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The Weekly Weeder

October 9, 2014

Box Contents and Tips

Box #18:  This is a Orange EOW Group

  • Beet Greens: We thinned our last planting of beets but couldn't let these delicious greens go to waste.  A very nutritious food, and quickly made into part of a meal by washing entire root/stem/leaves and steaming for about 10 minutes or until tender.  Our boys look forward to meals with beet thinnings, served with butter/salt/pepper!  Use sooner than later.  Store in plastic bag in refrigerator
  • Celeriac- remove tops and store in plastic bagFor those unfamiliar- use the bulb as you would celery- great addition to any soup or stew.  Be sure to peel outer layer prior to use.
  • Carrots: Keep in plastic bag until used.
  • Cabbage: We field harvested these so some a bit dirty.  Remove outer layers and use interior leaves.  Will store in refrigerator crisper drawer until used.
  • Green Kale- store in plastic bag in refrigerator
  • Peppers: The last of the season!
  • Rutabaga: It wasn't a very good rutabaga year for us but we salvaged what we could for this week and our Holiday Shares.  Many root pests have made their marks on the outside of your rutabaga - those ugly lines.  Luckily, rutabaga's need to be peeled prior to use!  Store in plastic bag until used.   
  • Shallots: store on counter
  • Acorn Squash -   Store on counter top. 

Coming Soon (in the next box or so): 
Brussels Sprouts, Squash, Napa, Potatoes, Broccoli, Onions and much more...

News From the Farm

Farmer's across our region are busy harvesting soybeans this week.  It's nice to see activity returning to neighboring fields that have been void of people all summer long.  As they haul in beans, we haul in carrots!  This week has been a very busy week with extra help brought in to harvest carrots.  As the weather holds and conditions are perfect for digging, we're harvesting as fast as we can.  Like all of our crops, carrots are harvested by hand, not a machine.  Every carrot top is snapped off by a human hand and carefully put into buckets, then totes, then bins.  The coolers are filling up quickly with stacks of bins that tower over our heads. 

It's always a magical time to be part of this grand and beautiful harvest: the carrot colors and landscape so vivid all around us; the wind and chilly starts and endings of the day a real reminder of the fall into winter.  Carrots are also one of our most important crops as they're our winter income.  We feel a sense of contentment as we drift off into deep tired sleep.  The hard work of growing and harvesting this crop is almost done.   
As we head into the last two deliveries, we want to remind everyone that opportunities to stock up for the fall are still available:  Holiday Share (sign up on line or with our order form) or again this season we'll offer a November 20th delivery of Bulk Purchase items (a link to this form will be emailed out separately in the coming days).   

Thank you so much for your many kind words and praise of this season.  We feel so blessed to be feeding so many gracious people.

Happy Eating,
Cate & Mat

Bulletin Board

REMINDER - The last summer share delivery is on Thursday, October 23rd  (Blue EOW last delivery is next Thursday October 16th).

Holiday CSA Shares still available: Our November 20th share is delivered in time for Thanksgiving.  Sign-up now to secure more of the fall harvest with quantities of onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, winter squash and so much more.  More information here:

Bulk Purchase Opportunity for November 20th delivery:  The form will soon be available and we'll post it in next week's newsletter.  Look for a separate email with our bulk purchase form for November.

Bulk Purchase Opportunities for October 16 and 23rd:
Beets:  10 pounds $15
   Carrots: 25 pounds for $35

   Kale (red, green or lacinato) 12 bunches for $15  - Excellent for freezing, drying or making kale chips!

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

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