We are extremely excited about the 2015 Pekarek’s Produce CSA! So far, the year has been a muddy mess and today’s produce has seen it’s fair share of rain. By joining the Pekarek’s Produce CSA, you not only receive a weekly bag of fresh and delicious vegetables, but you are also helping to strengthen our local food security, contribute to the local economy and support a small family farm (that’s us!) – so THANK YOU.
Hopefully you all know where you are picking up your weekly bag of produce. CSA bags are being picked up on Wednesdays from 4-7pm in Seward at Winter Wonderland, 4-7pm in Lincoln at Schillingbridge Tap and Cork, and 1pm – evening on the farm.
Each week you will go to your pre-selected location (farm, Seward, or Lincoln) and find the Pekarek’s Produce bag 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 week you will bring back (RETURN) your empty bag and leave it at the site in an empty black crate. You will then be able to pick up a new bag, with your name on it, full of vegetables. This means you will have 2 bags with your name that will be in circulation. It is possible you will have a bag with your name duck-taped on for the first week. This will only be temporary and you will receive your permanent bags in week 2.
For those of you who are new to the CSA, Pekarek’s Produce is run by my husband Ryan, and me, Katie. Ryan got 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 our family land just 14 miles north of Seward. Pekarek’s Produce now raises over 50 varieties of crops on approximately 14 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.
Each week, we will have a short newsletter describing some aspect of the farm, from hilling potatoes to building cold frames and more. As Ryan is always covered in dirt or mud, your newsletters will come from me, but if you’ve ever met Ryan, you can be sure he won’t be silent. We look forward to a great season!
Each week there will be recipes available for some of the seasonal vegetables you receive on our blog at pekareksproduce.wordpress.com.
Ryan, Katie, and Crew