Peregrine Farm News Vol. 10 #12, 4/24/13

What’s been going on!

Tired today or at least a bit sore.  Two mornings of splitting firewood and two afternoons of hanging sheetrock in the new building.  Not too many jobs have as many awkward moves and lifting of heavy things.  There always seems to be a period in the spring when we have to spend a day or two tying up projects that didn’t quite get finished over the winter.  This spring no exception and the workshop project of course will continue to take a lot of time and attention for the next month.

The firewood is of course a perennial project, we heat the house with wood, always have.  We now have “heat on the wall” but only use it when we go away and don’t want the pipes to freeze.  With fifteen acres of woods there are always trees that need to be cut up from storm damage or just dying.  This year of course were the four big trees that came down in the big storm last July that blew down the Big Tops.  With so much going on we haven’t had time to finish cutting them up until the last month.  It is nice to have the front yard unobstructed again and as a silver lining to the storm damage, a years’ worth of firewood “in the dry” as my brother would say.

The main job this week continues to be getting the big planting of tomatoes in the ground.  Jennie and Liz have all the irrigation and fabric on the beds and today will get all the trellis built.  Tomorrow, in the cloudy and showery weather, will be the perfect conditions to transplant the big plants so they will have very little transplant shock.  Still need to sucker (prune) the early tomatoes and move the peppers up to their bigger containers, hopefully by end of Friday.

For the second year in a row we will not be on the Farm Tour this weekend, just too much going on.  If you go, have a good time, we will be hanging sheetrock and other fun pursuits.

Pictures of the Week


Tomato beds ready for trellis


100’s of plants ready to go in the ground

What’s going to be at the market?

Don’t forget the Saturday market hours are now 7:00-noon and the Wednesday market is open again, 3:30-6:30.

Dutch Iris mark the beginning of spring flowers.

Spring lettuce, the new Little Gem a sweet bibb type in green and red, Green Boston, Red and Green Leaf and some Romaine too.  The last of the Small Collard leaves, nearing the end of the overwintered crop but for sure beautiful tender and sweet with this last bit of cool weather.  The first Broccoli Raab, I think that is what I am having for dinner.  Plenty of Easter Egg Radishes and some Shunkyo Chinese spicy ones too.  Spinach is back with a new planting.

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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One thought on “Peregrine Farm News Vol. 10 #12, 4/24/13

  1. I truly enjoy reading your blog about the farm. I visualized the sheetrock and the splitting wood. I wish I was there .working too .. I am envision very zen existence ..there.. if you’re looking for some farm hands I know if you people who might be willing to help. Good people honest people maybe including me… I’m a pediatric nurse but I’m changing professions while changing my life…. it is a journey. Thanks for writing about yours

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