Peregrine Farm News Vol. 13 #17, 6/8/16

What’s been going on!

Whew! We survived the Farm to Fork weekend, barely. Three nights in a row with preparation for market and Saturday market all squeezed together is more than simple country farmers are used to! It all went as good as it possibly could have including having to move the Sunday Picnic to an indoor location due to potential severe weather. All events sold out and we raised a lot of money for new farmer training programs.

The change of seasons are upon us with the last of things like beets and larkspur and the beginning of tomatoes and zinnias. If just seems a bit out of whack with the relatively cool start to summer but it looks like the heat comes in with authority this weekend.

Do not miss this our fundraiser dinner this Sunday the 12th. We are doing the first Farmer and Chef Mashup at the Midway Community Kitchen, with Al from Al’s Burger Shack to raise money for Heavenly Groceries. We are thinking of it as a “Sunday dinner” with lots of side dishes from vegetables from the farm, dishes include the first tomatoes of the season with mozzarella, callaloo with pork belly, fennel salad, the first shishito peppers of the season and other good things. $65 with wine pairings, it will be a really good time.

Picture of the Week

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Early morning sun on the tunnel with cukes, basil and shishito peppers

What’s going to be at the market?

Did you donate to RAFI? Let’s talk this week. If you have RAFI thanks you!

The first tomatoes! Not a lot but a fair amount of Orange Blossom, Cherokee Purples and Big Beef. It is Fennel Fest, get it while it is perfect! A few more Beets but probably the last week with the bullseye striped Italian Chioggias, Red and Golden too. Cilantro and Italian Parsley. Basil! Green Onions and the first of fresh Long Red of Tropea (Torpedo) onions. Baby Leeks. More Cucumbers. The last of the Cosmic Purple and Orange Carrots too.

We are down to the crispy and sweet Summer Crisp lettuce in red and green and green Little Gem. Still some really nice Escarole. Beautiful Lacinato/Dinosaur/Cavalo Nero Kale. Plenty of the various Radicchio’s with round red, some of the speckled variety and the heavy, less bitter, Sugarloaf, great for salads or for grilling. Callaloo is back! Actually an amaranth, the Jamaican spinach, a great great for a fast sautee.

More and more flowers. Fragrant Oriental Lilies. Beautiful white Annabelle Hydrangea. The awesome Campanula (Bell flower). Vibrant Safflower. Gloriosa Daisies (black eyed Susans) and Sunflowers. Dayglo Dainthus. As always amazing Bouquets.

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. Just so you know, sometimes not everything listed will be at the Wednesday market.

Hope to see you all at the market!

Alex, Betsy and Jennie

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