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The Weekly Weeder

August 31, 2017: Box #12
Weekly shares and Potato EOW Group
Crates of tomatoes line the field road, waiting to be picked up.

Box Contents and Tips

Tomato Conserva, Tomato Sauce, V-8 Juice, Bloody Mary Mix...It's time to step up your Pepper - Tomato Game and create in the kitchen!!
  • Beans, Dragon Tongue: 0.75 pounds Smalls; 1.55 pounds Standards; 3 pounds each Doubles  These beans are a beautiful, nutritious heirloom bean with great texture and rich flavor.  Pods and seeds are edible.  Fix as you would green beans - raw or lightly cooked.
  • Garlic: 1 bulb Smalls; 2 bulbs Standards; 2 bulbs Doubles  Now that the garlic is cured (dried), store on the counter and not in the refrigerator. Will keep for many months this way.
  • Kale, Green Curly: 1 small bunch Smalls; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles.  Store in plastic in refrigerator.  This first picking has some very nice tender leaves.  Cook lightly for a side salad or keep cooked kale in refrigerator to quickly cut up a tablespoon worth for additions to eggs, rice, pasta sauces, tacos, etc during the week.  Very handy!  
  • Leeks: 1 each Smalls; 1 each Standards; 2 each Doubles - You can substitute onions with leeks.  Leeks are special because of their rich, silky flavor.   
  • Melons, Cantaloupe: All shares at WTS Paradigm, Viroqua, Kwik Trip and Mayo.     
  • Habanero Peppers (paper lantern): 1 each Smalls; 2 each Standards; 3 each Doubles Those small red colored peppers are really spicy!  Carefully cut and use to spice up your favorite recipes.  While habaneros are spicy, they add excellent flavor. 
  • Jalapeno Peppers: 1 each Smalls; 3 each Standards; 6 each Doubles
  • Red Peppers: 3 each Smalls; 7 each Standards; 12 each Doubles. Wow, second week for another big round of peppers for everyone.  Is it too much?  Is it good?  We have lots of red peppers and your feedback Store in refrigerator - we find they stay firm when inside a plastic bag in the crisper drawer. 
  • Yellow Onion: 2 each Smalls, 4 each Standards and  6 each Doubles. Now that the onions are cured (dried), store on the counter and not in the refrigerator. These yellow onions are a standard cooking type and will keep for many months.
  • Farmhouse Cherry Mix Tomatoes: 1.5 pound Smalls; 3 pounds Standards; 6 pounds Doubles. These sure make delicious salsa! Mixed with jalapenos, garlic and red peppers...delicious!  Or make "CONSERVA" (cutting the cherry tomatoes in half works perfect) this is a wonderful and simple recipe that you won't want to miss out on trying.    
  • Tomato Slicers: 2.5 pounds Smalls; 5 pounds Standards; 10 pounds each Doubles. Just the start!  The deeper the color and softer the feel, the riper they are. Store at room temperature. 
  • Zucchini, Gold OR Green: 1 each Smalls; 1 each Standards; 4 each Doubles.  Store in a warmer place within your refrigerator.  Add to your tomato sauce or ratatouille. 
COMING SOON: Lettuce, Beets, Onions, Peppers, Beans and more!
Washing peppers with the brush washer, and sorting them on the rotating round table.

Cate finally got her long time wish and Mat built her a quaint little farm stand. Take a little drive out to the farm and get some good food. Hope to see you soon!

News From the Farm

THANK YOU FOR COMING TO THE FARM!!  While we weren't a large group - with an equal ratio of adults to kids - it made for nice conservation with everyone.  If you couldn't make it out to the farm, we hope you can join us on Sunday October 22 to get your pumpkin and enjoy some soup.

This week our thoughts turn to our children and the start of school. We have been busy just like other parents of school aged children hurrying to gather and buy school supplies and a new pair of shoes. We have been trying to figure out how we will manage to fit all the shuttling associated with raising kids and still squeeze in some farming!  The school day will allow us to work with less distraction from the boys coming and going while we harvest, wash, sort, or pack your food.  Our roles for an 8-hour stretch will simply be farmers. But honestly, the day will sure be a little lonely without them.  Another transition begins for our family, but also the vegetables.  We won't be harvesting as many tomatoes Thursday as was harvested on Monday.  As the tomatoes, melon, zucchini, eggplant, and basil decline, we await the harvests of broccoli, edamame soybeans, beautiful lettuces, potatoes, beets, celeriac, lacinato kale and much more.  The seasons are changing!
Eat well everyone and happy cooking,
Mat & Cate

Bulk Purchase Opportunities

Fill your freezer in bulk.....for those wishing to preserve larger quantities of produce!

Jalapenos - 5 pounds  $15 

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.)
Red Beets - 10 pounds $15 or 25 pounds $30
The roots store well in your refrigerator and are excellent for pickling or using for juice.

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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