Peregrine Farm News Vol. 17 #15, 4/29/20

What’s been going on! 

Really glorious weather this week and we are in the heart of spring for sure.  A few weeks ago I was talking about how early this spring seemed compared to past years, warmer earlier, trees leafing out faster, crops maturing weeks ahead of normal.  Interestingly I ran across the National Phenology Network’s page on the status of spring and according to their maps we have had the earliest leaf out in the 39 years they have been keeping records!

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We have been taking advantage of the last cool mornings to finish up some chainsaw work, cleaning up some areas around the farm and cutting a little more firewood.  I hate running the chainsaw when the leaves are out but there are times you have to do it and the weather was conducive as long as we are finished by noon.  Weekly plantings continue but we are nearing the end of the cool season crops that need to go in the ground, only a few more rounds of lettuce to go in the ground.

The earliest warm season crops are beginning to really move.  The cucumbers are beginning to climb the trellis and two weeks ago I suckered the tomatoes and this week I will have to tie them up a second time as they have kicked into a higher gear after the pruning.  With temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s things will really start to move fast, including the weeds!

Picture of the week

P1050502Sign of good things to come

What’s going to be at Market?

We will not be at the Wednesday market for the foreseeable future until the outbreak subsides but we do plan to be at Saturdays as long as we can be.

To facilitate less contact and faster exchanges we are encouraging people to pre-order so that it is ready to go when you get to market this page has all of the details on how to do thatWe need your orders by noon on Friday for us to be able to put them together on Friday afternoon.

Availability is a crystal ball guess that we do on Wednesday before we even harvest on Friday, know that it can change, usually for the better as we are conservative in our estimates.  Stuff happens fast out in the field both good and bad.

The Red and Green Little Gem lettuce tide continues to roll.  A small supply of beautiful Magenta (more green than red) and Red Summer Crisp Lettuce (a combination of Romaine and Red leaf).  A few heads of Green Boston.  A small amount of Escarole for soups, salads or sautéing.

Tons of crunchy Red Radishes.  A new planting of tender and sweet Japanese Salad Turnips.  Lacinato Kale (aka Dinosaur Kale or Cavalo Nero), you all know what to do with it. The next planting of Broccoli Raab and it is maybe the most beautiful we have ever grown.

A few of Betsy’s famous bouquets.  There will be a few other floral selections too.

Stay safe and well and we hope to see you all at the market!

Alex and Betsy

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