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The Weekly Weeder

October 8, 2015
EOW 'Carrot' group

Box Contents and Tips

  • Squash - This week were were challenged by our numbers not working out for all shares to receive the same squash.  Here's what boxes contain:  Delicata (Standard & most Doubles); Spaghetti (Standard only); Acorn (Small & Doubles); Carnival (everyone!)
  • Cabbage: A great storage type to tuck into your refrigerator. Peel the outer leaves prior to use.  Excellent cooked or raw or turned into sauerkraut.
  • Carrots: Keep in plastic bag until used. 
  • Celery Root:  This crop didn't do very well this season as the deer took to eating their tops regularly, thereby setting their growth back during the critical growing months of May and June.  We're happy with what we did get!  Peel the outside of this crazy looking vegetable and use raw or cooked in place of celery.  We LOVE this crop as it stores for many months and has much more flavor than celery stalks.  Store in plastic bag until used.  Green stalks and leaves are great to use in stock.  
  • Collards: Store in plastic bag until used. 
  • Black Spanish Radish: Peel the outer layer of this delicious spicy radish.  Popular in Germany is thinly sliced radish, lightly salted, eaten on buttered rye bread, while drinking a good beer.  Store in plastic bag until used.  Unlike spring radishes the winter radishes store for a long time so no need to use them up right away.
  • Cipollini Onions: Store on counter top. 
  • Garlic: Store on counter top until used
  • Leeks: Use in place of onions.
  • Peppers:  The last of the peppers!  Try stuffed peppers (need not use a whole one either but just a half works great for our family).  Store in plastic bag until used.
  • Rutabagas: Peel ugly outer and use the delicious inside for soup or in a stew.  Some love rutabagas mashed with butter, similar to mashed potatoes.  Store in plastic bag until used.
  • Thyme:  use fresh or dry on counter for winter cooking.  Also makes a great tea during cold/flu season as thyme thins mucus. .
Lots more winter squash (butternut, pie pumpkins, red kabocha and more), Storage onions, Turnips, Potatoes, Romanesco, Brussels Sprouts, and much more!
This hay bale will be used for mulching our garlic in the next few weeks. 

News From the Farm

With only two more CSA boxes to deliver you, we have been busy taking stock of the remaining squash, onions, roots, and what remains in the field so we can properly leave your refrigerators stuffed and our storage spaces ready to fill with more roots and lots more carrots.  Many of you know we rely on our fall harvested carrots for winter income, selling them to local and regional food cooperatives until March or April. In another week we'll begin to pull in the last carrot planting! 

We enjoy this time of the season as our work changes from outside work most of the day to more inside/packing shed work.  Washing and grading root crops and squash means the pressure washer and brush washer are running full tilt.  Packing onions and garlic are nice dry and quiet jobs (although a bit dusty), and so is breaking garlic apart for seed planting.  A seasonal change in work also means our crew needs are changing and we'll say farewell to seasoned crew member Nikki on Friday, with less work days next week for some of our Amish women.

The coolers are a challenge to keep organized as more bins and totes of roots and crops come in off the fields every day.  A friend recently commented that a produce farmer shouldn't leave their cooler unattended for more than 5 minutes or else you may be spending 30 minutes reorganizing it!  Amidst the chaos of cooler tetris, it's a rewarding feeling to walk among the tall stacks. 
We'll be finishing off the week preparing our high tunnel for spring greens and hopefully pulling plastic over our new greenhouse! 
Eat well,
Cate & Mat

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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