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The Weekly Weeder

September 15, 2016
Weekly shares and Tomato EOW Group
Sweet Onions waiting to be trimmed.

Box Contents and Tips

* All items should be stored in your refrigerator unless otherwise stated. *
  • Beets,Red Cylindrical: 1 small bunch Smalls; 1 big bunch Standards; 2 big bunches Doubles These long beets are excellent for uniform slices.  Cut off the ugly tops and discard (sorry they weren't more usable) and store the beet roots in a plastic bag until ready to use.
  • Broccoli: Standards only  .75 pounds We had planned and planted enough broccoli in this planting for more but the wet weather has not been kind and has caused some disease.  We do have another planting and will have more broccoli in a few more weeks.  Store in a plastic bag until used. Best used within 3-4 days.
  • Carrots, Purple Haze: 1 pound Smalls; 2 pounds Standards; 4 pounds Doubles. 
  • Eggplant, Oriental: 1 Smalls; 2 Standards; 3 Doubles.  Store in refrigerator but careful it doesn't get pushed back to the coldest part of your refrigerator. 
  • Garlic, Italian: Store on counter and not in the refrigerator
  • Kale, Green Curly: 1 small bunch Smalls; 1 big bunch Standards; 2 big bunches Doubles. Store in refrigerator inside a plastic bag to keep the bunch from wilting. Our boys love the combination of steamed kale (in salted water) mixed with mashed potatoes!
  • Lettuce, Green Leaf :1 Smalls; 1 Standards; 2 Doubles
  • Lettuce, Red Romaine: 1 Standards, 1 Doubles
  • Onion, Red: 2 Small; 4 Standards; 6 Doubles  Store on the counter top (not in the refrigerator).
  • Potatoes, Red: 2 pounds Smalls; 4 pounds Standards; 8 pounds Doubles.  A wonderfully universal potato, reds are excellent for mashed potatoes!  Store in a cool, dark area (50-60 degrees is ideal).
COMING SOON:  Spinach, More Beets and Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Winter Squash and more!

Mark your calendars for
A CSA Farm Picnic Day!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
11:30 - Farm Opens for early picnickers
12:30 sharp - Farm U-Pick Tour begins.  Expect this to last 1-2 hours.
3:30 pm - Departure

Bring your own snacks, picnic meals and beverages.  We'll have fresh apple cider and tea available.  Plan to picnic before or after the tour.  Bring blankets to sit on or chairs.  We have a few tables to use.  

Wear good sturdy footwear and clothes that can get a little dirty. 

Call or email us with questions.  We hope you'll be able to join us!

News From the Farm

Rain again, Rain again, Wet again, Wet. 
5 inches, 3 inches, Get what we get.
Rain again, Rain again, Wet again, Wet.

To avoid sounding repetitious, we'll avoid the topic of weather altogether this week! But if you have been doing a rain dance would you please stop.

Monday was an awesome day!  The wind was blowing, the sun was out, and we harvested in fields we haven't been in for a long time. Even though the soil was wetter than ideal it was the driest some of those fields have been on a while. Our hard working crew was giddy with big, fresh beets and a bountiful crop of potatoes.  Actually, these are some of the best looking and delicious potatoes we've grown in many years, so look forward to more! 

We are not so giddy about the fate of the latest broccoli crop.  The wet weather has caused an out break of alternaria, a fungal pathogen.  We are happy to get the last harvest, but much of the crop was lost.  We have been applying an organically approved fungicide- which is basically hydrogen peroxide to kill any spores on our other broccoli, cauliflower, and romanesco and even carrot plantings.  This is the same fungus that causes early blight on tomatoes.  It is a challenge to deal with given the continuous wet weather - exactly what it loves most.  We do what we can to prevent such outbreaks as well as what we can to stop their spread, but mother nature is a formidable foe and sometimes we have to be happy to get what we get.

This is the time of year where our work becomes easier.. our minds are tough from the long days of tomato harvest and our bodies are conditioned and ready to lift the heavy totes of squash and potatoes.  Heck a tote of kale may as well be a feather.  The days are more varied with quick harvests of a variety of crops.  The crew this week worked like a fine clock- everyone knowing what to do and all happy to do what needed to be done.  It takes a special person to endure a season on our farm.  A willingness to work and take initiative to lead a task/job are crucial.  But also maintaining good energy and not focusing on the negative are essential.  Cate has been working on vegetable farms since the mid 90's and has seen all kinds try their hands at this work and once someone goes down the road to negativity they have already lost and won't survive.  Those that are still with us meet a gold standard and we love having them be part of our farm and family.  And those that don't make the grade we are happy to bid farewell.

We are looking forward to a nice fall with drier weather and turning the oven on for some roasted veggies.  Until then we are enjoying this in between season.

Happy eating!
Cate & Mat
A short video showing the potato digger in action- digging them and laying them on top of the ground.  In the background you can see the crew following picking them up.  We harvested about 8-9000 pounds on Monday and have about another 6-8,000 yet to harvest.   While by some standards this is not a lot, but this is the most we have grown and we are looking forward to sharing more with you in the weeks to come.

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!

Kale, Green Curly 12 bunches  $14

Onions:  Yellow Storage or Red Storage
10 pounds $15 
20 pounds $25

GARLIC, 5 pounds $30 - hard neck varieties
               10 pounds $60
 
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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