Pizza on the Grill

As the temperatures heat up, I become less inclined to turn on my oven and more excited about grilling!  So this week I decided to take a little risk and make a pizza on the grill.  It seems a bit intimidating at first, but the results are well worth it.

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Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • garlic salt
  • Pizza crust (store bought or home-made)
  • 2 Pekarek’s Produce tomatoes
  • 2 handfuls of Pekarek’s Produce Spinach
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Shredded chicken
  • 1/2 lb. bacon

Method

1 Turn the grill on with the burners on high and let heat for 15 minutes, to about 400°F (if your thermometer works).

2 Turn the burners down to medium.  Combine olive oil with a pinch of garlic salt.  Brush this directly on the grates of your grill.

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3 Throw (maybe gently place) your pizza crust on the grill.  It bubbles up pretty quickly and won’t fall through the grates.  Let it cook about 3-5 minutes.  Next use 2 spatulas to flip the pizza crust and cook the other side.

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For this pizza, I started with a store bought crust in a can – c’mon, there is no way we have enough time to made a homemade crust in the middle of the week!

4 Add your toppings while the other side is cooking.

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I added about 4 tbs of alfredo sauce, followed by the shredded chicken, bacon, tomatoes and spinach.  Top with mozzarella cheese if desired.  The great thing about pizza is you can put anything on it and make each part of it a little bit different.  Also try throwing your garlic bread on the grill.  It works great!

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Kohlrabi with a twist?

So many people have no idea what kohlrabi is or how to eat it.

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We always say the best way is raw!  Cut the green skin of and slice into wedges.  You can store them in a bowl of water in the fridge to keep them crisp!

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But my kids like it a different way – eat it raw WITH cream cheese!  I know it sounds crazy, but my kids (2, 3, and 5) love it that way.  Let us know what you think?

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Week 3 of Pekarek’s Produce CSA 2013

Dobry Den!

Like always, there are lots of activities that have been taking place on the farm.  We had a bit of a watermelon debacle earlier this season.  Our watermelons are started in trays in a greenhouse or cold frames.  Unfortunately we had horrible germination – meaning we had some varieties where only 1 seed out of 70 came up!  Brittany is in the picture below working on re-seeding watermelons.

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Luckily re-seeding is not a common activity on the farm – but stringing tomatoes (and peppers) is!  Now that the sun has decided to join us for the summer, the tomatoes grow much faster.  If you’ve ever grown tomatoes you might be used to putting them in a cage.  On the farm, we use stakes and string woven in-between and around the plants to keep them standing.

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This week’s full share has:

  • Radishes, Lettuce, Spinach, Green Onions, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Kohlrabi

This week’s partial share has:

  • Radishes, Lettuce, Spinach, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Kohlrabi

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 2 of Pekarek’s Produce CSA 2013

Dobry Den!

Week 2 of Pekarek’s Produce CSA was on June 12.  All of our members should have received a printed newsletter, but now its up on the blog as well!

We are excited to say that the last week has been very busy at Pekarek’s Produce.  It may be hot, but we are very happy to see the sun come out!   We are also happy to say that your produce bags will be nice and full.

The farm has been very busy with planting, weeding, and picking – not to mention a few maintenance activities.  Its hard to believe that with the season just into full swing, we have planted our pumpkins and edible squash for the fall already.  Lettuce and Spinach is growing beautifully.  We are also happy to tell you that you are receiving the first of our Kohlrabi crop this year.

For those of you getting green onions this week, if you wonder how they grow, look at the picture below.  This is our first year with a plastic mulch layer.  After laying the plastic, we poke holes in it with a glorified pitch fork.  Then we crawl on hands and knees to plant each green onion individually.  These are really a favorite on the farm, because they are one of our first crops to be harvested and a good reason to get a crew together.

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Finally, new this year, we will be inviting all of our CSA members out to the farm for a tour, so watch for more information next week.

What’s in today’s bag:

This week’s full share has:

  • Radishes, Lettuce, Spinach, Green Onions, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Kohlrabi

This week’s partial share has:

  • Radishes, Lettuce, Spinach, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Kohlrabi

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

 

Don’t Forget to Pick Up Your CSA

Today is the first day of the CSA!  We hope everyone is excited to get there fresh vegetables each week.  There are a couple of details to take care of as we begin the year.

  1. Each week your vegetables will be delivered by Ryan.
  2. Your vegetables will come back to you in a tote bag.  Please be sure to return your bag each week so that you can receive you new bag of produce.

So where can you pick up your vegetables?

  • From 3-4, we will be in front of Seward Academy (across from the Civic Center)
  • From 4:15 – 6, we will be at the Farmer’s Market, located on the north side of the courthouse.

See you this afternoon!

 

Vegetables every week? Pekarek’s Produce CSA begins Wednesday, June 4, 2013

Hello all,

Ryan and I want to thank everyone who has joined the Pekarek’s Produce CSA this season!  This Wednesday you will be picking up your very first bag of the season and 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.  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!

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew