Peregrine Farm News Vol. 14 #26, 8/24/17

What’s been going on!

Time for the big seasonal reset and we are ready for it!  It was a good time for us to take off as the weather was so grizzly but it has now broken for at least a week and we have a lot to do!  Everyone had a good break and rest in the various places we all escaped to, including total eclipse watching.  I, for one, will say that the eclipse was very cool and I was glad that I made the effort to see it but it did not change my life and I will not be chasing them around the world.

Fall crops continue to go in the ground and the obligatory cultivation, irrigating and other duties that happen with them are on the top of the to do list.  Time to mow down the summer cover crops that remain and pull soil samples for testing so we can be ready the end of September for the big annual soil preparation.

As usual the big focus is all about peppers.  We have a huge harvest to do tomorrow as they have hung on the plants for nearly two weeks and there are a lot of ripe fruit!  There is also some tying up and other plant management to do but we are getting ready for the first big roasting day on Saturday and the weather looks perfect!

Picture of the Week

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A wall of sweet Corno di Toro peppers

 What’s going to be at the market?

First day of Pepper roasting!

Remember to come to the stand first to get your peppers into the queue and then when you are finished shopping your roasted peppers will be waiting for you.  If you want a large amount roasted let us know and we will make sure to have them ready for you, they freeze great!  For our Green Chile fans this is a great time for us to do big orders as we have a lot and they are really nice.

All of the peppers are here in all colors and heat levels.  Sweet Red and Yellow Bells; Corno di Toros in yellow, orange and red; lime green Italian Cubanelles.  Ashe County Pimentos, long and sweet Jimmy Nardelos and a few Spanish Piquillos.  Shishitos and Padrons for appetizers and Aji Dulces the Habanero flavor without the heat.

Hot peppers from mildest to hottest- Passilla, Anaheim (New Mexican), Poblano, our own Picante Pimento, Serrano, Jalapeno, Guindilla from Spain, Cayenne.

The first of the fall salad crops with Summer Crisp Lettuce, Japanese Turnips and Red Radish.  Callaloo, Jamaican spinach, our favorite hot weather green, with just a quick sautee.  Cilantro is back too.  Nearly the last of the Sweet Red Onions.  Lots of beautiful Eggplant with Heirloom Italian, striped Nubia and Fairy Tale.  Spaghetti Squash.

The Crested Celosia wave continues, big felt like heads. Plenty of bright Sunflowers.

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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