Peregrine Farm News Vol. 15 #32, 10/10/18

What’s been going on! 

A lot going on the next few weeks.  First we are ready for the next tropical storm rains coming today and tomorrow.  Greens are being picked this morning to spare them the bruising from heavy rain and splashing soil, peppers can wait until Friday.  The little tunnels are closed down just in case we get higher wind gusts than expected.  The good news is that this storm is moving fast and by Friday afternoon the sun will be out and I am seeing 49 degrees as the low for Friday night!  Definitely the silver lining.

Saturday will be the unveiling of the Carrboro Farmers’ Markets mini-museum celebrating the 40th season.  We had hoped to have it up a few weeks ago but hurricane Florence side tracked us a bit.  We are very excited about the timeline and all the pictures and documents that go along with it.  Our biggest market supporter Kelly Clark of Laser Image Printing and Marketing has worked very closely with us on all of it and it will be fantastic.  The Gazebo at market will be turned into the timeline museum this Saturday, make sure that you check it out and it will be a beautiful fall day!

No newsletter for the next two weeks as Betsy and I will be in Italy with our friends the Barkers.  Never enough research can be done on Italian crops and food.  Betsy says we will be on the red wine and prosciutto cleanse.  This time we are going back to the Piedmont and then over to Emilia-Romagna.  There is a farmers’ market every day to be explored along with seed stores.  I hope that we can make it to the Tomato Museum near Parma.  We will finish with a visit with our Italian farm family near Turin.  So look for Jennie and the crew on Saturdays and if you need anything don’t hesitate to send an email as all three of us will see it.  I will post pictures on Facebook and Instagram too.

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The little tunnels all closed up for the impending storm

 What’s going to be at the market?  Continue reading

Peregrine Farm News Vol. 15 #27, 9/6/18

What’s been going on!

 The long, low angle of the sun these early days of September is the first indication that fall might be on the way.  Still hot and muggy but the fields stay in the morning shade much longer until the sun finally tops the eastern tree line and then the heat really begins to build and the dew finally burns off. Hopefully in a week or two the cooler and drier weather will finally arrive too.

Haven’t talked much about the Carrboro Farmers’ Markets 40th season and anniversary since my March newsletter but in the coming weeks and months look for more events and things about it.  Two weeks from today, on the 20th, is the 7th Annual Market Harvest Dinner which will kick off the 40th events.  The Harvest Dinner is really our community event to bring both market and towns folks together to break bread and celebrate the ties and relationships the market has forged over the years.  To mark the 40th season the tickets have been reduced to $40 and all the money goes straight to supporting Market programing.

The following Saturday (and maybe for several Saturdays) there will be a mini museum in the Gazebo with a big market timeline with pictures and other artifacts from 40 years.  We hope that folks will also add comments and events to the timeline that they may remember from their years coming to market.  Last Saturday the 40th anniversary T-shirt was released with a beautiful mini timeline and graphics.  Lots to remember and celebrate after all these years!

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The Ginger is ready, look for it at market this week!

What’s going to be at the market?

Full Pepper production now.  Plenty of Red Bells and some Yellow Bells. Fewer Corno di Toros this week in red, yellow and orange. Sweet Cubanelle, Pimiento, Jimmy Nardelo frying peppers and Spanish Piquillo.  Aji Dulce, the habanero without heat.

In hot peppers Passillas, Fresnos, our own Picante Pimiento, Jalapenos and Serranos.  Nice and meaty early season Anaheims and for the Green Chile fans let us know when you are ready for your volume roasts for the freezer.  A drop in Poblano production this week too.

Plenty of the Shishito and Padron appetizer peppers prepared the same easy with a quick blister in a pan then sprinkled with salt and eaten whole.  Get some of both and do your own comparison.

Lots of Summer Crisp lettuce as well as Red Radishes. Our favorite summer green- Callaloo is nearing the end of its run, the green amaranth that we call Jamaican Spinach and is a quick saute. Maybe the last or our sweet Red Onions, great in every dish.  Fairy Tale Eggplants, the striped Nubia and Italian Heirloom Eggplants too.   Fresh Baby Ginger is back for the fall!

The fall flower department is down to a bit of Crested Celosia and Plume Celosia.

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.  Just so you know, sometimes not everything listed will be at the Wednesday market.

Hope to see you all at the market!

Alex, Betsy and Jennie

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