The Weekly Weeder 
Box #5:  July 12, 2018

EOW "Bean Group"
Box Contents, Storage & Cooking Tips 
This week's box inspires many summer salads!
Pasta salad with pieces of raw basil, broccoli, zucchini, cucumber and green pepper
Broccoli salad, yes that delicious creamy one with raisins, fresh onion, and bacon (optional)
Lettuce salads topped with nuts and dried fruit
Pesto with basil and fresh garlic

1 small bunch for Small Shares; 1 large bunch Standard Shares, 2 large bunches Doubles

Basil doesn't like to be stored too cold or it can turn black.  We like to keep it on the counter in a jar/vase of water.  Use it fresh, dry it, make pesto with it!  If you love preserving it, see the Bulk Purchase Opportunities below.

Green Beans ~ First of the season!

.85 pound Small Shares;  1.7 pounds Standard Shares; 3.4 pounds Double Shares.

Snap the stem off each bean and steam or boil until tender.  Butter, salt and pepper is such a nice simple way to enjoy the real taste of green beans.  Or chop into pieces and add to raw salads or cook and make pieces into a cold salad.  

Store beans best by opening the bag and eating sooner than later.  Too much moisture inside the bag will cause beans to mold.

.85 pounds Small Shares;  1.75 pounds Standard Shares; 3.5 pounds Double Shares.

Store covered to keep from getting rubbery.

Use for fresh salads, cooked, stir-fry, steamed, or freeze it for winters use! 

Cucumbers ~ 
2 each Small Shares; 3 each Standard Shares; 4 each Double Shares.

Fresh Garlic  ~ 
1 bulb each for Small & Standard Shares; 2 bulbs for Double Shares.

This garlic is not cured, so store in the refrigerator in an  enclosed container/bag to avoid spreading the garlicy smell in the refrigerator.

Fresh garlic is a bit milder than cured garlic, excellent for making fresh pesto but we did use almost twice the garlic.  Cook and use raw as you would regular garlic.  The dividing skins between the cloves is not dried down yet making it really easy to peel.

Lettuce - Green or Red

1 head Small Shares, 2 heads Standard Shares; 3 heads Double Shares.

Store in a covered container to prevent from drying out.  

Fresh Onions ~
1 each Small and Standard Shares; 2 each Double Shares.

Store in a covered container to prevent from spreading onion smells within your refrigerator.

Green Bell Pepper ~
1 each Small Shares; 2 each Standard Shares; 3 each Double Shares.

Zucchini ~ Green & Gold, lots for everyone!
 3 each Small Shares, 8 each Standard Shares, 11 each Double Shares

Zucchini doesn't like to be stored too cold, so be careful to put them in a warmer place in your refrigerator (not the very back!) or they'll become rubbery.  

Try thick slices on the grill, sautéed moon slices with parmesan cheese, shredded into zucchini pancakes, grated for zucchini chocolate chip bread, scooped out boats filled with rice pilaf, dehydrated zucchini chips, or even deep fried for appetizers.   
Coming Soon....Eggplant, Red Peppers,
Green Beans, Swiss Chard, and much more!
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We continually look to add perennial and fruiting crops.  A few years ago we planted apples and hope to have a small offering to our CSA.  This year we are planting blueberries.. about 300 plants.  They don't love our clay soils so we dig a 5 gallon hole and mix about that much peat moss with soil.  We are cautiously hopeful they will give us many blueberry pies.  This has been a full family venture with the boys in charge of the peat moss.

News from the Farm

Working as a family over the past few weeks, now that school is officially over, has been really wonderful!  Now that our boys are 9 and 11 years old, they are capable of really helping.  Often they have their own chore lists to do, but recently they helped us with big projects like planting blueberry bushes, laying out irrigation pipe, and hand weeding beets and carrots.  While working with kids is always a little challenging, they require lots of supervision, it's magical when they can take over a step in a process or take on a new task themselves. 

Hand weeding is one of the most challenging jobs on the farm.  It takes not just the physical strength of kneeling on hard ground and clumps for many hours while bending over tiny plants. It's the mental strain that is especially hard on new comers to hand weeding.  Our boys are learning to take one foot of weeding at a time and focus on the next one foot, letting the momentum of the group and perhaps a good conversation, carry you down the rows.   

We are looking forward to the rest of the summer and many more projects and activities that are sons will be a part of, deepening their understanding of farming but the joys of seeing our hard work turning into beautiful and delicious produce that we are proud to share with our community of eaters.  

Happy cooking - Happy eating!

Your Farmers ~ Mat and Cate

Fall broccoli growing nicely and welcoming the morning light.

Basil: $9 for 6 bunches or $18 for 12 bunches
It's that time of the season again - dry it & make and freeze pesto!

Maple Syrup:   $10 / pint or $20 / quart
Hand collected by our family and cooked over an open fire. This syrup is deliciously sweet and great to use in cooking.  Try substituting maple syrup for sugar in your salad dressings and marinades.  And we love it drizzled over yogurt, smoothies and ice cream!  Will come bubble wrapped in a separate box from your CSA box.  Look for a second box on delivery day with your name on it.  Then please return the box and bubble wrap to your site so we can reuse it.  Thank you!!

To place an order: Email us by Monday with your order.  Then mail a check made out to "Ridgeland Harvest" at E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua WI 54665.  
Rescheduling a delivery or change your pick-up site:

Members can reschedule, one time only, to an alternate week to accommodate travel and vacation.  Or you can choose to postpone and double your next delivery. 

To reschedule, please fill out the Delivery Change Form located here or on the website:
Requests must be submitted by 8:30 am on the Monday of your normally scheduled delivery week.  There will be no exceptions to this deadline. 
Thank you for choosing us to grow your food! 

Your Farmers:  Mat, Cate and sons Paul and John
Copyright © * 2018 * Ridgeland Harvest, LLC, All rights reserved.

To reach us by US Postal Mail Service:
Ridgeland Harvest LLC
E5538 Nelson Road * Viroqua, WI * 54665

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