Peregrine Farm News Vol. 10 #4, 1/31/13

What’s been going on!

Hope everyone made it through last night’s storm and high winds without any damage.  Just a few sticks here and there for us but after so many high wind events this year I can’t imagine that there is a lot left to blow down, at least for a while.  We still battened down everything almost like it was a hurricane coming including parking the vehicles up in the field just in case it got interesting.

We have made big strides on the building project this week while the weather was so warm.  The entrance deck is nearly done, put up the stringers for the stairs today.  As soon as the stairs are done then we can stop using ladders taller than a step ladder, hallelujah!  Just a bit of siding left to do above the deck and then we can start on finishing the inside, plumbing and wiring first.  Trying to get it mostly done before it gets warm, after the end of March it will be hard to spend time on it.

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The greenhouse is filling up with transplants including the first tomatoes seeded this week, umm tomatoes (imagine a dreamy look on my face).  In a few weeks we will be transplanting to the field on a weekly basis mostly lettuce to start but some flowers too.  Until then not a lot of field work going on other than harvest for market, plus it needs to dry out some before we can till any beds.

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A few warm weather refugees hiding out with thousands of transplants

 

What’s going to be at the market?

Another cold start on Saturday but our favorite holiday Groundhog Day!

It’s the really deep winter selection now and all great soup ingredients.  The winter potato- Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes).  A little more Spinach.  Lacinato Kale, beautiful tender and sweet Collards.  It is root season with maybe the last of the Japanese salad Turnips for a while but plenty of sweet Carrots.

More and more of the brilliant and amazing Anemones, a must for winter.

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.

Hope to see you all at the market!

Alex and Betsy

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Peregrine Farm News Vol. 10 #1, 1/10/13

What’s been going on!

Happy New Year to all, we hope that your holidays were enjoyable and as you wanted.  This is one of those times of the year that I realize how complex farming can be and how many different hats we have to wear to operate this business.  Just looking at my desk there are stacks of catalogs with most of the seed order forms completed.  It goes along with the clip board that includes spreadsheets with the crop plans for the year with the number of beds, plants, seed flats, seeds needed, planting dates, fields they get planted to, and on.

There is an architect’s ruler and square as I am still working on design details on the new building. There are bills of lading for the new Big Top parts, and By-laws and rules being reviewed for the Farmers’ Market.  A stack of grant applications, just reviewed and scores sent and of course the end of the year tax forms and records that need to be finished up soon.

Our holidays were as we like, quiet with some family dinners but mostly we were marching on with the workshop project.  Determined to get it “dried in” we did finally wrestle the last pieces of siding on last week, I am glad to be down off the scaffolding and on solid ground for a while.  We poured concrete for the deck and stair footings this week, which is what awaits us when we get back from Tennessee.  Don’t worry, Betsy has the greenhouse filling up with lettuce and flower transplants too.

But hey, its winter, let’s not get too tied up with the upcoming growing seasons plans, there is still time to relax some before the weather really warms up.  So this weekend we are off to the annual meeting of the Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans and Chefs and the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Taste of the South event with our compatriots Ben and Karen Barker.  A truly fun and unusual weekend where not only do we get to hang out and visit and talk business with the other Fellows but there are a number of interesting attendees and talks to absorb and of course the food and drink!  Jennie will be at market this weekend so not to worry about getting those sweet carrots and glowing anemones.

Pictures of the Week

068We sometimes refer to it as La Torre, the tower 

What’s going to be at the market?

It’s the deep winter selection now.  The winter potato- Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes).  A little more Spinach.  Lacinato Kale, beautiful tender and sweet Collards.  It is root season with lots of Turnips and plenty of sweet Carrots.  In Herbs we have Cilantro and Dill.

Bring some color to the house with the amazing bright Anemones.

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.

Hope to see you all at the market!

Alex and Betsy

If you know folks who you think would be interested in news of the farm then please feel free to forward this to them and encourage them to sign up at the website.