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The Weekly Weeder

October 20, 2016
Weekly shares and Last Garlic EOW Group
A common sight these days is a tractor and grain drill.
The grain drill.
The grain drill plants 14 rows of seeds, making a nice dense planting.  We use buckwheat, oats, peas, rye, and clover as cover crops.  This time of the year our cover crops are used for building soil and conserving soil.

Box Contents and Tips

* All items should be stored in your refrigerator unless otherwise stated. *
  • Broccoli:  1-1.5 pounds Smalls; 2.5-2.75  pounds Standards; 4-4.5 pounds Doubles.  Store in plastic bag until used.
  • Garlic: 1 bulb Smalls; 1 bulb Standards; 2 bulbs Doubles  Store on the counter in a dry place. 
  • Kale, Lacinato: 1 small bunch Smalls; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles. Strip leaves away from the stem and cook. A very tender kale and one of our favorites! Store in plastic bag in your refrigerator until used.
  • Potatoes, Russets: 2.5 pounds Small; 5 pounds Standards; 10 pounds Doubles.  Excellent potato for baking and making into french fries.  Store on the counter top inside the brown bag to prevent turning green.
  • Radish, Daikon: 2 count Smalls; 4 count Standards; 6 count Doubles  Store in a plastic bag to prevent roots from getting rubbery.  Wonderful addition to your fermentation pot.
  • Squash: Grey Kabocha 1 Smalls; 1 Standards; 2 Doubles. Store on your counter top until used. This squash is one of the driest types, making it great in breads, cookies or other baked treats or used as a soup base. 
  • Squash: Red Kabocha - 1 Smalls; 1 Standards; 2 Doubles. Store on your counter top until used. Our top choice for eating baked squash topped with butter, salt and pepper.
  • Squash: Pie Pumpkin - 1 Smalls; 1 Standards; 2 Doubles. Store on your counter top until used.  We like to bake, scoop, puree and freeze our pumpkins - all ready to bake into pumpkin pies!
  • Thyme: 1 small bunch Smalls; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles We've been using a lot of thyme for tea (combined with fresh ginger-root) to help battle recent head colds.  John and Paul like to add a teaspoon of honey and they'll easily drink 2 mugs, hydrating and medicinal.  
  • Turnips: Scarlet and Purple Top: 3 Smalls; 6 Standards; 10 Doubles. Store in plastic bag until used.  
Coming Next Week:  More squash, Carola Potatoes, Red Beets, Rutabagas, Onions and more...
Last Chance to Bulk Order! 
Orders due: Monday Octoer 24
Delivery: Thursday October 27 (also the last CSA delivery)


Once again this year we are taking bulk orders on case/half case quantities of storage crops at wholesale prices.  The next delivery date is October 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 Oct 24th delivery. If you have any questions let us know.  Here is the link to the bulk purchase order form: 
http://ridgelandharvest.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016BulkPurchase.pdf

News From the Farm

Beauty surrounds us as the leaves glow bright yellows this week.  We're continuing to bring in the harvest - rutabagas, turnips, radishes and carrots.  Then the important task of breaking up bulbs of garlic into their individual cloves for planting garlic! 

Next week will be the last CSA box - always a bittersweet week.  We've had an amazing crew come together and it's hard to say goodbye.  But there are also lots of other projects to complete before the snow flies.  Once the garlic is planted and mulched next week, then only a small core crew will be kept on staff.  We'll continue to wash roots, sort squash, bag onions, potatoes and garlic, as well as harvest more kale, romanesco and napa cabbage. 

We are working on our end of season survey and will email that separately  sometime next week.  


Stay healthy with your good cooking this week!

Your farmers,
Cate & Mat

Bulletin Board

Bulk Purchase Opportunities!
See above for the order form. 
             

Farm Email:  csa@ridgelandharvest.com
Farm Address: E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua, WI 54665 


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