2021 Weekly Vegetable Subscription – Week 10

It’s Week 10 of the Weekly Vegetable Subscription and we are officially past the half way mark!  We hope you are enjoying your produce to this point and looking forward to some of the late summer, early fall crops for the next few weeks.

On The Farm

We always try our best on the farm, but sometimes farming is less about perfection and more about deciding how to improve something that went wrong.  We start off every year with a planting plan and follow it closely, but sometimes the weather just doesn’t cooperate. Today, Ryan, Ben, and Lukas were pulling out drip tape (irrigation) in a turnip patch that just didn’t produce the way it was supposed to!  Later, Ryan will disc the turnips and get ready to plant something new. It’s not really enjoyable, but it’s time to give the ground a chance to produce something else.

Most of the week has been about trying to keep up with harvesting and irrigation.  As new crops are producing, we’ll keep you posted!  This is the carrot harvest crew in action!  You’ll see that most of what we do involves hands and knees, and maybe a bucket or too!

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 11:59pm tonight.  We will add it to your regular bag for tomorrow.

Week 10: Vegetable Subscription

Kale
Onion
Broccoli
Peppers
Cucumbers
Kohlrabi

Have Questions?

We can’t wait to see you!  If you have questions, please call Katie at (402) 560-3110 or Ryan at (402) 641-3305.

Your Farmers,
Ryan, Katie, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas, Grace, and Crew

2021 Weekly Vegetable Subscription – Week 9

Wow – it’s been a fun week at the Pekarek’s.  We had almost 2 inches of rain, lots of wind, school shopping and a baseball tournament!

On The Farm

Ryan picked the first few ears of sweet corn this week and ate them for lunch.  A couple of them were a little young, so he’s thinking we’ll pick the first few dozen on Wednesday or Thursday!  We are also enjoying the first two cantaloupe of the season in our house… it won’t be long before we are swimming in them! We’ve also started picking pickling cucumbers, so get ready for canning season 😊
I can’t say enough for the rain around here.  We’ve been blessed to get a few really nice shots of rain that take the pressure off irrigating.  It also means we are able to do a few more maintenance type things.  We hope to “skin” this greenhouse today – meaning we are going to put plastic on it so we can use it again. The downside of this week’s rain was that it came with wind – so the raspberries got pretty beat up, some of the corn went down, and whole eggplant plants got tossed around!

Fridays in the Field 

Ryan was on “Fridays in the Field” with Alex Voichoskie on KRVN talking about everything it takes to get ready for a farmer’s market – including picking seven days each week.  They were here on a Wednesday, so there was even some footage of packing your weekly vegetable subscription bags!  You can check it out on pekareksproduce.com or click on the picture below to go to the youtube video.

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 11:59pm tonight.  We will add it to your regular bag for tomorrow.

Week 9: Vegetable Subscription

Broccoli
Cucumber
Onion
Carrot

Cabbage

Have Questions?

We can’t wait to see you!  If you have questions, please call Katie at (402) 560-3110 or Ryan at (402) 641-3305.

Your Farmers,
Ryan, Katie, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas, Grace, and Crew

2021 Weekly Vegetable Subscription – Week 5

This week, we would like to invite you on a virtual tour of the farm!  Check out the video below…
Warm weather Warm weather on the farm is great for most crops but can put an early end to certain crops like strawberries. It also means that the start time on the farm food from 8 o’clock to 7 AM. Last Friday, we saw a 6 AM start time, so we could get strawberries out of the field before the rain came.Friday morning we got 2.6 inches of rain. This was a much-needed rain and has taken pressure off irrigating for a couple of days. Unfortunately our rain came with some wind and a little bit of hail. Most things survived, but it will slow them down a bit.
 On the FarmStrawberry season will be short this year – this heat is hard on the blossoms (which turn into strawberries).  Soon, we will have snow peas, and sugar snap peas.  Yellow squash and zucchini are starting to produce and we ate the first few in our house this week.

Raspberries are just starting to bear fruit, so we will be harvesting the first few berries within the week.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 a matter of a day or two.
The potatoes are growing nicely and will be available in July. Sweet corn season is a bit late for us this year…probably nut until the second week of July. Michael has had a ground squirrel problem in the popcorn, so he will be patching some in the holes this week. KohlrabiI tend to forget that not everyone is familiar with Kohlrabi. Kohlrabi isthat 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. It’s also great in stir fry, soups, and baked like to chip in the oven

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 11:59pm tonight.  We will add it to your regular bag for tomorrow.

