Farm to School Profile: Pekarek’s Produce

Farm Name: Pekarek’s Produce

Address:  2447 Road O Dwight, NE 68635

Farm Type: (i.e. produce, beef, orchard) Vegetable Production. Pekarek’s Produce raises over 50 varieties of crops on approximately 13 acres.  The harvest season begins in April or early May with radishes, green onions, lettuce, and spinach.  During the summer, the main crops are cole crops; several types of peas, bulb onions, carrots, green and wax beans, zucchini, summer squash, beets, potatoes and cucumbers.  By the fall, the main crops harvested are tomatoes, muskmelons, watermelons, sweet corn, winter squash, gourds and pumpkins

Acreage + any high tunnel, low tunnel, green houses or other season extension used:  
13 acres, High Tunnel use

Who works on your farm? Farm crew and family 

Schools you are selling to: East Butler, Lincoln Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools  
Have sold to St. Mary’s, David City Schools in the past, but there was an administrative or staff change.

Items/Foods regularly sold to schools:  
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Zucchini
Yellow squash
Cantaloupe
Tomatoes
Radishes
Turnips
Lettuce
Watermelon

Share your biggest Farm to School success:  Being able to provide produce for the 2 largest school districts in Nebraska, Lincoln Public Schools and Omaha Public Schools

Share your biggest Farm to School challenge:  Being able to provide schools with the vegetables that kids really want to eat

Share your best tip or advice for fresh food procurement, processing and/or storage:  
I suggest working together with the schools to meet budget concerns.

Where does your farm tell its story? On our Pekarek's Produce website and on Facebook- Pekarek's Produce Facebook Page