Peregrine Farm News Vol. 17 #17, 5/13/20

What’s been going on!

Well the cool week has lived up to the hype.  We did bring out the row covers on Saturday night to add an additional layer of protection over the tomatoes, cucumbers and basil as additional insurance.  While 28 degrees is the point at which real damage occurs we want these warm season crops to not miss a beat at this time of year.  Sunday morning it was 30 degrees near ground level outside the tunnels but 37 degrees inside.  Yesterday morning it was 31 or 32 degrees outside and 38 inside and everything looks great and we have now rolled up the row covers hopefully for the final time this year as we are now headed into the furnace.

The cool weather has definitely slowed down the growth of some crops, like lettuce, so it looks like we will again have a production gap for this weekend but with the warm temperatures coming things will catch up quickly.  One crop that is way ahead of schedule are the blueberries which are a good ten days to two weeks earlier than normal.  We will pick the first ones this week!

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, no farmers anticipated what would happen this spring when planning the cropping schedule last winter.  We, and most farmers, plan with the knowledge and information from years past.  Our production has been carefully balanced with past sales at Farmers’ Market and orders from local restaurants, we have decades of data that tell us pretty accurately what you all will reliably buy.  Some local farmers have by now increased plantings of some crops but most of it is baked in.  I thought that this piece from the NYTimes did a good job of describing how flawed the current food system is and how growers like us have worked outside of it.

Picture of the week

P1050511This is diversity, saponaria flanked by a new lettuce planting and sugar snap peas

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.

A gap in production this week especially in lettuces.

No Red and Green Little Gem lettuce this week.  A fair supply of Red Summer Crisp Lettuce (a combination of Romaine and Red leaf) but only a small amount of the Magenta Summer Crisp.

In the bitter greens department we have a good amount of Escarole for soups, salads or sautéing.  Lacinato Kale (aka Dinosaur Kale or Cavalo Nero), you all know what to do with it. Lots more Broccoli Raab and this is the last big week.

Tons of crunchy Red Radishes.  More tender medium sized Fennel bulbs.  Not in the online store but be on the lookout for Basil, Cilantro and Italian Parsley.  The first Blueberries and maybe Sugar Snap Peas too.

Nice tall bunches of pink Saponaria.  Betsy’s famous bouquets.  There may be a few other floral selections too like the first Sunflowers.

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

Alex and Betsy

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