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The Weekly Weeder

 September 28, 2017: Box #16
Weekly shares and Potato EOW Group
A look at some of our fields filled with fall crops.  Lots yet to come! 

Box Contents and Tips

  • Cabbage: 1 head for Standards and Doubles only.
  • Cilantro: A small bunch for everyone.
  • Edamame Soybeans: .38 pounds Smalls; .75 pounds Standards; 1.5 pounds Doubles.  Boil them whole (shell and all) in salty water until tender, then squeeze out of the shell into your mouth for a great snack, or use them to top salads. The pods don't look quite as nice as last week, but they're still good inside! 
  • Garlic: 1 each Smalls; 2 each Standards; 3 each Doubles  Store on the counter top, not in the refrigerator. 
  • Yellow Onions: 2-3 each Smalls; 4-5 each Standards; 8 each Doubles   Store on the counter top, not in the refrigerator. 
  • Red or Yellow Peppers:  2 each Smalls; 5 each Standards; 10 each Doubles  Freeze them!  Try stuffed peppers, roasted peppers, pepper relish, raw sticks pack great for lunches and are excellent dipped in humus.  The patch is winding down.
  • Jalapeno Peppers: 1 each Smalls; 2 each Standards; 4 each Doubles
  • Red Potatoes: 1.5 pounds Smalls; 3 pounds Standards; 6 pounds each Doubles.  The potato digger injured our potatoes this season during harvest, likely because the ground was so dang hard. Unfortunately you'll see some of those injuries on your tubers.  We sorted out the worst ones here at the farm, but you'll want to cut out the bad spots as they appear, and eat those first.
  • Spinach: .17 pounds Smalls; .34 pounds Standards; .68 pounds each Doubles.  The dry and hot weather sure affected our greens in September.  See News from the Farm for more.  Keep in plastic bag until used.
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard: 1 small bunch Smalls; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles.  Store inside a bag in your refrigerator.  Stems and leaves are both edible, but cook at different times, so cut leaves off stem before cooking.  Also freezes great!Ca
  • Roma Tomatoes - the last of the season: .75 pounds Smalls; 1.5 pounds Standards; 3 pounds each Doubles.
  • Scarlet Turnips with Greens:  1 small bunch Smalls; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles. The entire plant is edible - leaves can be used separately from the roots.  Roots will store for many months inside a bag in your refrigerator.  We enjoy the roots peeled and sliced thin for raw eating, or add chunks to your favorite vegetable soup or fall strew.  Turnips are a wonderful source of vitamin C and will contain more nutrients if you steam them until just tender instead of boiling them. 
COMING SOON: Daikon radishes, Squash, Spinach and more!
GARLIC TRIMMING:  The last of our garlic was trimmed this week!  This is always a victory to get finished up before the cold weather.  You see Felipe (left) and Shelly, Ella and Evan (right) with bundles of garlic surrounding them.  When we harvest, bundles of 10 plants are banded together, then hung to dry.  Now, the bundles are taken down from hanging.  Then the bulbs are trimmed away from the dried plant stalk, roots and soil trimmed from each bulb, and the bulbs layered into black trays.  It's a bit dusty, but sitting down for farm work is a nice treat, especially when it's raining, hot or cold. 

News From the Farm

Finally, after weeks and weeks of cloudless days, thunderclouds appeared Monday afternoon and the rain fell gracefully all afternoon and into the night.  A wonderful, beautiful 1.7 inches of rain soaked into the hard, dry soil.  On Tuesday morning, everything looked different - full of life once again.  Mat too looked perkier than he had since August - irrigation is very demanding, like a newborn baby who needs you every few hours, except it involves driving a tractor and operating equipment while in the dark.  The rain and cooler temperatures have been sweet relief!

This week's box certainly shows the effects of the hot and dry field conditions.  We had less spinach and soybeans than we had planned.  We are thankful for what we received from these crops and grateful the spinach didn't bolt (like the romaine lettuce we had planned on), but certainly we wish there had been more to share. 

With the wind and rain came fresh clean cool air.  We are rejoicing in normal fall-like temperatures and excited for the new fall crops coming your way! 

If you haven't already - mark your calendars for our last CSA gathering on Sunday, October 22.  More details to come!

Eat well and happy cooking everyone,
Mat & Cate

Bulk Purchase Opportunities

Garlic - 5 pounds $30

Onions - 5 pounds $8 - Choose from Yellow or White (yellow are a very good storage type and white is a nice mild type that stores nice but not as long as yellow.)

Jalapenos - 5 pounds  $15 
Have you tried Jalapeno Jam?  A wonderful sweet and spicy jam, excellent appetizer for Thanksgiving and Holiday's.

Green Curly Kale - 12 bunches $14
Like smoothies, want frozen greens for the winter? 

Swiss Chard - 12 bunches  $16
Excellent to freeze for winter use.

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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