2017 Week 7 – Weekly Vegetable Subscription

Hello folks!

I don’t know about you folks, but we are feeling hot – hot – hot! With temperatures staying in the upper 90s this week, we’ve once again changed our transplanting plans.  Although we intended to transplant first thing Monday, we’ve decided these little plants have a better chance of survival if we wait til next week when temperatures cool off a bit.

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While the heat is hard on people, it’s good for a few of the crops. We are anxiously watching the crops as eggplant and peppers begin to come on.  There’s a few to harvest now, but when there are hundreds of plants, we would be excited to see more.  The cantaloupe are also starting to perk up, but we don’t expect those to come on for a couple weeks yet.   

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2017 Pepper Harvest – This is what we want pepper harvest to look like!  Right now we only get a couple peppers 😦

 

The crew has dwindled  a bit this week. We’ve currently got two crew members out of commission with (non-farm related) injuries.  But happily, we have one crew member who will be playing a state baseball championship tonight!

One of the benefits of having high tunnels (greenhouses without the heater) is that we are able to provide some protection for crops against the elements.  They are great for hail protection, wind protection, even protection for heavy rains.  They are also excellent at keeping temperatures warmer in the cool months by a few degrees. 

But when it’s hot out, we have to take a different approach.  Each of our five high tunnels, and the greenhouse are covered in shade cloth.  What we put up, is like a black fabric mesh that you put over the plastic to literally shade the plants.  In past years we’ve waited until mid-July to put it on, but we got it done early this year.  This week served as a check to see how its working– and it’s doing good.

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Lots of goodies in this weeks box. We hope you enjoy!

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew

 

What’s in this week’s bag?

  • Potatoes**
  • Yellow Onion*
  • Red Onion*
  • Cabbage*
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cucumber(s)
  • Green Beans
  • Yellow Squash*
  • Broccoli*
  • Zucchini
  • Tomato(es)

*Full share only

**Partial share only

 

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2017 Week 4 – Weekly Vegetable Subscription

Hello Folks!

As usual, the farm is hopping with activity. This is one of the few years that we have been able to say that we are keeping up with irrigation on the farm.  Ryan is out at all hours (even in the dark) turning on water, moving hoses, and turning off water, but it seems to be working!

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We’ve also had some fun pretending that it was Christmas this week. It was a good week to “Hoe – Hoe – Hoe.” Getting rid of weeds is never a glamorous job, but it looks like a million bucks when its done.  Ryan’s had some fun on the tractor too cultivating to get rid of those weeds.

Just like other weeks, we’ve been harvesting away. Picking greenhouse cucumbers, digging potatoes and picking them up off the ground, cutting broccoli and cabbage, pulling beets and carrots, and more.

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And while some produce in the field has come out of the hail damage, other produce has not.  We just started cutting lettuce once again this morning. Some of the onions will survive, although the hail damage means we will have to pick them smaller.

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One of the questions people have asked lately is “does insurance cover that?” Well the answer is… in Nebraska the insurance for vegetable crops costs more than the value of the crops several times over. This means it is anything but economical to hold insurance on vegetables. So, we try to self-insure by planting several times per year,

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In the field, the field tomatoes are a long ways away from producing and its about time to string them again.  More on stringing tomatoes later.  Our eggplant plants that came through the hail now have some baby eggplant on them and that makes us happy.  The pickling cucumbers, unfortunately, look terrible. Not sure what that will mean for this year’s crop, but it certainly won’t be early.

As a reminder, try to bring back your box each week. If you are picking up produce on the farm, Jacob has farm fresh eggs for sale each week. Enjoy the produce and happy early Independence Day!

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew

Weekly Vegetable Subscription (CSA) starts this Wednesday, June 7!!

Hi folks!

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I hope you are as excited as we are… the Weekly Vegetable Subscription (CSA) starts this Wednesday!  There are bound to be some wonderful goodies in this week’s vegetable box.  Just look what was at the farmer’s markets this week.

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Check back in on Wednesday morning to get a sneak peak of what you will get!

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Say tuned to the pekarek’s produce blog for more CSA information and an update of what’s happening on the farm!

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie and The Crew

Fall CSA 2016 – Week 1

Hooray, Hooray, the Fall CSA starts today!

Hello Folks!

Welcome aboard the Fall CSA at Pekarek’s Produce!  We are excited to have you join us in the vegetable fun. There is a lot of good stuff in this first fall CSA box….

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Your pie pumpkin, acorn squash and sweet potatoes should be stored on the counter (not in the refrigerator).  The acorn squash will store for at least a month, but don’t forget you’ve got more veggies coming in two weeks.  The pie pumpkins should be used in the next 2 or 3 weeks. You should be able to make 2 pies out of your pumpkin.  You can store your Yukon Gold potatoes in the fridge or on the counter, depending on how soon you will be using them.

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The rest of the produce can be stored in the refrigerator. Romanesco will likely be a new food to most of you.  Its absolutely amazing and kind of cool looking.  Eat it and cook it in the same way you would cauliflower.  We usually eat it raw (maybe with some ranch dip) or roast it in the oven.