Week 5: Vegetable Subscription

Strawberries
Cucumber
Kohrabi
Spinach

Radishes

Have Questions?

We can’t wait to see you!  If you have questions, please call Katie at (402) 560-3110 or Ryan at (402) 641-3305.

Your Farmers,
Ryan, Katie, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas, Grace, and Crew

2021 Weekly Vegetable Subscription – Week 3

We hope you all enjoyed Memorial Day with family and friends.  Ryan has been playing with the American Legion for several years now, at funerals and on Memorial Day.  So he enjoyed a day of attending several local field masses with the Legion band throughout the day on Memorial Day.  This is one of the very few holidays that we actually do not work (besides a few necessary chores, of course).

This Week’s Veggies

This is officially the last week of asparagus season at Pekarek’s Produce.  It’s kind of a fun crop to pick, but only lasts for about a month.  This week you have turnips in your bag (Seward and Lincoln)… don’t be scared! These are not your grandma’s turnips. We love to eat them raw – they are sweet and slightly creamy and our kids love them. Later in the season, we would peel them like you would a carrot, but right now we eat them without peeling. You could also slice and roast the turnips or even make a turnip mash. 

On The Farm

We’ve started harvesting shelling peas this week, but are a couple of weeks from having enough to send in the weekly vegetable subscription.  If you would like some added into your bag be sure to order online.  We are also just barely starting to harvest strawberries!  It’s exciting, but so far, my kids have been walking the patch and eating everything that’s ripe on a daily basis.  We are probably 2 weeks until we really see a good strawberry harvest coming along.

How Our Family Eats Veggies in the Busy Summer

If you are anything like us, you almost always have good intentions of eating well, but life gets in the way.  Whether it is a busy season of ball games, or simply not wanting to stop to cook when the weather is nice, it can be tricky to eat well all the time – so give yourself some grace.  In our family, our favorite way to eat veggies is raw (even the 18 month old).  So this time of year we eat a lot of salads.  The other thing we do when we have a little time to cook, is veggie stir fries.  A bit of oil in a pan with some seasonings and a mix of veggies – last night it was beets sliced thin, carrots, shelling peas, green onions, beet tops, and kale. 

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 11:59pm tonight.  We will add it to your regular bag for tomorrow.

Week 3: Vegetable Subscription

Asparagus
Radishes
Carrots
Turnips (Seward and Lincoln) or Beets (Farm)

Have Questions?

We can’t wait to see you!  If you have questions, please call Katie at (402) 560-3110 or Ryan at (402) 641-3305.

Your Farmers,
Ryan, Katie, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas, Grace, and Crew

2021 Weekly Vegetable Subscription – Week 2

As a farmer, it feels like you are always talking about the weather – because we are.  Every evening, we make plan for the next day and every morning, we have to revise that plan! This month’s theme seems to be rain.

On The Farm

The rain is a blessing in that we aren’t spending so much time irrigating right now, but as a result of the rain, we are spending a lot of time weeding. We are mostly use mechanical control on the farm – that means a lot of hoeing!  Ryan even has a favorite type of hoe. Personally, I prefer mechanical control in the form of a tractor…. it’s a lot easier on our bodies.  

Check out this video of Ryan using a “belly mounted basket weeder” in the field.  It doesn’t get the large weeds (we’ll come back through and pull those by hand), but it does get the little ones.  So as long as we get out there when weeds are small, we can keep it pretty clean.

Basket Weeding at Pekarek’s Produce – May 2021

We are in prime salad season!  Spinach, Lettuce and the fixins are producing well in the slightly cool and wet spring. Strawberries a blooming like crazy, so I’m hoping we have the first of the strawberries around June 7ish.  Raspberries are getting ready too, so we should see those a week or two after the strawberries.  We’ve started pulling beets this week and carrots should be ready in about another week.  The cole crops like kohlrabi, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are coming along nicely and we should start seeing those ready to go in a couple weeks as well.

Online Ordering – Additions to your Weekly Subscription

Would you like to add more produce to your weekly vegetable subscription tomorrow?  If so, you can go online to pekareksproduce.com/shop and place your order by 11:59pm tonight.  We will add it to your regular bag for tomorrow.

Online Ordering – Additions to your Weekly Subscription

Beginning next week (week 2), if you would like to have extra produce added to your weekly bag, you will be able to do so online.  Simply go online to pekareksproduce.com/shop and order by 11:59pm Tuesday night and we will add your produce to your regular subscription for Wednesday. 

Week 2: Vegetable Subscription

Lettuce
Spinach
Cucumber
Asparagus

Have Questions?

