Peregrine Farm News Vol. 15 #7, 4/7/18

What’s been going on!

Roller coaster, up and down, feast or famine however you want to describe the spring weather would be accurate.  For weeks we were too wet to even get soil prepared but we managed and are actually right on schedule as far as planting goes but behind harvest wise due to the unusually cool March temperatures.

Then the winds of March arrived and finally some warmer days and we became dry enough to have to set up the irrigation. So last week was water week, prime the pump, flush out the thousands of feet of underground pipe leading to the fields, pull out the headlines and hook up them up to the valves, roll out the sprinklers and drip lines…  It is always this way but we hope to go as long as possible before having to put out the irrigation lines, just more stuff in the way of tractor work and cultivation and another system to check.  Leaks always leaks.

Same with all the row covers for plant protection, we had rolled all those up too so we could get in and cultivate and set up the irrigation but will need to pull a few back out to cover the really sensitive crops for Saturday nights plunging temperatures, just the tomatoes, early peppers and basil but still another one step forward, one step back dance move of spring.  In a while we will be complaining about the heat!

Picture of the Week


A dew covered Cherokee Purple plant warm inside the tunnel

 What’s going to be at the market?

We open at 7:00 a.m. this week!  Come on out, despite the forecast, to celebrate the market renovations ribbing cutting and load up on spring produce.  The Wednesday Market starts this week too, 3:00-6:00.

Salad season- Finally lots of beautiful Spinach.  The first tender and sweet Japanese Turnips.  Radishes and plenty of Little Gem lettuce.  Cilantro too.

Brilliant flowers for a gray day- Ranunculus in orange, yellow and reds.  Anemones continue on with their delicate blues, pinks and reds.

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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