2019 Weekly Vegetable Subscription – Week 5

Summer is Here!

Summer crops are arriving very soon with the warm weather. Tomatoes are starting to turn. There are small zucchini and summer squash hanging on the plants. There are even silks coming out of the first variety of sweet corn, called ‘Sweetness.’ 2019 Week 5 veggiesEarly sweet corn plants are almost comical – barely 3 feet tall with an ear shank that touch the dirt. Watermelon vines are reaching off the plastic and out into row middles.

The farm looks pretty good. We bought a new cultivator this winter – free shipping sale sealed the deal! I should have bought that thing ten years ago. It is a specialty machine called a basketweeder. Most of our other cultivators are repurposed from corn and soybean machines. This new one is really a gem.

The cauliflower and cabbage that was seeded last week is up and looking good. We will continue seeding more of these crops this week and in a few more days. Yesterday we planted our last eggplant and bell peppers for the year. The final seeding of muskmelon went into the ground. We also seeded more pickling cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, red beets, and orange carrots. There is a lot happening right now!

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas, Joe, Andy, Al, Ben, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Anthony, Caleb, Brayden, Parker, Larkin

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2019 Weekly Vegetable Subscription – Week 4

Things are coming along!

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We are making the shift from picking in the greenhouse and high tunnels to the field.  Beets and carrots are almost ready outside.   Broccoli and kohlrabi are going strong outside.  Peas are coming from outside.  The peas in the buildings have given their all and what’s left was fed to the pigs.

The cool weather has been enjoyable.  A guy forgets to take his water jug when it is this nice.  The cool season crops are thriving – potatoes, cabbage, beets, carrots, etc.  On warm, sunny days the warm season tomatoes, melons, and squashes show more life, but when its jacket weather, they sit idly by.

2019 strawberry picking crew

2019 Strawberry Picking Crew

 

The crew is beginning to gel. We’ve got new folks learning why you were taught in high school physics to run a scale.  All of the boxes we pack for wholesale orders have to be weighed. The new guys don’t know why we have to use the “Tare” button on the scale.  I guess we should have all paid more attention in class!

We started seeding two days ago in the greenhouse for crops that won’t be harvested until late September and October.  Planning is key.

 

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie and Crew

2019 Weekly Vegetable Subscription – Week 2

STILL No Irrigation Needed!

Welcome back.  The crew is starting to come together.  I’ve got several new recruits that we have not been able to get out to the farm because it is too muddy.  They are all anxious to get out and onto the time clock, but Mother Nature has kept a lid on us.  I would venture to say that most crops look good to excellent in spite of the weather.

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Weekly Vegetable Subscription Week 2

Mechanics of week 2 and beyond: Bring back your empty box and drop it at your pick up site.  Take the new full box home and enjoy.  If you forget to bring your box back one week, don’t worry.  We have thousands on the farm.  Just bring back two boxes the next week.

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On Sunday, Ryan got out in the afternoon and cultivated (killed weeds!) everything that was big enough to handle a machine passing through.  This included sweet corn, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, radish, beets, carrots, peas, green beans, and probably something I’ve forgotten.  We try not to work on Sunday, but with another 1.60” of rain on Monday morning, it was a good decision.

Please enjoy the salads you will be making with the box this week.  One of our sons will take a large lettuce leaf and roll ham and cheese into it for a simple lettuce wrap.  May your basements stay dry and the veggies grow larger.

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew

 

2019 Weekly Vegetable Subscription – Week 1

No Irrigation Needed!

Welcome to the first week of the Pekarek’s Produce Weekly Vegetable Subscription. We are glad to see our returning friends and have new ones on board.CSA W1 2019

Let’s talk about how this will work. Each week you pickup a box of produce with your name on it. Take it home and enjoy! The following week you bring the empty box back and take another box of produce with your name on it and eat that. Not the box, the vegetables.

