Peregrine Farm News Vol. 15 #20, 7/6/18

What’s been going on!

 It is all about tomatoes right now and we have them coming out of our ears!  With the holiday landing in the middle of the week it has curtailed our normal tomato sales both from the Wednesday market being a day earlier, and a bit slower, and all of our restaurants closed, some for the whole week!  Combine that with probably the peak of our harvest and we are swimming in amazingly beautiful fruit!  Don’t miss out.

This Saturday is usually the Carrboro Farmers’ Market’s big Tomato Day but this year it has been pushed back until July 21st for a variety of reasons partly due to most of the  farmers crops being a bit later this year due to the cooler spring.  Not to worry, there will still be plenty of tomatoes at market.

We finally got some rain on Wednesday after nearly 3 weeks without a drop.  Didn’t exactly need 2 inches in a half an hour but we will take whatever we can get.  After the downpour I have been working on dragging all of the driveway gravel back up the hill to where it should be.  With nearly a half a mile of gravel drives around the farm this is a never ending job but some years are worse than others, just depends on how the rains come.

Picture of the Week

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When you enter the packing shed you see this

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Around the corner you find this

 What’s going to be at the market?

The tomato supply is in its full glory.  In slicing tomatoes there are red Big Beefs, Cherokee Purples, yellow Orange Blossoms, Kellogg’s Breakfasts and a few of the high acid Azoychkas, Cherokee Greens, sweet German Johnsons and Pink Wonders.  The fruity red and yellow Striped Germans.  In the Cherry sizes there are plenty of Sun Golds and red Sweet 100’s and the variegated Blush.  Juliets, Romas and Oxhearts in the sauce types.

Summer Crisp head lettuce.  Our favorite summer green- Callaloo, the green amaranth that we call Jamaican Spinach and is a quick saute. The first of our sweet Red Onions, great in every dish.  Cured Torpedo onion, use them like Shallots.  Shishito peppers for appetizers.  Fairy Tale Eggplants too.  The first Spaghetti Squash of the season.  Basil for a bit longer.

The first of the crazy felt like Crested Celosias.  Fragrant Oriental Lilies.  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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