Week 8 of Pekarek’s Produce CSA (7/23/14)

Wow! This has been crazy July weather. We’ve all been enjoying the seasonally cool weather this summer and have even had some July mornings picking vegetables in sweatshirts. 55 degrees overnight (note the sweatshirts and long sleeves in JULY!) doesn’t usually hit at the same time as cucumber and zucchini season. The only downside is that the melons need lots of heat to get a good crop and the tomatoes turn colors a bit slower. Lucky for us, it seems the heat is turning back on this week.

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So what’s happening on the farm? We are having a great harvest of sweet corn, potatoes and cucumbers. Zucchini, tomatoes and green beans are picking up production. Unfortunately the onions are causing us a heartache or two. Remember those little bits of hail we had earlier this spring/summer? Well the onions seemed like they came through all right, but it appears 60-80% of the onion crop must have gotten nicked or hit. This means these onions are no good, due to hail, so that part of the crop gets left in the field 😦

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All in all, we are doing well though. Each year, when we have an excess of produce, we make sure to get it to the people who need it. This year, as in years prior, we donate any excess produce to a variety of locations. In an effort to keep it as local as possible, the bulk of our excess produce goes to FoodNet in and around Seward. We are grateful to have such a great organization in the community which to help us distribute the produce.

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We are sure you’ve been enjoying your weekly produce bags, but now’s the time to start thinking about what you will eat this winter. Are you interested in canning or freezing this summer? We have cucumbers, green beans, cabbage, beets, sweet corn, and peppers available in bulk orders for freezing or canning. Bulk pricing for these crops and more is available. Give us a call (40two 6 four 1-33 zero 5) and we can arrange special pick up/delivery or if you give us a couple days notice, we can have your bulk order ready at the time of your CSA pick up.

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew

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