Alsum Farms & Produce grower partner, Trembling Prairie Farms Inc. will harvest a new crop Wisconsin celery starting this week with the season expected to run through to the first week of October. Located in the muck soils of Green Lake County, Trembling Prairie Farms, a family farm owned and operated by John and Connie Bobek along with their four children in Markesan, is in its 10th year of growing and packing locally grown celery serving the Midwest retail and foodservice markets.
In 2012, Trembling Prairie Farms started with three acres of celery and today has expanded to more than 45 acres. The farm starts with a Midwestern selected celery variety that grows extremely well in the Wisconsin climate. One of many advantages Trembling Prairie Farms' Wisconsin celery brings to the local market is celery at its peak freshness for a milder flavor and snappy crunch.
John Bobek stands in front of his celery field ready to be harvested.
Growing celery starts in local greenhouses in late February to early April and is then transplanted in 12 different plantings. Celery planting in the muck soil begins on May 1 with the goal of the last planting to be in the ground by July 1. Trembling Prairie Farms' Wisconsin-grown celery will be available for distribution the week of July 19 with ample volume of all sizes and packs for the next 11 weeks, including:
- 24 count naked or sleeved
- 30 count naked or sleeved
- 36 count naked or sleeved
- 18 count celery hearts
“We’re happy to bring our locally grown Wisconsin celery to the market,” says 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 as the key ingredient in the latest juicing craze that’s boosted celery to new heights, Wisconsin celery offers a fresh taste for consumers looking for locally grown.”
Sleeved Wisconsin celery packaged and ready to ship to retail customers.
Two medium stalks of celery offer nutritional benefits including vitamin C, potassium and two grams of fiber and 20 calories. In the U.S., consumers eat on average six pounds of fresh celery annually.