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The Weekly Weeder

July 31, 2014
Here is this years crew (except for Rose)  Giddy with carrot love!

Box Contents and Tips

Box #8:  This is a Orange EOW Group

  • Beets, Red: Store in plastic bag in refrigerator.  Will store for many weeks this way. 
  • Broccoli: Standard Shares only.  It's the very last, so just a little to accompany a stir-fry or add to a pasta salad.  Store in plastic bag until used, or it will become rubbery. 
  • Cabbage, green:  Don't worry, this cabbage is meant to be flat!  A fun specialty cabbage that is sweet and tender.  Put into a plastic bag and use in the coming week or two.  No need to use the whole thing at once, just cut off a portion and put the rest in your plastic bag of the refrigerator. 
  • Carrots!  The nice summer carrot, while not as sweet as our fall carrots, are still very good.  Keep in plastic bag in your refrigerator and use as you wish.  No need to peel these carrots, just rinse prior to use. 
  • Eggplant, Oriental OR Globe: Store in warmer part of your refrigerator as they prefer about 50-degrees.
  • Beans, Dragon Tongue:  Heirloom variety of bean that are exceptionally flavored!  Keep in plastic bag in refrigerator until used.  Simply snap off the little stem end, then lightly steam in salted water.  Beans loose their vivid purple color.
  • Beans, Green: Simply snap off the little stem end.  Keep in plastic bag in refrigerator until used.
  • Fennel: The last week.  A great addition to any ratatouille recipe.  Store in plastic bag.  
  • A mix of Zucchini - Gold and Green and Patty Pan:  This first planting is starting to fade.  Store in warmer part of refrigerator or on counter top.  Prefers about 50-55-degrees
  • Cucumbers: Store in plastic bag in refrigerator.
  • Cherry Tomato Mixture: Double Shares only - Store at room temperature.  Use as they become ripe.
  • Kale, Lacinato:  Store in plastic bag in refrigerator. 
  • Peppers, Hot Wax:  A pepper with a nice amount of heat.  Store in plastic bag in refrigerator.

Coming Soon (in the next box or so): 
More Onions, Carrots, Beans, Garlic, Sweet Corn and Tomatoes!

Bulletin Board

August 1st payments (second installments) will be deposited this coming Friday August 1.  If you submitted a second check for payment of your CSA share, please check your bank account records so there aren't any problems.  Thank you!

Bulk Purchase Opportunity:  Basil  - 12 large bunches for $18  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!  More details soon.

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Did you receive one of these unusual carrots?   If you did let us know so you can receive a prize!  Your choice of T-Shirt (limited sizes available) or hat.  To claim your prize take a photo and email  it to

News From the Farm

It's dry!  There hasn't been any significant rain for over 2 weeks now and nothing in the forecast looks promising.  So we've set up the new irrigation pipes that we found used this winter, replacing our old plastic lines that were unrepairable after so many years of use.  It's been a wonderful upgrade for us!  But we still end up moving hoses and sprinklers every 6-8 hours, day and night.  It's this heavy-harvest time coupled with late nights/early mornings that begin the exhaustion.  We count our blessings for a good deep well that provides us with safe irrigation water for your food.  Onward we go!

Happy Eating!
Cate & Mat
Paul loves carrot harvesting - snacks right from the ground.  He says," The dirt makes them taste better."
Kale harvest.  Several weeks ago we received some hail -  you may see evidence of this on some of your leaves. 
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