Peregrine Farm News Vol. 15 #10, 4/25/18

What’s been going on!

Bam! And it’s green, even on a gray day the intensity of the new leaves is staggering.  A long damp period but it looks like it will finally turn starting Saturday for a beautiful week to come.  Sometimes it is difficult to find enough work to keep the staff busy at times like this but not this week.

Two big projects that actually benefit from cloudy conditions happen this week.  The first was the culmination of a week of activities, the big tomato planting.  It starts with covering the Big Tops and the final soil preparation, then running out the drip lines and covering the beds with landscape fabric.  144 metal T-posts are then driven and the fence trellis is hung to support the plants as they grow.  All that happened last week but we waited until the really cold weather passed to plant.  Monday was a perfect day with overcast but warm conditions and no wind means no stress on the plants as they get used to their new home.

There is always the weekly seeding in the greenhouse to do but the real job this week is moving the 3000 pepper seedlings up into bigger containers for their last month before going into the field.  We start so many seeds that space in the germination box is at a premium so we start them in tiny cells and then move the best looking ones up.  Again a cloudy day is perfect to help them overcome the stress of being pulled out of one container and tucked into another.  Don’t get me wrong, we will be happy to see the sun return but sometimes it’s okay to be cloudy.

Pictures of the Week


Life in a Beech grove


Peas and Onions like this weather too

 What’s going to be at the market?

Don’t forget Wednesday market today 3:00-6:00!

We are in a bit of a production gap due to the cool weather so maybe not quite as much available this week but we should grow out of it next week.

Little Gem lettuce in Red and Green and the nice Salanova lettuce mix.  More beautiful Spinach.  Crispy Red Radishes.  Beautiful dark Lacinato Kale (a.k.a. Dino Kale, Cavalo Nero, Black Kale).  The return of Broccoli Raab (Rapini) for about the next month, do not miss it!

The Ranunculus are slowing down in orange, yellow and reds.  Anemones continue on with their delicate blues, pinks and reds.  A few Dutch Iris.

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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