Week 13 – Pekarek’s Produce Weekly Vegetable Subscription

Hello folks,

It’s still a little wet around here, and that’s a good thing.  Last week we cleaned out the high tunnels and prepped them for new crops.  This week we’ve been able to go back in and plant them with orange, white, and purple carrots, broccoli and cucumbers.

 

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Carrots

 

Sometimes it sounds like its all peaches and cream  (or watermelon and tomatoes) on the farm, but the work and the hours are getting a little long.  Ryan and crew are out at dawn and that part is pretty nice – its quiet, cool and calm.  But, whoever invented lights for a tractor should be shot!  When the crew leaves in the afternoon, Ryan goes back out until the lights on the tractor aren’t bright enough for him to see what he is doing… Last night he was trying take care of weeds in the potato field!

 

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Potato Field

 

Cauliflower is still looking good, but has a few weeks to go.  Broccoli harvest will likely start in the next week to ten days.  This good stuff will make its way to the CSA, markets, schools, and grocery stores. We’ve still got lots of tomatoes coming along out in the field and it is a beautiful year for a pepper harvest. Watermelons are growing like gangbusters too!  The yellow watermelons are absolutely delicious – and a little fun.

 

Yellow Watermelon

Yellow Watermelon

 

This week you will get the sweetest red and yellow peppers you’ve ever tasted.  We recommend just taking a bite out of them like an apple!  Alternatively they fry up beautifully with an onion.  You will also be receiving some basil in this week’s CSA.  This is our first year growing basil and it looks like a great crop.  I’ve been drying down my basil in the oven so I can have some for winter.  Not sure how to use it? Try the classic tomato-basil combination with some fresh mozzarella, or throw some fresh basil on your pizza.  And of course you can infuse your favorite oil with basil.

 

Basil

Basil

 

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew

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Week 12 – Pekarek’s Produce Weekly Vegetable Subscription

Hello Folks,

Well, last week I was talking about rain and this week we are talking about mud!  We ended up with about 4 inches one day and 2 ½ a couple of days later.  Vegetables perked up, people perked up, and everything got a little messier.  The biggest downside?  Weeds perked up too.

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Muddy

We have been working on cleaning out the high tunnels this week.  Several crops in the high tunnels have reached their end and its time for something new.  Everything either got pulled or shredded.  We prep the ground and begin planting again.  It’s crazy to think that we’ve already been planting for fall since late May!

 

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Ready for Planting

 

The fall cauliflower is looking amazing!  Pumpkins and squash are coming along and will be here before you know it. Sweet potatoes are starting to size up.  These are some of my favorite crops but they require a lot of delayed gratification!  As much as I love fall – don’t worry, we haven’t started making pumpkin pies… yet 🙂

 

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Getting Pumpkins Ready for Fall

 

With all this fall talk, we’d like to invite you to join us for the 2017 Fall CSA.  It’s a bit hard to start thinking about already, but it will be here before you know it. We are already 2/3rds of the way through this CSA and only have about a month and a half left.

 

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Fall CSA

 

This year we will be offering a Fall CSA during the months of November and December.  The CSA will include four delivery dates which we tried to schedule to go along with the holidays: November 7th & 21st, and December 5th & 19th.  The cost for the Fall CSA will be $25 per week (only one size).  As usual, the produce you receive in the box will be somewhat dependent on successful cropping and weather, just as it is in the current CSA and will primarily include vegetables that will store well.

 

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Romanesco

 

Last year, the CSA included:   Pie Pumpkin, Broccoli, Romanesco, Sweet Potatoes, Acorn Squash, Cucumbers, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Radishes, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Spinach, Potatoes, Kohlrabi, Butternut Squash, Turnips, Beets, Peppers, Sunshine Squash, and Cabbage.

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew

 

What’s in this week’s box?

  • Sweet Corn
  • Watermelon*
  • Cantaloupe**
  • Wax Beans*
  • Eggplant
  • Carrots
  •  Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes*

*Full Share Only

**Partial Share Only

 

Week 9 – Pekarek’s Produce Weekly Vegetable Subscription

Hello Folks!

It’s been another busy week around here.  We had a new crew member start with us this week for the fall and we are very excited!  In a couple of weeks when school starts, it will be like an exodus around here.  About two-thirds of the crew will disappear as they go back to school.  We always hate to see them go!

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This weekend was the Dwight Czech Festival!  Which means after markets were finished, we loaded up two of the little tractors and took them to town.  The Pekarek family worked the games tent for the church during the day on Sunday.  Then on Sunday evening, we drove our little tractors through the parade!  If you’ve ever been through a small town parade, you know that most floats throw out a little bit of candy.  But for those of you that made it to the Czech festival, you know that we like to throw out veggies – This year it was carrots, zucchini and water balloons.

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Even with the cool off in weather, irrigation has been key over the last week. Most of the crops are looking pretty good.  Yellow squash and zucchini have been producing like crazy, which is great!  Unfortunately, there’s just too much this year to get moved, so we disked up some of the zucchini this week.

On the other side, this is one of the slowest tomato years we’ve ever had for production!  We always say that tomatoes for us, are like a marathon, not a sprint.  We aren’t usually the first ones around with tomatoes, but we will have them for the long haul.  Unfortunately, the four or five hails we had earlier in the season, the hot snaps and cold snaps, and any number of critters slowed everything down and knocked out several plants.  They are starting to make the turn for the better now.

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Pekarek’s Produce Beets going to find a new home at Bread & Cup

 

Beets are producing like gang busters, so if you are looking to can or pickle some beets, now is the time to call Ryan.  Pickling cucumbers are doing great too.  In a couple of weeks, we will have them coming out our ears.  Be sure to call Ryan for pickling cucumbers in bulk!

All in all, it’s been a good week on the farm.  We hope this translates to a good week for all of you as well.  Happy CSA Day!

Your Farmers,

Ryan Katie and Crew

What’s in this week’s bag?

  • Sweet Corn
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Carrots
  • Tomato
  • Beets*
  • Onion*
  • Kohlrabi*

*Full share only