The Weekly Weeder

 Thursday October 3, 2019
News From the Farm

It's Monday, the last day of September, and it's been a strange day.  The morning was muggy and we were soaked from our feet up to our knees from the wet kale plants.  Sunday's all day drizzle made everything soaked and slippery.  The humidity was crazy heavy, and so were the swarms of blood thirsty mobs of mosquitos who tried to chase us out of the fields.  They only managed to leave welts on our arms, foreheads, necks and backs though.  Ugh!  The afternoon was hot and muggy while we pulled beets out of the ground, trimmed off the leaves, and tucked them safely into field totes for storage. Going from Sunday's damp chilly day, and sweating profusely on Monday made the last day of September a memorable one.  

Last week Thursday we got a break in the wet conditions by way of a sunny day when we could finally dig some roots!  The rest of our carrots were harvested, which felt great in the start, but sadly the long stretch of wet soil made 50% of them rot.  We harvested enough to put into the next few weeks of boxes, but as you can see, they're not all very pretty.  And these are the best of what we had, after field culling and packing shed culling.  The carrot harvest ended up being a salvage mission, like so much this season. Knowing the work invested, it's always emotional when weather conditions fail us.    
We moved on, we knew weather was heading our way soon.  We eagerly dug the Oneida Potatoes, a round deliciously sweet yellow fleshed potato in this week's box.  As we started in on the red potato harvest, the potato digger broke down- it wasn't happy having to work ing ht heavier wet clumpy soil.  While Mat was able to fix it, it took a day to gather parts from a neighbor and take a trip into the town.  One day was too late - Friday's rain made it too wet to dig.  So here we sit, hoping that we'll receive a dry stretch before next week's boxes go out, so we have the rest of the potatoes we grew to give.  Isn't that the way it goes?   

Forget to place your bulk order this week? 
Last chance - see list below in Bulletin Board - Orders due by Monday Oct 7.  

Thank you to all the EOW Berry Group members!  This is your final box. We hope you've learned more about the challenges of farming in the changing climate, and learned to appreciate new things in your diet.  It's been a very unusual season for us, one that didn't include great bounty or end with beautiful roots to share.  Yet, during lean years, we feel all that much more thankful for those things that we do have. 

Please continue to read the newsletters for updates as we finish the CSA season and plan for 2020.  Thank you Community! 

Eat well - Be well!

Your appreciative farmers,
Cate & Mat
Squash curing in the greenhouse

Week#17 CSA Box Contents: 

Weekly Shares + Final box for EOW "Berry Group"


See above about the conditions of your carrots.

Garlic - Red Italian

A mild flavored garlic that is a good keeper.  A favorite for folks who don't like a lot of garlic because the cloves are small.   

Kale, Red 

Chop kale leaves into small pieces and blanch in water.  Meanwhile, sauté an onion until golden, then add the kale and sauté briefly until tender.  Mix into scrambled eggs with your favorite cheese - we love goat cheese with this combination.  Eat with pumpkin pancakes! 

Melon, Cantaloupe - Pack your own shares + selected sites

They're not ripening very fast in the cool weather, so we didn't have enough for every share.  Additionally, the slugs, mice and yellow jackets are loving the melons too!

Onion, Red

Peppers - Sweet Peppers  

Peppers - Green Bell Peppers 

Yellow "Oneida" Potatoes

A delicious yellow fleshed potato, better than Yukon Gold!

Pie Pumpkins 

Eat them up or use as a decoration. Monitor them closely and use up if you find spots or softening.  Pie pumpkins don't store for very long, unlike the hard skins of butternut squash.

Squash - Butternut 
COMING SOON - other storage items plus green cabbage, other winter squash varieties, and hopefully red potatoes!

Bulk Purchase Options:

Beets, Red, 10 pounds $17
                     25 pounds $37

Carrots, 10 pounds $20
               25 pounds $40

Garlic, 5 pounds $30

Onions - Yellow or Red,  5 pounds $8
                                         10 pounds $15

Squash, Butternut, 15 pounds $15
                                 30 pounds $30
To place an order - send us an email by Monday 8 am with your order, pick up site, and date when you'd like it delivered.  Email us: Then send your check to "Ridgeland Harvest" E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua, WI 54665.  

We will confirm your order and delivery day.  We will pack your bulk items in separate boxes from your CSA box, so look for additionally labeld boxes.   
Thank you! 
Your farmers Cate & Mat
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Ridgeland Harvest LLC
E5538 Nelson Road * Viroqua, WI * 54665

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