Alsum Farms & Produce and Trembling Prairie Farms Prepare for Celery Harvest
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
MARKESAN, WI - It’s the time of year when fresh crops of everyone’s favorite ants-on-a-log ingredient begins to hit shelves. Alsum Farms & Produce's growing partner, Trembling Prairie Farms, will commence its Wisconsin Celery harvest this week, with the season expected to run through the first week of October.
“We’re happy to be able to bring our locally grown Wisconsin Celery to the market,” said John Bobek, Farmer and Owner of Trembling Prairie Farms. “Whether paired with peanut butter as a healthy kid-friendly snack, chopped in a salad for an outdoor gathering, or is the key ingredient for the latest juicing craze that’s boosted celery to new heights, Wisconsin Celery offers a fresh taste for consumers looking for locally grown.”
The grower is located in the muck soils of Green Lake County, WI, and is family-owned and operated by John and Connie Bobek along with their four children in Markesan. Established in 2012, the grower is in its eighth year of growing and packing locally grown celery to serve the Midwest retail and foodservice markets. Though the grower began with only three acres of celery, it has today expanded to over 45 acres.
Trembling Prairie Farms grows a Midwestern selected celery variety that responds well to the Wisconsin climate, so the grower can supply its customers with celery at its peak freshness for a milder flavor and snappier crunch. Its celery is grown starting in late February to early April in local greenhouses, and is then transplanted in 12 different plantings, according to a press release. Planting in the muck soil begins on May 1, and the grower’s goal is to finish the last planting by July 1.
Starting the week of July 22, the Trembling Prairie Farms’ Wisconsin Grown Celery will become available for distribution, with ample volume of all sizes and packs available for the following 11 weeks, which includes:
- 24 count sleeved
- 30 count naked or sleeved
- 36 count naked or sleeved
- 18 count celery hearts
Consumers love celery not just for its refreshing taste and irresistible crunch, but also because it is packed with nutrients. Two medium celery stalks provide vitamin C, potassium, and two grams of fiber—all of this with just 20 calories. In the U.S., consumers eat on average six pounds of celery each year, proving that this versatile and nutritious vegetable is a must-have in every produce department.
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