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The Weekly Weeder

 September 14, 2017: Box #14
Weekly shares and Potato EOW Group
Where your lettuce was growing this week!

Box Contents and Tips

  • Red Beets: 1 pound Smalls; 2 pounds Standards; 4 pounds Doubles    Keep in plastic bag until ready to use.  Will keep this way for many months.
  • Broccoli: .5 pounds Smalls; 1 pounds Standards; 2 pounds each Doubles   Store in plastic bag in your refrigerator to avoid rubbery broccoli.
  • Herb - Basil:  Summer's Last! 
  • Red Onion: 1 each Smalls; 2 each Standards; 4 each Doubles - You can substitute onions with leeks.  Leeks are special because of their rich, silky flavor.   
  • Red OR Greeen Leaf Lettuce: 1 each Smalls; 1 each Standards; 2 each Doubles.  The cooler temperatures let the heads bulk out in growth very nicely. It's a great week for salad!
  • Red & Yellow Peppers: 3 each Smalls; 6 each Standards; 11 each Doubles. Freeze them!  Try stuffed peppers, roasted peppers, pepper relish, raw sticks pack great for lunches and are excellent dipped in humus.
  • Roma Tomatoes & a few lingering slicers: 2.5 pounds Smalls; 5.5 pounds Standards; 11 pounds each Doubles. Enough to make a nice red sauce this week!  
  • Red Grape & a few other Cherry Tomatoes: .65 pound Smalls; 1.3 pounds Standards; 2.6 pounds Doubles  Great topping for salads, 
COMING SOON: More Lettuce, Edamame Soybeans, Celeriac and more!

News From the Farm

Each season is sure different!  Last year at this time, crops were rotting from the constant wet conditions.  We couldn't get into the wet fields to replant, so there were very few new fall crops growing.  But this season, we are dry, dry, dry!  Our spinach plantings are at various stages of growth and we're watering them so they don't prematurely bolt (go to seed before it's ready for harvest). Other things are quickly dying, like the tomatoes, zucchini and beans.  We had hoped the next sweet corn planting and our edible soybeans would be ready this week 

In other news, the site for our new greenhouse has been finished. This greenhouse is to replace the one that was wind damaged earlier this spring. The dump trucks were roaring into the farm Monday morning – dust spreading everywhere in the dry weather.  It’s exciting to see the site prepared, an area of the farm that wasn’t being utilized for anything other than our compost pile. The new location of this greenhouse will help us tremendously with a shorter route for our big plants to travel in the early spring months.  Next month Mat and Derek will begin construction so we're ready for next spring!  Photos below.

If you haven't already - mark your calendars for our last CSA gathering on Sunday, October 22.  More details to come!

Please do a rain dance for us!  Eat well everyone and happy cooking everyone,

Mat & Cate
WISCONSIN FOODIE EVENT
Saturday, September 30th

We are hosting a dinner with our friend Luke Zahm and the Driftless Cafe!
Come enjoy a fabulous mouth-watering 5-course dinner, served
in our heated greenhouse and surrounded by views of the Driftless.
Menu, details and tickets are available here:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3075955

Bulk Purchase Opportunities

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


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.

Garlic - 5 pounds $30

Onions - 5 pounds $8 - Choose from Yellow or White (yellow are a very good storage type and white is a nice mild type that stores nice but not as long as yellow.)


Peppers:
Jalapenos - 5 pounds  $15 
Have you tried Jalapeno Jam?  A wonderful sweet and spicy jam, excellent appetizer for Thanksgiving and Holiday's.

Bells - Red or Yellow - 10 pounds $35
For those who love roasted peppers, freezing peppers, pepper relishes...

Roma Tomatoes - 1/2 bushel (20 pounds)  $20
Excellent for thick sauce, canning whole, or even drying!


To place an order, contact us by Monday at noon by email or phone:
csa@ridgelandharvest.com or (608) 675-3855. 
Then mail your check, made out to Ridgeland Harvest, E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua WI 54665.

 

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