Peregrine Farm News Vol. 12 #34, 12/18/15 The Holiday edition

What’s been going on!

Hurtling towards the end of another season, this one certainly full of crazy weather swings that made one pause and wonder, like this recent amazing warm spell and yet more heavy rain to put us about 10 inches above normal.

Folks ask this time of year “how was the season?”.  Farmers say it with a sideways glance searching for some solace or comparison to how theirs went.  Non-farmers ask out of general interest or pleasant conversation.  If I didn’t know the exact details I would certainly say it was much worse than last year with all the difficulties and resulting various crop short falls but the truth is we are going to end with a slightly better year than 2014 at least on the income side, amazing to us.

As we head into 2016 and our 35th growing season we have much to plan for and much to reflect on.  We know that there are multiple reasons we continue to have a successful business but foremost is all of you.  Without such a supportive and appreciative group of people who come to get our products week in and week out it would not be possible to do what we do, either financially or mentally, for that we are very thankful.

The other great luck that we have had is the excellent people we have been able to find and work with here on the farm, they make our days easier and more enjoyable.  With Jennie here we also know that going forward Peregrine Farm will continue to be innovative and sustainable.  We hope to be able to wish you all a happy holiday season on Saturday or at the special Christmas market on Tuesday, if we miss you, may it be full of warmth and fun.

Pictures of the Week

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Warm enough for this toad to do some insect control

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The miracle of a few Christmas anemones

What’s going to be at the market?

Our last two markets of the year, Saturday looks a bit cool but clear and the special pre-Christmas market on Tuesday 3:00-6:00 looks warm and maybe damp.  Come on out and get the goods for all that holiday cooking.

We will be at market erratically through January and February but look for an e-news update as to when we will be there.

We may not have everything at both markets but let’s start with greens.  Beautiful Collards and Lacinato Kale.  Plenty of smaller and a bit sweeter Little Gem and the bit larger Bibb Winter Density Lettuces.  Bok Choi and Asian Braising Mix.  Escarole and some nice Spinach.

Roots, roots.  Watermelon Radishes to go with a few regular Radishes and the spicy Black Spanish Radish.  Japanese salad Turnips and Purple Top Turnips too.  The last of the baby Ginger.  A small amount of Carrots.

Butternut Squash and a few Seminole Pumpkins.  More nice Fennel.  Celtuce, that nutty crisp stalk that would go great with the Braising Mix.  Green Onions.  Herbs- Dill, Cilantro and Italian Parsley.

 

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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