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The Weekly Weeder

October 6, 2016
Weekly shares and Garlic EOW Group
Leeks on the spray table. Being washed for your boxes.

Box Contents and Tips

* All items should be stored in your refrigerator unless otherwise stated. *
  • Kale, Green Curly: 1 small bunch Smalls; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles.  Strip leaf away from the stem and cook.  Store in plastic bag in your refrigerator but use sooner than later.
  • Carrots: 1 pounds Small; 2 pounds Standards; 4 pounds Doubles.  The wet soil conditions has not done any favors to these guys in terms of flavor and appearance.  But they are still a good homegrown carrot.
  • Celeriac: 1 count Small; 2 count Standards; 3 count Doubles. This rather ugly vegetable is a cousin to celery that tastes like celery but cooks up like a potato.  Substitute celery stalks with celery root (or celeriac). Peel outer layer and add chunks to soups/stew, grate into cold salads. Store unused portion in a plastic bag and don't worry that it may turn  brown this is because it's been exposed to oxygen and oxidation causes the brownish appearance.
  • Eggplant: Smalls and Standards only
  • Garlic, Chesnok Red 1 bulb Small; 2 bulbs Standards; 3 bulbs Doubles. 
  • Leek: 1 Small; 1 Standards; 2 Doubles. 
  • Potatoes, Adirondik Red: 3 pounds Small; 6 pounds Standards; 12 pounds Doubles.  Red on the outside and inside!  A fun a tasty potato.  Use as you would a regular red.  Store on the counter top inside the brown bag to prevent turning green.
  • Romanesco: 1 pound Small; 2 pounds Standards; 3 pounds Doubles. 
  • Radish, Black Spanish: 2 count Smalls; 3 count Standards; 5 count Doubles  Store in a plastic bag to prevent roots from getting rubbery.  Kept in a bag they'll be usable for many weeks to come.  T
  • Squash: Carnival 1 Smalls; 2 big Standards; 4 Doubles.  Store on your counter top until used.  Always a top choice for many squash lovers.
  • Squash: Red Kabocha - 1 Smalls; 1 Standards; 2 Doubles Store on your counter top until used. Not to be confused with Kombocha the drink.  Red Kabocha is not as dry as the gray and is a sweet squash very different from an Acorn, and one of our personal favorites.  A great keeper thanks to it's hard skin. 
COMING SOON: More Carrots, Winter Squash and Romanesco, Broccoli,  and more!
Please take a short minute and nominate us for the Edible Madison Local Hero Award in the farmer category.  You have until October 9th. 

Here is the link
Custom order your Winter/Storage Share
Delivery dates:  10/20 or 10/27

Once again this year we are taking bulk orders on case/half case quantities of storage crops at wholesale prices.  The delivery dates are Oct 20th or Oct 27th.  This is for current CSA members only.

We used to offer a Holiday/Winter share but we have found that people prefer to custom order the items of their choosing for the winter and holidays.  Let's be realistic, not everyone wants 10 pounds of turnips, but there are those among us who do.  This is a great way to stock up on items that you know that you will use throughout the winter.

To order please complete the bulk purchase order form and mail it along with your payment to the farm.  Orders must be received by 8 am October 17th for the Oct 20th delivery or 8 am Oct. 24th for the Oct 27th delivery. If you have any questions let us know.  Here is the link to the bulk purchase order form:

News From the Farm

There is much for us to be thankful for as we find relief from the torrential rains.  While we have still had more wet days than we would like, we are happy to feel the warmth of the suns rays on our faces.  We now find ourselves in a race against the calendar as we notice the days shortening and the chill in the morning air.  However, we are torn by the notion that frost is right around the corner.  We would love some continued drying and heat gain for added growth on our baby Napa cabbages.  But we like the magic the frost works to sweeten our fall carrots, brussels sprouts and broccoli. But farming is like most everything in life, continual conflict of emotions.  And boy has this season been one crazy roller coaster ride of emotions.  So we focus on being thankful for all that we have and counting our blessings.  We hope that our love and joy for what we do is apparent in the food we grow. While not every item in every box is perfect- I can assure you that everything is grown and packed with love and positive energy.  As a good friend often says Good Energy = Good Food.

Your farmers,
Cate & Mat
The dewy kale patch.

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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

BEETS, RED 10 pounds $15
                      25 pounds $30

Farm Email:
Farm Address: E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua, WI 54665 

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Member Handbook:  if you have questions about how to pickup your box the answers can probably be found in this document.  You can download it here:

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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