If you aren’t sure how to cook your acorn squash or any of the other foods in this week’s CSA box, be sure to visit the website at pekareksproduce.wordpress.com.IMG_1241

There are lots of veggies we are still picking for the fall, and Ryan is already gearing up for next year.  He’s got the seed catalogues out and is making maps for where to put the vegetables in the spring.

Your next pick up date is Tuesday, November 22nd!


What’s in Today’s Box??

  • Pie Pumpkin
  • Broccoli
  • Romanesco
  • Sweet Potato
  • Acorn Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Red Leaf Lettuce

 

2016 CSA – Final Week

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Week 18 2016 CSA

Hello Folks!

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!

Thank you!  We hope to see you next year!

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew


What’s in this week’s box?

  • Pie Pumpkin
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Onions
  • Green Pepper
  • Acorn Squash
  • Slicing Cucumber

Week 17 – Pekarek’s Produce CSA

Hello Folks!

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.


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What’s in this week’s CSA Box?

  • Cucumbers
  • Colored Pepper
  • Butternut Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet Potato
  • Zucchini*
  • Tomatoes*
  • Beans*
    • *Only in the full share

 

Week 16 – Pekarek’s Produce CSA

Hello Folks!

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!

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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. 

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We’ve started to harvest fall crops this week – yummy!  The pumpkins are beautiful!  There are great sweet potatoes in the field. 

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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.

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Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew


What’s in this week’s CSA box?

  • Cabbage
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Red Pepper
  • Large Zucchini*
  • Sweet Potato*
  •      *Only in the Full Share

Week 15 – Pekarek’s Produce CSA

Hello Folks,

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.

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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.

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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.

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What’s In This Week’s CSA?

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Corn*
  • Peppers*
  • Tomatoes
  • Pickling Cucumbers

*Only in the Full Share

Fall CSA Membership Form

 

Week 14 – Pekarek’s Produce CSA

Hello Folks!

It’s the last day of August and that means that we only have four more weeks (after today) of the 2016 CSA.  We’ve enjoyed getting your feedback and meeting you throughout the season.  We hope you all try to join us for the Pekarek’s Produce Farm Tour on Sunday, September 11 from 2 – 5 pm.  It’s only two weeks away now 🙂

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Week 14 of Pekarek’s Produce CSA 2016

 

The big news this week is that we got our new potato digger working!  It is a behemoth of a machine from the 70s that may have been sitting in the trees for years.  It took a lot of banging with a hammer, using a blow torch, ordering some new parts, and plenty of trial and error, but we got it moving this week.

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Potato Digger Working Hard

 

Sign up information for the Pekarek’s Produce Fall CSA here! There is also a membership form below.  The CSA will include four delivery dates on November 8th, 22nd, December 6th, and 20th.  You can pick up your CSA share from 4- 7 pm at Lincoln – Schilingbridge and Seward – Winter Wonderland.  Pick up on the farm will be after 1pm.

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew


What’s in this week’s box?

  • Eggplant
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Yellow Bell Pepper
  • Marcato Pepper  (Sweet, Red)
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Roma Tomatoes*
  • Zucchini*

*Only in the Full Share

Fall CSA Membership Form

Week 13 – Pekarek’s Produce CSA

Hello Folks!

Well good news folks – it rained last night!  What a wonderful feeling.  It was a nice slow rain that should soak into the ground and not runoff.  Its good for the crops and good for the crew because it takes a lot of the pressure off of irrigating.

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Today we will be planting cucumbers in the greenhouse and carrots in the high tunnel.

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Crops in the field are plugging along like they should be. Broccoli in the greenhouse looks nice.  It looks like every zucchini and cucumber we seeded two weeks ago is growing. Pickling cucumbers are coming along nicely in the field and it looks like we should have those again by the weekend. The majority of the pumpkins look pretty nice, especially the warty ones, and we plan to start picking those in the first couple weeks of September. I love pie pumpkin season!

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Weed control is one of our biggest challenges on the farm.  It’s probably why we all have terrible allergies right now J  So guess what we are doing about weeds?  Well we do many things, including the traditional “Christmas Method” for weed control – “Hoe, Hoe, Hoe.” But the best way to manage weeds is to take care of them early, so we got a new tractor this week!  Now before you ask, how that helps, know that this tractor is a small tractor.  It looks more like a praying mantis than a tractor and I can lift the front of this tractor from a dead lift.  Why do I lift it, you ask – because I can…

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We haven’t come up with a name for the tractor yet, but it will be our cultivating tractor.  All of the work done from the tractor happens under its “belly.”  This means you can watch the work being done under your feet.  Hopefully this will help us get to the weeds when they are very small, almost like a white thread in the ground, and keep the farm clean.  More to come on the tractor, but if you can come up with a good name for this little guy, let us know.

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Don’t forget, the Pekarek’s Produce Farm Tour is set for Sunday, September 11 from 2 -5.

We’ve had our first sign ups for the Pekarek’s Produce Fall CSA.  If you are interested, please let us know.  We will give everyone a paper sign-up sheet next week, but a phone call or email will work as well.

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Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew


What’s in this week’s box?

  • Watermelon
  • Yellow Pepper
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini**
  • Pickling Cucumbers*
  • Green Bell Peppers*
  • Jalapenos*
  • Muskmelon*
  •      *Only in the Full Share
  •      **Only in Partial Share