Peregrine Farm News Vol. 11 #22, 8/28/14

What’s been going on!

It is that time of year when we are both tearing down and restarting.  The big job this week has been removal of all the tomato plantings.  I always caution that it is one thing to build elegant support structures to hold up plants but one has to keep in mind that sooner or later those same plants will have to be taken out so the trellises need to be just as easy to take down as to put up.  It should not take more time to remove than to build.

Such is the case with our tomatoes, it takes a couple of mornings to get it all set up before planting and then months later another couple of mornings to snatch the plants off and pull out the fences, only dirtier.  After months of tending the plants Jennie and Liz are more than ready to be done with them and to move on to other crops so there is no reluctance in the effort, they always do a great job.

For the better part of a month we have been slowing planting for fall and winter harvest.  The intensity quickens during the next weeks when bigger plantings go in that will carry us all the way into January and February.  While the weather has been generally more conducive to getting plants established than most Augusts it is still a battle between heat, too much or too little water, weeds and insects.  If we can stay vigilant for the next month then the work will be much easier once the halcyon days of October arrive.

Pictures of the Week


Barren tomato trellis, soon to be gone


Fall crops already in and newly seeded ones under a moist cover to help them germinate


What’s going to be at the market?

More peppers this week.  In hots there are plenty of Poblanos, Anaheims, Jalapenos, Serranos and a few Pasillas and Picante Pimentos.  Peppers with little or no heat- Shishitos and Padrons for appetizers and Aji’s, the habanero without heat.  In sweet peppers there are red, yellow and orange Corno di Toros, Cubanelles for salads, sandwiches and frying and a few more Colored Bells.

The last of the tomatoes, mostly red Big Beefs and a small amount of Cherokee Purples.

Summer Crisp Lettuce is back along with beautiful Red Radishes and tender white Japanese Turnips.  Yukina Savoy, a really tender spinach like green.  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 and the even crazier alien looking Super Crest.  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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