Each week we will have a newsletter that accompanies the box. It will be available on our blog at pekareksproduce.wordpress.com and printed in your box. We will tell you a little bit about what is going on around the farm and what vegetables are in the box. Some week’s we will have vegetables in the box which you are not familiar with and will try to give you some suggestions on how to eat them. We have a recipe section on the blog with some very simpPeasle ways to fix the vegetables we grow.

I’m sure you’ve all noticed by now, but it has been a rainy, muddy, hailing mess this spring. Most things in the field are fairing ok, but the timing of planting, weeding, and harvesting is getting pretty tricky. On the other hand, with 6 inches of rain in the last 6 days, we don’t have to irrigate! Enjoy the first week – great things to come!

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew

Weekly Vegetable Subscription

Well, it’s still cold, but we are well on our way to a spring.  Which means we’ve got all sorts of yummy vegetables growing for you!  There’s spinach in the high tunnels, although the arugula didn’t fair well through the cold. The tomatoes and cucumbers are coming along nicely… looks like we have been able to put cucumbers in the weekly vegetable subscription on the first week of the year the last couple of years.  Tomatoes have been ready for the third week of the weekly vegetable subscription. Cabbage, head lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower are growing in the greenhouse.

All of these goodies will be ready for your weekly vegetable subscription!  Sign up today and learn more on our Weekly Vegetable Subscription Page!

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Sign Up for Your Weekly Vegetable Subscription from Pekarek’s Produce

Well, it’s still cold, but we are well on our way to a spring.  Which means we’ve got all sorts of yummy vegetables growing for you!  There’s spinach in the high tunnels, although the arugula didn’t fair well through the cold. The tomatoes and cucumbers are coming along nicely… looks like we have been able to put cucumbers in the weekly vegetable subscription on the first week of the year the last couple of years.  Tomatoes have been ready for the third week of the weekly vegetable subscription. Cabbage, head lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower are growing in the greenhouse.

All of these goodies will be ready for your weekly vegetable subscription!  Sign up today and learn more on our Weekly Vegetable Subscription Page!

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February 2019…Oh snow!

It’s no surprise to anyone in Nebraska, but it’s getting to be quite a snowy winter. With the wet fall and the snowy, cold spring we are getting anxious to get out into the field. Looking at the forecast, it may be a long wait!

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Seeding plants during a blizzard

Since we began farming in 2004, this is probably the most snowy winter we have seen.  We are guessing the snowfall from yesterday to be in the 9-12 inch range, but it’s hard to tell when there are 4 foot drifts.

 

So what do we do during a late February blizzard? Why we go turn on the furnace in the greenhouse of course!

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Snowy High Tunnels after February 23, 2019 Blizzard

Ryan decided yesterday was the perfect day to fire up the greenhouse and begin planting.  So now we’ve got a round of head lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.  We’ve also got cucumbers and tomatoes growing in the office in the house! It seems way to early to do this with the snow, but it’s time to get moving.

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February 24, 2019 Tomatoes

As far as seed orders go, most of the orders have been placed and many are here.  We’ve run into a few snafus where we have lost a couple of our good seed dealers.  One of our favorite potatoes that we’ve found in the last couple of years didn’t pass the viability test to where they can sell them to us.  So this means we’ve been hunting through the books and online.

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February 24, 2019 Cucumbers

All in all, Ryan is out on the tractor again… pushing snow.  Hopefully, the next time he gets the tractor out it is for farming purposes!

It’s Weekly Vegetable Subscription time again!  We are excited to say that we will be working with Merle’s Garden Center this year for a Seward partner and pick up location.  Be sure to check out the weekly vegetable subscription page for more information!

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Happy Farming!

Week 4 – Fall 2018 CSA

Things have finally slowed down.  Mother Nature has continued to have her way this fall.  Since our last delivery to you folks, we have had a large rain, an inch of ice, and about 4 inches of snow.  Now with the warm weather, we have (as we have been discussing all through late summer and fall) mud, mud, mud.  It freezes overnight so a person can go anywhere on the yard, but by late morning it is like a mud wrestling match.

