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* Picnic on the Farm is Tomorrow *
The weather looks great! 

We should have plenty of pizza, salads, etc for those interested, even if you don't RSVP.

 
When: Tomorrow - Sunday August 27  Rain or shine!  We have lots of buildings to duck into should there be rain - but the weather report looks clear and warm. 
Time: 10:30 am - 2 pm
Details: Follow your vegetables from the field (we'll take a tour on the wagon), into the packing shed for washing, and inside the cooler and dry room  You'll have the opportunity to visit the hay mow where the garlic is hanging, hold a baby chick and pet a chicken, sit on a tractor, and walk through the fields.   

Bring your own picnic with food and beverages (no glass please!), or money to purchase a homemade meal from us.  Please wear sensible walking shoes (closed toes recommended), strollers for the kids, and extra clothing layers in case it's windy.  Bring blankets or chairs to sit on too.  Leave dogs at home please.

Food for purchase: We will be offering homemade pizza for sale, beverages and dessert bars.  Proceeds from our pizza fundraiser will be used for our barn flooring project.

Pizza Choices: pesto, red sauce with cheese, or red sauce with caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and eggplant.  Sorry, no meat or gluten-free options.

Pizza by the slice $2.50
Pizza Combo: one slice of pizza with side salads (pasta salad, tomato salad, black bean summer salad) and a beverage $5 or add-on slice $6
Drinks $1
Dessert Bar $1

Contact us with any questions: (608) 675-3855 or csa@ridgelandharvest.com
come to the farm... visit your produce... your kale is lonely.
Peak Cherry Tomato Week!   
Those little black spots on the leaves are called Septoria Leaf Spot and is quickly spreading through our tomato patch.  While it won't affect the fruit, the plants are slowing melting down.  This is a common disease for tomatoes especially after heavy rainfall and humid weather (we've had both!)  But we'll have a few more weeks of picking despite the disease.

News From the Farm

Peak tomato season is always a bit intense.  It is intense because it's both a physical and mental challenge. The cherry tomatoes require lots of use of your "prayer bones" (knees!) while the slicing tomatoes require lots of use of our arm muscles because they are so heavy. 

Friday we logged 24 picking hours and Monday 32 picking hours, bringing in over 2,300 pounds!  We sold a few hundred pounds of cherry tomatoes, but most of what we grow goes directly to our CSA members.  We hope you'll enjoy the bounty!

Peppers have also taken many hours to pick, each plant touched three times a week and we have around 21,000 plants- that is a whole lot of touching!  Peppers take a special touch - sometimes they need force to remove their stem from a branch, while other times they are fragile and a light touch is all one needs.  But no matter what, the most important thing in pepper harvesting is a strong back!

We've had some wonderful gentle rains over the last week and the crops are standing perky again.  The kales are lush, ready for picking.  The next beans, broccoli and lettuces plantings look healthy and thriving.  Our newly seeded fall plantings of spinach, radishes, beets and turnips have germinated nicely in the cooler temperatures.  We welcome the cooler days for working and feel the coming of fall.  The air, wind and light are all changing. 

Come out to see the beauty of the changing season - this Sunday August 27 from 10:30 am - 2 pm.  We hope you and your family can join us! 

Eat well everyone and happy cooking,
Mat & Cate

Bulk Purchase Opportunities

Fill your freezer in bulk.....for those wishing to preserve larger quantities of produce!


Garlic - 5 pounds $30

Onions - 5 pounds $8 - Choose from Yellow or White (yellow are a very good storage type and white is a nice mild type that stores nice but not as long as yellow.)
 
Red Beets - 10 pounds $15 or 25 pounds $30
The roots store well in your refrigerator and are excellent for pickling or using for juice.


To place an order, contact us by Monday at noon by email or phone:
csa@ridgelandharvest.com or (608) 675-3855. 
Then mail your check, made out to Ridgeland Harvest, E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua WI 54665.

 

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Member Handbook:  if you have questions about how to pickup your box the answers can probably be found in this document.  You can download it here:  http://ridgelandharvest.com/newsletter-archive/

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.  Please complete Delivery Change Request Form available on our website by Monday 8:00 am of the week you want to reschedule.

Need to have your share delivered to another site: we are happy to deliver switch your pickup site for you whether it is permanent or just one week.  Please complete Delivery Change Request Form available.
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