"Peas, Peas, I Love Peas!"

PeasEach summer when the first peas and corn appear at Happy Patch Market, Stuart Perry is particularly thrilled. Earlier this summer we told you about the arrival of fresh corn from Chase Family Farms. Now it’s time for an update on our large variety and volume of fresh peas.

Last week we began the laborious but enjoyable activity of processing the new arrivals. Our electric barrel pea sheller, two table pea shellers, and a rotating group of some ten experienced pea shellers were hard at work shelling, cleaning, and packaging the peas for eager customers. Stuart led a cheer for the peers who worked on this task: “Peas, peas, peas – I love peas, at Perry Wellness Center.” Smiles appeared on the faces of peers, staff, and customers alike as they observed Stuart undertake this summer ritual.

WISK Radio keeps its listeners posted on market availability of our summer crops. For our pea-loving market customers, here’s the run-down on available peas and prices:

Blackeyed peas:

            Shelled bushel --            $22 (8#)

            Shelled ½ bushel--         $12 (4#)

            Shelled quart   --            $6

            Shelled pint --                 $4

            Unshelled bushel--        $25

 

Pink-eyed purple hull peas:

            Shelled bushel --            $24 (8#)

            Shelled ½ bushel--         $14 (4#)

            Shelled quart --              $7

            Shelled pint --                $4

            Unshelled bushel--        $27

 

Butter beans:

            Shelled bushel--            $27 (8#)

            Shelled ½ bushel--        $16 (4#)

            Shelled quart --             $9

            Shelled pint --                $6

            Unshelled bushel --      $30

 

In the photo above, peers gather under the outside market tent to help prepare peas for the morning market. From left: Sonya Mullins, Laurie Hildreth, Angela Smith, James Barron, Penn Davis, and Dorothy Seay.

Wellness Center Hours

Mon-Fri 7:30 to 3

Happy Patch Market Hours

Mon-Sat 9 to 5:30

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