The Weekly Weeder 
Box #6:  July 19, 2018

EOW "Tomato Group"
Milkweed a self contained ecosystem.
Box Contents, Storage & Cooking Tips 
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.

Beans ~ A mixture of Green and Purple

.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.

Broccoli or Globe Eggplant - Standard Shares Only
Asian Eggplant - Double Shares Only

Store in a warmer place of your refrigerator; too cold and they'll get rubbery. 

Globe eggplant are best peeled, then cut into 1/4" thick slices. Rub salt onto both sides and let them sit for about 20 minutes, releasing some of juice that can taste bitter.  Grilled or sautéed they are great as appetizers, sliced onto pizza or into a tomato sauce, or used in ratatouille! 

Asian eggplant are also best peeled and don't need the salt rub step mentioned above.  They can simply be cooked!

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 - Red Leaf

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

A tender leaf lettuce with a wonderful silky texture.  Our boys love it for salads because of it's tender, easy to chew leaves. Store in a covered container to prevent from drying out.  

Fresh Red Onions ~
1 bunch Small Shares; 1 large bunch Standard Shares; 2 large bunches Double Shares.

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

Green Bell Peppers
1 each Small Shares; 2 each Standard Shares; 3 each Double Shares.
Red Bell Peppers ~ First of the season!
2 each Small Shares; 3 each Standard Shares; 4 each Double Shares.

Zucchini ~ Green & Gold, lots for everyone!
 3 each Small Shares, 6 each Standard Shares, 10 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.  
Coming Soon....Eggplant, Red Peppers,
Green Beans, Swiss Chard, and much more!
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Sara's Choice Cantaloupe growing nicely. Not certain who Sara is.... but she choose some nice melons.
First planting of melons on the right- it is hard to see in the photo but the patch is filled with yellow flowers and honey bees.    The second planting is on the left mulched and starting to send out runners.  We got the mulch down just in time last Thursday.

News from the Farm

This week's box represents the transition of the seasons. Our first successions of crops are done, and fields where we spent so many hours harvesting from are now being prepped for either reseeding into a fall crop or seeded into a cover crop for a resting period.  As some crops fade, others are just about to begin.  Our summer crops are all looking good and healthy thanks to the hot, humid weather and recent rain.  We harvested the first cherry tomatoes this week - just 10 pints worth - but we hope to have enough for next week!  Melons are covered in fruits and we may start to find some ripe ones soon.  It looks like a bountiful crop!  And the peppers and eggplant are just starting to ripen and produce.

Besides the excitement of new crops on the horizon, our garlic crop was harvested and so far looks nice though not huge bulbs due to the late spring and rapid hot temperatures.  The hay mow is filled with garlic and will dry for 2-3 weeks.

As we transition into harvesting our summer crops, we can also hear the ticking of a clock as we are working to get more successions of fall crops planted.   We are present in our work, mindful of our hands and the crop they are harvesting.  We are also keenly aware of the shortening daylength as we plan and ponder the near future.  

Happy cooking - Happy eating!

Your Farmers ~ Mat and Cate


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 be your farmers and allowing us to grow your food.  We hope it will nourish your bodies as well as your spirits.  Remember good energy =  good food.
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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