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The Weekly Weeder

July 27, 2017: Box #7
Weekly shares and Leek EOW Group
Hauling in the onion crop!

Box Contents and Tips

  • Broccoli: 1 pound Smalls; 2 pounds Standards; 4 pounds Doubles.  Broccoli freezes great!  Store in plastic bag until used.
  • Beans (purple or green): 0.8 pounds Smalls; 1.65 pounds Standards; 3.25 pounds Doubles  
  • Fennel: 1 bulb Small; 1 bulb Standards; 2 bulbs Doubles.  Store in refrigerator in a plastic bag until used.  Will keep for many weeks this way.  We enjoy roasting our fennel bulbs with whole with cloves of garlic that combines nicely with a pizza / spaghetti sauce.  See this good illustration on how to cut fennel bulbs:
  • Melons, Cantalope: Only Viroqua, La Crosse and Onalaska sites this week.  It's been over a decade since we've grown melons but we wanted to try them again.  We have several varieties we are trialing to see how they perform in our soils and under our weather conditions, how they taste, and what kind of yield we can expect. For the first variety, it means we won't have enough to go around to all sites in the same week (we know we need to plant more!) and we'll see how the second variety does since it's suffering from too much moisture.  But we already know it's fun to harvest something new, especially when it tastes so wonderful! 
  • Napa Cabbage: Smalls only
  • Onions - Sweet Fresh Onions: 1 small bunch Smalls; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles. Store in refrigerator. Very mild.  Adds nice crunchy texture when used raw or use for any cooking.
  • Italian Flat Leaf Parsley: Standards and Doubles only.
  • Peppers!  Store in refrigerator - we find they stay firm when inside a plastic bag in the crisper drawer.  If you can't use them all this week, simply freeze them.  Jalapeno, Red Bells, Green Bell
  • Cherry Tomatoes: 0.5 pounds Standards only - Just the beginning of our tomatoes - many more are coming! 
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard:1 small bunch Smalls; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles. Store in refrigerator.
  • Zucchini, Gold OR Green: 1 each Smalls; 2-3 each Standards; Doubles.  Store in a warmer place within your refrigerator.
COMING SOON: Green Cabbage, Celery, Cured Garlic, Melons, Beans, Zucchini, Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes and more!
One of our favorite flowers!
The second planting of broccoli.

News From the Farm

Thank you for thinking of us after the storms and flooding hit in our area last week. Our fields are soaked, our soil is water logged.  We do not need any more rain for a while.  So far the crops are looking OK, but we seriously need some dry weather or very soon things will start to turn ugly.  So for the sake of our crops and your menus please pray for a normal rain pattern.

This is part of the summer where a practiced pace is needed to make it though the long, difficult, hot and humid days.  The weight of the rain gear, mud caked boots, a full harvest tote and the air itself makes what is normally a short walk, but from the center of the broccoli patch to the harvest truck, an arduous journey challenging the most seasoned crew.   But our sweat and effort is rewarded when we see the splendour of our crops....gorgeous broccoli, cute early sweet red peppers, brilliant white onions.  We enjoy witnessing the beauty of the vegetables as much as our customers.  Seeing the crops come in from the field buoys our spirits and give us the boost to continue to put one foot in front of the other no matter how much mud.  We are so truly blessed to call ourselves produce farmers.

Please click here to take a quick second to answer two questions about cucumbers.

Eat well everyone and happy cooking,
Mat & Cate
The Perspective of a Couple Farm Hands, Who Wish to Remain Unknown...
It’s hard being a farm kid because you can’t be in the air-conditioned house when the sun is boiling hot. But it’s fun too! Instead of going to the skate park we make our own jumps or ride off bumps out in the field. In the winter…we launch off other jumps with: skis, snowboards, sleds and even boards that we find laying around the farm. But right now we are scaling the rafters of the barn and fallen trees in our woods!
-An Unknown Farm Hand

It is hard being a farm kid.  Because we can’t always play. But there are fun things to do. Like riding on the tractor when rototilling, eating fresh food from the field, climbing in the barn and in the packing shed.  Right now, I like eating cantaloupe.
-Another Unknown Farm Hand

Hauling in the Onions......puts a smile on Mat's face large enough to be seen through the beard!

Bulk Purchase Opportunities

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

Basil - 12 bunches $18
The month of July is a great time to process basil for your freezer or herb jars.
Pickling Cucumbers, 10 pounds $18 or 20 pounds $35

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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