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The Weekly Weeder

August 25, 2016
Weekly shares and Garlic EOW Group
Sweet Corn.   This variety is called who gets kissed.  We ran a few ears short and had to make a last minute harvest of the next planting- it would have been nice if everyone got kissed!

Box Contents and Tips

 
  • Beans - Green (Standards & Doubles)
  • Beans - Dragon Tongue (Smalls)
  • Cilantro:  It was a muddy harvest.   You will need to un bunch and rewash.  Store in plastic bag.
  • Eggplant, Oriental: 1 Smalls; 2 Standards; 1-3 Doubles
  • Eggplant, Globe  (Doubles only) 
  • Garlic: 1 small; 1 standard; 2 doubles
  • Onion, Sweet White:  1 Small; 2 Standards; 2 Doubles  A sweet onion great raw or cooked. Store on the counter top (not in the refrigerator) and will keep for many months.
  • Peppers, Green: 1 Small; 1 Standards; 2 Doubles.
  • Peppers - Red, Yellow and/or Orange sweet peppers 1 Small; 3 Standards; 4 Doubles. These are not perfect peppers! The wet weather has taken a toll on them. But we felt they did have mainly usable parts - simply cut off the bad portion and use or freeze.
  • Hot Peppers, Red Paper Lantern & Habanero: 1 each Small; 2 Standards; 3 Doubles  A variety of habanero we grew this season for fun.  A spicy hot pepper for your salsa! 
  • Sweet Corn!  4 Small; 8 Standards; 12 Doubles    This tender bi-color corn is tasty boiled, microwaved, grilled or raw.  Store in the refrigerator until used - no need to put into plastic.You will find some ear worms and or evidence that they are present.  Simply cut off the tips of the corn.  We are organic and worm free corn is near impossible.
  • Tomatoes, Cherry (standard & doubles only) 1#:  Remove from plastic bag, wash thoroughly, then leave out on the counter top until fully ripened - then use! 
  • Tomatoes, Slicers: 5 pounds Smalls; 8 pounds Standards; 16 pounds Doubles!  Remove from plastic bag, wash thoroughly then leave on the counter top to fully ripen.  If you're in short time or they are starting to get overripe, pop them whole into the freezer!  
  • Zucchini, green and gold:  1 each  Store on your counter top to avoid rubbery zucchini's. 
COMING SOON:  More Carrots, Kale, & Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard, Beets, Broccoli and lots more!

News From the Farm

This week has been intense.  We are running two people short on the crew and we noticed their absence.  It wasn't super late on Wednesday, but folks didn't get  finished packing boxes until almost 7:00.   Some of the reason wasn't entirely because of missing crew members- it was due to our friend or should I say foe....mud which slowed our work on Wednesday.  Tuesday night we got soaked. Some neighbors recorded 3 inches of rain.  We have been negligent in emptying our rain gauge (this season it seems like it is almost a daily job) but the 3 inches seems about right.    The cilantro was flattened and slow to harvest- also you will want to un-bunch it and perhaps even rewash it as it was literally caked in mud.  Also the sweet corn harvest was tough as we were literally ankle deep in mud.  Toting heavy crates of corn  with heavy boots and rain gear made the job slower than usual.

But we got the crops harvested and have a nice box packed for you.  We hope that you will be able to make some salsa, can or freeze some tomatoes.  This is the bounty that needs to be put up and preserved for this winter- just think about how nice these tomatoes will make those winter stews and soups.


Happy eating!
Cate & Mat
Video of the Week!
A little view of one of the sweet corn patches.

Bulletin Board

Bulk Purchase Opportunities!
To order: send us an email with your order request, name & pick-up site by Monday 12:00 pm (noon) for delivery on Thursday.  Then mail your check to the farm!

THYME,12 bunches $18  -- great for drying and using in cooking or tea (we seep thyme stems along with fresh ginger and add honey and lemon as a wonderful tea for winter colds and sore throats- seriously look up the benefits of thyme tea.)
SWISS CHARD, 12 bunches $18 -- great for freezing!
CURED GARLIC, 5 pounds $30 -- porcelain hard neck varieties
                            10 pounds $60
JALAPENO PEPPERS, 5 pounds $15 -- time for jalapeno poppers or freeze them now to use throughout the fall and winter.
 
Farm Email:  csa@ridgelandharvest.com
Farm Address: E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua, WI 54665 


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Having someone else pickup your box?  make certain they take only the box with your name on the label.  When people take the wrong box it causes a chain reaction of trouble for many people.  The system is simple.  Look at the labels and take the correct box.  Please,  Please if you are having someone else pickup your box help them to understand this small but critical step.

Rescheduling Delivery:  We are happy to reschedule your boxes to allow you to travel and still reap the full reward of our CSA.  We must be notified via email of your intent to reschedule or postpone delivery by 8 am on the Monday of your normally scheduled delivery week.

However, tracking the requests is very time consuming  we serve 500 members.  So we ask that you provide the following information in this format when you are rescheduling your delivery:

1. Name of the primary member,
2. pick up site,
3. share size,
4. delivery schedule (weekly or EOW), 
5. if applicable your EOW group (garlic or tomato), 
6. the date you will be gone
7. the date you want your share delivered.

Having all of the above information saves Mat a lot of time in making certain your share is delivered when you want it.  Thank you!!
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