We have been fortunate to work with Dean Slater and Mike Keyes from PKS Heirlooms since 2013. Located in Copemish, Michigan, the duo started growing heirloom tomatoes on 60 acres of family land in 2001. Since that time, PKS has expanded to include potatoes, peppers, eggplants and fall squashes. One of their squash varieties is especially dear to our heart. The ‘Fitzke-Siakris squash is a combination of Hubbard and two other squashes. It has a bright orange flesh, and chef Matt says “it’s great for using in recipes – nice and dry with a delicious flavor.” In fall months, you will likely find it grilled and accompanying pan seared Atlantic Char or Salmon.’
Recently PKS joined forces with Marianne Jones of Mariseeds; an heirloom tomato seed house offering over 3,500 varieties, as well as plant starts. The team now supplies growers nationwide, and of course, locally. Sweeter Song Farm in Cedar is a huge fan of PKS Mariseed and uses their seeds at their own Certified Organic Farm just outside of Cedar.