Peregrine Farm News Vol. 15 #13, 5/16/18

What’s been going on!

Looks like a long gray week, hard to tell how much rain we will actually get but we have to at least plan like we might only be able to do certain jobs on the farm.  Jennie and crew hit it hard Monday and Tuesday trying to get as many dry jobs done as possible.  Cultivating while the soil is dry and ideal for weed killing, planting before the rains, pruning tomatoes, a job not to be done on wet days for disease purposes and more.  At least it will not be as hot as it has been.

The last big planting project of spring happens this coming week, pepper time.  In another nod to the impending wet weather we did the final tillage on the beds that we cover with landscape fabric and then laid that fabric so we will be ready to plant next week.  Those beds are only half of the pepper field as we the plant the rest into untilled soil covered with a huge cover crop mulch of rye and hairy vetch.  That half we will prepare next week after the rains which will make the soil much easier to plant into.

While the season has been delayed with all the cool weather, the heat of the last week has gone a long way towards playing catch up and this week’s harvest will be a big one that will have to be done around the rains and hopefully not in the rain.  Cool weather makes for beautiful cool season vegetables so we have to hope for a few more weeks of moderate temperatures to pick the best out of the field.

Picture of the Week

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Maybe the best Sugar Snap Pea crop we have ever grown

What’s going to be at the market?

Lots of beautiful stuff this week, don’t miss it!

The world’s finest Sugar Snap Peas are here!  The first few Cucumbers too.  Peak greens season with amazing lettuces- Little Gem lettuce in Red and Green, Romaine, Green Boston and Red Summer Crisp and the nice Salanova lettuce mix.  More beautiful Spinach.

In cooking greens we have beautiful dark Lacinato Kale (a.k.a. Dino Kale, Cavalo Nero, Black Kale).  Escarole has returned for the spring.  Spigariella Liscia (Leaf Broccoli) that we grow for Pizzeria Mercato.  Plenty more Broccoli Raab (Rapini, Cima di Rapa) do not miss it as this may be the last week!

Roots are building.  The first spring Carrots and tender Leeks.  Beets in Red and the red and white striped Italian Chioggia.  Crispy Red Radishes and the tender and sweet Japanese salad Turnips.  Fennel is back for the spring too.  The first Basil of the season.  Cilantro, Italian Parsley and Dill.

A few more flowers this week with the first Larkspur and fragrant Stocks.  Mnay colored Bachelors Buttons.  Wispy, pink Sapponaria.

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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