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The Weekly Weeder

August 13, 2015
EOW 'Carrot' group

Box Contents and Tips

  • Basil: Trim stems then place in flower vase and use throughout the week.  Use it raw in pesto or sauces or dry it for the winter months!  See Bulletin Board below for the opportunity to make a bulk purchase.
  • Carrots!  The first sweet delicious carrots of the season, and we think it was worth the wait.  Store roots in a plastic bag so they don't get limp and dry out.  Green tops can be used for dips, and some tell us they're great juiced.  Otherwise, add them to your compost piles, feed them to your pets, or let the monarch catepillers munch on them.
  • Cilantro
  • Sweet Corn:  This is our favorite variety of all time - Luscious - because it is just how it tastes!  It's best eaten in the first few days.
  • Garlic, German Extra Hardy: This is one of our main varieties we like to grow because of their great flavor, easy to peel cloves, large clove size, and good storage into early spring.  Keep out on your counter top as they are fully cured.   
  • Sweet Onions: Wow, what a crop! Store on counter top until used.  They are fully cured so no need to keep in the refrigerator.
  • Pepper (standard and double shares only): Our pepper crop isn't what we expected due to cold temperatures back in May after we transplanted them to the field, destroying their ability to produce flowers (and therefore peppers).  Not all our plants were effected, but enough to put a dent in our givings to you.  So as a result we are giving the less than perfect ones- simply cut away the bad portion and use sooner than later.
  • Tomatoes, Cherry:  store on counter.  We have given a mix of ripe and blushing. Some shares received more ripe ones than others.  You will know when they are ripe as they will soften and their color will deepen.  The crop is just getting going and we expect to have many many tomatoes in the coming boxes.
  • Tomatoes, Slicer:  store on counter. A mix of heirloom and hybrids.  We have given a mix of ripe and blushing. You will know when they are ripe as they will soften and their color will deepen.  The crop is just getting going and we expect to have many many tomatoes in the coming boxes.
  • Zucchini
More carrots, sweet corn, tomatoes, dill, purple beans, savoy cabbage, eggplant....

News From the Farm

Sorry no pictures for you this week- the peak season is here and we forgot the camera in the office this week.  We will try to get a bunch for you next week.

With our dry storage room filled with sweet onions, cipollini onions, shallots and garlic....and a high tunnel filled with curing red and yellow storage onions and many more sweet onions, our work space is filling up and getting cozier.  I love the new smell in the packing shed as the fans blow over the trays and trays of cured alliums and fill our remaining work space with it's earthy aroma.  A full dry room makes me feel safe and more grounded in the reality of time passing.  Storage areas filling up also brings the sense of the amount of work yet to be accomplished.  Sweet onions, shallots, cipollini onions and garlic have to be hand trimmed, while our onion topper can be used on our round storage onions.  The task of trimming and sorting began this week amid the harvest.  It's a nice task for the end of the day when everyone can stand up and work in the shade.

In other news -

Mat started leveling the site for the new greenhouse.  It's really happening! Although with the added job of irrigation we are not certain how..... luckily the weeds have slowed to allow more time to spend on other tasks.

We received a half-inch of much needed rain, but things are still bone dry.  Irrigating has begun but just isn't the same as a nice long rain.  Send thoughts of rain our way!

We wish you well and happy eating,
Cate & Mat

Bulletin Board



Basil, 6 large bunches $10
Basil, 12 large bunches $18

Kale (green or red curly), 12 bunches $14

Place your order by 8 am Tuesday August 11 ( and send your payment to the farm: E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua, WI 54665.

Rescheduling a delivery: New this season, we are allowing members to reschedule, one time only,  to an alternate week to accommodate travel and vacation.  Or you can choose to postpone and double your next delivery. 

We must be notified of your intent to reschedule or postpone delivery by 8 am on the Monday of your normally scheduled delivery week.  There will be no exceptions to this deadline.  We are happy to offer this to members, but it has been taking a significant amount of time to track and manage the changes so to help please be sure to include the following:  Name, share size, delivery schedule (weekly or EOW group), pickup site, relevant dates

Newsletter Archive: Sometimes despite our best efforts our newsletters don't make it to your inbox, never fear our newsletters are archived on our website.  We usually have the newsletter done late Wednesday evening and they are immediately archived and accessible on our website:

MEMBER HANDBOOK: You can read it through our website under our "newsletters" tab for 2015:

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