Hey Folks! Hope you all are staying cool in this extra warm weather! Some of the workers find it necessary to go into the walk-in cooler on days like this week to cool off!
Week 4: Vegetable Subscription
Hopefully this June “Strawberry Moon” will turn the tide for our strawberry plants. The winter led to big losses for this year’s strawberry crop. Combined with the wonky spring we had, warm weather on the farm can put an early end to certain crops like strawberries. It also means that the start time on the farm changes from 8 o’clock to 7 AM. This will likely continue through this week and into next, with some days STARTING at 6 AM. Warm weather like this is typically good news for most crops on the farm, it also means irrigating our vegetables takes more time.
On the Farm
Strawberry season will be short this year – the inconsistent weather in months previous combined with this heat is hard on the blossoms (which turn into strawberries). While we have some produce available online; strawberries, at least for this week, will be available for purchase at the local farmer’s markets (Hub & Haymarket). Soon, we will have snow peas and sugar snap peas, followed by shelling peas in another week or two. Yellow squash and zucchini are coming along nicely and should be producing here in the next week or so.
Raspberries are slow this year. We hope to be picking them before June is over. They also had a tough winter and some loss. But, unlike the strawberries which have a short season, raspberries start producing in June and last for a couple of months. They have a long life in the field, but because of the fresh eating variety we grow, they are only meant to be stored a few days. That means, just like the strawberries, they are picked and in your hands in a matter of a day or two.
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The potatoes are growing nicely and will be available in July. Sweet corn season is a bit late for us this year…probably not until the second week of July. Popcorn, despite last year having some ground squirrel problems, it seems nearly every seed came up.
I tend to forget that not everyone is familiar with Kohlrabi. Kohlrabi is that little green alien looking ball in your vegetable bag. In our house we eat this raw often. You peel the outer green layer and then slice it into thin strips. Then you eat it like a carrot. Margret loves kohlrabi with cream cheese and some of our workers prefer it with some ranch. It’s also great in stir fry, soups, and baked like to chip in the oven. Try incorporating kohlrabi into an Asian Cuisine and its sure to be a hit.
We hope you are enjoying your weekly vegetable bag. If you know you are going to be gone, send us a text and we will get your produce donated immediately. If you don’t pick up your produce bag, we will take it back to the farm and hold it for 1 to 2 days. If it’s not picked up at that time, we will donate it – we really want you to enjoy your produce, so we will work with you as much as possible!
Online Ordering – Additions to your Weekly Subscription
If you would like to add produce to your weekly vegetable subscription tomorrow, you can go online to pekareksproduce.com/shop and place your order by 9am tomorrow. We will add it to your regular bag for tomorrow. Have Questions? We can’t wait to see you! If you have questions, please text or call Katie at (402) 560-3110 Ryan at (402) 641-3305 or Michael McCray at (303) 912-0095
(Written by Michael McCray) on behalf of Ryan, Katie, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas, Grace, and Crew Forward to a Friend