We can’t wait to see you!  If you have questions, please call Katie at (402) 560-3110 or Ryan at (402) 641-3305.

Your Farmers,
Ryan, Katie, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas, Grace, and Crew

2021 Weekly Vegetable Subscription – Week 1

Hooray! Tomorrow is our first produce pick up for the 2021 Weekly Vegetable Subscription. Each week, we will share our farm and family with you, talk about the produce in the weekly vegetable subscription, and maybe even some recipe suggestions.

2021 Weekly Vegetable Subscriptions are again being picked up on the Farm, in Seward at Merle’s Garden Center, and in Lincoln at the Hub Cafe. Both Merle’s Garden Center and the Hub Café have been remarkable partners in local produce and we encourage you to visit their storefronts or websites for some tasty food and beautiful flowers!

About Pekarek’s Produce

For those of you who are new to the Weekly Vegetable, 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 our farm, 12 miles north of Seward.  Pekarek’s Produce now raises over 50 varieties of crops on approximately 18 acres, 5 high tunnels, and 1 greenhouse.  With the help of a small local crew and our kids, we tackle the many aspects of farming: seeding, transplanting, watering, hoeing, weeding, harvesting and much more.   We have five kids (Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas and Grace), who as they get older, help out a little more each year.

Michael’s Popcorn

We are happy to be able to include Michael’s Popcorn in this week’s vegetable subscription. He worked with Ryan (Dad) to raise and then shell the popcorn.  Check out the video to see the fun we had getting this popcorn processed!

Online Ordering – Additions to your Weekly Subscription

Beginning next week (week 2), if you would like to have extra produce added to your weekly bag, you will be able to do so online.  Simply go online to pekareksproduce.com/shop and order by 11:59pm Tuesday night and we will add your produce to your regular subscription for Wednesday. 

Week 1: Vegetable Subscription

Cucumber
Asparagus
Lettuce or Spinach
Radishes
Popcorn

As Ryan is generally covered in dirt, mud, pollen, or maybe grease, your newsletters will come mostly from me (Katie), but if you’ve ever met Ryan, you can be sure he’ll make sure to get his two cents in.  We look forward to a great season!

Have Questions?

We can’t wait to see you!  If you have questions, please call Katie at (402) 560-3110 or Ryan at (402) 641-3305.

Your Farmers,
Ryan, Katie, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas, Grace, and Crew

A Cold Spring means Row Cover and Winter Coats

We are excited to have our crew slowly coming back to us this spring.  We’ve really been fortunate to develop some great long lasting relationships with our crew and this is what really makes our farm work.

There’s a lot about the farm that is very cyclical – in spring, everything is new again and there is no rhythm.  Right now, Ryan is a bit frazzled – I think this is a spring thing and the cold doesn’t help. 

On The Farm

Much of the spring is for farm management activities like preparing beds for plantings, getting the plastic mulch ready, seeding, and making sure you have all the supplies.  But every time “the weather is right” we seem to do some random farm management activity – this week it was a controlled burn by Ryan, Jacob and Katie.  It’s one way to rejuvenate that plants you want to see and manage the weeds you don’t.

The greenhouse and high tunnels are all full to the brim!  On Monday evening, we moved plants from outside, back into the greenhouse to protect them from three nights of temperatures in the 20s.  Then we took row cover (a blanket for plants) to the field and covered the plants that were already up.  It was a bit chilly with a few snow flakes flying – it would have been perfect for a November day, but less exciting for April.

We’ve got more than 3,000 pounds of ‘spuds’ cut and ready to go in the field in the next week.  We’ve got six varieties of potatoes ranging from the popular Yukon Gold types to old fashioned Dakota Pearls and red varieties. Tomato plants will be leaving the greenhouse next week to be planted in the field. Radishes, spinach, lettuce, dill, turnips, and beets are all coming up in the field.

Drive Up Vegetables this Friday!

Veggies Available on Friday 4/23

Lettuce
Spinach
Radishes
Turnips
Popcorn
Tomato Plants

We will continue having Friday vegetable sales on the farm for the next four weeks.  For this Friday, we will continue to have drive up sales – pull up to the shed, we give you a menu, place your order, and we will bring vegetables to the car.  Online pre-orders will begin in May.  This week we will have Lettuce, Spinach, Radishes, Turnips, Popcorn… those stinkin 20s froze off the asparagus again. Plan for Asparagus on 4/30!

Regular hours (updated on pekareksproduce.com) will resume in late May and we hope to invite you in the shed at that time. 

