Peregrine Farm News Vol.11 #32, 12/18/14 Winter Solstice Edition

What’s been going on!

A beautiful sunrise this morning but the saying “Red sky in morning, sailor take warning” appears to be accurate for Saturday’s market, forecast to be in the 30’s with rain.  Don’t let that deter you from coming out, getting your Christmas dinner produce and visiting with us at our last market of 2014.

One of my favorite things this time of year is to get up quietly, leaving Betsy sleeping, stoking the woodstove and taking my coffee up to my office to watch the day come up with the first rays of sun through the big window.  Time to think about the coming day and many other things too.

Another good year just about in the books and the 34th season is underway in the greenhouse and in the field.  Only a few more end of the season projects to finish up like the last of the pepper trellis to take out so that field can be prepared for onion planting in early spring and moving of the Big Top hoops over next year’s tomato field.  The winter travel and meeting schedule is set and well underway, all too soon it will be spring again and we will wonder where those slow days of winter went.

Once again we feel fortunate.  Fortunate to be on this beautiful piece of land and to be able to make a living from it.  Fortunate to have great help, especially Jennie, and a great market with such supportive customers and friends.  If we don’t get a chance to see you on Saturday we hope you all have great holidays and thank you again for making it possible for us to do this thing we love.

Picture of the Week


2015 tomato beds ready to be covered by the protective hoops

What’s going to be at the market?

We will miss the market on Dec. 27th but will be back on Jan. 3rd.

In Salad greens we have Salad Mix and Celtuce leaves.  Sweet Spinach.  Beautiful cooking greens with Collards, Escarole and Bok choi.  Never heard of Celtuce?  The leaves are good in salads and stirfry but it is the stalk that it is really grown for, here is a good article about it.

Roots, roots.  Carolina Ruby Sweet Potatoes.  Easter Egg, sweet Watermelon and spicier Black Spanish radishes.  Orange and purple Carrots.  Tender and sweet Japanese Turnips.  Jerusalem Artichokes.

A few green onions and maybe the last of the beautiful and sweet Romanesco Broccoli/Cauliflower.  Cilantro, Dill, Italian Parsley in herbs.

Winter Squash with Butternut, Seminole Pumpkin and Acorn.

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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