Peregrine Farm News Vol. 15 #1, 2/14/18, A New Year

What’s been going on!

Wow!  That was a long winters nap but we are still alive and will be coming back to market this Saturday!  It has been a busy month and a half with lots of meetings, travel and time around the woodstove too.

We all had quiet and enjoyable holidays and then Betsy and I had our annual trip to the Southern Foodway Alliance’s Taste of the South event and meeting of the Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans and Chefs the first weekend in January.  Jennie got away a couple of times and then she and I went to the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group conference in Chattanooga where we presented, for the first time ever, our experience and tips about farm transition.  That was only the first 3 weeks of January.

The weather has been busy and challenging too.  That 200 hours of below freezing temperatures the first week of January pretty much killed everything we had out in the field while the crops in the tunnel mostly escaped unharmed but that is why we have not been at market lately.  The ten inches of snow followed by what has been too much rain, has made getting ready for spring field planting difficult to impossible.  We have been taking extraordinary measures including huge tarps, to try and dry fields out so we will be ready to turn some soil this coming week.  Cross your fingers.

Jennie has been busy in the greenhouse seeding and in the sliding tunnels planting and seeding early crops. She has also been tweaking the annual crop plan, ordering seeds and generally getting everything ready to roll into spring.  We are also happy to say that we have found two new folks to work with us this season and are excited to have them start next month.  Here we go again!

Pictures of the Week

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Another gray day, trying to keep soil dry

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Anemones are back!

What’s going to be at the market?

A slight chance of rain on Saturday morning (of course) but come see us!

Anemones to brighten even the darkest day.

We will have a bit of produce with some Spinach, Green Onions, Purple Top Turnips and Sweet Watermelon Radishes.  Cilantro 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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