This is the last week to pick up your Pekarek’s Produce CSA. Your CSA box can be returned to your pick-up site and I will pick those up on Wednesday, October 5. It’s been a fun year for us and we’ve enjoyed getting to meet many of you.
Be sure to come visit us in the Lincoln Haymarket Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 8am – 12pm through October 15 and in Seward on Wednesdays from 5 – 7 pm and Saturdays from 8am to 12 pm through the end of October. We’ve got some beautiful pumpkins – so come get your decorations and your carving pumpkins in Seward!
Can you believe that we only have one more week of the CSA?? That’s right – next week is the last week for the 2016 Pekarek’s Produce CSA. Attached to this week’s newsletter is an end of the season survey. You can either fill it out and return it with your box next week, fill in the survey questions below.
Spaghetti squash has a fibrous creamy white flesh which resembles spaghetti when cooked.
It’s not sweet and can be eaten just as you would spaghetti – with sauces and cheese!
So how do you cook these? The simplest way is to cut the squash in half and scrape out the seed and stringy parts. Put the pieces cut side down in a pan with ½ inch water. Bake at 400 oF for 1 hour or until a fork easily pokes through the skin.
Not sure this is enough to make a meal out of? Check out this video…
Thank you to all of you who joined us on the farm tour this weekend. We had a great turn out even though the mud didn’t let us take any hay rack rides. We had a little mud before the tour, but we have a lot of mud now! This is the time of year where we basically plan to work in mud boots from now through the end of December. The cool weather has been a bit of a needed reprieve for the crew and the rain yesterday actually allowed us to catch up on a few things. We had a nice 1.40 inches out of the evening and day!
Carrots have been planted in one of the high tunnels. We are still waiting for them to come up. It’s one of those crops that you seed and then you wait for 2 weeks to see if they are going to grow – its agonizing! Cucumber plants in the greenhouse are getting taller and we will probably begin harvesting slicing cucumbers in the greenhouse in the next week and a half or so.
We’ve started to harvest fall crops this week – yummy! The pumpkins are beautiful! There are great sweet potatoes in the field.
Unfortunately the rain chased us out, so we’ve only just begun. Spaghetti squash is looking good – If you’ve never cooked it before, be sure to check out these instructions for spaghetti squash.
Today we want to say welcome to our new CSA members who are doing a one month trial with Pekarek’s Produce CSA. Thank you for joining our little group here and you have joined just in time to join us for the farm tour.
2015 Pekarek’s Produce Tour
The Pekarek’s Produce Farm Tour is THIS SUNDAY from 2 to 5 pm. We will have a hayrack ride leaving from the shed at 2:15 and 3:30. We will also be taking a walking tour through the greenhouse, high tunnels, and packing shed. Please join us if you can on Sunday, September 11 at the farm (2447 Road O, Dwight, Nebraska). The farm is on Highway 15, 13 miles north of Seward, Nebraska or 19 miles north of I-80 at exit 379.
Ryan always has something interesting to say on a tour!
In farm news, the pumpkins look pretty nice in the field. They are extremely bushy, with large vines, so it is almost difficult to see the pumpkins themselves. Unfortunately it looks like our fall cauliflower has black rot – which basically takes us out of the cauliflower business this fall. The fall cabbage and broccoli, however is looking pretty good and I am hopeful that some of that really late zucchini and cucumbers that were seeded will make a crop. And as usual, we have been having a good time with harvest…
We spent a little time on the tractor with the roto tiller cleaning up this week, trying to get rid of the weeds and prepare some ground for new crops. We took the cultivating tractor out, just briefly, to get it broke into the farm. We have high hopes!
Finally, be sure to join us for the Fall CSA! Signup info is below.