Peregrine Farm News Vol. 12 #27, 9/23/15

What’s been going on!

Happy first day of fall, we made it!  This is the reward for all the hot work of the summer, the weather and light are brilliant and we feel like we can work and work, or not.  Sure things slow down at market some and the days get shorter but it is such a nice change of both crops and projects that it is refreshing.

Unfortunately it looks like fall will be ushered in with some sloppy weather starting tomorrow afternoon and lasting into Sunday.  The worst looks to be Friday but Saturday might be quite soggy too.  In anticipation we not only have gotten caught up on planting but picked peppers today instead of Friday and tomorrow we will harvest the greens and other more tender vegetables.  We will bring the roaster to market, we have roasted in the rain before but we will just have to see how windy it is.

The fun job today was digging Sweet Potatoes.  We don’t grow many, mostly for us to have some and still have some to sell at market.  It reminded me that this is storage root harvest season, what does that mean?  We mostly think of root crops like radishes and beets but this time of year we are also digging those root crops that have been growing all summer and can be stored for all winter use.  Sweet Potatoes are certainly one of those crops along with our Baby Ginger, Jerusalem Artichokes (coming in Nov.) and Turmeric root.  Just another sign of the arrival of fall.

Picture of the Week


And all of a sudden they appear from underground

What’s going to be at the market?

This rain storm may be the final blow for the Celosia festival, the wild felt like Crested Celosia’s are still plentiful and we will for sure have some this week.  A few Tuberoses.  Hydrangeas for drying.

If you want roasted peppers this week, let us know by Friday morning and we will pre-roast here at the farm and have them ready for you on Saturday in case it rains like hell.

Still a ton of Colored Bells, especially Reds.  A fair supply of Corno di Toros. Still a bit light on Anaheims and Poblanos this week.   Passillas, Jalapenos, Serranos, Cayennes, Picante Pimento in hots.  Shishitos and  Padrons slowing down quickly, for appetizers and other uses along and the Aji Dulces, the habanero without heat.

Ginger is back and it looks great!  A bit of fresh Turmeric root too.  More Japanese salad Turnips and a new planting of Radishes.  Summer Crisp Lettuce is back this week and then we will have a several week gap without any lettuce.  Green Onions.  Yukina Savoy, a good fall green.  Asian Braising or Stir Fry mix is back too.  Spaghetti and Acorn Squash.  Eggplant both the striped Nubia and the heirloom Italian variety.

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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