Peregrine Farm News Vol. 16 #17, 5/23/19

What’s been going on!

 It is a steady, even, push this week and next to pick as many blueberries as we can and get the rest of the farm chores done and then we can slide into a more leisurely and summer like schedule.  We are out every morning now at 7:00 a.m. partly to beat the heat (which has not been too bad so far) and get a few things done before any berry pickers arrive at 8:00.

It is a smaller crop this year than last and it will be short and sweet.  We anticipate picking the last berries next Friday, the heat is certainly making them ripen fast, concentrating everything into two weeks instead of the usual three.  That is okay too, we only have so many additional helpers and we can only focus on it for so long.  For the first time ever we have had several market regulars come out to help and it has been quite entertaining to get to know them better, hear new stories and tell our old stories to them.

Another milestone this week as we planted the last few crops for this season.  One more round of lettuce and callaloo and that is it for this year, we should have had some champagne but had too much else to do that day, typical.  Betsy reminds me that we have five weeks left after this Saturday.

Pictures of the Week

P1050053The scare eye balloon protecting the blueberries

P1050052 The very last crops for 2019

What’s going to be at Market?

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

Load up for the long holiday weekend!

Obviously Blueberries!

Lettuce is moving into the summer varieties. Unfortunately no Little Gem Lettuce this week, not quite big enough.  A small amount of 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.  Plenty of Radicchio both the round red and the slight less bitter speckled Castlefranco type.

More beautiful Fennel.  More Basil and Cucumbers too!  Brilliant red Radishes are back!

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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