Ridgeland Harvest ~ Where all rows lead back home!
The early lettuces, fennel and beets have a nice protective fence around them.
Otherwise the deer devouring them!
CSA Deliveries Begin:
Thursday June 13, 2019!
We'll be assigning groups to those who are Every-Other-Week shares (EOW).
Watch your email. You will have a chance to switch groups prior to the start of delivery.
News From the Farm
Welcome to the first issue of 2019's Weekly Weeder!
CSA deliveries begin on Thursday, June 13! For those who are every-other-week shares (EOW), you will be receiving another email in the next few days, assigning you to an EOW group. You will have the opportunity to switch groups prior to the start of deliveries.
This season is our 19th farming year, with an incredible crew of seasoned workers and some new faces, our two sons ages 10 and 12, and our supportive families. You'll hear more about the people on our farm and stories from the fields every week.
This spring has been no different from the others - it's always a challenge. Weather fluctuations throw the best laid plans out the window. We know that and prepare for it every day. Knowing how far behind other farmers are in planting, we feel very fortunately that the beginning of May was ideal here! We had wonderful weather to prepare the soil for planting, getting early crops seeded and transplanted timely, and the greenhouse planting schedule stayed right on track.
But a few weeks ago the rain started coming more frequently, coupled with cool, cloudy weather, so things just couldn't dry out. We're still trying to catch up! But we look to the cool loving crops thriving in the fields and feel an abundance of gratitude. We find the good and hold onto it.
We are looking forward to the harvest season and sharing more about this season's food story.
Second installment checks dated June 1, 2019
will be deposited this coming Saturday June 1.
The hoop house. This is the last staging area for our plants, where they are acclimated to wind and lower temperatures. As you can see, we're packed with plants and a behind schedule due to the last few weeks of rain and cool cloudy days. Some of the plants are HUGE!
The apple trees blooming in our orchard.
Transplanting onions in early May. Farmer Mat rides on the back while seasoned crew members Justin (left), Derek (right) and Craig (driver) join in the fun. As a small farm, we are often part of the dirty work. It's what we love about being a small farm. We do it all!
Did you know - We Have New Pick-up Sites!
McBurney Disability Resource Center
702 W. Johnson Street, Madison
Open to UW Employees
Elver Park Neighborhood Center / Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center
1201 McKenna Blvd.
Southside of Madison
Open to the public
Allergy Associates of La Crosse 2731 National Drive, Onalaska
Now open to the public!
Strawberry Blossoms! While we suffered some winterkill on the plants, it looks promising by the number of blossoms. We were worried during the Polar Vortex. Next week we'll be planting a new field with new strawberry plants. They'll be mulched and nurtured for a year, and ready to be picked next spring. We replant every 3-4 years.
To pay by check, download the 2019 order form here and mail it
along with your payments to the farm.
Monday morning: After several days off the previous week, we finally had a break in the weather. We planted like mad for 2 hours before we were rained out again. Then wind was so strong that the precious pepper plants were getting whipped around. So here we are quickly trellising in the heart of the storm. Now we need a nice dry stretch of weather!
The pepper and eggplant field by Thursday morning...we were able to transplant again, pound t-posts and put up the first line of trellis. It's A LOT of t-posts!