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The Weekly Weeder

September 1, 2016
Weekly shares and Tomato EOW Group
Farm Picnic Day 2014.
Farm Picnic Day 2014.
Farm Picnic Day 2014.

Box Contents and Tips

Please note, field conditions were muddy all week so you'll find a little soil left on things this week despite our best efforts.
  • Beans - soybeans (edamame): 0.85 pounds Smalls; 1.8 pounds Standards; 3.5 pounds Doubles.  A seasonal treat and nutritious snack for those first school lunches!  Simply boil pods in salt water (about 2 tsp) until tender then rinse in cold water.  Eat warm or cooled.
  • Carrots, purple: 1 pound Smalls; 2 pounds Standards; 4 pounds Doubles. This is a new variety for us this season and we've found more flavor from them cooked than raw.  Store in plastic bag.
  • Cilantro:  1 small bunch Smalls; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles. It was a muddy harvest!  You will need to un-bunch and rewash.  Store in plastic bag.
  • Onion, Yellow: 2 Small; 4 Standards; 8 Doubles  Red onions are great raw or cooked. They are not mild like the last few weeks but  are sharper.  Store on the counter top (not in the refrigerator).
  • Peppers, Green: 3 Small; 6 Standards; 8 Doubles.
  • Peppers - Red, Yellow and/or Orange sweet peppers 2 Small; 3 Standards; 4 Doubles. These are not perfect peppers! The wet weather has taken a toll on them. But we felt they did have mainly usable parts - simply cut off the bad portion and use or freeze.
  • Hot Peppers, Red Paper Lantern OR Orange Habanero AND Jalapenos 1 each Smalls; 2 each Standards; 3-4 each Doubles. Another spicy hot pepper - maybe for your salsa or pop it into a freezer bag for using this winter in your favorite chili.
  • Sweet Corn!  4 Small; 8 Standards; 12 Doubles  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, Cherry 2.5 pounds Doubles only Remove from plastic bag, wash thoroughly, then leave out on the counter top until fully ripened - then use! 
  • Tomatoes, Slicers: 2-3 pounds Smalls; 4-5 pounds Standards; 8-9 pounds Doubles!  Remove from plastic bag, wash thoroughly then leave on the counter top to fully ripen.  If you're in short time or they are starting to get overripe, pop them whole into the freezer!  
  • Zucchini, green and gold:  1 Smalls and 2 Standards (none for Doubles)  Store on your counter top to avoid rubbery zucchini's. 
COMING SOON:  Beets, Kale, Sweet Corn 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

Life and Death surround us.  Our hands become full of the end of summer smell as we pick off the last tomatoes and peppers.  Vines and plants are dying quickly this season with all the rain and humidity.  While there is sadness that these crops are ending, there is also joy in more time for other tasks.  Old timers are saying it's going to be an early frost this year. 

We ran out of time to harvest more beans for your boxes - Dragon Tongue and French Filet green beans were also on our harvest list.  We thought the Edamame Soybeans were more important to load you all up on.  Would you agree or would you have preferred less soybeans and more green beans?  Email us - we'd love to know as we're often confronted with decisions like this and just have to decide what gets cut from our list.  Also who is ready for more eggplant?  Would you like more or have you had enough.  There are crops that some people love and others hate.  It is often a challenge to keep all palettes and diets satisfied,  but we do listen to your feedback so if you have a preference please let us know.

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.)
SWISS CHARD, 12 bunches $18 -- great for freezing!
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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