Peregrine Farm News Vol. 14 #17, 6/9/17

What’s been going on!

The June that never came or where is summer?  The short answer is that it comes back tomorrow but with a low of 53 degrees this morning it is hard to imagine.  What a glorious few days especially yesterday, we will be dreaming of such a day in a few months.

Despite the unusual weather the change of seasons is upon us, the crops always know.  The coolness of the last few weeks has allowed the greens to last longer in peak condition than normal but even they are running out of gas, so this week is probably the last of a number of things like beets and fennel.  Soon the mower will take it all out and the summer cover crops will be seeded.

Flowers too, finished are the campanula, snapdragons and poppies but here come the sunflowers, zinnias and gloriosa daisies.  And there are tomatoes!  Those of you who got to market very early last Saturday and this past Wednesday were fortunate enough to get some of the very first tomatoes of the season.  We didn’t have it in the newsletter as the ripening has been slower with the cool weather and we couldn’t gage how many we would have.  We now have enough to actually make it public.  Rest assured we have been quality testing for more than a week, nearly daily tomato sandwiches and last night the first tomato and basil risotto for the season!

Picture of the Week

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Zinnias reach for the blue sky on an amazingly beautiful June day

What’s going to be at the market?

Tomatoes!  As usual starting with red Big Beefs, Cherokee Purples and yellow Orange Blossoms.

Lettuce with red and green Little Gem and the nice little Salanova heads to make your salad.  Big Escarole. The return of petit Swiss Chard. Still the most beautiful Lacinato Kale (a.k.a. Dinosaur Kale, Cavalo Nero…) we have ever grown.

The last of the bulb Fennel.  Sweet Red Onions and fresh Long Red of Tropea Onions.  More Cucumbers and Basil too.  The last of the spring Carrots with orange and purple.  Beets in Red and Italian striped Chioggia.  A few Shishito peppers too!

The first brilliant Zinnias.  Plenty of bright Sunflowers. Annabelle Hydrangeas with big white heads. Gloriosa Daisy a.k.a. Black Eyed Susans.  The crazy orange tipped Safflower.  Betsy’s beautiful Bouquets are back too.

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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