The Weekly Weeder 
 
Box #3:  June 28, 2018

EOW "Bean Group"
The century old dairy barn is still the anchor of the farm.  its presence is felt everywhere on the farm.  Here it stands juxtaposed to modern buildings, greenhouses and crops that were once only found in the garden.
Box Contents, Storage & Cooking Tips 
Basil
1 bunch for Small & Standard Shares; 2 bunches Double Shares.

The basil is very dirty (splashes from the rain) so you'll want to wash it and dry it on the counter before storing this week.  We like to keep it on the counter in a jar/case of water.  Then it a few leaves or all of a stem can be incorporated into dishes easily.

Broccoli 
0.6 pounds Small Shares;  1.2 pounds Standard Shares; 2.4 pounds Double Shares.

Store covered to keep from getting rubbery.

Use for fresh salads, cooked, stir-fry.  


Garlic Scapes ~ Strange curly, long flower stalk from the garlic plants!
1 small bu. Small Shares; 1 big bu. Standard Shares; 2 big bu. Double Shares.

Store enclosed to avoid spreading the garlicy smell in the refrigerator.

Use the tender end which is the round portion, not the slender tip which can be tough. 


Lettuce - Romaine
1 count Small and Standard Shares; 2 count for Double Shares

Store in a covered container to prevent from drying out.

Napa Cabbage ~
1 count Small and Standard Shares; 2 count for Double Shares 

Store in a covered container to prevent from drying out.

Excellent raw or cooked.  Make a batch of kimchi, roll into spring rolls with basil, scallions and radishes.   finely chopped raw salad or peanut sauce 

Swiss Chard
1 small bunch Small Shares, 1 larger bunch Standard Shares; 2 for Doubles

Store in a covered container to prevent from drying out.

A wonderful cooking green that is soft leaves and nutty flavor make it useful for many dishes.  We like to make chard egg sandwiches by first cooking the chopped chard leaves in butter, as it cooks for about 2 minutes, lightly beat eggs, then pour directly onto chard, salt/pepper to taste.  Eat with hot sauce, toast, tortillas or salad! 


Red Round Radishes
1 small bu. Small Shares; 1 big bu. Standard Shares; 2 big bu. Double Shares.

Store in a covered container to prevent from drying out.

Leaves and roots are edible.  Use as a salad topper, snack item, shred and add to chicken, potato or pasta salads


Baby Salad Turnips ~ white rooted bunch without it's leaves.  
1 small bu. Small Shares; 1 big bu. Standard Shares; 2 big bu. Double Shares.

Store in a covered container to prevent from drying out.

Leaves and roots are both edible.
  Cook greens by boiling/steaming or chop and saute.  Roots are sweet and juicy tasting much like a kohlrabi. They can be used raw or cooked.  We enjoy adding them to our salad fixings and also a cooked vegetable medley served over rice or noodles.  Also great boiled until tender, then seasoned with butter, salt and pepper.  


Scallions (green onions)
1 small bu. Small Shares; 1 big bu. Standard Shares; 2 big bu. Double Shares.


Store in a covered container to prevent onion smell from perforating other foods.

Strawberries ~ A far cry from our usual big givings. 
The last picking and there was only enough to give 1 pint to Standard and 2 pints to Doubles.  

Wash and take the 'cap' off, eat them up!  


Zucchini ~ Just the beginning...
1-2 count Small Shares, 2-3 count Standard Shares, 2-3 count Double Shares
Coming Soon ~ More Broccoli, Zucchini, Chard, Scallions, Basil, and more!
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News from the Farm

 

Monday we utilized all hands on deck to get field work caught up before the forecasted rain.  It was a much needed day to accomplish a lot!  We readied the fields for transplanting more broccoli, basil, leeks, melons, zucchini and cucumbers; and for seeding more beets, cilantro, dill, sweet corn, and beans.  Tomatoes and eggplants were trellised.  And weeds were killed.  And the boys caught up on mowing and weed whipping around the buildings and farmstead.  Then the rain started on Monday night and didn't let up until noon on Tuesday.  It was another muddy Tuesday harvest.

Despite the rainy stretch we've had, we can't help but feel excited for the crops in your box this week.  They bring out the hope and good in all.  The zucchini, broccoli and soon cucumbers set a nice new pace to our week.      

We look around us and everywhere are flowers and buds.  The landscape is a sea of shades of green.  Life is thriving.  Tomatoes, melons, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, winter squash and garlic.  The meadow is alive with birds, fox, bees and butterflies and when the wind is just right you can catch the lovely scent of the Milk Weed flowers.  Enjoy these classic early summer vegetables and as you are eating them, we hope they will nourish in you the idea, the notion, to believe in the good things to come.  

Happy cooking - Happy eating!

Your Farmers ~ Mat and Cate

Anyone guess what plant/vegetable this?  


Did you guess Zucchini?  This is one crop that signals the start of summer.
Mulched cucumbers on the left and the crew harvesting zucchini on the right.  Who needs crossfit…lots of core excersice here- bending, lifting, stooping, half crab walk half ape walk.  There is a special place in many vegetable farmer's heart for zucchini.
Rainy Rainy Rainy harvest...…. 
Before the rainy Tuesday we did manage to have a day to get some more successions of lettuce, broccoli, melons, zukes, and cukes.  Here the crew transplants lettuce.
Here is Cate earlier this spring seeding......
And yet the successions continue... we have more plantings of broccoli, kale, fennel, and lettuce still planed this season.  We will transplant until mid to late July and direct seed in the field until August.  We have many good things for you this season.
BULK PURCHASE OPPORTUNITY:

Maple Syrup:   $10 / pint or $20 / quart
Hand collected by our family and cooked over an open fire. This syrup is deliciously sweet and great to use in cooking.  Try substituting maple syrup for sugar in your salad dressings and marinades.  And we love it drizzled over yogurt, smoothies and ice cream!  Will come bubble wrapped in a separate box from your CSA box.  Look for a second box on delivery day with your name on it.  Then please return the box and bubble wrap to your site so we can reuse it.  Thank you!!

To place an order: Email us
csa@ridgelandharvest.com by Monday with your order.  Then mail a check made out to "Ridgeland Harvest" at E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua WI 54665.  
Rescheduling a delivery or change your pick-up site:

Members can reschedule, one time only, to an alternate week to accommodate travel and vacation.  Or you can choose to postpone and double your next delivery. 

To reschedule, please fill out the Delivery Change Form located here or on the website:
https://ridgelandharvest.com/delivery-change-request/
Requests must be submitted by 8:30 am on the Monday of your normally scheduled delivery week.  There will be no exceptions to this deadline. 
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Your Farmers:  Mat, Cate and sons Paul and John
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Ridgeland Harvest LLC
E5538 Nelson Road * Viroqua, WI * 54665


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