Peregrine Farm News Vol. 12 #11, 5/15/15

What’s been going on!

Glorious end of the week.  As I was delivering to one of our restaurants yesterday one of the cooks said “today is one of those days when I really like cooking” and I replied “it is one of those days that I really like farming”.  If the weather was like this all the time we would get bored but it is nice to have it when we do and it helps us get a lot done.

It is one of those transition weeks when we are planting new and taking out old.  Jennie and Lacey have been working hard getting ready to plant the peppers, planting the quarter acre of winter squash and other summer vegetables and flowers.  Lots of cultivating and trellising going on too, with suckering and tying up tomatoes being an important task.

Betsy and I have been the destruction squad, mowing down the remnants of old crops- ranunculus gone, Dutch iris gone, half the lettuce field gone.  The last of the winter cover crops mowed, fields being turned under for new crops and summer cover crops.  It always feels good to renew, especially when the crops you turned under did well and are now making way for more good things to come.

Picture of the Week


The long field at the very top of the farm, winter squash going in the ground

What’s going to be at the market?

The flower department is turning the corner too.  More of the crepe paper like Poppies.  Nice Peonies.  Dutch Iris in blue and yellow.  Sweet William and Bachelors Buttons.  Of course lovely mixed bouquets.

The best Broccoli Raab of the season this week!  The great weather makes for lots of nice lettuces Red Leaf, Green Leaf, Little Gem, Green Boston, Romaine (maybe even Hearts of Romaine), and Salad Mix.  Escarole for soups and salads.  Red Radishes.  More of the tender Spinach.  Beautiful Lacinato Kale.  Jennies beautiful Stir Fry Mix of 4 Asian greens.  Dill and Italian Parsley.  Plenty of the much talked about Celtuce stalk.

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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