Peregrine Farm News Vol. 13 #1, 1/14/16

What’s been going on!

Betsy says that we are already behind for the season.  It is only the second week of January, how can we be behind?  OK there are a few pressing things that we do need to get done like cutting firewood so we don’t freeze next month.  We also need to finish up the seed orders so we can get the seeds here to be able to start them in the greenhouse on time but first we have to make a plan.

Jennie and I have spent that last two days putting the finishing touches on the crop plan for the entire year.  Lots of time staring at the computer, sorting columns in the spreadsheet, comparing notes from last season, adding crops, losing crops (yes Celtuce is probably history), fine tuning planting dates and how much of each to grow.  When we are done there will be nearly 400 entries, each representing a planting or seeding of a single crop.  15 seedings of red radishes, 16 plantings of Little Gem lettuce, 11 seedings of carrots and so on.

This is the master plan, our marching orders for the year.  How many transplants do we have to grow, how many beds do we have to prepare each week, what field will the crop be in, do we have room for it all?  Years of refining our best educated guesses at all of those questions.  It is fun and educational and can make you go blind all at the same time.  It is fundamental to a successful season.

We did have fun in the last month too.  Christmas was warm but relaxed.  Jennie went north to visit family.  I had another good hiking trip to Texas and Betsy and I enjoyed ourselves last week in Tennessee at the Southern Foodways Alliance gathering.  Not really behind but time to get some work done, the greenhouse is filling up and this 35th growing season is already rolling.

Picture of the Week

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On a brilliant cold day, Conestoga wagon like tunnels protecting crops

What’s going to be at the market?

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

Roots, roots.  Watermelon Radishes to go with the spicy Black Spanish Radish.  Japanese salad Turnips and Purple Top Turnips too.  Plenty of really beautiful Carrots.

Herbs- Cilantro and Italian Parsley.  A few sweet Collards and

Radiant Anemones

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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