Peregrine Farm News Vol. 12 #7, 4/17/15

What’s been going on!

A week of rain, at least that is what it feels like, really just two days this week and just over an inch of precipitation but the psychological effect is the same.  The laser focus this week has been to get the big planting of tomatoes in the ground, by the end of today the job will be done.

Sunday we got the last of the structural components on the Big Tops so that Monday we could get the plastic pulled on before the forecasted rain arrived on Tuesday.  The covering went beautifully with hardly any wind and our crack four person crew worked together like we had done it for years.  Late on Monday I tilled the beds for the final time, ready to be covered with fabric.

Tuesday morning we tested the irrigation, put down the landscape fabric and laid out the 144 metal T-posts for the trellis.  Wednesday Jennie and Lacey did the yeowoman’s task of driving all those T-posts and hanging the 1600 feet of field fence we use for tomato trellis.  Done, ready to plant.  Thursday was so wet and cool that we decided to pause a day and plant this afternoon.

Interwoven into the week we had two classes to teach, Wednesday farmers’ market and two board meetings.  One of the meetings was the Farm to Fork Picnic planning group where the pairings of farms and chefs was done.  This year we are working with our friends from ACME for the first time, it will be a fun time for sure!  Check out the Farm to Fork website for all the details on the expanded 3 day event.  The Picnic itself is still on Sunday June 7th but this year we have added a special dinner on Friday night and the CEFS Sustainable Ag. Lecture on Saturday night with fisheries expert Paul Greenberg and a fish dinner.  You can buy tickets for the whole weekend or pick and choose which event you want to attend.  All for the good cause of raising money to train new farmers.

Picture of the Week

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Another grey day but everything is ready for tomato planting

What’s going to be at the market?

Jennie and Lacey will be at Market tomorrow as we will be off to a wedding.

Remember that the Saturday market starts at 7:00 now and the Wednesday market is back for the season 3:00-6:00.

Still a world of beautiful Anemones in blues, purples and reds and the rose like Ranunculus in yellows, oranges and crimson.  More of the crepe paper like Poppies.  A few lovely mixed bouquets.

Lots of nice Red Leaf Lettuce and Romaine, a bit of Salad Mix and Green Boston Lettuces.  No Little Gem this week, not quite big enough. Plenty of the multi-purpose Celtuce greens, salads, sautéing, even grilling.  The first Japanese salad Turnips, some Red Radishes, Green Onions.  Bok Choi.

Hope to see you all at the market!

Alex, Betsy and Jennie

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