Week 8 – Pekarek’s Produce Weekly Vegetable Subscription

Hello Folks,

Hooray!  It rained this morning.  It was only about 0.30 inches, but it was a nice rain and we have a chance to get a little bit more.  What a great gift, especially near the end of July.

We’ve also had some cooler weather this week.  Seeing temps in the 80s has been wonderful.  Monday and Tuesday have been big transplanting days for us.  The plants were getting big in the greenhouse and when they get too big, they become hard to transplant.  So early last week, all of the plants were pulled out of the greenhouse and put on hay racks.  We parked them in the shade and have been watering them during this last hot week, trying to get them ready for the heat.

July Watering

Sometimes, we crawl on our hands and knees to put plants in the ground.  Whenever possible though, we try to use a machine to plant .  The machine we used Monday has a driver, two people riding on the machine and one person walking behind.  The main goal of the driver is to go straight, which is harder than it sounds.  The two people riding the machine are pulling plants out of the trays on the shelves in front of them and then dropping them into a holder.  The machine then creates a hole in the ground, drops the plant, and covers them up.

When the machine is working well, the person walking behind should just have a leisurely stroll.  Sometimes it doesn’t work well due to soil issues, compaction, moisture, or because someone made it mad.  When that happens, the person behind, makes sure all of the new transplants get planted correctly.  After everything is in the ground, we hook up the drip irrigation and give everything a good watering.

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie and Crew

What’s in this week’s bag?

  • Sweet Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Yellow Squash
  • Zucchini*
  • Broccoli*
  • Beans
  • Kohlrabi

*Full share only

 

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