Peregrine Farm News Vol. 14 #12, 5/5/17

What’s been going on!

“May is always the worst” I reminded Jennie the other day as she looked worriedly out across the field.  Everything hits at once.  Not only is there the most diversity of crops to harvest and process but all the other farm tasks ramp up too.

The weeds grow with extra vigor, it gets hotter and (usually) dryer so the attention to irrigation becomes more critical and like the weeds the crops that need support are getting so tall that trellis must be built for them before they fall over.  Mowing, weed eating and more crops to plant.

While we plant something almost every week of the year the last big planting projects happen in May too.  This week the winter squash, believe it or not, went into the bottom field that was underwater just 8 days ago!  A quarter of an acre plus and we are doing a tillage/weed control experiment so it adds yet another permutation to think about instead of just putting the plants in.

Now we are headed to pepper planting, in the next two weeks we will prep half the beds with the final tilling, irrigation lines and landscape fabric mulch.  The no-till half will be rolled and crimped to kill the cover crop and then planting slots cut to receive the 2600 transplants waiting patiently in front of the greenhouse.  Never a break in the action and Jennie is doing a great job keeping it all under control.

Picture of the Week

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Rising like the Phoenix, final tilling of the winter squash field on Wednesday

What’s going to be at the market?

Crepe paper like Poppies are back!  A world of fragrant Stock in pink, purple and white.  Betsy’s beautiful Bouquets as always!

Lots of Little Gem Lettuces this week along with red and green Summer Crisp, Green Boston and Romaine.  Escarole is back for the spring!  Still lots of Spinach.  The most beautiful Lacinato Kale (Dinosaur Kale, Cavalo Nero…) we have ever grown.  A ton of Broccoli Raab!

Sugar Snap Peas!  The first cucumbers and basil too.  Beets in all colors. Red, Golden and Italian striped Chioggia.  Plenty of Red Radishes.  Cilantro and Dill.

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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