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The Weekly Weeder

August 17, 2017: Box #10
Weekly shares and Potato EOW Group
Sweet Corn!

Box Contents and Tips

  • Basil: 1 small bunch Smalls; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles  Store in warm place in the refrigerator and be sure to have a cover around the leaves (we like a plastic bag). 
  • Purple Carrots: 1 pounds Smalls; 2 pounds Standards; 2 x 1.8 pounds Doubles  Last week we dug our spring planting of carrots and we are not very happy with the yield or their looks. But their nutrients are still beneficial to us, as we know eating a rainbow of vegetable colors is the best dietary guidance for optimal health.
  • Swiss Chard: 1 small bunch Smalls; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles  Store in plastic inside your refrigerator to keep it from wilting.  Great in spaghetti sauces or in place of spinach in any recipe.  Stems can also be used, just chop into celery-sized pieces and cook prior to the leaves.
  • Eggplant (Globe or Asian): 1 each Smalls and Standards; 3 each Doubles  Store in a warmer place of your refrigerator to avoid rubbery eggplant. Add to your tomato sauce or ratatouille this week.
  • Garlic: 1 bulb Smalls; 2 bulbs Standards; 3 bulbs Doubles Now that the garlic is cured (dried), store on the counter and not in the refrigerator. Will keep for many months this way.
  • Melons, Cantaloupe: All shares in Viroqua, Onalaska & La Crosse, plus all standard shares at EPIC.   
  • Green Peppers: 1 each Smalls; 1 each Standards; 2 each Doubles. Store in refrigerator - we find they stay firm when inside a plastic bag in the crisper drawer.
  • Red Peppers: 1 each Standards only
  • Jalapeno Peppers: 1 each Smalls; 2 each Standards; 3 each Doubles. Excellent combined with sweet corn kernels!
  • White Sweet Onion: 1 each Smalls; 2 each Standards; 3 each Doubles. Now that the onions are cured (dried), store on the counter and not in the refrigerator. Will keep for many months this way.
  • Sweet Corn!  3 each Smalls; 6 each Standards; 12 each Doubles. Two varieties this week, one is yellow and the other a bi-color, both are equally as sweet and tender.  Store in refrigerator until used. 
  • Farmhouse Cherry Mix Tomatoes: 1 pound Smalls; 2 pounds Standards; 4 pounds Doubles. Cherry tomatoes are peaking!  Remember our mix includes some ripe and some unripe.  The deeper the color and softer the feel, the riper and sweeter they'll be. Store at room temperature to help ripen any greener fruits. If you can't keep up with them this week, make a tomato compote, sauce, jam or put into a ratatouille. 
  • Tomato Slicers: 1.3 pounds Smalls; 2.6 pounds Standards; 5 pounds each Doubles. Just the start!  The deeper the color and softer the feel, the riper they are. Store at room temperature. 
  • Zucchini, Gold OR Green: 1 each Smalls; 2 each Standards; 3 each Doubles.  Store in a warmer place within your refrigerator.  Add to your tomato sauce or ratatouille. 
COMING SOON: Beets, Fennel, more Sweet Corn, Yellow Onions, Tomatoes and more!
Cate looks over the onions to see how they are holding in storage.  We will begin to run them through the onion topper later this week.

News From the Farm

We hope you and your family can join us on Sunday August 27 for a look at your farm and to meet the farm family that raises your vegetables   

Picnic on the Farm - an event for CSA members
When: Sunday August 27
Time: 10 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.  You'll have the opportunity to visit the hay mow, 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.  We will be offering pizza for sale by the slice or a pizza meal combo with a variety of side salads and beverage. Proceeds from our pizza fundraiser will be used for our barn flooring project. 

Please RSVP,  If you plan to purchase pizza, so we can get a handle on how many to feed.    

Please wear sensible walking shoes (closed toes recommended), strollers for the kids, and extra clothing layers in case it's windy.

We are enjoying a much needed rainy evening.  Eat well everyone and happy cooking,

Mat & Cate
One of our favorite hens.

Perspectives of the Unknown Farmhands:

I love collecting eggs.
Chickens start laying close to 20 weeks old. And they lay small eggs and
double-yolkers before they start to lay full sized eggs by 22 weeks.
They lay their eggs in wooden nesting boxes that we made.
My favorite breakfast is an over easy egg with toast that I cook myself.

I enjoy the chickens attitudes. They make weird noises. But when they are un happy they come after you and challenge you to a fight but we are too big and strong but they are quick for us. Ps they hurt when they peck bite you.       
Our chickens are laying 6 to 10 eggs a day. Some eggs are brown and some are white! When john or I go into the chicken coop every morning 15 chickens surround our feet and peck at our boots. To find if a hen is broody, We put an egg in front of the her if it is broody it will slide the egg with its beak till its half way under her then she will shuffle over making sure she doesn’t have any eggs not under her. If anyone wonts a roster we will have to get rid of one or two.
The little chicks are always fun to watch.

Bulk Purchase Opportunities

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

Basil - 12 bunches $18 (This may be the last week.)
The month of July is a great time to process basil for your freezer or herb jars.
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.

CSA member, Mary L., sent us this photo of her beautiful pesto jars!

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