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

What’s been going on! 

Blackberry Winter rolling right into Blueberry Summer.  Three mornings in the 40’s two in the low 40’s maybe high 30’s, cold enough to give a little damage on the tender basil leaves.  A few glorious days but starting tomorrow we head straight into the oven.  One forecast I looked at has fourteen straight days in the high 80’s and low 90’s!  That will push all of the summer crops and strain the last of the cool season crops.

In preparation we have opened the tunnels wide for good air flow and have given all crops a big drink of water and will head into our summer irrigation routine of every other day watering to keep everything moist and happy, got to keep those tomatoes growing strong and filling out the fruit!

The blueberries will ripen fast too and while we will probably pick a few tomorrow the season will start in earnest next week and last a little over two weeks.  We are still looking for more blueberry pickers, if you know anyone who might be interested please have them contact us.  This is not pick-your-own but paid work.  We pick every weekday morning, 8:00-noon.  We will take folks who want to pick one day or every day.  $10 an hour, cash.  It happens to be the most enjoyable harvest job on the farm, cool mornings, birds singing, stand up work.

Picture of the Week

 IMG_20190516_121507Tomatoes looking great, almost to the top of the trellis and wide open, ready for the heat.

 What’s going to be at Market?

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

Lettuce is moving into the summer varieties. Plenty of green Little Gem Lettuce.  The intense red Summer Crisp Lettuce called Cherokee and its green brother tinged with read- Magenta, kind of a cross between Romaine and Leaf lettuce, crispy and sweet.  More nice heads of Escarole for soups, salads or wilted greens.  Lacinato Kale (Dino Kale, cavalo nero) dark green and tender for all uses.  A few heads of Radicchio as well.

The first Fennel of the season. The last of the finest Sugar Snap Peas on the planet.  More Basil and Cucumbers too!

The floral department is slowing down for the summer.  The non-fragrant Asiatic Lilies are back!  Airy Sapponaria in pink plumes.  Poppies with their crepe paper like petals.

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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