Peregrine Farm News, Vol. 13 #22, 7/13/16

What’s been going on!

Betsy says that I need to bring home a good bottle of Champagne tomorrow after I deliver.  We are generally not celebrators of things, you know birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and the like but this occasion seems worth marking.  Tomorrow will be Betsy’s and Peregrine Farm’s last delivery of wholesale flowers.

For 29 years, since they opened their doors, Betsy has grown flowers and made bouquets and growers bunches for Weaver Street Market.  In the early years we were the entire floral department and would deliver from late April up into the fall.  We also delivered to three Whole Food stores and various florists but gave them up years ago as we began to concentrate more of our efforts on the Farmers’ Market.  That was a lot of bouquet making for sure.

As part of our transition plan for the farm we are reducing Betsy’s workload and schedule.  That means no wholesale flowers and only growing flowers for the market.  Betsy has harvested every flower that has ever come off the farm for 31 years; that is a lot of wear and tear and time.  We think she deserves a break and someone else to pick some of those flowers.

Picture of the Week


She is not quite done picking flowers yet though, Celosia and Lisianthus

What’s going to be at the market?

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

Definitely past the peak of tomatoes this week, still lots of red Big Beefs.  A fair amount of Cherokee Purples too.  Fewer Orange Blossom and Kellogg’s Breakfast in yellows, yellow and red Striped Germans, Cherokee Greens, pink German Johnsons.  Sungolds, Mixed Cherries and Blush too.   Some Romas for sauce.

Callaloo the summer cooking green to replace Kale, actually an amaranth, also known as the Jamaican spinach, great for a fast sauté.  Italian Parsley and Cilantro.  More of the cured sweet Red Onions.  Lots of Cucumbers.

Peppers are starting slowly with some more Cubanelle peppers.  Shishito and Padron appetizer peppers.  Serrano and Jalapeno peppers and the first of the Anaheim (New Mexican) chiles.  The first Spaghetti Squash and Eggplant too.

The flower department is into summer mode.  Fragrant Oriental Lilies.  Zinnias and Sunflowers.  The Crested Celosia wave begins.  Beautiful green, ready for drying, Annabelle Hydrangeas.  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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7 thoughts on “Peregrine Farm News, Vol. 13 #22, 7/13/16

  1. Congratulations, Betsy! What a Herculean effort in flowers – growing, picking, making bouquets … I hope that champagne is Dom Perignon!
    con affetto –

  2. I’m glad for you, Betsy! Our unending gratitude for the thousands of beautiful bouquets that have graced Weaver Street Market for so many seasons! You and Alex have enriched the co-op with your product and your wonderful spirits! Even if the flowers aren’t in the cases, we will still have your companionship which is a gift indeed.

  3. Maybe you should take her a bottle of champagne from me? I’m sure we have some.

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. A&B — although it’s been way too many years since I’ve visited to marvel at how things have grown over the years, I know Betsy that you’ve created an incredible amount of beauty in many people’s lives . . . here’s to you!!


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