Peregrine Farm News Vol. 15 #16, 6/6/18

What’s been going on!

Let the mowing begin!  Change of seasons at the farm and we have mowed down a half an acre of spring crops so far and all the grass that is going wild all around the fields.  Finally a beautiful and dry week, just in time as we were getting backed up on planting and cultivating.

The staff has already cultivated the most urgent beds and planted another 6 or 7 with summer flowers and late lettuce.  We covered the last two Big Tops that will protect the middle planting of crested celosia and some summer lettuce.  Soon it will be time for the big red onion harvest and then the spring crops really will be finished.  Once we pick the last blueberry this week life will settle down into our regular summer schedule.

The Farm to Fork picnic was a great success and it was good to see many of you there and to run into other farmer friends who were also there representing their goods and pairing with local restaurants.  Too much food to possibly sample it all.  As always we had an enjoyable time with our friends at Pizzeria Mercato and their cold cucumber and octopus salad with crispy, spicy chickpeas was a huge hit.

Picture of the Week


Amazing Annabelle Hydrangeas

What’s going to be at the market?

Last of the Blueberries, Wednesday and Saturday.

Still no lettuce this week.  The Radicchio’s are here though with the classic round red, the speckled Bel Fiore and the heavy white Sugarloaf, great for grilling.  More Cucumbers.  I will whisper the possibility of Tomatoes.

In cooking greens we have beautiful dark Lacinato Kale (a.k.a. Dino Kale, Cavalo Nero, Black Kale).  The return of our favorite summer green- Callaloo, the green amaranth that we call Jamaican Spinach and is a quick saute.

Plenty of Roots.  Fresh, sweet red Long Red of Tropea onions.  Green Onions. Carrots in orange and Purple.  The last of the tender spring Leeks and   Beets in Red and the red and white striped Italian Chioggia.  Crispy Red Radishes.  More beautiful Fennel.  Basil to go with everything.  Italian Parsley and dill flowers.

Glistening Annabelle Hydrangeas.  Campanula in blue.  Lots of Sunflowers to brighten any rain gloomed room.  Fragrant Oriental Lilies.  Big Safflower with orange tufts of blooms (Carthamus).  Bright Zinnias.

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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