Peregrine Farm News Vol. 14 #25, 8/3/17

What’s been going on!

Close enough to taste, elusive enough to seem like a mirage, summer break.  After 29 straight weeks at market for the three of us and 20 for Kyle and Laura we are all looking forward to some time off.  As we have done the past few years starting after this Saturdays market Betsy and I will be “off” for two weeks.  That mostly means no markets and some more random wanderings but still some meetings and conference calls etc.

Jennie and company will solder on through next week with major fall crop planting and Wednesday market.  IF there are enough tomatoes they may also go to Saturday market on the 12th but I wouldn’t hold my breath.  After that they are off to various places to escape the heat and recharge the batteries for fall.  We have given the staff a week off with pay for years for these reasons and after a long hot summer season.  Jennie, Betsy and I will keep the greenhouse watered and the crops irrigated but little else productive will happen.  We will return to market on August 26th full of vim, vigor and the pepper roaster!

Betsy and I will start our vacation participating in a tomato cooking class at A Southern Season on Sunday the 6th.  Obviously a bit late in the season we will once again be working with our friend and tomato guru Craig LeHoullier of Cherokee Purple fame and Caitlin Burke.  Always a fun discussion of all things tomatoes and great food from Caitlin.  Tickets still available I believe.  Otherwise we will see you in a few weeks!

Picture of the Week


The last of the glorious cool mornings, peppers waiting

What’s going to be at the market?

Tomatoes really starting to slow down, especially all the heirlooms.  Red Big Beefs, Cherokee Purples and Green Cherokees.  Yellow Kellogg’s Breakfast and the high acid Russian Azoychka.  The bi-colored and sweet Striped Germans and pink German Johnsons.  Sungolds, Black Cherries, Juliets a small sweet roma type and the sweet bi-colored Blush.   Lots of Oxhearts and Romas for sauces.

Sweet Red Onions.  A few Cucumbers.  Basil to go with the tomatoes.  Heirloom Italian eggplant, striped Nubia and Fairy Tale eggplants too.  Spaghetti Squash.

More peppers every week.  Sweet Corno di Toros in yellow, orange and red.  Shishitos and Padrons for appetizers.  Jalapenos, Poblanos and Anaheims (New Mexican).  As smattering of Passillas, Cayennes and more.

The Crested Celosia wave is here, big felt like heads.  Plenty of bright Sunflowers. Brilliant colors of Zinnias.

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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