Weekly Members + Every-other-week "Berry Group" Members
The Weekly Weeder
Thursday September 19, 2019
News From the Farm
It's been a good week here at the farm. We harvested the last big loads of tomatoes and peppers, and picked up almost all of our winter squash and pie pumpkins. We can feel and see the ending of summer.
With the fading of our summer crops, it's giving us the time to spend bringing in some of this seasons precious crops. The fields were rain soaked and muddy on Monday due to last week's 3.5 inches of rain. Digging this week's carrots was a real chore both in getting them out of the ground and cleaning them in the packing shed. But we muddled through and they are big and juicy!
With only a month left of CSA boxes (last delivery is October 10) and many of our crew members leaving for the winter, we have a long list of things to wrap up and tuck in before the inevitable cold comes and the ground freezes. Folklore tells us by the heavy falling of the walnuts, that it's going to be a cold snowy winter! We have a wood shed that still needs filling, and preparing for the heating season is well on our minds.
Thursday and Friday we were hoping to harvest the rest of the carrots, along with our potatoes, but it looks like a rainy end of week. And so we adjust our needs and will work on topping the rest of our onions and maybe even cutting trellis after the last tomato and pepper harvest on Friday.
The fall rains are a troubling change to our weather pattern in the fall. It seems the crisp, dry fall air is a thing of the past falls. In the last 3 years we've hand pulled more roots out of the ground, including our carrots, without the aid of our tractor because it was simply too wet. And so we bend, we tweek, we adjust, we adapt, we change. For nothing - not anything - remains the same forever.
Eat well - Be well!
Your appreciative farmers,
Cate & Mat
Our crew has been short handed as of late(down to 4 employees) and despite our best efforts to find help, it seems that not many people are interested in working on a produce farm... and without asking, Mat's sister Danielle and his Mom and Dad show up to lend us a hand. We wouldn't still be farming today if it wasn't for family being there for us when we need them most. Thank you!!!
Deadline is 8:30 am on Monday of the week you are changing.
Every Other WeekShares - you can elect to have your share delivered on an alternate/off Thursday, OR if you want to maintain your usual EOW schedule then we will "double up" your share size on another Thursday delivery day of your choosing.
Weekly Shares would also select a date to have their share "doubled", on another Thursday delivery day.
What does "doubled up" mean? If you are a Small Share then you'd receive a Standard Share; if you're a Standard Share you'd receive a Double Share.
If you have any questions on how it works don't hesitate to contact us.
Week#15 CSA Box Contents:
Weekly Shares + Every-other-Week "Berry Group"
Red Beets with greens - this week for standard shares only
Still quite a bit of mud inside the leaves especially. Just cut those off and use the white stalk portion. Replace onions with leeks. Their rich, deep flavor is excellent!
Cured, so leave out on your counter until you're ready to use it. Red onions are a good storage type with strong onion taste. An excellent onion for cooking with but also for eating raw or parboiling for beet salad! Peppers - Jalapenos (red and green) & Sweet Peppers (red bell, red Italian & yellow Italian)
The patch is just about done. We'll have one more week of giving, so make sure to get a few into the freezer so you can enjoy them throughout the fall and winter. We do this every summer and don't have to purchase them in the cold months when they're imported and very expensive.
Radish - Daikon
Once we washed the mud off, they didn't all look very pretty. White or purple daikon this week. The tops are also very delicious when cooked. Peel the thin outer skin of the radish and eat the mild interior.
Tomatoes - A variety of slicing and paste tomatoes
The patch is just about done. We'll have one more week of giving.
COMING SOON.. Garlic, Kale, Winter squash, Potatoes and more!
Bulk Purchase Opportunities - a great time to freeze and stock up:
Garlic, 5 pounds $30
Jalapeno Peppers, 5 pounds $18
10 pounds $35
Yellow or Red Storage Onions, 5 pounds $8
10 pounds $15
To place an order - send us an email by Monday 8 am with your order, pick up site, and date when you'd like it delivered. Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Then send your check to "Ridgeland Harvest" E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua, WI 54665.
We will confirm your order and delivery day. We will pack your bulk items in separate boxes from your CSA box, so look for additionally labeld boxes.