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  • Growing pickles

    Yes, you read it right. Growing pickles. Parkesdale Farms is best known for growing strawberries, but did you know that we also grow pickles? Pickling cucumbers are grown by seed in the months shortly after strawberry season is over.

    The picture above was taken approximately a month ago. About 50 acres have been planted and the fields are full of yellow little blooms waiting to grow into a "pickle". If you look closely to the yellow flower on the left, you can see a little cucumber growing.
    If you haven't tried our homegrown pickles, you should. They are everything a cucumber should be. They have a fragrant scent, crunchy and crisp taste. Easy to eat just by itself, or sliced with homemade ranch dressing. That's how Grandma Parke makes them. :)

    Have you tried Parkesdale's homegrown pickles yet?

  • Roasted Corn

    Last minute dinner plans can sometimes turn out better than you'd imagine.  That's exactly what happened last night.  Fish was on the menu, so I cooked some brown rice from the corner store and opened a jar of our Mango-Lime salsa to top our fish.  Jim brought candy corn and I could not have been happier.

     

    We used to steam our corn and eat it with Troyer butter, which is great but after going to the Strawberry Festival we wanted that Roasted Corn taste again.  Here comes Ingrid Hoffman with a recipe for hot corn with chimichurri butter.  This recipe has transformed the way we eat corn.

     

    I've adapted her recipe by cutting the kernels out, mixing the ingredients with the kernels and putting it all together under the broiler.   Make sure to add olive oil to the baking sheet.  I also added about a tablespoon of Troyer butter cut in small pieces and placed on top of the corn.  The result is a crunchy explosion of flavors: sweet, salty and savory.  If you want to add another layer of yumminess, add parmesan cheese and roast for a couple of minutes until the cheese melts.

    What's your favorite way to eat corn?  Have you tried our Troyer products?

  • Strawberry Onions are here!

    Plant City Florida is well known as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.  What most people don't know is that most local farmers also grow "Strawberry Onions".  You may ask, What is a Strawberry Onion?  Do they taste like strawberries?   A Strawberry Onion is a Savannah Hybrid Sweet Onion which is grown on the perimeter of  the strawberry fields.  Sadly, they do not taste like strawberries, but they are sweet.

     

    Strawberry Onions are available from February to April.  It's funny to hear customers describing our Strawberry Onions to their friends or to other customers.  I've often heard them say "These strawberry onions are as sweet as an apple".  Last year we decided to start shipping our strawberry onions to the Northeast US via UPS.  So far, they've made it all the way to Maine, Ohio and Michigan.  The Strawberry Onions were such a hit last year, that we have already doubled last years shipments.

     

    At the market, we often joke that the Strawberry Onions are planted on the edges to "keep the elephants away".  At home, we use Strawberry Onions almost exclusively when they are in season mostly because they are so sweet, but I prefer them because they won't make me cry!  You can read this earlier post with our favorite way to enjoy them.  Have you ever tried our Strawberry Onions?  How do you enjoy them?

     

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