The Weekly Weeder 
Box #7:  July 26, 2018

EOW "Bean Group"
Little Purple Bean.... not quite ready to pick.
Box Contents, Storage & Cooking Tips 
1 small bunch for Small Shares; 1 large bunch Standard Shares, 2 large bunches Doubles


1 each for Small Shares; 1 each Standard Shares, 2 each Doubles

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!  If you love preserving it, see the Bulk Purchase Opportunities below.

Beans ~  Green or Purple

.45  pound Small Shares;  .85  pounds Standard Shares; 1.6  pounds Double Shares.

Snap the stem off each bean and steam or boil until tender.  Butter, salt and pepper is such a nice simple way to enjoy the real taste of green beans.  Or chop into pieces and add to raw salads or cook and make pieces into a cold salad.  

Store beans best by opening the bag and eating sooner than later.  Too much moisture inside the bag will cause beans to mold.

Red Beets ~
1 small bunch for Small Shares; 1 large bunch Standard Shares, 2 large bunches Doubles

Greens and roots are edible.  Store in a covered container to keep from wilting and getting soft from dehydration in the refrigerator. 

Asian Eggplant - Viroqua, Lacrosse, Onalaska Shares Only 

Store in a warmer place of your refrigerator; too cold and they'll get rubbery. ! 
Asian eggplant are also best peeled and don't need the salt rub step mentioned above.  They can simply be cooked!

Cucumbers ~ 
2 each Small Shares; 3 each Standard Shares; 4 each Double Shares.

Lettuce -

1 head Small Shares, 1 heads Standard Shares; 2  heads Double Shares.

This will be the last lettuce until fall. 

Fresh Yellow Onion ~
1 count Small Shares; 2 count Standard Shares; 3 count Double Shares.

Store in a covered container to prevent from spreading onion smells within your refrigerator.

These fresh yellow onions are great thinly sliced onto your favorite grilled sandwich or diced for sautéing or caramelizing.  

Green Bell Peppers
1 each Small Shares; 3 each Standard Shares; 4 each Double Shares.

Red Bell Peppers ~ they aren't very pretty this week....see News from the Farm
1 each Small Shares; 1 each Standard Shares; 2 each Double Shares.

Tomatoes, Cherry~ small and double shares only
This is just the start and the cooler weather this week means there are only so many to go around this week.   .35 pounds small shares and .7 pounds doubles

Zucchini ~ Green & Gold, lots for everyone!
 2 each Small Shares, 5 each Standard Shares, 9 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.  
Coming Soon....Cantaloupe, Broccoli, Sweet Corn,  Swiss Chard, and much more!
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This Years Cherry Tomato Crop.  We plant the row far apart to help prevent disease.
A hedge of Cherry Tomatoes..... the first fruits are located down low and deep with in the plants.  The first pickings are always challenging as you crawl along to harvest.
Green tomatoes waiting to ripen... we are hopeful that we will have an excellent crop.  Are you ready for a fresh slice of tomato?

News from the Farm

We hosted a wonderful dinner here at the farm this past weekend, prepared and served by our friends Luke Zahm and partner Ruthie of the Driftless Café.  The dinner was a benefit to raise money for Wisconsin Foodie, the Wisconsin Public TV show that explores food in and around our state.  Events as special as this one allow us to enjoy the farm in a whole new way, with enthusiastic company from all over the Midwest who may have never seen a real working vegetable farm.  The event gave us opportunities to tidy up some spaces that needed it, prepare our hoop house and greenhouse for their next phases of farm work (curing onions and winter squash!), and continue our work in weeding and mowing weeds around the farm.  Nothing like having guests visiting to get after the dust bunnies in the corners.....

One great question that was discussed this weekend with our dinner guests was our pepper crop and the fact that many of the red peppers weren't perfect.  You too may be surprised by the fact that as many as 8 bad peppers are thrown away to get just 1 perfect red pepper.   So this week's box contains some of those imperfect homegrown red peppers and you'll need to cut off any bad spots you find, because that's what we do with homegrown produce, we utilize all the crops and all the good parts.  Vegetables are like people, they come in all different sizes and shapes, and many are not perfect, but all have some good in them.   


Happy cooking - Happy eating!

Your Farmers ~ Mat and Cate

Dining amongst the tomatoes!
REMINDER - For those of you who paid with multiple checks, August 1st checks will be deposited next week!

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. 
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Ridgeland Harvest LLC
E5538 Nelson Road * Viroqua, WI * 54665

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