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The Weekly Weeder

July 24, 2014

Box Contents and Tips

Box #7:  This is a Blue EOW Group

  • Broccoli: This will be the last broccoli for a few weeks. Store in plastic bag until used, or it will become rubbery. 
  • Cilantro: One honker of a bunch!  Great mixed with napa cabbage for a batch of spring rolls, or freeze up!
  • Sugar Snap Peas: The last of our second planting!  Wonderfully sweet.
  • Eggplant, Oriental: A much loved eggplant.   Store in warmer part of your refrigerator as they prefer about 50-degrees.
  • Beans, Dragon Tongue:  Heirloom variety of bean that are exceptionally flavored!  Keep in plastic bag in refrigerator until used.  Simply snap off the little stem end, then lightly steam in salted water.  Beans loose their vivid purple color.
  • Fennel: The sweet tender tops are a favorite deer food!  Store in plastic bag.  
  • Sweet Alisa Craig Onions:  These are mild onions that are excellent raw or cooked lightly.  Store in plastic bag in refrigerator. 
  • A mix of Zucchini - Gold and Green and Patty Pan:  This first planting is starting to fade.  Store in warmer part of refrigerator or on counter top.  Prefers about 50-55-degrees
  • Cucumbers: The first of many!  Store in plastic bag in refrigerator.
  • Napa Cabbage: Store in plastic bag.
  • Basil: Re-cut the stem end, then store in a vase on the counter as you would flowers.

Coming Soon (in the next box or so): 
More Onions, Green Cabbage, Beans, Garlic and Cherry Tomatoes!

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Bulk Purchase Opportunity: 
Basil  - 12 large bunches for $18  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

2nd Annual Pizza Party:  Saturday Sept 13, 2014.  Wagon rides, u-pick farm tour and amazing food by Luke Zahm of the Driftless Cafe- you don't want to miss this.... it will be a great time and amazing food!  More details soon.

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Bagging Dragon Tongue Beans - 355 two pound bags!

News From the Farm

Wow- what a week it has been.  We have enjoyed the heat as much as we struggled to adjust to the summer temps.  But it is nice to see the crops ripening and growing.

Last Friday we spent the day harvesting our garlic.  Last year we had almost a complete crop loss.  In fact most of the growers in WI lost on average 80 percent of their garlic crop.  The crop failure was in part due to the drought of 2012 which stressed the garlic.  Then followed a long cold wet spring of 2013.  The weakened seed didn't have enough energy stored to force it's way out of the mud and wet mulch.

But, we allowed what did grow last season and managed to salvage some seed to replant last fall and it looks like what we have this season is nice.  It will be a few years before we fully recover, but now we have enough garlic to do some careful selection to regain the quality we were known for producing.  During our peak years it would take us 3-4 days to harvest our garlic and our barn was literally filled with a ceiling of hanging garlic.  While we only have a third of the crop we once had we are very pleased knowing that we now have some good genetics and are on our way to having more and better garlic to come.

Some of you have asked, and yes we are planning on returning to the Dane County Farmers Market on Saturdays.  We are just waiting to have enough crops of value to make it worth the trip.  Typically you'll see our stand in late August/September.  We have to leave the farm about 3:30 am to make it to the Capitol Square on time.  While we love the energy of farmers market, now that we are in our 40's we are finding sleep deprivation more difficult to manage, and need time to recharge our batteries.  But most importantly, we value the time with our children to help balance the frantic pace of the farm.  We have spent the last two weekends in the orchards - harvesting then preserving cherry's and blueberries for the long winter ahead.   

Happy Eating!

Enjoy the box!
Cate & Mat
Ever wonder how we determine the number of zucchini's to pack each week?  They're counted, yes every single one!  Then we divide them evenly by our number of shares.  Here's Tanja counting this week's harvests. 
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