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The Weekly Weeder

September 24, 2015
EOW 'Carrot' group
The garlic has finally been sorted and is waiting to be clipped and cleaned.  We will be giving your more in the remaining boxes.

Box Contents and Tips

  • Broccoli:  Some cabbage worms have been sighted so we recommend a 10 minute soak in salt water prior to use. Store in plastic bag until used.  
  • Carrots: Store the roots in a plastic bag until used. 
  • Delicata Squash: The first squash of the season!  These sweet tender skinned squash can be quickly halved (the long way), seed cavity taken out, and cut into 1" half moons.  Saute in butter, flipping when golden brown.  Add maple syrup for the last 5-10 minutes for a special dinner.  That's right - no need to peel these - eat the skin and all!  Store on counter top until used.
  • Eggplant (Double Shares only): Not enough for everyone, so only the large shares for our last time through the patch!
  • Kale, Green Curly:  Kale is one of the best things to eat regularly for optimal heart and blood health.  Try it in your smoothie, add to your egg scramble, is excellent steamed and served over buttered potatoes (one of our kids favorites!)  Store in plastic bag until used. 
  • Leek: Use the white portion as a replacement for onions.  Compared to onions, they have a much higher nutrient rating and are higher in iron, beta carotene, vitamin K and manganese.  
  • Onion, Yellow and Sweet: Store on counter top.  Use this week as some were damaged in the onion topper.
  • Peppers:  Sweet Italian OR  Bell.  store in plastic bag in your refrigerator to avoid rubbery soft peppers.
  • Saute Mix: Use it raw or lightly saute.  A mixture of mizuna, red mustard, tat soi and arugula makes this a bit peppery and spicy.  Delicious!
  • Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes (just a bit) and a few Mixed Slicers or Paste:  Some of the last!
Lots more winter squash (kuri's butternut, pumpkins, acorn, carnival and more delicata!), Thyme, Shallots, Turnips, Fall Radishes and much more!
If the frost cooperates and continues to hold off we will have more chard for your boxes.  Some of you are either really excited by chard and there are those that are not......

News From the Farm

We decided to make CSA boxes a bit smaller this week, allowing you to clean up your refrigerators, and for us much needed time on other projects such as field cleanup.

Monday we harvested the final round of tomatoes (well, we might pick the paste tomatoes one last time before taking down the trellis on Thursday) and then spent the rest of the day on the onion topper getting 6 bins cleaned and sorted.  Now only 3 bins remain and then everything will be cleaned!  Craig and Derek finished sorting garlic for seed.  

Tuesday we cranked through harvest, enjoying the glorious wind and surrounding colors on adjoining farm fields.  The neighbors soybeans are a glorious golden color a midst the green hay fields - what a sight!  Then we worked to wash the carrots, saute mix, and pack cherry tomatoes.  The winter squash bins were brought into the packing shed and washing began!  Mat and Derek worked on the greenhouse, caulking the baseboards and framing the end walls. 

Wednesday we hustled through the remaining CSA box preparations and packed the box.  Then we spent the last few hours removing field plastic.  Unlike last weeks wet conditions, the plastic pulled easily and many hands made the work light. 

We look forward to taking down trellis, removing more field plastic, and bringing in our butternut squash on Thursday.  Then Friday we'll be harvesting for end of week orders and the farmers market, and wrapping up the week with a good cleaning of the packing shed.

October is just a week away and we're excited to bring you lots more squash, root crops, and hearty fall greens to fill your refrigerators back up.  The last of the summer crops linger as we transition to winter greens hearty root vegetables and storage crops.
Eat well,
Cate & Mat
Here is Paul with the latest addition to the farm- a very social and snugly kitten wandered on the farm and the boys were happy to give him a home and plenty of love.  Since he lives in the woodshed he has been given the name of Woody.

Bulletin Board

Because of the lack of interest we will not be offering a Holiday Box this year.  Instead we will be offering an expanded selection of bulk purchases of storage crops.


* Carrots, 10 pounds $17 or 25 pounds $35
* Garlic, 5 pounds $25

* Kale (green, red or a mix of both), 12 bunches $14
* Onions:
* Yellow, 5 pounds $7.50 or 10 pounds $15
* Red, 5 pounds $7.50 or 10 pounds $15
* Sweet, 5 pounds $7.50 or 10 pounds $15
* Cipollini, 5 pounds $12.50 or 10 pounds $25

Place your order by 8 am Tuesday ( and send your payment to the farm: E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua, WI 54665.

RESCHEDULING A DELIVERY: New this season, we are allowing members to reschedule, one time only,  to an alternate week to accommodate travel and vacation.  Or you can choose to postpone and double your next delivery. 

We must be notified of your intent to reschedule or postpone delivery by 8 am on the Monday of your normally scheduled delivery week.  There will be no exceptions to this deadline.  We are happy to offer this to members, but it has been taking a significant amount of time to track and manage the changes so to help please be sure to include the following:  Name, share size, delivery schedule (weekly or EOW group), pickup site, relevant dates

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