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The Weekly Weeder
Thursday August 8, 2019
Hope for the Flowers.....
News From the Farm
This week we find ourselves longing for the bounty of the tomatoes, red peppers and melons. They have simply trickled into the shed again this week. Why? The cool nights have slowed down ripening and there isn't much we can do to alter mother nature! It took all of the pepper patch to fill the boxes this week.
We received a much needed rain Monday night and its 1.2 inches soaked into the parched hard ground. Everything needed a good rain, most especially the newer fall plantings of carrots, beets, daikon radishes, turnips, black and beauty heart radishes, cilantro and spinach.
This time of the season is dominated by either weeding or harvesting. Zucchini and cucumbers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday's; Tomatoes Monday's and Thursday's; Peppers and eggplants Tuesday's and Friday's; Beans and greens Tuesday's or Wednesday's; Herbs on Wednesday's...
Between these regular crops and other scattered crops, the onions are being harvested too! The sweets are now curing in the hoop house. We'll soon starting clipping the dried tops off each onion - yes they're trimmed by hand. Our red and yellow onions can have their tops taken off with our onion topping machine. But the sweets are softer and more tender and the machine rips the tops off but also tears the onions along with it.
The garlic is another project that we are working to clip off their dried stalks. The bulbs are placed into trays and brought to the packing shed for dry, dark storage. But the stalks that once hung from the wooden lath must have the rubber band clipped off, and stalks taken to the compost.
The "black rot" found on many of our brassicas (cabbage family) appears to becoming under more control. (If you missed last week's newsletter issue: The Weekly Weeder CSA week #8 .) We picked off leaves on the next broccoli planting that, though young and otherwise healthy, had lower leaves showing signs of the disease. We can sprayed an organically approved copper fungicide to further protect the plants. Today the broccoli, kales, most of the cauliflower and Romanesco plants all look good, most are healthy and growing vigorous. We hope our efforts will keep the disease at bay is enough.
In appreciation - Your farmers,
Cate & Mat
This garlic has been trimmed off the stalk and brought into dry storage.
If you are an Every Other Week share you can elect to have a share delivered on an alternate Thursday, or if you want to maintain your usual EOW schedule then we will "double up" your share size on a date of your choosing. ie small would receive a standard share, standard share would receive a double share.... Weekly shares would also select a date to have their share "doubled". If you have any questions on how it works don't hesitate to contact us.
Sweet onions...almost fully cured and ready to be brought into storage. Just in time for the storage onions to be harvested.
Week#9 CSA Box Contents:
Weekly Shares + Every-other-Week "Berry Group"
Sadly we don't yet have cherry tomatoes for all our shares. We have gone though the patch twice and it would be just a couple of cherry tomatoes for each share..... so we wait. A few blushing slicing tomatoes were picked this week. It won't be long!
Beans - Purple or Green
Not so pretty, but boiled in salty water they taste good. Plus they make a quick side vegetable for any meal.
A big loads of cucumbers were hauled in this week! The patch will start to wind down so next week may be less. The second planting is flowering and looks fantastic.
Eggplant, Oriental and Globe -
Not everyone loves eggplant, in fact many dislike it. But please try it grilled, you would be surprised how many people have come around to this vegetable grilled. We enjoyed a Sunday pizza night with grilled eggplant, peppers and even onions.
One of many varieties were given this week including german white, chesnok red or Italian....
Herb: Italian Flat Leaf Parsley -
A great addition to any salad or dried.
Kale, Green Curly
We love a cold kale salad - you'll find tons of recipes if you Google "kale salad". There are tons of options for dressings and either raw or cooked. Our favorite is using cooked kale, grilled onions, maple syrup, olive oil, vinegar and salt, pepper to taste.
Lettuce, Green Curly!
-Jalapenos -Green Bells
Onion, Fresh Red
Zucchini - Green and/or Gold
COMING SOON...Cherry Tomatoes and more!
Bulk Purchase Opportunities - a great time to freeze and stock up:
Garlic 5 pounds $30
Kale 12 bunches $8
Eggplant, Oriental OR Globe,10 pounds $22
(please specify type when ordering)
Jalapeno Peppers, 5 pounds $18
10 pounds $35
Send us an email by Monday 8 am if you'd like to order anything: firstname.lastname@example.org. Then send your check to "Ridgeland Harvest" E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua WI 54665.