Hello friends! As we gear up for another fun produce season, we’d like to bring you a farm update. We will again be sending out email updates, so be sure to forward to a friend or encourage them to sign up. We hope to remember how to use facebook/instagram/twitter – so watch for fun pictures. We’ve also been making updates to our online ordering page and we are in the beginning stages of signups for the Weekly Vegetable Subscription! We can’t wait to see you all soon.
Pekarek’s Produce Farm Update
Ryan is getting the itch. The weather has finally turned. Radishes, lettuce, spinach, turnips, carrots, beets are all up in the tunnels and look good. The greenhouse is about half full of little plants that will find another home in a couple weeks. These plants include tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cucumbers, chives, sage, rosemary, thyme. Ryan is dealing with a fertilizer issue—many years of college and still he makes a goof every once in a while.
Spring maintenance is being done. Over the winter, bolts rattle out of greenhouse frames. The wind is tough in Nebraska! Nothing a little time with a wrench can’t fix. Spring maintenance also means oil and filters and checking tires and such. We have close to a dozen machines that all need vital fluids changed and little check ups every spring! Each of these machines makes our life easier on the farm.
It’s dry in the field, but we didn’t have to push any snow, yet. Later this week, we will start working ground to get ready to plant in the field. Early plantings include beets, carrots, peas, radishes, lettuce, spinach, dill, and probably something forgotten. Anything that can handle the cold can go out pretty quick. Often these early plantings get snowed on, but it generally doesn’t hurt. It’s just solid moisture.
Cutting raspberries and burning asparagus are two of the first things that happen in the field. Cutting raspberries involves hands, knees, pruners, and thorns. The thorns are bad, but they let you know they are there. In the summer, the raspberries make up for the thorns with their red fruit, but its just prickles in the winter. When the weather dampens a bit, we will burn off our asparagus patch. Last year’s ferny growth helps to catch snow and insulate the crowns from cold weather. Now they must go to make way for this year’s growth. They are dry as kindling, about head high, and make a great fire. Ryan enjoys burning!
We can’t wait to see you! If you have questions, please text or call Katie at (402) 560-3110 or Ryan at (402) 641-3305.
Ryan, Katie, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas, and Grace