The Weekly Weeder

 Thursday August 29, 2019
Melon Planting Number 2..... lots of flowers but needs more time before we will see fruit.
EPIC PICK-UP SITE REMINDER:

Due to UGM - Thursday, Aug 29 delivery changes to "The Farm Campus" area or Sofrito
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News From the Farm

Monday was a good day.  The last of our onions were brought in from the fields, and are tucked into the hoop house to finish drying and curing.  And tonight, as it starts to gently rain, it's good knowing the onions are inside, dry, under cover, home. 

It was also a good day because the tomatoes are really coming in heavy, the melons are ripe and incredibly delicious, the cucumbers, peppers and zucchini are vivid bright colors. The day was filled with the smells of ripe produce.  As this week's bounty is harvested, we feel especially thankful for the many hands who have been helping us to harvest, wash and package each and every item in your boxes.   

Labor Day marks a seasonal shift, the summer crops are at their peak, yet we know the seasonal fading and falling back into the earth. So it's fitting that the seasonal laborers return to school and we lean our work crew for the last 2 month push of the season. 
We bid farwell to hard working and enthusiastic crew member Evergreen this week, as he returns to college for his second year.  His laughter, curiosity, and good nature have already been missed!  And long time crew member Justin will be reducing his hours to  once a week, as he also returns to school. His strength, quiet determination, and capability of may tasks are things we could always rely upon.  

Be careful when lifting your box this week.  Especially those with large and very large shares this week!!

Eat well, get motivated, and put yourself into action towards the betterment of Mother Earth.  Our lives depend upon it! 

In appreciation - Your farmers,
Cate & Mat
Curing Onions.....
An ugly side of organic produce farming... field plastic cleanup.
* How to reschedule a delivery *

You must fill out and submit the Delivery Change Request Form.
The form is located
here: https://ridgelandharvest.com/csa/csa-forms/ 

Deadline is 8:30 am on Monday of the week you are changing. 


Every Other Week Shares - you can elect to have your share delivered on an alternate/off Thursday, OR if you want to maintain your usual EOW schedule then we will "double up" your share size on another Thursday delivery day of your choosing. 

Weekly Shares would also select a date to have their share "doubled", on another Thursday delivery day. 


What does "doubled up" mean?  If you are a Small Share then you'd receive a Standard Share; if you're a Standard Share you'd receive a Double Share.

If you have any questions on how it works don't hesitate to contact us.  

Week#12 CSA Box Contents: 

Weekly Shares + Every-other-Week "Melon Group"

 
Red Beets (Pack your Own shares only)

The start of another planting!  Tops and roots are both edible. 

Cucumbers 

Make a batch of refrigerator pickles!  We love a sweet version with turmeric.


Herb - Parsley

Melons - Cantaloupe 


A nice load for everyone this week!  Rinse and cut into slices. They're ready to eat! 

Napa Cabbage (Pack your Own shares only)

Also called Chinese Cabbage.  Again, just the beginning of this crop with more yet to come.  Shred and use in spring rolls, or make kimchee or a raw salad.
 
Onion, Sweet


Cured, so leave out on your counter until you're ready to use it.

Peppers - Jalapenos, Green Bell Peppers, Sweet Peppers 


Tomatillos - Standard & Double Farm Shares & Pack your Own Shares 

Tomatoes - Our 'Farmhouse Cherry Mix' + 
                    Variety of slicing tomatoes


Eat them raw, cook them, freeze them.

Let your tomatoes finish ripening out on the counter, at room temperature, for a few days. You'll known they're ripe when their color deepens and they will feel soft when given a gentle squeeze.    

Zucchini - Green and Gold

The cool nights are perfect for a batch of zucchini bread (or two!). They freeze easy too.  Our preparation for school snacks and lunches definitely includes this quick bread!
COMING SOON...Leeks, Beets, Napa Cabbage, Cilantro and more!
BULLETIN BOARD:
 
Bulk Purchase Opportunities - a great time to freeze and stock up:

Garlic, 5 pounds $30

Sweet Onions, 5 pounds $
                        10 pounds $

Kale, 12 bunches $18
    Choose from Lacinato, Green Curly or Red Curly

Jalapeno Peppers, 5 pounds $18
                               10 pounds $35

Canning Tomatoes, 10 pounds $12.50
                                   20 pounds $25


Send us an email by Monday 8 am if you'd like to order anything: csa@ridgelandharvest.com.  Then send your check to "Ridgeland Harvest" E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua WI 54665.
Thank you! 
Your farmers Cate & Mat
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