Peregrine Farm News Vol. 18 #9, 3/5/21

What’s been going on!

When the Carrboro Farmers’ Market started it didn’t even open for the season until April and went until sometime in the fall, after six years it set the official opening day as the second to last Saturday in March and closing at Christmas.  It stayed that way for 22 years until 2008 when we moved to a year round schedule.  There had been some members who for a few years had been coming throughout the winter and as the winters continued to be warmer and the growers began to use new techniques it made sense to finally make it official. 

But winter is always variable and difficult as we have been reminded of this winter for sure.  Last spring was supposedly the earliest on record here in the southeast according to the National Phenology Network.  Right now they are saying we are a few days behind normal so compared with last spring that would be at least 2-3 weeks later and that is borne out in what we are harvesting.  Today I will cut the first lettuce and pull the first turnips and radishes, planted on the exact same schedule as last year but harvested nearly 3 weeks later than last spring.  Hopefully now we will begin to catch up a little.

Now they say the pattern is in for a big change with possibly the longest stretch of dry weather in many years.  I can see irrigation is in my future, an so the dance goes on.

Picture of the week

Party in a vase

What’s going to be at Market?

Here comes the Anemone flood, should be plenty of brilliance this week.

Finally some produce!  Lots of Green Little Gem lettuce, crunchy red Radishes and the first tender and sweet Japanese Turnips.

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.

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

Alex and Betsy

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