Peregrine Farm News Vol. 17 #2, 1/31/20

What’s been going on! 

Our favorite “holiday” of the year is this weekend and it is not the Super Bowl but rather Groundhog Day.  As I wrote in 2010 it is the unofficial end to winter and the beginning of spring, at least around these parts and as such I see it as one of the two agricultural related holidays, the other being Thanksgiving.

The time between those two holidays, interestingly, also corresponds to what is known as the Persephone period when the day length is less than 10 hours of daylight.  Below 10 hours of daylight and most plants go into a suspended state and barely grow at all.  Technically at this latitude, this winter, it ran between Nov. 27th and Jan. 16th but who’s checking, it’s been dark.  The good news is that the days start getting longer really fast now, gaining two minutes a day for the next several months.

For those who forgot all of their Greek mythology Persephone, the goddess of spring and nature, was abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld.  As the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, the head gods, Demeter forbids the earth to produce, or she neglects the earth and in the depth of her despair she causes nothing to grow.  When they finally persuade Hades to release Persephone things began to grow again but she was obliged to spend a third of each year (the winter months) underground, and the remaining part of the year with the gods above.  Fortunately for us that period doesn’t even last two months.

All of the greens that have been at the Farmers’ Market the last several months were planted early in the fall so that they could grow to maturity and then they have just been sitting there waiting to be harvested.  One of the reasons there will be shortage of greens over the next few weeks is that most people have harvested everything they had and are now waiting on things to either re-grow or for newly planted crops to get to size. That is certainly the case with us, it will be nearly a month before we will have lettuce again even though we planted it in early December.  The good thing is the Anemones don’t care about day length, must not be Greek.

Picture of the week

P1050409Working on the new deer fence, a long line of posts ready.

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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.


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.


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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