Peregrine Farm News Vol. 12 #21, 7/29/15

What’s been going on!

Our 80 year old neighbor used to say about farming and living in the country “It’s nothing but a maintenance job!” and there are times that I think he was completely right.  We have so many buildings and machines and miles of fences and irrigation to keep up that it seems that I can just go from one repair to the next and never run out of things to work on.  Another farmer friend told me that he had 80 tires alone to keep air in and rolling (we only have about 40).

We also have an “aging infrastructure” that makes it all the more likely that work will have to be done on it.  The thing that you have to hope for is that multiple things don’t break down all at the same time, not so lucky this week.  The main mower for the tractor has been at the tractor dealership for weeks now because I did not have the right tools to do the repair and because it is 20 years old it took some time to get the correct bearing for it.  That is OK because we have multiple mowing machines to work around it being missing, that was until the riding lawn mower deck needed to have some welding done on it, fortunately that repair only took a day.

The big issue right now is our big tractor drawn rototiller is out of commission until a part arrives from California (hopefully today).  We are busy planting for fall and cannot be without it for long.  A 25 year old Italian made tiller makes the availability of parts more difficult but the good thing is because we bought heavy steel and a well-built machine this is the first time we have ever had to work on it.  There is always a learning curve the first time you take something apart but after many hours it is all back together just waiting for Fedex to arrive with one last piece.  We should be back up and tilling by Friday!

The important maintenance job that needs to be looked after next is that of body and soul.  After 22 straight weeks at Market with only really Saturday afternoons off we will be taking our summer break after this Saturday’s market, you can see the fatigue in the eyes of most of the farmers at market now and we are no different.  We will not be at Saturday market on the 8th and the 15th.  Look for Jennie and Lacey at Wednesday market today and the 5th with the last of the tomatoes.  No newsletter until the 19th.  When we return on the 22nd, we surely will be full of vim and vigor and a booth loaded with peppers.

Pictures of the Week


Foggy this morning, some of those pepper plants are already 5 feet tall


Some serious Italian steel

What’s going to be at the market?

The early Lisianthus parade slows with just pink and yellow, the late crop will be here in a few weeks.  Fragrant Oriental Lilies in pink and white.  Beautiful Limelight Hydrangeas.  Colorful Zinnias and the wild felt like Crested Celosia’s come rolling in.  Of course lovely mixed bouquets.

Tomatoes are winding down just in time for vacation.  Still a fair amount of red Big Beefs and Cherokee Purples. Fewer German Johnsons, Green Cherokees and yellow Kellogg’s Breakfast, just a few Orange Blossoms and bi-colored (yellow and red) Striped Germans.  Sungolds, SunMix, Chocolate and Blush Cherry tomatoes.  Plenty of Romas for sauce.  Cheaper Tomato Freaks for salsa, gazpacho and freezing.

Basil to go with the tomatoes and a bit of Cilantro.  More Cucumbers.  Shishito and Padron peppers for appetizers and salads.  Jalapenos, Serranos and Anaheims.  Red onions for slicing and Long Red of Tropea onions for cooking.  We have a new crop of Callaloo, an amaranth green, sautéed in Jamaica like spinach.

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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2 thoughts on “Peregrine Farm News Vol. 12 #21, 7/29/15

  1. HI Alex, How do you get your pepper plants so tall and productive as well? I had always thought that if you fertilized too much, they would get tall like that because of the excess nitrogen, but would have few peppers. Thanks!

    • Hi Evangeline,
      The Poblanos are always at least 5 feet high and in the bottom field with a bit lower light they will stretch upwards to 6 feet or more. In general all the peppers are taller this year down in that field than when up on the hill. Same amount of fertility that we always have, really just the cover crop nitrogen.

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