The Weekly Weeder 
Box #4:  July 5, 2018

EOW "Tomato Group"
Box Contents, Storage & Cooking Tips 
1 bunch for Small & Standard Shares; 2 bunches Double Shares.

Basil doesn't like to be stored too cold or it can turn black.  We like to keep it on the counter in a jar/vase of water.  Use it fresh, dry it, make pesto with it!  

Red Beets ~
1 small bu. Small Shares; 1 big bu. Standard Shares; 2 big bu. Double Shares.
The leaves aren't pretty, but the roots are delicious!  Store in covered bag so they doesn't become rubbery.  They'll keep for many months covered properly in your refrigerator.  

1 pound Small Shares;  2 pounds Standard Shares; 4 pounds Double Shares.

Store covered to keep from getting rubbery.

Use for fresh salads, cooked, stir-fry, steamed, or freeze it for winters use.  This first planting was pushed right along with this heat, so they didn't have time to slowly size up but rather just immediately  

Cucumbers ~ Just the start!
1 each Small Shares; 2 each Standard Shares; 2 each Double Shares.

Garlic Scapes ~ The last of scapes….soon it will be Fresh Garlic Bulbs!
1 small bu. Small Shares; 1 big bu. Standard Shares; 2 big bu. Double Shares.

Store enclosed to avoid spreading the garlicy smell in the refrigerator.

Use the tender end which is the round portion, not the slender flower tip which can be tough. Have you pickled any?  Try this recipe for Pickled Garlic Scapes. Great to use up those lingering scapes!

Lettuce - Green Butterhead (all shares) & Red Romaine (standards and doubles only)

Store in a covered container to prevent from drying out.  

Napa Cabbage ~
1 head each for Small and Standard Shares; 2 heads for Double Shares 

Store in a covered container to prevent from drying out.

Excellent raw or cooked.  Make a batch of kimchi, roll into spring rolls with basil, scallions and radishes.   finely chopped raw salad or peanut sauce 

Red Round Radishes
1 small bu. Small Shares; 1 big bu. Standard Shares; 2 big bu. Double Shares.

Store in a covered container to prevent from drying out.

The last of the season!  We just love them added to our tacos or use them as a salad topper, snack item, shredded into cold salads like broccoli, potato or pasta salads

Scallions (green onions)
1 small bu. Small Shares; 1 big bu. Standard Shares; 2 big bu. Double Shares.

Store in a covered container to prevent onion smell from perforating other foods.

Zucchini ~ Green & Gold, lots for everyone!
5 each Small Shares, 9 each Standard Shares, 12 each Double Shares

Zucchini doesn't like to be stored too cold, so be careful to put them in a warmer place in your refrigerator (not the very back!) or they'll become rubbery.  

Wow, the heat really made these plants produce!  Try thick slices on the grill, sautéed moon slices with parmesan cheese, shredded into zucchini pancakes, grated for zucchini chocolate chip bread, scooped out boats filled with rice pilaf, dehydrated zucchini chips, or even deep fried for appetizers.   
Coming Soon....More Zucchini, Cucumbers & Lettuce,
Sweet Onions, Green Beans and more!
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News from the Farm


It was the first week of heavy harvests from the zucchini and cucumber plants, along with lots of other items being pushed along by the hot temperatures.  This busy work load is carried by all our crew members without complaint, despite the misery of humid days that leave us dripping with sweat!  We are reminded during this time of the season, that laboring on a vegetable farm is not suited for everyone.  It's heavy, messy, sticky hot, pounding heat, enduring weeds, getting bit by various bugs, even having a mouse rub up against bare legs for safety from the dog, long days, and lots of mental thinking and judgement. 

Our steady crew members Derek, Felipe, Lovina, Emma, Justin, Rowan, and Nikki (we wish there was a picture to show you!) dig into the work.  Our delivery drivers Craig (local route to La Crosse Onalaska and Viroqua) and Steve (Madison, Fitchburg, Monona, Verona, Middleton) are handling their routes with ease despite all the road construction...even enduring a week when the air conditioner went out in the cab, ugh!  Grandma Marie catches us up on house chores every week and feeds us a hearty lunchtime meal with leftovers.  And we are fortunate again this season to have young Amish women (early twenties) who enjoy working in produce and earning their own money.     

While the work days keep getting longer and crops getting heavier, we have so much to be thankful for.  Thank you for being a part of our family farm.     

Happy cooking - Happy eating!

Your Farmers ~ Mat and Cate

Planting fall carrots!  It's a slow intentional drive, but it's really important to stay awake and keep the rows straight....otherwise the cultivators may take out any crookedness!   

Basil: $9 for 6 bunches or $18 for 12 bunches
It's that time of the season again - dry it & make and freeze pesto!

Maple Syrup:   $10 / pint or $20 / quart
Hand collected by our family and cooked over an open fire. This syrup is deliciously sweet and great to use in cooking.  Try substituting maple syrup for sugar in your salad dressings and marinades.  And we love it drizzled over yogurt, smoothies and ice cream!  Will come bubble wrapped in a separate box from your CSA box.  Look for a second box on delivery day with your name on it.  Then please return the box and bubble wrap to your site so we can reuse it.  Thank you!!

To place an order: Email us by Monday with your order.  Then mail a check made out to "Ridgeland Harvest" at E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua WI 54665.  
Rescheduling a delivery or change your pick-up site:

Members can reschedule, one time only, to an alternate week to accommodate travel and vacation.  Or you can choose to postpone and double your next delivery. 

To reschedule, please fill out the Delivery Change Form located here or on the website:
Requests must be submitted by 8:30 am on the Monday of your normally scheduled delivery week.  There will be no exceptions to this deadline. 
Thank you for choosing us to grow your food! 

Your Farmers:  Mat, Cate and sons Paul and John
Copyright © * 2018 * Ridgeland Harvest, LLC, All rights reserved.

To reach us by US Postal Mail Service:
Ridgeland Harvest LLC
E5538 Nelson Road * Viroqua, WI * 54665

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