Peregrine Farm News Vol. 16 #19, 6/5/19

What’s been going on! 

A slightly earlier newsletter this week because we wanted to let you all know that we will not be at the Wednesday Market this week.  Alex has a Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) Board meeting this Wednesday and Thursday and we just can’t swing both things.  RAFI is one of the many organizations we have worked with over the years and it does incredible work in all areas of sustainable agriculture particularly agricultural policy and helping to save family farms.

The Farm to Fork Picnic went off without a hitch on Sunday and we had a great time with the folks from Pizzeria Mercato serving up a delicious cucumber salad from the beautiful cucumbers that Betsy picks daily.  It was great to see all of you that made it and many other new faces that we met.

The scary event this week were the back to back hail storms we had on Friday afternoon and evening.  In the 38 years we have been farming we have had few hail storms and never two in the same day.  The first had the biggest hail up to golf ball size and had us really worried for damages in the field but for the most part it was limited to some holes in leaves, you may notice some in Saturday’s lettuces.  It reminded us of the 1984 hail storm we had that beat up the blackberries so badly that we did not have a crop in 1985, thankfully it was not that big!

Picture of the Week

 P1050063We slipped the bullet with these big hail stones!

What’s going to be at Market?

We won’t at the Wednesday market this week.

The first of the season Tomatoes this week!  Not a lot this week maybe 100 pounds mostly Cherokee Purples and Sungolds with a few Italian Oxhearts, Yellow tomatoes, and Big Beefs.  More Basil and lots of Cucumbers too!

Green Little Gem this week, may be limited.  Summer Crisp Lettuce both the red and the green tinged with red- Magenta, kind of a cross between Romaine and Leaf lettuce, crispy and sweet.

Our favorite hot weather green is back, Callaloo!  We call it Jamaican spinach, a quick saute and you will have a great summer side dish.  The last of the Radicchio both the round red and the slight less bitter speckled Castlefranco type. And the end of the beautiful Fennel.

Annabelle Hydrangeas make their late spring appearance.  The first of the brilliant Zinnias and the Gloriosa Daisies (Black Eyed Susan).  More summer Sunflowers.  Carthamus (aka, safflower) with tall branched stems topped with orange tufts.  Asiatic Lilies 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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