Week 12 of Pekarek’s Produce CSA

Dobry Den!

I’m sure you’ve all noticed the change in weather and hopefully appreciated it as much as we have.  This week we have been transplanting another set of14,000+ broccoli plants.  While we began transplanting with the transplanter, we quickly found that because the ground is so dry, we could not sit on the machine to plant.  So this batch was planted in three different days by about 11 different people.  This was no small feat as it meant crawling on hands and knees. We are excited to have completed transplanting last night.  Hopefully it won’t take long before the broccoli looks like this again:

Now that that’s accomplished Ryan has returned his thoughts and efforts to another planting of lettuce and radishes.  We are also watching our no-till pumpkins come up. Below is how we began transplanting.

What’s in today’s bag:

This week’s full share has:

  • Squash, Carrots, Onions, Roma Tomatoes, Yellow Tomatoes

This week’s partial share has:

  • Watermelon, Squash, Onions

Recipe Suggestions

Be sure to check out this week’s recipe. 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

 

Week 11 of Pekarek’s Produce CSA

Dobry Den!

Holy moly – Busy does not describe the sentiment of things happening at Pekarek’s Produce.  As of this week, most of our workers have gone back to school, so most of our labor force is gone.  In addition to that, Jacob’s first day at East Butler is today, so things have felt a little crazy.

This week Brett brought us 14,000 more broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussel sprout plants.  Tuesday afternoon we began transplanting using the transplanter.  Ryan drove the tractor pulling four of us who sat on the back to drop plants in the correct spots.  Unfortunately, it didn’t take long to realize that it is just too dry to use the transplanter – so we crawled on hands and knees to transplant about half the plants in one day.

Luckily we were able to run drip tape on the plants right away, so they are looking pretty good today!

What’s in today’s bag:

This week’s full share has:

  • Slicing Cucumber, Muskmelon, Eggplant, Red Tomatoes, Yellow Tomatoes, Potatoes

This week’s partial share has:

  • Slicing Cucumber, Muskmelon, Eggplant, Red Tomatoes, Yellow Tomatoes

Recipe Suggestions

Be sure to check out this week’s recipe for Muskmelon Candy. 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

 

Meatloaf with Honey and Onions – Guest Post

We are so excited this week to have a guest post from Lisa and Abby Lyons of AbBee’s Honey.  This recipe utilizes the honey you received in Week 8 and some yummy onions…….

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 piece of bread, crumbled
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Chopped Onion
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Heinz 57
  • AbBee’s Honey

Mix eggs, bread, milk, salt and pepper in a bowl.

Stir in beef and onion until well mixed.

Form into small loaves, using about ½ cup meat mixture for each loaf. (You can make a full size loaf, or bigger or smaller loaves, but cooking time will need to be adjusted.)   Place loaves on a foil lined baking sheet.  (The foil makes clean up a snap!!!)

Spread Heinz 57 sauce on top and drizzle generously with honey.

Bake loaves approximately 45 minutes, more or less depending on how large you make the loaves.

Best served with your favorite potato dish and green beans, sweet corn or your favorite veggies from Pekarek’s Produce.

We also highly recommend McCormick’s onion ring batter mix for making onion rings!!!!

Week 10 of Pekarek’s Produce CSA

Dobry Den!

Can you believe it is the half way mark of the CSA?  The craziness of the summer will soon become the business of fall, as we brace for most of our crew to go back to school.

This is Laura and this picture summarizes our season thus far.  It has been full of ups and downs.  Storms and hail, then no water; cucumbers that are producing amazing and peppers that give us one pepper for every ten plants.  Blossom end rot has been difficult on both the peppers and tomatoes this year.  Because of the heat, the plants cannot move enough calcium to the end of the fruit and the ends of the fruit rot.  But as exhausting as this work is, we are excited for small triumphs like finding 1 good tomato in the midst of lesser tomatoes.

Each year, Ryan and I have a talk about muskmelon versus cantaloupe.  I have always called them a cantaloupe, but the North American cantaloupe, common in the United States, Mexico, and in some parts of Canada, is actually a muskmelon.  But, whatever you call it, muskmelons love the heat, as they are descended from a tropical plant.   They love a long hot season to grow, which is why you sometimes see them growing in high tunnels and hoop houses.  They are a good source of vitamin A, C, B6, B3, fiber, potassium and folate, and has anti-inflammatory properties.

What’s in today’s bag:

This week’s full share has:

  • Slicing Cucumber, Muskmelon, Eggplant, Red Tomatoes, Yellow Tomatoes, Potatoes

This week’s partial share has:

  • Slicing Cucumber, Muskmelon, Eggplant, Red Tomatoes, Yellow Tomatoes

Recipe Suggestions

Be sure to check out this week’s recipe for Muskmelon Candy. 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

 

Muskmelon Candy

This is a pretty simple recipe, but something that is very different in our house.

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds cantaloupe, shredded
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar

Directions

Mix cantaloupe, evaporated milk, water, and sugar in a large pitcher, stirring until combined. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Divide shredded cantaloupe and liquid into molds and freeze until firm, about 6 hours.

Week 9 of Pekarek’s Produce CSA

Dobry Den!

Hooray!  Pekarek’s Produce has water again!  As of Thursday afternoon, we have a brand new well that seems to be working perfectly. Thank goodness we have good neighbors that loaned us a 1400 gallon tank to limp along some of our plants.

This week we transplanted thousands of broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprout and kohlrabi plants (after we had a new well, of course).   Luckily, we did not drop these plants by hand – we used the transplanter.   In the best situation, we will have 4 people riding on the back transplanting into two rows, Ryan drives the tractor and one person walks behind to fix any missed plantings or other problems.  Driving straight is extremely difficult during this process as the tractor is moving very slowly.

This week’s CSA bag includes a bottle of honey from AbBee’s Honey.  Abby Lyons, age 13, began beekeeping as a 4-H project with her grandpa in 2008.  She says “Along with my family, Galen and Lisa Lyons, Andy, Alex, Ben and Emily I have a total of 12 hives.  The hives located on Pekarek’s Produce help the native insects pollinate the vegetables.  The going rate for renting beehives to pollinate a farm is about $55 a month per hive.  Ryan and I have an ongoing agreement with no cash being exchanged, but veggies for honey bee pollination instead.  Honey from our hives is known for it’s light color and taste…  My family lives just a half mile from Ryan and Katie, which makes our partnership very natural.  I love beekeeping and hope to be an Entomologist when I grow up.”

AbBee’s Honey sells honey, honey roasted nuts, beeswax candles and chapsticks at the Seward farmer’s market, some local craft fairs and from home.

What’s in today’s bag:

This week’s full share has:

  • AbBee’s Honey, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Red Onion, Sweet Corn, Zucchini

This week’s partial share has:

  • AbBee’s Honey,Tomatoes, Cabbage, Red Onion

Recipe Suggestions

Be sure to check out this week’s guest recipe from AbBee’s Honey. 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