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The Weekly Weeder

September 8, 2016
Weekly shares and Garlic EOW Group
The Kale Patch

Box Contents and Tips

* All items should be stored in your refrigerator unless otherwise stated. *
  • Beans - soybeans (edamame): 0.85 pounds Smalls; 1.8 pounds Standards; 3.5 pounds Doubles.  A seasonal treat and nutritious snack for lunches or add to your taco fixings to boost the protein value.  Simply bring water to a boil with 2 Tablespoons of salt (yes this seems extreme but to gain the flavor through the pod you'll need this much).  Add the beans and cook until tender - then rinse in cold water to stop the cooking.  Eat warm or cooled.
  • Broccoli:  .5 pounds Smalls; 1.25 pounds Standards; 2.5 pounds Doubles
  • Eggplant, Oriental: 1 Smalls; 2 Standards; 3 Doubles.  Store in refrigerator but careful it doesn't get pushed back to the coldest part of your refrigerator. 
  • Kale, Green Curly: 1 small bunch Smalls; 1 big bunch Standards; 2 big bunches Doubles. Store in refrigerator inside a plastic bag to keep the bunch from wilting. Our boys love the combination of steamed kale (in salted water) mixed with mashed potatoes!
  • Lettuce, Green Leaf:1 Smalls; 1 Standards; 2 Doubles
  • Onion, Yellow: 1 Small; 2 Standards; 4 Doubles  Store on the counter top (not in the refrigerator).
  • Parsley, Italian Flat Leaf: Great addition to potato salad or topping a salad!
  • Peppers, Green/Slightly Colored Bells: 3 Small; 6 Standards; 8 Doubles.
  • Potatoes, Carola: 2 pounds Smalls; 4 pounds Standards; 8 pounds Doubles.  These creamy yellow potatoes are similar in taste to Yukon Gold. Store in a cool, dark area (50-60 degrees is ideal).   
  • Sweet Corn!  4 Small; 8 Standards; 12 Doubles  The last of the season. This tender bi-color corn is tasty boiled, microwaved, grilled or raw.  Store in the refrigerator until used - no need to put into plastic.You will find some ear worms and or evidence that they are present.  Simply cut off the tips of the corn.  We are organic and worm free corn is near impossible.
  • Tomatoes, Slicers - The Last of the season: 2-3 pounds Smalls; 4-5 pounds Standards; 8-9 pounds Doubles! 
COMING SOON:  Beets, Lettuce, Celery Root, Potatoes and more!

Mark your calendars for
A CSA Farm Picnic Day!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
11:30 - Farm Opens for early picnickers
12:30 sharp - Farm U-Pick Tour begins.  Expect this to last 1-2 hours.
3:30 pm - Departure

Bring your own snacks, picnic meals and beverages.  We'll have fresh apple cider and tea available.  Plan to picnic before or after the tour.  Bring blankets to sit on or chairs.  We have a few tables to use.  

Wear good sturdy footwear and clothes that can get a little dirty. 

Call or email us with questions.  We hope you'll be able to join us!

News From the Farm

Well it wasn't the mud that was challenging on Monday and Tuesday this week, (because it was actually dry!) but rather the mobs of mosquitoes!  As we harvested Delicata and Spaghetti winter squash (our early varieties) the pesky mosquitoes seemed to come from the woods.  But once afternoon came and they were still as voracious as the morning, it seemed no field was without them.  Tuesday came and the same hot, muggy, stillness continued and the mosquitoes had their fill on us.  Despite swollen ears, it was a delight to harvest the gorgeous leaf lettuce and large kale bunches.  It is true that your box is brought to you this week, by our blood and sweat (hopefully no tears!)

However, Tuesday night we received over 5 inches of rain and it continued to rain on Wednesday.  There was literally a stream of water in the sweet corn patch.   It does make it challenging to drive the fields as our silt loam soil is soft and slick.

The season is really truly changing and so will the box contents.  The tomatoes and corn this week are the last of the season.  We have 1 more field of peppers and a lot of eggplant...but otherwise we'll be getting into the wonderful time of beets, celery root, fall lettuces, turnips, winter squash, onions and shallots and of course carrots!



Happy eating!
Cate & Mat

Bulletin Board

Bulk Purchase Opportunities!
To order: send us an email with your order request, name & pick-up site by Monday 12:00 pm (noon) for delivery on Thursday.  Then mail your check to the farm!

THYME,12 bunches $18  -- great for drying and using in cooking or tea (we seep thyme stems along with fresh ginger and add honey and lemon as a wonderful tea for winter colds and sore throats- seriously look up the benefits of thyme tea.)
CURED GARLIC, 5 pounds $30 -- porcelain hard neck varieties
                            10 pounds $60
JALAPENO PEPPERS, 5 pounds $15 -- time for jalapeno poppers or freeze them now to use throughout the fall and winter.
 
Farm Email:  csa@ridgelandharvest.com
Farm Address: E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua, WI 54665 


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Having someone else pickup your box?  make certain they take only the box with your name on the label.  When people take the wrong box it causes a chain reaction of trouble for many people.  The system is simple.  Look at the labels and take the correct box.  Please,  Please if you are having someone else pickup your box help them to understand this small but critical step.

Rescheduling Delivery:  We are happy to reschedule your boxes to allow you to travel and still reap the full reward of our CSA.  We must be notified via email of your intent to reschedule or postpone delivery by 8 am on the Monday of your normally scheduled delivery week.

However, tracking the requests is very time consuming  we serve 500 members.  So we ask that you provide the following information in this format when you are rescheduling your delivery:

1. Name of the primary member,
2. pick up site,
3. share size,
4. delivery schedule (weekly or EOW), 
5. if applicable your EOW group (garlic or tomato), 
6. the date you will be gone
7. the date you want your share delivered.

Having all of the above information saves Mat a lot of time in making certain your share is delivered when you want it.  Thank you!!
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