Peregrine Farm News Vol. 14 #7, 3/31/17

What’s been going on!

A gap is coming, a gap is coming!  In most normal springs we are able to move fairly seamlessly from the protected production of the little tunnels to the wild outdoor production of the open fields.  After years of fine tuning the planting dates, especially for crops like lettuce, we finish harvesting the indoor crops just as we pick the first ones out of the field.  Not so this year.

The crazy warmth of January and February allowed the indoor crops to grow much faster than normal and then the return to cooler temperatures in March has kept the outdoor crops on their normal schedule for first harvests starting in mid to late April.  The anemones and ranunculus have had a steady march of production since late January, several weeks earlier than last year.  Most of the lettuces have matured almost a month ahead.

So after this week expect a bit of irregularity at market as we coax the field crops along and pick that last of the early production.  Some years we are surprised by how fast the outdoor crops can catch up but just like the late winter was, fast and then slow, the early spring appears to be following the same song.

Picture of the Week


The beautiful long view, the lushest cover crops in years

What’s going to be at the market?

Do not forget that the market hours change starting tomorrow!  Summer hours- 7:00-noon, it is not April Fools!

The first Wednesday market is also this coming week, we will not be there though.

It is Ranunculus world, yellows, oranges, reds and pinks.  Anemones are still with us too but beginning to slow down for the season.

Lots of lettuces- Red and Green Little Gem, Summer Crisp lettuces and the first Romaine.  Braising mix and some lovely Spinach.  A few Red Radishes and sweet Japanese Turnips.  The last of the overwintered leeks.

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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