ready for pepper planting next week but the tomatoes and blueberries have to be seen to first.  I got the beds for the hot peppers tilled and the cover crop for the no-till sweet peppers rolled down, hopefully we can lay the landscape fabric on the beds tomorrow.

Big Mother’s Day and Graduation weekend to get ready for too but we are also quickly heading towards the Farm to Fork Picnic the following weekend, Sunday May 20th.  If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet for this important fundraising event for new farmer training programs there are still a few left.  Great food from an amazing number of local chefs and farmers, local beer and wine and local music!

Picture of the Week

Pepper beds ready for fabric, lettuce waiting to be cut, blueberries calling to us from on the hill

What’s going to be at the market?

Plenty of great stuff for all of the big weekends entertaining.

Blueberries, not so many this week but they are large and tasty.  The best Sugar Snap Peas at the market are back!  Broccoli Rabb, it doesn’t get any better but this may be the last week.  Lacinato Kale, deep green and tender.  Still lots of amazing succulent Spinach.  Plenty of beautiful Lettuce but it is beginning to change with the season with the first of the crispy and sweet Summer Crisp to go with Romaine, Red and Green Oakleaf.  Round red Radicchio too.

It is root vegetable world.  Beets in all three colors- Red, Golden and the striped Chioggia.  Radishes on the wane- Easter Egg, the purple Amethyst and the spicy long Chinese.  Probably the last of the Japanese salad Turnips, including a few of the new red one.

All Kinds of Iris- Dutch Iris in yellow and the tall, multi colored Spuria Iris. Fragrant Stocks.  Amazing tall Larkspur.  Beautiful Bouquets!  Maybe a few other surprises that spring can bring.

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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