Winter 2015 (2 of 3)

Drip Irrigation on Lettuce in High Tunnel

In December, the outdoor farming activities began to slow down. The high tunnels kept producing and we worked on improving our winter storage abilities. Early winter saw us digging (and picking up by HAND) the rest of the potatoes in the field.

Sorting and Sacking Potatoes

It’s time for us to start working on the 2016 CSA. We’ve already had some pre-sales and are looking to expand to another location this year. More news to come very soon as we make plans, order seeds, and order new bags or boxes.

CSA Bag and Newsletter

Ryan has spent weeks looking at seed catalogues. He usually ends up, ordering from 5 or 6 companies. Seed potatoes come from one place, sweet potato slips come from another locations, onions from another, and then there is the inevitable search for certain varieties of vegetables that no longer exit.

We still haven’t figured out why we can spend years trying out different varieties of broccoli until we find our favorite ones only to have the company discontinue the seed!

Even though the temperature is below zero today and probably not going to reach 10 oF, much of the seed has started arriving. As soon as the tomato seed shows up, we will be in the greenhouse planting… we’d like to have it sooner than later. Most everything else will get planted in the greenhouse in about 2 weeks.

Next week: High tunnels, packing shed, crew

Winter 2015 (1 of 3)

Well folks, it’s catch up time on the blog. We often get the question in the winter – what do you do? It’s kind of a crazy question to us, because from our view there seems to be no end to the work! So in the next few weeks we will get you caught up on what’s been happening in October, November, December – and let you know what we are doing now!

Pekarek’s Produce Pumpkins and Squash

The CSA ended at the end of September and so did the blog posts, but there was a lot of activity in the end of the year. Farmer’s markets continued into the end of October and as usual, we had a lot of fun with pumpkins and squash.

 

Jarrahdale Squash

 

Most of the year, we watched the pumpkins in disbelief – they looked horrible. We had a wet spring and got in late, then we had some pretty good heat. It turned out that the varieties that usually do poorly did great! The ones that usually do great did poorly.

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Ryan and Joel at November 22, 2015 in Lincoln

 

We had two successful winter markets in November and December. This was the first time we have done these markets and we had a great time! Thank you to all of you who attended.

December 13, 2015 Market – Butternut Squash, Acorn Squash, Sunshine Squash, Kabocha Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Broccoli, Salad Mix, Spinach, Kale, Turnips, Red & Orange Beets, Carrots, Potatoes

We are really hoping to expand these in the future and they have given us thoughts on a winter CSA centered around holidays. Take a look at these pictures and check out all the produce we still had at this time of the year.

 

Next week: CSAs and seed orders. We are excited for this year’s CSA!!