2017 CSA – Week 1

Hello Folks!

Welcome to the 2017 Pekarek’s Produce Weekly Vegetable Subscription (CSA)! We appreciate your support and look forward to sharing our yummy, fresh vegetables with you through the coming year – THANK YOU!

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You can pick up your box every Wednesday at:

 

  • Winter Wonderland in Seward from 3 – 7 pm
  • Schillingbridge Tap and Cork in Lincoln from 3 – 7 pm
  • On the Farm after 1pm

If for some reason you are unable to pick up your weekly produce share during a given week of the season, you are welcome to have a friend pick it up and enjoy.  Otherwise, let us know and we will donate that week’s produce.

How does it work??

Each week you will go to your CSA pick up location (farm, Seward, or Lincoln) and find the Pekarek’s Produce wax box labeled with your name.  We have multiple people with the same last name, so you may have to look for your first initial as well.  The following Wednesday, you will bring back (RETURN) your empty box and leave it at the site in an empty black crate.  You will then pick up a new box, with your name on it, full of new, fresh vegetables.

For those of you who are new to the CSA, Pekarek’s Produce is run by my husband Ryan, and me, Katie.  Ryan earned a Master’s degree from North Carolina State University in Vegetable Production and began raising vegetables in 2004, while in college.  In 2009, we began vegetable farming full time.  All of the produce is grown on family land just 14 miles north of Seward.  Pekarek’s Produce now raises over 50 varieties of crops on approximately 18 acres.  With the help of a small local crew, we tackle the many aspects of farming: seeding, transplanting, watering, hoeing, weeding, harvesting and much more.   We have three kids (Jacob, Margret, and Michael), who as they get older, help out a little more each year.

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Each week, we will have a short newsletter describing some aspect of the farm, from hilling potatoes to building cold frames and more.   Be sure to check out our blog at pekareksproduce.wordpress.com for the weekly newsletter, pictures, recipes and more.

Your Farmers,

Ryan, Katie, and Crew


 

What’s in this week’s bag?

  • Cucumbers
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Head Lettuce
  • Kohlrabi
  • Radishes*
  • Turnips*
  • White Carrots*

*Full share only

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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

Plastic, Potatoes, and a Mantis

Hey Folks!

We’ve got that feeling on the farm.  That excited feeling that it is about to begin…I know the weather is a little crazy and that wind could knock a person down. But my calendar says that in the next week or so the greenhouse will be full!

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We’ve already got things planted in the high tunnels and just a few trays in the greenhouse. We’ve begun working in the field. The first bit of plastic mulch was laid and hopefully more will be out soon.

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The mantis (orange tractor that kind of looks like a praying mantis) is being tested for its success at knocking down weeds.  No weeds yet, but its still March 🙂

The first 1,000 pounds of potatoes were delivered – and unloaded by hand.  Onions will be here in about a week and a half or two.  All of this tells me that I will soon be sweating in the heat and fondly remembering this cold weather!

 

Catch up time!

Each year, we give thanks for the winter, which gives a little break from the dawn til dusk pace of the farm. And each winter, we anxiously await the dawn of spring.  Well, it’s almost spring and we are picking up the pace on the farm!

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In the next few weeks, we will update the blog.  I always love the winter question – “what do you do?”  Ordering seed, analyzing crops, making plans and fixing as much as we can keeps us busy through the end of the year. In January, we take a deep breath and in February it all begins again!

By this time of year, part of the crew has started back with us.  Deliveries are a daily (sometimes many times a day) occurrence.  Planting has begun.  Equipment gets inspected and overhauled.  And we begin the blog again 🙂

We are excited to say that the CSA is open for sign up and we already have several signups in!  We have 3 locations this year: Farm, Seward – Winter Wonderland, and Lincoln – Schillingbridge Cork and Tap.  If you are interested in hosting a second Lincoln location, let me know.

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For now, you’ve been updated!  More to come soon…. including yummy veggies!

 

Is it Spring yet?

Oh my goodness, I’m sitting here at 7:30 in the morning and it’s still dark.  It snowed yesterday and now its 8 oF.  On a plus note it looks like it should be 60 tomorrow – huh?

We are getting the itch around here to be growing again.  We have a few tomatoes started in the greenhouse…

And we’ve started working in the high tunnels…

And now we can’t stop thinking about the Weekly Vegetable Subscription (CSA)!

What’s a girl to do?  I suppose we will just keep dreaming for now, but be sure to check back and see what’s new on the farm.  Ryan’s trying to fix his “iron deficiency” (that’s code for he needs some equipment – made out of iron) and seed orders are already done. More blog posts to come…

For now – stay warm!

I want to make a pie!

Have you ever made a pie?  I mean a realllly GOOD pie.  To be honest, before I married a vegetable farmer, I had never made a true pumpkin pie – one from scratch that is.

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One of the things I’ve learned is that most pie pumpkin filling from a can is actually made from a pretty cool squash.  Not a problem and it’s still tasty, but I love pie pumpkins. So how do you use it?  This is what I do…

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F

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Cut it in half and scoop out the seeds.  You can keep those seeds to roast later.

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Place the halves cut side down on a baking sheet.  Roast uncovered for 40-60 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

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Scrape the flesh from the skin. Use a food processor to purée the pumpkin.

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Bake away!  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin brownies, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin baby food…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acorn Squash… How do I eat that?

I love acorn squash, but not everyone has a field of veggies to eat in their back yard.  In my mind, squash is one of the easiest vegetables to cook.  You simply cut it half.  Scoop the seeds out (save those for roasting).  Then put the halves in a pan, cut side down, and roast.

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Bake in a 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven until it begins to soften, approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Remove squash from the oven and turn onto a plate so that the flesh is facing upwards. Place butter and brown sugar into the squash, and place remaining squash over the other piece.

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http://allrecipes.com/video/329/how-to-make-baked-acorn-squash/

If you are like me and have a tendency to forget things are in the oven, put an inch of water in the bottom of the pan and cook the halves with the cut side down.  It gives you a little safety.

This is the traditional way to cook almost any squash.  There are so many ways to use these babies though.  I love them stuffed!

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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