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The Weekly Weeder

August 11, 2016
Weekly shares and Garlic EOW Group
Packing tomatoes for CSA boxes.  This week has been intense- we are inundated with tomatoes!  Which begs the question how many tomatoes is too many tomatoes?  We backed off a little on how many pounds we gave - let us know if we should pack more, less, keep it the same - give us some feedback! 

Box Contents and Tips

  • Beans, Green: One final picking of this planting...so just a little for everyone!  0.4 pounds Small; 0.7 pounds Standards; 1.4 pounds Doubles.
  • Carrots, Orange: 1 pound Small; 2 pounds Standards; 4 pounds Doubles.
  • Eggplant: Oriental 1 Smalls; 3 Standards; and 3 Globe for Doubles
  • Kale, Green Curly: 1 small bunch Small; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles. Store in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.  Excellent cooked separately and eaten hot or used cold in salads.  One of many dark leafy greens that offer many nutritional benefits. If you don't have much experience with kale, it's time to get started!   
  • Onion, Walla Walla:  A sweet onion great raw or cooked. Store on the counter top (not in the refrigerator) and will keep for many months.
  • Peppers, green bell: 1 Small; 2 Standards; 4 Doubles.
  • Peppers - Red Bell or Red Carmen (tapered) 1 Small; 1 Standards; 3 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.
  • Tomatoes, Cherry: 1.25 pounds Smalls; 2.75 pounds Standards; 5.5 pounds Doubles. Remove from plastic bag, wash thoroughly, then leave out on the counter top until fully ripened - then use! 
  • Tomatoes, Slicers: 3 pounds Smalls; 5.5 pounds Standards; 10 pounds Doubles.  Remove from plastic bag, wash thoroughly then leave on the counter top to fully ripen - then use!
  • Zucchini, green and gold:  2 Smalls; 2 Standards; 3 Doubles  Store on your counter top to avoid rubbery zucchini's. 
COMING SOON:  Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard, Beets, and lots more!

News From the Farm

Wow, it's amazing that anything BUT tomatoes aren't in your boxes this week.  Literally all Thursday and part of Friday, then again on Tuesday from 10 am - 7 pm.  We sold some cherry tomatoes to help balance the amount we packed for your boxes - but it's still a lot to use up this week!  Time to think grilled kabobs, tomato vinegar salad, fresh gazpacho, and tomato sauce (cherry tomatoes add wonderful sweetness to cooked sauces).  We have many more slicers and paste tomatoes to continue filling your boxes in the coming weeks!

August marks the beginning of total craze here on the farm.  While all the summer crops of peppers, eggplants, zucchini and tomatoes are barreling in from the fields, we're also filling the coolers and dry storage areas with carrots, cabbages, onions, garlic and more.  The to-do list is longer than the workday.  We're also still planting seeds and transplants for the fall so we'll continue to have new and delicious things for your later boxes!  Last Thursday, before another 1.5 inches of rain fell, we were able to seed spinach, fall radishes and fall turnips; mow second crop of hay; and transplant lettuce and another late crop of broccoli and romanesco. 

Through the long days, humid and hot days, and gushing rain days we feel so grateful for all the nice comments and words of support from you...even though the red peppers aren't very nice.  It's YOU that pulls us through the challenging times. 

Eat well everyone and happy cooking,
Cate & Mat
The Strange Vegetable Lottery!
On occasion we come across a funny shaped or colored vegetable.  To encourage people to read the newsletter and simply for fun we play a game called The Strange Vegetable Lottery.  Here is how it works: we take a picture of said vegetable and put it in the newsletter and we put the vegetable in a random box.  If you receive this vegetable you must take a picture of it and email it to us at csa@ridgelandharvest.com.  Once we have photographic evidence that you received the same strange vegetable shown in the newsletter you will receive a prize in your next box.

So these weeks vegetable is this beautiful funny double onion.  If you get it in your box send us a pic and you will receive a fabulous prize!
Bonus lottery vegetable- check to see if you received this double eggplant.

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.)
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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