Peregrine Farm News Vol. 11 #21, 8/20/14

What’s been going on!

Another foggy morning in this continuing coolish summer.  The old folk adage “for every fog in August there will be a snowfall” indicates that we should be ass deep in snow this winter.  With the days beginning to get noticeably shorter we can let ourselves think about fall.

Summer break was enjoyable, different in its pacing and how it rolled out but we all had a chance to reset and do non-farm things.  Jennie was able to go north for a while and Betsy and I lolled around the house, went out to eat a lot, I even managed to read two whole books!  We still had to do some seeding and planting and maintenance but all with a relaxed agenda.

But we are back and it is a packed week.  The hard rain on Monday slowed re-entry some as we had planned to get a lot of things planted, looks like tomorrow we can get it done.  That is OK because we still had a film crew here shooting some pieces for Farm Aid which will be in Raleigh September 13th and then a dinner for a UNC class we participate in.  Friday night is our annual Farm Dinner at Fosters Market in Chapel Hill, focusing on peppers, what else.

Saturday is the first day of pepper roasting at market.  It will be a “soft” start with mostly just chiles as this cool weather has delayed the ripening of the colored sweet bell peppers but the Anaheims and Poblanos look great and will be in abundance.  The weather won’t even be brutal with a high in the mid 80’s, never in my wildest dreams.

Picture of the Week

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Get the snow shovels ready

 

What’s going to be at the market?

We will be at Wednesday market today for the last time this season.

Saturday let the roasting begin!  In hots there are plenty of Poblanos, Anaheims, Jalapenos and Serranos.  Shishito and Padrons for appetizers.  The first Aji’s, the habanero without heat.  In sweet peppers there are some red, yellow and orange Corno di Toros and Cubanelles for salads, sandwiches and frying.

The tomato swan song still sings but its’ voice is getting hoarse.  In reds a moderate amount of Big Beefs.  Actually a fair amount of Cherokee purples and a smattering of other colors too.  Some Roma’s for sauce and cherries Sungolds, yellow and pink mixed and a great mix of yellow and red Blush types, very sweet.

Summer Crisp Lettuce is back along with beautiful Red Radishes.  Yukina Savoy, a really tender spinach like green.  Edamame for the first time in years.  Lots of Sweet Red Onions, get them while we still have them.  Basil and Cilantro.  More of both the Nubia and Italian heirloom Eggplants.  Bring on the winter squash, goes with that snow theme- Spaghetti Squash, Butternut, Acorn and Sweet Dumpling; they go great with chiles!

Celosiafest continues with crazy felt like heads.  Great Sunflowers.   Radiant Zinnias.  Of course 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, Betsy and Jennie

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