Peregrine Farm News Vol. 12 #17, 7/1/15

What’s been going on!

5” of rain in the last 5 days, that’s enough for now thank you, at least the wicked heat wave has broken.  Unfortunately it looks like a good chance of rain every day for the next week.  Mostly it makes it hard to get any kind of outdoor planting done.  The really sad thing is most people’s tomato crops are out in the field and if they get this much rain not only does it make the foliar diseases start to run up the plants but the ripening fruit will split open making them unsellable.  The beauty of the Big Tops is we can avoid most of those problems or at least slow them down, good thing as we are nearing the peak of our tomato harvest.

Let’s talk 4th of July market.  This will be the third time in the 20 years since the market moved to Town Hall that the Saturday market has been on July 4th.  When that happens the market is moved out onto Main Street in front of Town Hall so they can set up for the afternoons holiday celebrations on the Town Commons.  It is quite a festive atmosphere out on Main Street with all the vendors jumbled up in random sequence.  The hours are shortened to 10:30 so we can get out of the way before the parade arrives at the Town Commons.

Make sure you come down to market early and enjoy the shady cool of the morning under the trees along Main Street and get all the good food for your afternoon festivities.  Here is information about parking and the hours, it is all very easy.  Make sure to look for us, probably somewhere in the middle of the pack!

Pictures of the Week

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A gray, wet morning but happy tomatoes under the Big Tops

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2009 4th of July market on Main Street

What’s going to be at the market?

Plenty of good things at both the Wednesday and Saturday markets.

Red, white and blue flowers for the holiday.  The Lisianthus flood in blue, white, apricot and coffee (café au lait, antique, whatever you want to call it) this week.  Zinnias in bright colors.  Fragrant Oriental Lilies in red, pink and white.  Of course lovely mixed bouquets.

4th of July Tomatoes!  Beautiful red Big Beefs. Cherokee Purples, Green Cherokees and pink German Johnsons.  Yellow Orange Blossoms, Kellogg’s Breakfast and Azoychkas.  Fruity bi-colored (yellow and red, looks like fireworks) Striped Germans.  Plenty of Sungolds, SunMix, Chocolate, Blush and Indigo Cherry tomatoes.  Oxhearts and Romas for sauce.

Just a little bit of lettuce on Saturday only- Red and Green Summer Crisp and some Little Gem too.  Basil and Italian Parsley.  More Cucumbers.  Shishito peppers for appetizers and salads.  The last of the Carrots.  Fresh Long Red of Tropea (Torpedo) Onions also great for grilling.  More Baby Leeks.  Red onions for slicing.  A few more bunches of Callaloo, Jamaican spinach.  A cooking green for hot weather!

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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