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The Weekly Weeder

September 25, 2014

Box Contents and Tips

Box #16:  This is a Orange EOW Group

We are diligently working to get in some storage crops of carrots and potatoes so we have a slightly smaller box this week. 

Try a batch of Potato Leek soup with a side of grilled cheese and arugula sandwiches.
  • Romanesco (double shares only) -  Store in a loosely sealed plastic bag.
  • Arugula - A wonderfully zesty green that is great lightly wilted or raw on a sandwich. Store in plastic bag of refrigerator.
  • Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers -  Store in plastic bag in refrigerator.
  • Napa Cabbage - Very brittle, so we decided against washing it to avoid breaking outer leaves.  We've had many members comment how much they enjoy this cabbage...more next week!  Store in plastic bag of refrigerator until used.
  • Leek- store in a plastic bag in refrigerator- use the bottom white portion as a replacement for onions. 
  • Sweet Onions - Store on counter top.
  • Carnival Squash -   Store on counter top.  Very sweet! 

Coming Soon (in the next box or so): 
Kale, Turnips, Celery Root, more Arugula, Squash, Napa and much more...

News From the Farm

It's hard to believe, but we have only 4 more weekly boxes remaining of our summer share season!  The last delivery is Thursday, October 23.

What about the feasts in November, you ask?  No worries - you can receive one last delivery through our Thursday, November 20th Holiday Share!  The cost is $75.   Why does it cost so much?  You'll receive multiple boxes with larger quantities than the summer share.  Last year contained 25 pounds of mixed squash, 35 pounds of roots (carrots, potatoes, turnips, beets, rutabagas), 8 pounds of alliums (onions, shallots, garlic), plus cabbages and fall greens.  Sign up on-line OR print off our order form and mail in with your check to the farm.  Please sign-up by November 1st.

The colors are changing all around us - the yellow tones dominate our vast landscape.  The mornings are chilly and wet, and we wish for more sunshine.  This rainy period has been very frustrating for us, digging root crops before they split or rot continues to be on our minds.  And like many of our neighbors, Mat has been struggling to get our last cutting of hay dried down and baled.  We need this hay to use as mulch on our garlic planting, where we want good quality mulch and not moldy, rotten bales.  Thus the importance that the hay is dry when baled.   

Despite frustration with the weather, we've begun the clean-up work of cutting the tomato trellis and removing field plastic where the last zucchini and cucumber plantings grew.   As we look at the fields and take stock of what remains of our harvest, there is so much yet to be packed into your boxes, and also brought into storage.  We begin to wonder where and how it will fit.

So start cooking and get your refrigerators ready for the bounty of October!

Happy Eating,
Cate & Mat
MORE SCENES FROM THE ON-FARM DINNER....

Bulletin Board

Bulk Purchase Opportunities:
  
Beets:  10 pounds $15
   Carrots: 25 pounds for $35

   Kale (red, green or lacinato) 12 bunches for $15  - Excellent for freezing, drying or making kale chips!

Please send us an email by Monday to receive your order along with your CSA delivery.  Send payment to the farm: E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua, WI 54665

Holiday CSA Shares available: Our November 20th share is delivered in time for Thanksgiving.  Sign-up now to secure more of the fall harvest with quantities of onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, winter squash and so much more.  More information here:  http://www.ridgelandharvest.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/140303-2014-CSA-Order-Form.pdf

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