Peregrine Farm News Vol. 17 #23, 6/24/20, Last market of the season

What’s been going on! 

The last week for our 2020 season and some of you may say what?!?  Especially for the 100 or so folks new this spring to the newsletter, this has always been the plan and part of our semi-retirement, you can read about it here.  It has been 27 weeks since the start of our season but the last 16 weeks since the coronavirus took over the market and our life has felt like a sprint.  60 year olds don’t sprint anymore and we are more than ready for a long break.

We have taken our job of providing the community with healthy food and flowers for the soul during this unsettled time as an important service.  Building an online store, doing curb pickups for those especially vulnerable and essentially changing most of our market practices to pre-orders and sanitation has been interesting, exciting, stressful and not as much fun.

We have been proud members of the Carrboro Farmers’ Market for 35 years and could not be more gratified to see how the market, the Town and all of the customers have responded to the Covid-19 restrictions and changes.  Like you we miss the interactions, the conversations about food, farming and life.  We miss introducing people to new vegetables and flowers, how they taste, how to use them.  We miss the hugs.  That being said we have also been overwhelmed by your support, kind words and smiles through the masks and car windows, keep it up!

Look for a newsletter next week with some further thoughts about the season and what we have planned for the summer and fall.  If we don’t get to see you on Saturday, take the virtual hug.

Picture of the week

P1050606The only thing left in the field is a bed of lettuce and some callaloo, planned obsolescence!  Soon to be planted to cover crops.

What’s going to be at Market?

To update our fundraising to contribute to Campaign Zero to help end police violence in America, we had yet another impressive week helped with more large donations from Ann, Archie, Lydia and especially Bob.  The total for the month is now at $969!  Thank you all!

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.  The online store opens Wednesday about 9:00 a.m.

Tomatoes!  A much better supply on all varieties this week.  Cherokee Purples and Greens, maybe the best slicers great flavor and juice.  Beautiful red Big Beefs and Orange Blossoms, medium acid, firm flesh.  Italian Oxheart sauce tomatoes, makes the best sauce but also good sliced.  Sungolds, the essence of tomato flavor.

Beautiful small slicing cucumbers.  A little Basil.

A good supply of Magenta Summer Crisp Lettuce, a combination of Romaine and leaf lettuce leaf with a red tinge.

A little more Callaloo this week.  Our favorite hot weather cooking green that we call Jamaican Spinach because once sautéed and steamed it is very much like spinach.

The flower department is closed for the season..

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

Alex and Betsy

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