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  • Parkesdale's homegrown summer peas

    Along with growing "pickles" in the summer time, Parkesdale Farms grows a few varieties of summer peas: black eye, zipper, and conk. All three types are conventionally grown in our fields in Dover, FL.  To maintain freshness, they are picked daily and delivered to the market within minutes of being collected.  Unlike growing strawberries, peas are a little bit easier.


    As you can see, there are no bedding requirements for growing peas.  They do just fine when planted directly on the ground.  They prefer full sun and don't require a lot of watering.  Keep in mind, they also create their own Nitrogen, so be careful not to fertilize with too much Nitrogen.



    Black eye, zipper and conk peas fall into the vegetable category of the food pyramid.  A 1/2 cup serving of cooked black eye peas will provide 5.6 g of fiber, 239 mg of potassium and 6.7 g of protein making it a great addition to any meal.  We pick and package our peas daily for maximum freshness.  You can find our shelled pea varieties in our market in Plant City, FL in 5 lb bags for $12.95.

    homemade peas


    I've always been told that to keep the peas, you had to blanch them before freezing them.  Last week I tested that theory. I sauteed some chopped onion with some of our Troyer bacon first, then added the peas.  In our case, I took the peas out of the freezer, ran some water through them and into the pot they went.    I could not tell a difference in the peas at all. They tasted just as good without a lot of hassle.  My kind of meal! :)  A little messy, but delicious nonetheless.




  • New Year's Eve Traditions


    Does your family have special New Year's Eve traditions?  Living in Plant City, we get a lot of customer requests for black eye peas  for their New Year's Eve dinner.  That was a new one for me. Apparently, black eye peas must be eaten around midnight or during New Year's Day for good luck. Check out these links for different ways to prepare your black eye peas:





    Our other must have item is grapes.  We double up on grapes because those will all be gone come New Years Eve.  Eating the grapes at midnight is something we always did growing up.  Our dinner was always arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas), pernil (roasted pork), and guineitos en escabeche (pickled bananas).  Now that I have my own family, we usually spend New Year's Eve with friends that we don't see on a regular basis.  The menu is the least of our worries.  In fact, I think last year we ordered pizza!

    We've actually planned on cooking dinner this year.  The guys will be grilling.  We'll be bringing some of our favorite things from our market: :)

    The Market will be open on New Year's Eve from 9 am to 3 pm.  We'll be closed on New Year's Day and will reopen January 2nd at 9 am.  We hope you have a Happy New Year with your loved ones and Best Wishes for the New Year from our family to yours! Happy New Year!

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