Peregrine Farm News Vol. 14 #15, 5/26/17

What’s been going on!

Rain, rain, rain.  We are somewhere north of 4 inches this week and things are just soaked but no flooding.  We did push really hard on Monday, seeing the potential for too much water, and got all the peppers in the ground!

It is always a big job but with four of us we were on a roll and the soil was not so wet from the half inch of rain the night before that we couldn’t easily plant.  Even the no-till section was friable enough to tuck them in.  At one point every time I stuck the trowel in the ground I turned up an earthworm, always a good sign!  In the end 2800 plants that are now well watered in and already greening up nicely.

For the most part we have been able to work at least every morning this week and pick berries.  The sad result of the really heavy rain on Wednesday night was that it knocked a huge number of blueberries off the bushes that we just couldn’t get picked earlier in the week.  I do think this is the last week of blueberries for this year, only two weeks.

Picture of the Week

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No-till peppers happy to be in the ground

What’s going to be at the market?

Lots of great produce for the Memorial Day weekend parties.

Blueberries but the last week.  Small crop this year, sorry chefs, no wholesale amounts.

Lettuce with red and green Little Gem, red and green Summer Crisp and bags of the nice little Salanova heads to make your salad.  Big Escarole.  Three kinds of Radicchio- round red, the milder speckled Bel fiero and the heavy long Sugarloaf perfect for grilling.  Still lots of Spinach.  The return of petit Swiss Chard. The most beautiful Lacinato Kale (a.k.a. Dinosaur Kale, Cavalo Nero…) we have ever grown.

Nice bulb Fennel.  Red Spring Onions and the Long Red of Tropea Onions.  More Cucumbers and Basil too.  Spring Carrots with orange and purple.  Beets in Red and Italian striped Chioggia.  Turnips are back for a bit.  Italian Parsley and Dill.

Campanula is here!  Purple, lavender and white.  Snapdragons tall and lovely.  Plenty of bright Sunflowers.  Maybe a few of Betsy’s beautiful Bouquets!   This is partly just a gap in production and partly intentional reduction in total flowers we are growing, ahh semi-retrirement!

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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