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The Weekly Weeder

August 3, 2017: Box #8
Weekly shares and Potato EOW Group
Tractor and Round Baler waiting to be power washed after baling hay.

Box Contents and Tips

  • Broccoli:  .7 pound Smalls; 1.4 pounds Standards; 2.5 pounds Doubles.  Store in plastic bag until used or freeze if you can't use it quickly enough. 
  • Beans (purple or green): 0.5 pounds Smalls; 1 pound Standards; 2 pounds Doubles  This week we couldn't keep on top of the bean picking so they are a bit larger than we planned.  Simply add on a minute or so to their cooking time.  Don't forget to put a bit of salt in your water as they boil to add more flavor.
  • Green Cabbage: 1 head Smalls; 1 head Standards; 2 heads Doubles This nice summer cabbage is juicy and crispy, making excellent coleslaw!  Wash outside of entire cabbage then keep in your crisper drawer until used. 
  • Celery: 1 small Smalls; 1 larger Standards; 2 larger Doubles Celery grown in Wisconsin is much different with it's intense flavor and chewier texture that holds up well in cooking.  Separate stalks so you can clean out any dirt particles, then wrap in tin foil and store in the refrigerator. 
  • Eggplant (Globe or Asian): 1 each Smalls; 1 each Standards; 2 each Doubles  Store in a warmer place of your refrigerator to avoid rubbery eggplant. 
  • Melons, Cantaloupe: All shares at all Madison area sites execept Fitchburg. Bruce Co, WTS Paradigm.  We should have melons for a couple more weeks if the weather cooperates.  We want all shares to get melons- it just may take a while.  We know now that we need to plant more at a time.
  • Pickling Cucumbers: .5 pound Smalls; 1 pound Standards; 2 pounds Doubles. 
  • Cucumbers: 1 each Smalls; 2 each Standards; 4 each Doubles.
  • Red Peppers: 2 each Smalls; 4 each Standards; 7 each Doubles. Store in refrigerator - we find they stay firm when inside a plastic bag in the crisper drawer.  If you can't use them all this week, simply freeze them.  Some of our crew members are new to harvesting peppers so some are 'reddish' in color.
  • Farmhouse Cherry Mix Tomatoes: .3 pounds Smalls; .6 pounds Standards; 1.2 pounds Doubles. Your mix includes some ripe and some unripe.  The deeper the color and softer the feel, the riper and sweeter they'll be. Store at room temperature to help ripen any greener fruits. 
  • Tomato Slicers: 2 each for Doubles only - Just the start!  The deeper the color and softer the feel, the riper they are. Store at room temperature. 
  • Zucchini, Gold OR Green: 2 each Smalls; 5 each Standards; 8 each Doubles.  Store in a warmer place within your refrigerator.
COMING SOON: Basil, Savoy Cabbage, Sweet Corn, Celery, Cured Garlic and Onions, Tomatoes and more!
We use the hay for mulch.

News From the Farm

What do you do when your list is longer than the day?

When we were in our late 20's and 30's we would simply extend the day, working through the night and into the next day.  Sometimes with enough coffee we would work 3 straight days. Now well into our 40's, with children, and a fair amount of gray hair we still work long days and some late nights but know that sleep will keep us healthy and more productive in the long run and taking time listen to and enjoy our children in the evening is what truly matters in life. 

So what is a busy farmer to do on one of those days where the list is longer than the thing is to write a short news from the farm and include more photos.

Eat well everyone and happy cooking,
Mat & Cate
Perspective from a farm hand who wishes to remain unknown...
Least Favorite Vegetable

End of the World

Favorite Vegetable

Corned Beef
       - by an Unknown Farmhand
The pickle patch.....imagine the most tedious and detailed task possible.  Now imagine doing it while bent over in the hot sun....three times a week....those little buggers are insanely tedious to harvest- especially the tiny ones- so please cherish them.  Our crew is have no idea....
Mat and his co pilot John head up to roll the yellow onion tops to encourge them to dry down a little quicker.
John checking out the sunflowers and ornamental corn. I wonder if he is one of those unknown farm hands?
A shot of our beautiful barn on Wednesday night.  Hay is baled and the barn is still open for the garlic curing in the hay mow.  We are so very blessed to be able to grow food for our community in a place of such beauty.

Bulk Purchase Opportunities

Fill your freezer in bulk.....for those wishing to preserve larger quantities of produce!

Basil - 12 bunches $18
The month of July is a great time to process basil for your freezer or herb jars.
Pickling Cucumbers, 10 pounds $18 or 20 pounds $35

Red Beets - 10 pounds $15 or 25 pounds $30

The roots store well in your refrigerator and are excellent for pickling or using for juice.

To place an order, contact us by Monday at noon by email or phone: or (608) 675-3855. 
Then mail your check, made out to Ridgeland Harvest, E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua WI 54665.


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