Weekly Vegetable Subscription

The weekly vegetable subscription will start in just under a month.  This is another one of those activities on the farm that is built on relationships.  We are thankful to everyone that is returning and glad to have new members too. If you’ve been trying to eat healthier and make some better food choices, this is really a great way to make it happen. Every spring, we have to reset our own eating habits on the farm and there’s no better way than with fresh produce. 

Consider getting your weekly dose of Pekarek’s Produce by signing up for the weekly vegetable subscription. We have three locations in Lincoln, Seward, and on the Farm.  

Your Farmers,
Ryan, Katie, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas, and Grace

Drive Up Vegetable Market 4/16/21

Great news!  On Friday, April 16 from 4-6pm, we will have a drive up vegetable market!  Yay 🙂  This first sale of April will be Drive Up only. Please pull up to the shed, we will bring you a menu, you make your selections and then we will bring a bag of vegetables back to your car. We will have radishes, lettuce, popcorn, spinach, tomato plants, and asparagus (if it doesn’t freeze too hard!)

Regular Farm Hours Start in May

Right now, we are still fighting some below freezing temperatures at night, so the produce is a little spotty.  We will continue to have share with you Friday drive up markets as the season gears up.  Regular hours (updated on pekareksproduce.com, where to buy) will resume in late May and we hope to invite you in the shed at that time. 

On the Farm


There’s a lot happening on the farm.  Ryan is making use of the lights on his tractor.  Onions are looking good in the field and in the high tunnel.  Tunnel crops are looking good – onions, radishes, kale, and of course peas!! Radish, lettuce, turnips, spinach and peas are emerging in the field.  Beets, carrots, and dill should be emerging any day.  As soon as these freezing nights go away we will take the cabbage, broccoli, and kohlrabi from the greenhouse to the field.  And if the fields firm up a little (dry out), we will get the potatoes in the ground. We burned of the asparagus plants on Easter weekend and hope to begin harvesting this week.  The radishes were pruned last week and should be producing in a couple weeks. The straw has been removed from the strawberries and the should bearing in about a month.

Those yummy turnips should be ready in about a week!


Weekly Vegetable Subscription

Be sure to sign up for the weekly vegetable subscription soon.  We have three locations in Lincoln, Seward, and on the Farm.  Spots are filling up fast and this is shaping up to be a great year for vegetables!Sign Up for Weekly Vegetable SubscriptionSpring is just a great time of year for new things.  We hope you can get in the sun and enjoy what spring has to offer!

Your Farmers,
Ryan, Katie, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas, and Grace

Planting the Early Spring Salads

Ahhhh, it feels like spring. For the last several days you can hear and see geese moving north against the blue skies. The grass and dandelions are starting to show a little bit of green. The only snow left is hiding in the shade on the north side of a building. It’s been nice to go outside in the morning and not need a big coat, earflap winter cap, mud boots, and snow. The ground is firm enough, finally, that I can wear regular shoes and traverse the yard without moving around puddles or drifts.

During the last week of February, we started seeding.  In the greenhouse there are onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi emerging in trays.  Some of these will go into other greenhouses to grow, and some of these will go out in the field in early April.  Onion plants take a long time to go from a little black triangular seed to a nice green plant the size of a pencil.  Salads are also growing.  Yesterday, I could see rows of radishes, turnips and lettuce in one of the high tunnels.  Peas and spinach are starting to emerge, but these two take a little longer.  More salad will get planted early this week.  Also, this week we will seed thousands each of broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower (and a little kale). We will again be having farm hours and drive thru veggie pick ups. Or you can think about joining the weekly vegetable subscription.

I met a truck driver in Shelby, NE, Thursday night last week.  The truck was on his way from eastern North Dakota to southwestern Kansas.  The driver was hauling about 15 tons of seed potatoes.  We snagged about 500 lbs off the back of the truck.  I grew this variety a couple years ago but couldn’t find them for a couple years.  I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy….. and now I’ve got a really nice red potato!

We shelled and cleaned 550 lbs of popcorn.  Seventeen buckets full when we were done.  We used a sheller that is about 100 years old that was owned by one of our neighbors and bought by another one of our neighbors.  It takes a village. 

Today the tractors will get spring maintenance.  Oil and filters are changed.  New air filter.  Blow the dust off.  Check air in the tires.  Working on steel is not my favorite task, but this one means spring is coming.

Enjoy the weather while it lasts – see you soon.

Your Farmers,
Ryan, Katie, Jacob, Margret, Michael, Lukas, and Grace