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The Weekly Weeder

September 4, 2014

Box Contents and Tips

Box #13:  This is a Blue EOW Group

** Use care when unpacking your paper tomato bags, the wet lettuce will make them easily tear. **
  • Basil: The super moist conditions ruined our last basil patch.  But all was not lost, just very ugly. Wash thoroughly and use immediately! 
  • Beets, Chioggia:  These are a beautiful heirloom beet variety that maintains nice colors even after cooking.  Store roots in plastic bag of refrigerator until used.
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce - Red and/or Green Leaf: At long last!  We babied these plants along during the dry-spell of late July when they were transplanted.  A big load this week since hot weather in the next few days plus the wet conditions won't make field holding possible.  Store in plastic bag or salad spinner.  Be sure to wash thoroughly as their is still dirt within the leaves.
  • Sweet Pepper Mix:  Red or Yellow Bell, Carmen (long red tapered) sweet pepper.  Store in plastic bag in refrigerator.
  • Hot Peppers: Red Chile and Red or Orange Hot Wax
  • Romanesco: What a beautiful creation!  Use as you would cauliflower or broccoli. 
  • Sweet Onions: Store on counter or in cool dry dark location.
  • TOMATOES!  ROMAS, CHERRY'S & SLICERS  What a load!  Tired of cherry's - place in cake pan and put into the freezer, then into freezer bags - they make great additions to sauces, beans, pizza sauce and soups as their sweetness helps enhance and deepen the flavor. 
  • Zucchini &/OR Patty Pan: Store in warmer part of refrigerator or on counter top.  Prefers about 50-55-degrees.  The plants are starting to tire and we'll slowly have less and less in the next couple of weeks, so enjoy them while they last! 

Coming Soon (in the next box or so): 
Leeks, Cabbage, Potatoes and much more!

Bulletin Board

Bulk Purchase Opportunities:
Beets:  10 pounds $15
   Carrots: 25 pounds for $35

   LAST WEEK:  Tomatoes - Red or Black slicers, or a mix: They make a great sauce, stewed tomato, or fresh salsa.  Freeze them whole or can them for the winter.  10 pounds for $15.  If you'd like greater quantities, please contact us by email or phone. 
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!  To purchase tickets:

Holiday CSA Shares 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:

 Archived Newsletters are available here

News From the Farm

It's been almost 3 weeks of wet conditions, raining about every-other-day.  It's held up any type of field work like cultivating, seeding fall greens, planting cover crops, and mowing fields of old crops.  As a result, things are starting to become weedy. But our most pressing concern is that disease is starting to set in.  Roots are developing rot, basil and peppers are suffering from fungal spores, and the tomatoes are going down hill quickly.  Tomorrow we'll be working to get some of the early varieties of winter squash harvested and off the wet ground before any rot spots develop.  We're keeping our fingers crossed that tomorrow's anticipated storms pass around our farm.  

Be sure you wash your lettuce thoroughly to avoid a gritty salad!   
Happy Eating!
Cate & Mat
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