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.





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21 Responses to Parkesdale’s homegrown summer peas

  1. I love black eyed peas! I only have a small container garden so I didn’t realize it was their growing season right now. Yummy!

  2. margaret graves says:

    looking for conk peas and zipper peas in the bushel, and what is the price for a bushel

    • Xiomara says:

      I’m so sorry. We had a very short season this year. We didn’t even have conks! I will send you an email next season as soon as we get them in!

  3. Susan Gleaton says:

    Today is April 9th, 2017. I would like to know when you get confirmation peas in. Could you please let me know when they’re in? Thank you. – Susan. PS. My sister in law, Cindy, works there.

  4. Susan Gleaton says:

    That’s CONK peas.

  5. Theresa Lee says:

    I am looking for con peas,ladyfinger,sandandy peas. Do you have those and if so when will they be available.

  6. Richard Wolfe says:

    Need info on availability dates for Conk Peas. Can you ship them to NC? Moved here from central Fla. and would like to find them again.

  7. Richard Wolfe says:

    Need info on availability dates for Conk Peas. Can you ship them to NC? Moved here from central Fla. and would like to find them again

  8. Kym A. says:

    Are the black eyed peas available now and if so where can I go to get them? Also, in the reading it says they are picked daily, are they already shelled or is that something that I would do myself?


  9. Lisa. Glenn says:

    Would. Love. To. Have. Some. Conk. Pease. For. My. Mom. Let. Me. Know. Where. The. Market. Is. From. Your. Place. I. Hope. You. Have. Some. Please. Text. Or. Call. Me. 8636324550. Thank. You. Very. Much

  10. Brenda says:

    Hello I am looking for a bushel or two of conks,i need to know when they are in season,to purchase for a family reunion

  11. Meg Briggs says:

    Could you let me know when your conks come in. I would love the get some when they come into season. Thanks , Mrs. Meg Briggs

  12. Linda Sweat says:

    I’m looking for fresh peas. Do you you all have any ? Also I love the conch peas. Please contact me via email if like at Also my # is 863-207-6896. Thank you

  13. Richard clinton says:

    I’m from Dadecity and need 2 bushels of conk peas l need to know how to get them and where to pick them up thank you.

    • Xiomara says:

      Hello! We expect our conk peas sometime soon. We can send you an email when they are here. We sell them already shelled.

  14. Sharon Alderman says:

    Please put me on the list to notify when you have your conch peas available for sale. Also, is it possible to order them over the phone and then pick them up later same say or next day as I live in Winter Haven.

  15. Vivian says:

    I would like at least 3 bushels of conk peas. Will you let me know when they are ready.

  16. Bill Duke says:

    Do you have peas and or speckled butter beans now?

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