Peregrine Farm News Vol. 9 #23, 9/5/12

What’s been going on!

Crazy weekend.  You may have noticed Betsy and I left market early on Saturday because we had to scamper to the airport and fly out to a wedding in Missouri!  We have told friends and family over the years not to schedule events on Saturday during market season as that is when we make the bulk of our living but sometimes you just have to make it work.  It all went well and it was good to see both an old friend from the cut flower growers association get hitched on her farm and to spend quality time with my brother and sister in law.

Back very late last night and looks like it rained a bit.  The staff said it rained like hell all around the area but our gauge only showed 1.3 inches but that is still great and kept them from worrying about irrigating while we were gone.  Still in the process of tearing out the tomato trellis and cleaning up that mess so we can both get in to prepare for winter cover crops but more importantly finally get a good estimate of how many legs we will have to replace on the mangled Big Tops.  With all the tomato trellis in the way we have not been able to really take things apart and see if a leg is just pushed over in softer soil and can be pulled back up straight or if it is crimped and kinked and will have to be replaced.

Fall crops look great with many more to get in the ground this week.  Turnips, radishes, spinach all coming soon.  Kale, collards, lettuce and more to go in this week as soon as it dries out.  Maybe because we were racing around the country but time really seems to be flying by right now, scary.

Picture of the Week

Summer Crisp lettuce happy with this cooler weather

What’s going to be at the market?

Don’t forget your turkey reservations.

We are in the peak of pepper season right now.  In sweet peppers there is a good supply of red, yellow and orange Corno di Toros, fewer light green Cubanelles great for salads and sautéing, and Purple Bells.  The red, yellow and orange colored bell peppers a much better supply this week.  More of the Spanish Piquillos too.

In the usually-not-hot-but-on-occasion varieties just a few of the Aji Dulces, the habanero without the heat.  Lots of the appetizer peppers the Japanese Shishito and the Spanish Padron.

In hot peppers from, least to hottest, we have Passillas, a few of the very rare Basque Esplettes, Anaheims, Poblanos, our own signature Picante Pimiento, Serranos and Jalapenos, Cayenne and red and orange Habaneros

Summer Crisp lettuce is back!  We still have great Basil, Red Onions and those beautiful Italian heirloom Eggplant.

Zinnias to give us some brightness.  Plenty of Crested Celosia with large velvety heads.  Plume Celosia the bright wispy cousin to the Crested.  Lots of great Lilies, both fragrant Oriental and non-fragrant Asiatic.  Beautiful Bouquets!

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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