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Last time I said the box was kind of big.  I hope everyone was able to enjoy everything and incorporate these items into family gathering during this Holiday season.  I would describe this week’s box as not very diverse, but still very tasty.  We have 3 types of potatoes.  Red skinned spuds are good for boiling, mashing, steaming, and frying.  They have lots of moisture, so they don’t make fantastic baked potatoes, but they are fine for this.  Purple spuds are a lot like the reds in my opinion.  Not a lot of starch.  If you steam or bake these, you will hold some of the purple skin color.  Boiling will wash the soluble purple pigment away.  2018 was the first year we tried these purple potatoes; I think they worked well in the field and out of storage.  The final potato is the small, yellow, oblong Nicola.  These are yellowed fleshed and similar to our summer variety Yukon Gold.  The netted skin looks good after roasting.  We served these Nicolas as mashed potatoes are two of our family’s Thanksgiving celebration.  These also make very good potato soup.  Any of these spuds pair well with the carrots and turnips.  All of these items can be roasted with olive oil on a baking sheet or tossed along side a beef or pork roast.  Thank goodness for things that grow under the ground. Thanks for a final time for your support during the 2018 farming season. 

Remember, if you need to reach us please CALL or TEXT (402) 641-3305 of (402) 560-3110.

Merry Christmas, Ryan, Katie and Kiddos.

Week 3 – Fall 2018 CSA

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.  We managed to “celebrate” for three days starting on Thursday at our house.  Friday was football which is always part of the holiday.  Saturday was another large meal.

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This week’s box is kind of big.  We’ve got some good things in there.  Make a salad with broccoli, red radishes, and turnips sliced on the top.  Our kids eat the turnips with a little salt, or oddly enough, they smear cream cheese on them.  They also go good into coleslaw with the cabbage.  Anything you do with broccoli — Romanesco can be used also — soup, stir fry, ranch dressing.  The potatoes and squashes have the best shelf life, so they can be enjoyed last.  The squash just needs to be split in half, seeds scooped out, and place face down in a casserole dish.  Put about a half inch of water in the pan and bake in the oven on 375 until a fork will easily pass through.  I like them with butter and brown sugar.  Katie uses butter, salt, and pepper.

Work has basically transferred inside.  I finally starting to file the second half of receipts for 2018.  Meetings are scheduled with wholesale buyers during the month of December.  Seed catalogs are mostly here for 2019.  I’ve been keeping notes on more of this or less of that all year in my iPhone.  These notes can be sent to the computer via email and then incorporated into our planning spreadsheets going ahead.  Within 60 days from early December we will be seeding tomatoes, onions, and a few other cool season early crops for spring of 2019!

 

The strawberry field has been covered in straw.  A neighbor of ours joked that it would all blow away. I told him we needed a wet snow or ice to keep it in place.  I guess you just need to be optimistic.  I’m excited to see what 2019 will bring.

 

Remember, if you need to reach us, please CALL or TEXT 641.3305 or 560.3110.

 

Your Farmers,

 

Ryan, Katie, and Kiddos.

 

Week 2 – Fall 2018 CSA

Its time for a change in the fields.  With the changing weather, we are finishing up a lot of field activity.  We have been out putting straw on the strawberries – we hope this helps them get through the winter.  Because we drip irrigate everything (or as much as we can) we have been pulling up drip tape and taking the plastic mulch out of the fields. It’s been wet, so we are hoping we can get the fields worked before the winter.  We are also looking to put out some cover crops on the field so that we can build up our soil health.  It also does a lot for us to reduce erosion from wind and rain.

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It’s almost time for the crew to disappear for the winter.  Whether full time or a couple days, it takes many hands to get all this food in a box for you, our customer.  I enjoy working with a crew, but it is nice to just drink coffee and only worry about one person for a while in the winter.

We have plenty crops in storage or growing in the tunnels and greenhouse to finish our last 2 fall CSA drops.  Store your sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash on the counter in the kitchen.  The rest of your good food can go into the refrigerator until you eat it.  Hopefully this will be included in your family’s Thanksgiving Day meal.

Thanks for letting us come into your home and to your table

Ryan, Katie, Joe, Rebecca, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas