Week 15 of Pekarek’s Produce Weekly Vegetable Subscription
On The Farm
We’ve heard lots of people loving their watermelon and cantaloupe in the last few weeks. Not to brag, but Ryan really does grow the best melons around! For those of you that have asked how to get more, you can visit PekareksProduce.com/shop to add a melon, or anything else, to your weekly vegetable bag.
Raccoons….. grrrr. Did you know raccoons love sweet corn? We’ve known this for years. They will go through all of the planted varieties, skip the ones that are over grown, pass through the ones that will be ready in a week, and then select the corn that is at it’s peak of perfection. They do this each, and every year – so we’ve known this for a while. But did you know that raccoons are also playful? The sweet corn is less than 200 yards away from the pond. Apparently, the raccoons prefer the cold water pumped through drip tape (all the sweet corn is drip irrigated). But, they don’t just go to the end of the drip tape and get a drink. They don’t make a nice, neat little hole and take a sip. They take their little claws and scratch and pull, yank it out of it’s home, twist the tape into little knots, and then drink. I imagine that they run through the sprays of water that they created, while eating ears of sweet corn, and laughing at the humans!
On The Farm
This week has been about getting things caught up and cleaned up on the farm. The amount of paper work that has to be done would probably surprise you, but it might not surprise you that we get behind on it – especially in the late summer/early fall. Produce is in a transition again. Watermelons probably only have a couple of weeks, which is shorter than normal. Yellow squash and zuchinni are starting to take on some disease from the aphids so we are pulling plants as we find it. Patches of sweet corn have been shredded under. We finally have a nice glut of tomatoes for canning.
Coming Soon…. Fall
The last day of the weekly vegetable subscription pick up is September 23. We will take a short break from the weekly vegetable bags to transition into fall crops. The Fall 2020 Vegetable Subscription will begin November 4th. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the Pekarek’s Produce Website.
This Week’s Produce
Ryan, Katie, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas, and Grace