Peregrine Farm News Vol. 14 #33, 10/19/17

What’s been going on!

Now we are talking real NC fall weather but a close call yesterday morning with 34 degrees and some patchy frost in spots.  The peppers live to produce yet more fruit a while longer.

Great working weather and we have been taking full advantage.  One more part day on the tractor seeding cover crops and the big fall soil preparations will be done.  It has taken a bit longer than usual due to many interruptions in the process from extracurricular activities but finished just in time for some rain early next week.

A typical extracurricular activity today as we will be attending a meeting with the Town of Carrboro about the renovations that are about to start at the market.  If you have not read the many notices from the Farmers’ Market or in other places we want you to be aware of how the fall market will go.

Much needed improvements to the market site are scheduled to start in early November and last through March.  Re-grading of the grassed areas, better drainage, a new bathroom building and more!  During that time all of the vendors in the outfield and probably the vendors under the shelters on the outfield side (that includes us) will be relocated to empty spaces on the other side of the shelters or into spots in the Town Hall parking lot.  Yes we will lose some parking spaces for customers but there is ample parking within 100 feet of the market.

We know that all of you will take these temporary changes in stride and not let a little movement keep you from coming to market.  The Town is working very hard with us to complete this project during the slower winter months so we can be back up and running at full capacity when the busy spring season returns.  We will keep you apprised of where we might be moving to so you can still find our beautiful fall produce.

Picture of the Week


Early warmth down in the pepper canyons

What’s going to be at the market?

Only a few weeks left for roasting peppers.  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.

All of the peppers are still here in all colors and heat levels.  Lots of Sweet Red Bells; and good amount of Corno di Toros in yellow, orange and red; lime green Italian Cubanelles.  Sweet Pimentos 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.

Beautiful fall greens.  Red Little Gem and Summer Crisp lettuce along with the Salanova mixed lettuces. Maybe a few Romaine and Green Boston lettuces too.  Collards to go with the Lacinato Kale, tender and full of flavor.  Spigariello (Leaf Broccoli) as sweet green that we grow for Pizzeria Mercato, a quick saute.  Radicchio and Escarole in the chicory family.

Lots of beautiful Eggplant with Heirloom Italian and striped Nubia. Spaghetti and Butternut Winter Squash.  Cilantro, Italian Parsley.  Beautiful Fennel!  Sweet and tender Japanese Salad Turnips.  Red Radishes and Watermelon Radish too.  Baby Ginger and fresh Turmeric too!

The flower department is closed for the season.

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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