Peregrine Farm News Vol. 16 #15, 5/10/19

What’s been going on! 

Sorry for the late newsletter, way too much going on, May.  Thanks to all for the kind and interesting messages from last week’s newsletter, apparently we are not the only ones who have been caught up in both the advancement of a movement or business and the changes in technology.  What’s that saying?  The pioneers take all the arrows?

One of the things that we are most torn about with the new Peregrine Farm plan is the loss of the whole pepper program.  We are sorry for all of the pepper devotees who have supported us for so many years and certainly the last 11 years of roasting peppers at the market.  There are a lot of great pepper growers at market so quickly there will be adequate supply for everyone.

This would normally be the start of pepper week at the farm as we prepared the fields for the planting of nearly 3000 plants of usually 30 plus varieties.  It was always the last of the big hurdles for the season but once done with the planting we still had six months of trellising, picking and roasting to go.  Today I planted our one, hundred foot row, with just 130 plants of six varieties just for or our consumption (we do a lot of eat peppers, fresh and frozen, almost every day all year).  Yet another moment that felt odd this spring but hey, I was done in an hour with fabric mulch, trellis and planting included.

Picture of the Week

IMG_20190509_171527 Basil and Cukes coming to market tomorrow.

 What’s going to be at Market?

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

Lots’s of great stuff for Mother’s Day and Graduation celebrations.

Betsy’s famous Bouquets are back!  Airy Sapponaria in pink plumes.  Bachelors Buttons and Sweet William bunches.  Poppies with their crepe paper like petals.

Lettuce world, almost to the end of prime season. Plenty of green Little Gem Lettuce.  The intense red Summer Crisp Lettuce called Cherokee and its green brother tinged with read- Magenta.  The last of the Beautiful Romaine and some Green Boston.  More nice heads of Escarole for soups, salads or wilted greens.  Lacinato Kale (Dino Kale, cavalo nero) dark green and tender for all uses.  The peak of the season for Broccoli Raab, don’t miss it when it is this good. A few heads of Radicchio as well.

The finest Sugar Snap Peas on the planet, the season will be short just this week and next.  The first of the Basil and Cucumbers too!

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 and Betsy

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