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The Weekly Weeder

August 28, 2014

Box Contents and Tips

Box #12:  This is a Orange EOW Group

  • Sweet Corn  The last corn of our season as another planting was ruined with too much moisture.  A nice load for everyone with a variety of sizes.  We picked everything with some length to it because it's too yummy to go to waste.  Store in plastic bag in refrigerator. 
  • Cucumbers: This new planting isn't very pretty, but they sure are tasty as a cold salad combined with oil/sugar/vinegar and halved cherry tomatoes. 
  • A mix of Zucchini - Gold, Green & Patty Pan: Store in warmer part of refrigerator or on counter top.  Prefers about 50-55-degrees.  The plants are starting to tire and we'll slowly have less and less in the next couple of weeks, so enjoy them while they last! 
  • Cherry Tomato Mixture:  This week's are pretty well ripe, but you'll want to sort through them and use as they become fully ripe.  When are they ripe - when their color darkens and they soften.  Store at room temp and wash prior to eating.
  • Eggplant:  Double shares only
  • Slicing Tomato Mixture:   Store at room temperature.  Use as they become ripe- you will know they are ripe when their color darkens and they soften.  We harvest these when they are blushing and some may require some time to fully ripen- it may take as long as 3-5 days on your counter.  You will see some residue of Copper (bluish color), as we us this to control blight.  This is approved for organic use, but you will want to be certain to wash prior to eating.
  • Sweet Pepper Mix:  Red or Yellow Bell or Carmen (long tapered) sweet pepper.  Store in plastic bag in refrigerator.
  • Sweet Onions:  These have now been cured so store on counter or in cool dry dark location.
  • Red Curly Kale: store in plastic bag in refrigerator.  We enjoy kale in our spaghetti sauces and pizza sauce to add more power to homemade dinners.  A great sauce substitutes for toppings.
  • Scarlet Turnips: These beauties are delicious sliced raw for a veggie plate or used in soups and stir-fries.  Store in plastic bag in refrigerator and they'll keep for months! 

Coming Soon (in the next box or so): 
Leeks, Head Lettuce, Basil, more peppers and much more!

Bulletin Board

Bulk Purchase Opportunities:
   Kale:  Red, Green or Lacinato:  12 bunches for $18
               Please specify which variety when ordering
   Beets:  10 pounds $15
   Carrots: 25 pounds for $35

   Tomatoes: Red or Black slicers, or a mix: They make a great sauce, stewed tomato, or fresh salsa.  Freeze them whole or can them for the winter.  10 pounds for $15.  If you'd like greater quantities, please contact us by email or phone. 
Please send us an email by Monday to receive your order along with your CSA delivery.  Send payment to the farm: E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua, WI 54665

2nd Annual Pizza Party!  Saturday Sept. 13, 2014.  Wagon rides, u-pick farm tour and amazing food by Luke Zahm of the Driftless Cafe - you don't want to miss this.... it will be a great time and amazing food!  To purchase tickets:

Holiday CSA Shares available: Our November 20th share is delivered in time for Thanksgiving.  Sign-up now to secure more of the fall harvest with quantities of onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, winter squash and so much more.  More information here:

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News From the Farm

It's only Wednesday, yet we're all feeling dog tired!  We've been bringing in bulk beets, turnips and rutabagas over the last few days in addition to the gush of tomatoes (apparent by the bounty in your boxes this week).  The heavy weight of all each of these crops adds up to a lot of strenuous work.  

Most people don't understand the labor invested in tomatoes.  Not only is there the work to seed and pot up the seedlings in the greenhouse, but then the staking and weekly trellising as they grow.  Then to protect our plants from disease, we spray our plants with organically approved fungal control products.  Now, it's the time consuming every-other-day harvest. 

We harvest tomatoes into 2'x3' plastic crates picking on one side of a row with another person on the other side, reaching deep within plants that may be well over 4' high.  Crates are lifted up and set back down about every 3 feet, traveling up a 200 - 350 foot row.  A full crate can weigh up to 40-pounds when it's full, and then must be carried to the end of a row.  On Monday we harvested tomatoes from 9 am - 6 pm, filling over 90 crates; today another 75 crates came in off the fields. 

We give praise to the bounty of our crop, knowing that September is just around the corner, when cooler temperatures slow the growth.  So enjoy these precious tomatoes and cook like crazy! 
Happy Eating!
Cate & Mat
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