The Weekly Weeder 
 
Box #9: August 9, 2018

EOW "Bean Group"
The first kale harvest:  The young plants are super fragile and tender,
making for difficult harvesting but delicious eating!
Box Contents, Storage & Cooking Tips 
 
Cilantro ~
1 small bunch Small Shares; 1 large bunch Standard Shares; 2 large bunches Double Shares

Cucumbers ~ 
2 each Small Shares; 4 each Standard Shares; 4 each Double Shares.

If you like mixed drinks, try making these fun twists!  http://relish.com/slideshows/10-refreshing-cucumber-cocktails-for-summer/ 

Garlic ~
1 each Small Shares; 2 each Standard Shares; 3 each Double Shares

Store on the counter and use at anytime.  Will keep for many months this way.  

Kale ~ Green Curly 
1 small bunch Small Shares; 1 large bu. Standard Shares; 2 large bu. Doubles

The leaves are so tender making your kale bunch excellent for use raw in a salad or to replace lettuce even!  Store in covered container to maintain humidity.   

We are believers that kale is one of those essential greens to eat for maintaining health. See the picture below about why kale is such an important green to eat  We also know there are many who don't like it.  If that is your opinion, we recommend trying it in a smoothie or dice the cooked leaves into your next batch of spaghetti sauce.  We all need good sources of fiber, so for treating your gut right, let's all eat more kale!!


Leek
1 count Small Shares; 2 count Standard Shares; 3 count Double Shares.

Use as you would any other onion.  Cut off green leaves and use the white stalk.  Cut lengthwise, then rinse under running water to clean away hidden dirt particles.  

Melon, Cantaloupe ~  Just the beginning...not enough for all shares
1 count for Standard Shares and 3 count for Double Shares.

Peppers:  Green Bell  1 Smalls; 2 Standards; 3 Doubles
                   Red Bell 1 for each share
                  Jalapenos 1 Small Shares; 1 Standard Shares; 2 Double Shares.

Peppers freeze great.  Wash, cut in half, discard seed cavity, stuff into freezer bag. Easy!  Perfect to use in all your winter cooking. We love them in a vegetable soup, chile and of course tacos. 

Tomatoes, A mixture of cherry types including yellow grape, red grape, sungold (orange) and red cherry's.
1 pound Small Shares; 2 pounds Standards; 4 pounds Doubles

Wow, they're pouring in from the field now!  Your bag contains a mixture of riper and less ripe fruits.  Use as they ripen, rinse the fruits in fresh water, then place into a bowl on the countertop to ripen.  You'll know they are ripe when the fruits deepen in color and they're soft to the feel.
 
Tomatoes ~ A mixture of slicing types
3/4 pound Small Shares; 1.5 pounds Standards; 3 pounds Doubles

You'll want to wash and leave sit on your counter a few days to fully ripen.  Really ripe tomatoes don't pack and travel well (believe us, we've tried).  So allow fruits to sit at room temperature and they'll ripen nicely.

Zucchini ~ Green and/or Gold
 1 each Small Shares, 3 each Standard Shares, 4 each Double Shares

Next week there won't be as much zucchini.  Our first planting is always the larger planting, and it's officially done - the plants are yellowed and pests are starting to overwhelm the patch.  It's time to get it mowed, the plastic pulled, and then allow the clover and annual ryegrass we planted in the walkways to take over. 

Store in warmer place in refrigerator (not the very back!) or they'll become rubbery.  
Coming Soon....Cantaloupe, Broccoli, Sweet Corn, Kale, Leeks, and more!
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News from the Farm 


The time of ripening is here!  The dog days are ending and we're in the heart of summer. The tomatoes are really pouring off the field now, melons are at last ripening (sadly we didn't have enough for all shares), and we're keeping watch over the sweet corn silk (which needs to be brown not red, and dried down not wet).  The next green bean planting is covered in blossoms as are the apple trees, edamame soybean pods are plumping out, potatoes are still developing tubers, and the fall seedings look great thanks to the recent rains.  We're seeing signs on the short day squash that it's going to be an early harvest.  It's such an exciting time to see the transformation of the fields, and reap the rewards of all the hard work it takes to start them from seeds, nourish and tend to each plant, and finally get to harvest and wash each item.  What a rewarding job we have!    

As you know we've been harvesting onions.   Last week the sweet onions, and this week the final big load of yellow onions.  The yellows are nice sized and fill the hoop house and part of the greenhouse.  Tomorrow we'll fill the rest of the greenhouse with the red onions. 

There is a sense of security we feel as our buildings fill up with onions and garlic.  As they dry down (to fully cure) we'll trim off the tops and bring them to our packing shed for cool, dark storage.  As the onions cure, leeks will supplement your shares.  We feel great having everything under cover, but we also feel the work load, knowing that winter squash will need the same curing space by the end of this month!    
 
Happy cooking - Happy eating!

With Gratitude,
Mat and Cate
Above:  Onions curing in the hoop house
Below: A farmers view of the morning, on her way to work.
BULK PURCHASE OPPORTUNITY:

Basil - 6 bunches $9 or 12 bunches for $18

Kale - green curly: $18 for 12 bunches 


Maple Syrup:   $10 / pint or $20 / quart
Hand collected by our family and cooked over an open fire. This syrup is deliciously sweet and great to use in cooking.  Try substituting maple syrup for sugar in your salad dressings and marinades.  And we love it drizzled over yogurt, smoothies and ice cream!  Will come bubble wrapped in a separate box from your CSA box.  Look for a second box on delivery day with your name on it.  Then please return the box and bubble wrap to your site so we can reuse it.  Thank you!!

To place an order: Email us csa@ridgelandharvest.com by Monday with your order.  Then mail a check made out to "Ridgeland Harvest" at E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua WI 54665.  
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Requests must be submitted by 8:30 am on the Monday of your normally scheduled delivery week.  There will be no exceptions to this deadline. 
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