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The Weekly Weeder

June 12, 2014

Important Reminders

1. Read the Member Handbook!!  Find a copy here          
2. Take ONLY the box with your name on it (the primary contact person for your share).
3.  Respect the guidelines of your pick-up site, as described in your Member Handbook.
4.  Carefully dismantle your farm box, and leave at your pick up site.  Any ripped tabs of your box, generally ruins the box and makes it unable to be reused.  Please use care and see the diagram in the Member Handbook on flattening your box. 

Bike the Barns Driftless

This spectacular fundraising bicycle tour travels through the forested hillsides and rolling farmland of the lovely Driftless area while raising awareness and membership for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Bike the Barns generates funding for the Coalition’s work, including the Partner Shares Program, a cost-share initiative to improve accessibility to fresh, local produce for limited-income families.

Participants in Bike the Barns Driftless will enjoy a scenic day of biking to local farms and eating artisan dishes prepared fresh, courtesy of Rooted Spoon Culinary.  The ride starts and ends in Viroqua, WI, and visits Ridgeland Harvest and Driftless Organics farms.


Join the Fun!

  • Enjoy cycling through the rolling countryside
  • Connect with local farms – Farm Tours offered at each stop!
  • Bring fresh, local food to families in need by raising pledges to support our work
  • All riders receive a commemorative 2014 ride t-shirt

Riders are invited to raise pledges to accompany their registration donation which will benefit FairShare’s overall work and our Partner Shares Program, connecting more low-income households with CSA farms and increasing access to fresh, local food.

Want to help, but not sure you want to ride?

  • Sign-up to volunteer for the event by managing a water stop, serving meals, or offering support at the farm stops
  • Make a donation to FairShare by donating to a rider’s pledge page, or to the “Carrot Cruiser” – FairShare’s Ghost Rider pledge-raiser

FairShare CSA Coalition creates strong, healthy communities by rebuilding inclusive local food systems. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) fosters connections between consumers, their farmers, and the land. We envision a future where small-scale organic farms can make a living, where consumers of all income levels have access to local, fresh food, and where these relationships improve communities’ connection to the environment.

What's in the box:

Box #1:  Blue EOW Group

First, a word about this week's box: The cooler weather means things are growing slower and ripening slower, so we just have to be patient and remember that eating seasonally means working with Mother Nature.   
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Easter Egg Radishes
  • Strawberries- Double Shares only
Above: Strawberry Blossoms- the plants are loaded with blossoms and green berries.  The cool weather this week has slowed the ripening so only double shares get them this week. The plethora of blooms means that we will soon be inundated with berries but we will have to be patient for them to ripen.

Right:  Swiss Chard harvest in the High Tunnel- a wonderful way to start  the morning!

News From the Farm

After the long cold snowy winter, we were excited to begin the farming season.  Yet spring was long in coming, with cold and wet weather through April and into May.  Seeding and transplanting in the fields was delayed about three weeks, and we thought we'd never catch up! 

When spring wasn't cooperating with planting cold sensitive crops, we used the time to mulch perennials, reorganize our tool shed and lower barn into much needed storage space, clean and scrub every surface and harvest crate in the packing shed.  Now that things warmer we too are getting busier we feel so grateful for the early season organization! 

Over the last few weeks we have caught up on transplanting, continued to seed succession crops in the field and the greenhouse, as well  spent lots of time weeding.  We bring in extra hands to help us work through the flush of weeds that can easily smother seedlings. 

This season is our 14th farming year, but we continue to learn about the lesson of patience.  It can be difficult to wait for things grow when the growth is so much slower than planned.  Our carefully calculated plans of peas, cabbage, kohlrabi and beets for the early boxes have yet to  materialize, so we'll just need to be patient.  They will come and soon we will have abundant boxes filled with the bounty of the season.

We look forward to sharing  more with you in the next 20 weeks.
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