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The Weekly Weeder

 September 7, 2017: Box #13
Weekly shares and Leek EOW Group

Box Contents and Tips

  • Beans, Dragon Tongue: 0.75 pounds Smalls; 1.5 pounds Standards; 3 pounds each Doubles  These beans are a beautiful, nutritious heirloom bean with great texture and rich flavor.  Pods and seeds are edible.  Fix as you would green beans - raw or lightly cooked. The purple streaks disappear after cooking and become an elegant creamy color. We love them best cooked simply with butter, salt and pepper.
  • Broccoli: .8 pounds Smalls; 1.5 pounds Standards; 3 pounds each Doubles   Store in plastic bag in your refrigerator to avoid rubbery broccoli.
  • Carrots: 1 pound Smalls; 2 pounds Standards; 4 pounds Doubles    Keep in plastic bag until ready to use.  Will keep this way for many months.  
  • Leeks: 1 each Smalls; 1 each Standards; 2 each Doubles - You can substitute onions with leeks.  Leeks are special because of their rich, silky flavor.   
  • Red Leaf Lettuce: 1 each Smalls; 1 each Standards; 2 each Doubles.  We have a nice fall planting of head lettuces, including more red leaf.  The cooler temperatures are letting them bulk out in growth very nicely. 
  • Red Peppers: 3 each Smalls; 6 each Standards; 12 each Doubles. Freeze them!  Store in refrigerator - we find they stay firm when inside a plastic bag in the crisper drawer.  Try stuffed peppers, roasted peppers, pepper relish, raw sticks pack great for lunches and are excellent dipped in humus!
  • Tomato Slicers: 2.5 pounds Smalls; 5 pounds Standards; 10 pounds each Doubles. Just the start!  The deeper the color and softer the feel, the riper they are. Store at room temperature.  "Try making Conserva, a wonderful and simple recipe that uses lots of tomatoes and a low oven:    
COMING SOON: More Lettuce & Broccoli, Edamame Soybeans and more!
We LOVE our CSA members!! 

News From the Farm

The box this week is starting to show some hints of fall.  The cool temps and dry conditions have slowed the growth on some of our warm loving crops and the dry conditions have slowed the growth of our recent seeding of spinach and salad turnips.  So while the number of individual items in the box contents is smaller than usual, at seven items,  the quantity of those items is bountiful.  This is a box that can easily be processed and in the freezer in no time.  This is the time of year when farmers, and foodies alike become a little frantic as we wonder if we have processed enough tomatoes to last until next August.

Another reason for the simpler box this week is we were a little short staffed on Tuesday as our Hmong crew needed the day to get their children off to school.  So we found ourselves harvesting beans on Tuesday when we were hoping to get a few other items for your box.  Such is life.  We are a small farm with a limited crew so when the crew is smaller so must be the list of things to do.  Our Hmong ladies have been picking beans for us for almost 10 years, so its a job I haven't done for a while but it felt pretty good to pick beans again.  However, these are the last green beans for the year so enjoy.  

Mat will be at the Dane County Farmers Market this Saturday.  It will be the first one of the year for us.  We have scaled back on Markets this year, trying to have the weekends family outings and catching up on household chores.  So if you will be at the market stop by and say hello.  It is always nice to meet our CSA Customers.  We are located between East Wash and Wisconsin Ave. with a small a=saggy blue tent.

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!

Jalapenos - 5 pounds  $15 

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: or (608) 675-3855. 
Then mail your check, made out to Ridgeland Harvest, E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua WI 54665.


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