The Weekly Weeder 
 
Box #18: October 11, 2018

EOW "Tomato Group"
Box Contents, Storage & Cooking Tips 
 
Beets, Red 
1 pound Small Shares; 2 pounds Standard Shares; 4 pounds Double Shares

Broccoli 
1/2 pound Small Shares; 1 pound Standard Shares; 2 pounds Double Shares

Celery Root (or celeriac)
1 each Small Shares; 1 each Standard Shares; 2 each Double Shares

This is the key ingredient for some of the most delicious stews and soups!  Celeriac is part of the celery family, but instead of using of stalks and leaves, you use the bulb end of the plant.  Rinse the root, then peel (cut the bottom portion off and re-rinse) We like to grate the interior for use in gravy and hot dishes; chopped for stews and soups.  It's celery flavor is so delicious!  Celeriac is a good storage root and will keep for many months in a crisper drawer.  Store in a bag until used to prevent wilting and softening.

Kale, Green Curly 

1 small bunch Small Shares; 1 larger bunch Standard Shares; 1 larger bunch Double Shares

Store in bag to keep from wilting.  The chard has not been very happy this season with the extreme hot temperatures and then the wet cloudy days. The cold on Friday may damage the leaves, so while some leaves are quite small, we wanted everyone to get at least one more bunch this season.  

Lettuce, Butterhead, Green Leaf or Red Leaf - all shares

Onion, Sweet
1 each Small Shares; 2 each Standard Shares; 4 each Double Shares

Nice mild onions that are great eaten raw, but also used in cooking.  Store on the counter at room temperature, or a cooler space along an outside wall.  Be sure to keep temperatures above freezing.  

Peppers: a mix of red and green bells & jalapenos ~the last of the season!

Romanesco~ STANDARD & DOUBLE SHARES ONLY

Use as you would cauliflower.  Romanesco is a nuttier version of cauliflower.  We love it steamed like broccoli, cooked just until a fork can pierce it, then serve with butter, salt and pepper. 

Squash - Grey Kabocha (standard and double shares)

Squash - Red Kabocha (small shares)

Squash - Butternut (all shares)
Kabocha's and Butternuts are wonderful storage types.  Kabocha's are known for using in creamy soups, chunked for steaming, or roasted. Store on the countertop at room temperature, or for longer storage in a cool dark place.

COMING SOON:  Leeks, Winter Squash and More!
Trimming Beets... in the mud.

News From the Farm

The box is a little small this week...  

Without any sunshine, things are growing very slowly. With so much rain, nitrogen is being washed away from our plants so things aren't sizing up as they would in a typical season.  We see that playing out in the lettuce, broccoli and romanesco heads.  They're nice, just not very big.

The continuous rain has saturated the ground.  (We've been wet since just about Labor Day!)  The top inches of the ground are soft, so walking in the fields is laborious as you sink ankle deep in some places.   Our typically grass covered field roads are a rutted mess after this week's harvesting.  At least we didn't get stuck!

It
takes longer to do everything!  The mud slows our walking, weights down our boots. Our gear includes rain pants which are also heavy and can drag on the ground.  The harvest totes get extra muddy, so often we are using a second one so the vegetables being harvested aren't sitting in the mud. We are washing a lot of harvest totes! 

In other news....

We continue to harvest our fall carrot crop.  The arduous task of hand-pulling, then wiping the mud chunks off each one before breaking off the green top, is becoming a testament to our sanity.  Coupled with these past weeks of newspaper articles and now the UN report on climate change, the continuous rain seems a sign of our times. 

Cold weather is heading our way again this week.  We are focusing the rest of the week on carrot harvesting and cleaning muddy totes and buckets! 
   
Happy cooking!

With gratitude,
Cate and Mat
QUESTIONS WE ARE ANSWERING THESE DAYS:
 
When is the final CSA box delivered? 
Thursday October 18 is the last Bean EOW Group delivery
Thursday October 25 is the final box and last Tomato EOW Group delivery

When can we sign up for a 2019 CSA Share?  
We'll have our sign-up information available in December.  We'll email this list and also posted it to our website.  
BULK PURCHASE OPPORTUNITY:

The last two deliveries (Thursday Oct 18 & 25) have bulk purchase opportunities.  See our Bulk Order Form here: 2018 Bulk Order Form

To place an order: Email us csa@ridgelandharvest.com 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:
https://ridgelandharvest.com/delivery-change-request/
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. 
Your goofy farmers...  
Laughter is good medicine.  
Eat well and laugh more!
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