Week 1 of Pekarek’s Produce CSA

Hello all,

Ryan and I want to thank everyone who has joined the Pekarek’s Produce CSA this season!  We hope you enjoy the many weeks of yummy veggies that are headed your way.  In getting a CSA share, you not only receive a weekly box of fresh and delicious vegetables, but you are also helping to strengthen our local food security, contribute to the local economy and support a small family farm (that’s us!).

For those of you who are new to Pekarek’s Produce, let me give you a quick introduction.  Pekarek’s Produce is run by my husband Ryan, and me, Katie.  Ryan began raising vegetables in 2004 while in college.  We moved to North Carolina in 2006, where Ryan got a Master’s degree from North Carolina State University in Vegetable Production.  In 2009, we returned to Nebraska where Ryan began vegetable farming full time.  All of the produce is grown on our family land just 14 miles north of Seward.  Pekarek’s Produce now raises over 50 varieties of crops on approximately 12 acres.  With the help of a small local crew, we tackle the many aspects of farming: seeding, transplanting, watering, hoeing, weeding, harvesting and much more.   We have three kids (Jacob, Margret, and Michael), who as they get older, help out a little more each year.

Each week we will have a short newsletter describing some aspect of the farm, from hilling potatoes to cold frames and more.  For now, we will include a paper copy, but I will also post the newsletter on our website www.pekareksproduce.wordpress.com.  As Ryan is always covered in dirt or mud, your newsletters will come from me, but if you’ve ever met Ryan, you can be sure he will be telling the good stories.  We look forward to a great season!

What’s in today’s box:

Depending on your share size (full or partial), you will have some combination of the following vegetables in your bag:

  • spinach,
  • kohlrabi,
  • beets,
  • radish,
  • snow pea,
  • shell pea,
  • broccoli, and/or
  • green onions.

Recipe Suggestions

Try the beet sandwich!  It’s delicious.

If you have a recipe to share, email it to pekareksproduce@hotmail.com or include it in the comments section.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions send us an email or give us a jingle and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew

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