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The Weekly Weeder

August 18, 2016
Weekly shares and Tomato EOW Group
Hey Dew and Fog have been part of our mornings on the farm.  Rain boots and rain pants are essential morning gear.

Box Contents and Tips

Careful - it's a heavy box this week!  Small shares weigh on average 14.5 pounds; Standards weigh 23 pounds; Doubles weigh 40 pounds.  Think of and give thanks to our wonderful delivery drivers, Craig and Steve,  who get these heavy boxes to you.
  • Cabbage, Savoy:  1 Small; 1 Standards; 2 Doubles  A wonderful cabbage for making fresh salads with as the dressing has the curvy savoy leaves to stick to.  Keep wrapped in plastic inside your refrigerator until used. Don't feel you need to use the entire head at once - we often cut off small portions and use in meals, then wrap up the remaining part and keep in the refrigerator until another time. 
  • Garlic: 1 Small; 1 Standards; 2 Doubles  Store on the counter top until used.
  • Onion, Walla Walla:  1-2 Small; 2 big Standards; 3 bigs Doubles  A sweet onion great raw or cooked. Store on the counter top (not in the refrigerator) and will keep for many months.
  • Peppers, Green: 1 Small; 3 Standards; 4 Doubles.
  • Peppers - Red, Yellow and/or Orange sweet peppers 1 Small; 4 Standards; 3 Doubles. These are not perfect peppers! The wet weather has taken a toll on them. But we felt they did have mainly usable parts - simply cut off the bad portion and use or freeze.
  • Peppers, Jalapenos: 1 Small; 2 Standards; 4 Doubles  Similar to tomatoes, peppers freeze easily.  Simply wash, cut into desired pieces (we like to half them for our families portions but you may want to cut them smaller), remove seed cavity, then pop into the freezer.  Easily used by running under warm water to slightly defrost then use.
  • Sweet Corn!  4 Small; 6 Standards; 12 Doubles The first of the season!  This tender bi-color corn is tasty boiled, microwaved, grilled or raw.  Store in the refrigerator until used - no need to put into plastic.
  • Tomatoes, Cherry: 0.65 pounds Smalls only. Remove from plastic bag, wash thoroughly, then leave out on the counter top until fully ripened - then use! 
  • Tomatoes, Slicers: 6 pounds Smalls; 8 pounds Standards; 16 pounds Doubles!  Remove from plastic bag, wash thoroughly then leave on the counter top to fully ripen.  If you're in short time or they are starting to get overripe, pop them whole into the freezer!  
  • Zucchini, green and gold:  2 Smalls; 2 Standards; 4 Doubles  Store on your counter top to avoid rubbery zucchini's. 
COMING SOON:  More Carrots, Kale, & Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard, Kohlrabi, Beets, and lots more!

News From the Farm

The tomatoes are still a large part of your shares this week, but the plants are beginning to decline and soon they won't be available.  So enjoy the bounty while you can!  And don't fret, if you can't turn them into sauce or salsa or whatever, why not simply pop the ripened ones directly into the freezer?! 

The crew is growing weary of harvesting tomatoes.  The heavy trays seem to get heavier as the day stretches on.  Monday brought in 4 pallets - that's a whole lot of picking!  While we're looking forward to harvesting the many other items that are growing in our fields, we're not wishing summer away just yet.

But summer sure is closing in on us.  Our wonderful summer baby sitter has returned to college and this week our sons Paul and John have been wandering the fields and under our feet during the harvest, clipping, bagging, sorting and packing of things.  It's wonderful to hear their laughter (and arguments) throughout the day.  Their shoes, balls, bikes, and various sticks have crept into our workplace again.  We miss Fiona though and her long-time care of our children is always a magical time.  We've watched her grow up with our boys - she was just 13 years old when she'd come and look after Paul so we could get farm and office work done - and she's now a young woman of 21!  How time flies.

As our last summer weeks are here, enjoy grilling and sharing the bounty of food with family and friends.   

Eat well everyone and happy cooking,
Cate & Mat
Video of the Week!
The video this week is of our onion topper, AKA the finger remover, as it is dangerous and these have been known to rip fingers from hands.  The video is not the best as I wanted to make certain not to loose any fingers while filming and running the topper.

Bulletin Board

Bulk Purchase Opportunities!
To order: send us an email with your order request, name & pick-up site by Monday 12:00 pm (noon) for delivery on Thursday.  Then mail your check to the farm!

THYME,12 bunches $18  -- great for drying and using in cooking or tea (we seep thyme stems along with fresh ginger and add honey and lemon as a wonderful tea for winter colds and sore throats- seriously look up the benefits of thyme tea.)
SWISS CHARD, 12 bunches $18 -- great for freezing!
CURED GARLIC, 5 pounds $30 -- porcelain hard neck varieties
                            10 pounds $60
JALAPENO PEPPERS, 5 pounds $15 -- time for jalapeno poppers or freeze them now to use throughout the fall and winter.
 
Farm Email:  csa@ridgelandharvest.com
Farm Address: E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua, WI 54665 


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Having someone else pickup your box?  make certain they take only the box with your name on the label.  When people take the wrong box it causes a chain reaction of trouble for many people.  The system is simple.  Look at the labels and take the correct box.  Please,  Please if you are having someone else pickup your box help them to understand this small but critical step.

Rescheduling Delivery:  We are happy to reschedule your boxes to allow you to travel and still reap the full reward of our CSA.  We must be notified via email of your intent to reschedule or postpone delivery by 8 am on the Monday of your normally scheduled delivery week.

However, tracking the requests is very time consuming  we serve 500 members.  So we ask that you provide the following information in this format when you are rescheduling your delivery:

1. Name of the primary member,
2. pick up site,
3. share size,
4. delivery schedule (weekly or EOW), 
5. if applicable your EOW group (garlic or tomato), 
6. the date you will be gone
7. the date you want your share delivered.

Having all of the above information saves Mat a lot of time in making certain your share is delivered when you want it.  Thank you!!
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