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Rain and more rain was the theme this past week.  Almost 5 inches fell here in 5 days.  All this rain limited what we were able to do in the gardens.  It’s mucky out there so we had a bit of a “staycation”.  Catch up on maintenance duties inside and out, worked on the paperwork pile that stacks high in the summer, organized school clothes, played fun games, and visited the Cave of the Mounds.  A fun forced break in our routine.

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Astronaut Scott Sullivan visited the bees this week.  Sweet honey in our future.

Our watermelon patch provided WAY! WAY! more delicious watermelon than needed.  We donated to the Baraboo Food Pantry again and the St. Clare Daycare Center.  A Perfect summer treat and we are happy to share.

Late season crops look great!  Our last rotation of beans set flower, edamame is plumping up, winter squash looks plentiful, and brussels sprouts abundant.  Maeve sampled a first sneak of the early season brussel sprouts.

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1st brussels sprout of the season!

SUMMER SHARE #13 

Another great share….a big pepper harvest this week and enjoy the delicious fingerlings. Our experimental tomatillo crop had a great harvest and it is in the “extra” area along with the never ending abundant eggplant and other goodies.

We broke the 1000 pound mark again this week thanks to those watermelons.  1044 is going home with the CSA Members.  Enjoy.

SNACK PACK

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Head lettuce-We are hitting our goal of lettuce every week all summer long.  A great head of Tropican from the hoop house.

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Tropicana ready to be harvested.

Kale-Finally!  We have been trying to include this to the weekly shares for 5 weeks but the shares have been too large.  It’s here and it’s delicious.  An assorted bunch in every share.

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Kale in the wash tank.

Sweet Peppers-A jumbo sweet pepper harvest again this week.  A great crop for us this year.  Assorted Bells and other sweet peppers appear in each share.

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Great Pepper Harvest. 

Mini Sweet Peppers-An assortment of these cuties.  ALL sweet and all delicious.

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This week’s mini sweet pepper assortment.

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Close view of those beauties….

Spaghetti Squash-A “personal” sized spaghetti squash.  Great for 1 meal.  Slice open, bake and scrape out “stringy” insides which resemble spaghetti noodles.

Melon-The abundant watermelon harvest continues and the cantaloupes are starting.  Choose a perfect one to take home.

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MORE! Melon.

Cherry Tomatoes-Another pint mix of the assorted beauties.

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Washed cherry tomatoes.

Paste Tomatoes-Choose a few to enjoy.

Fingerling Potatoes!!-They are here.  Another favorite potato in our house. Just out of the ground.  Enjoy.

FULL SHARE

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Head Lettuce-A sweet head of hoop house grown Tropicana.

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Getting ready to harvest the lettuce in the early morning.

Kale-An assorted bunch.  We spent 5 weeks trying to sneak this in the shares and final have room.  Enjoy!

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Kale washed and ready to be bundled.

Sweet Peppers-Delicious Bells and Bull Horn peppers this week.

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This week’s pepper harvest.

Bag of Mini Sweet “cupid” peppers-Delicious thick walled snackers.

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Cupid sweet peppers ready to be picked.

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Cupid peppers portioned out for this week’s share.  

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They look like strawberries!

Beets-A goal for us this summer was bountiful beets.  Another harvest from the outside gardens.

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This week’s beets.

Fennel-The perfect pairing with Beets!

Melon- Amazing watermelons and sweet cantaloupes.  Choose 2 melons to take home.

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Super Sweet Melon!

 

Cherry Tomatoes-A Quart again this week of this sweet treat.

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Washed and ready to be added to the shares.

Paste Tomatoes-Choose a few….

Chinese Cabbage-A mid sized head.  Perfect added to salads, makes a great slaw or fantastic in stir fry.

Fingerling Potatoes!  Just dug delicious fingerlings.  Enjoy!

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Scott weighing out the fingerling potatoes.  Last packing job of the day….. note-darkness outside, can you guess the time?

Raspberries (PARTIAL SHARE) NOT all Full Shares will receive raspberries this week. The raspberry season  just started and not enough to fill the share.  Choose a container this week or next week-A sweet treat thanks to Neighbor Gene who tends the patch and welcomes us to pick.

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1st raspberries of the season.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-LEEKS, SUPERIOR POTATOES, LETTUCE, PEPPERS, CANTALOUPE, CHERRY TOMATOES AND MORE…..

A bit of Autumn is in the morning air.  Cool, damp, dewy mornings signal to us that the season is quietly transitioning. This little whisper is putting a hustle in our step to get those final crops of the season in the field and the last rotations in the hoophouse and overwintered crops started.  A few times this past week we mentioned “we are out of time!”.  The summer is slowly rolling by.

We had some time to get our tomato canning and drying done this past week with the bounty tomato haul from the patch. We slow cooked down the tomatoes and made a thick sauce to freeze.

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A mix of the pretty heirlooms for our sauce.

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1st batch cooked down and ready for the freezer.

With all the bounty from the garden we have been able to regularly attend the Baraboo Farmers’ Market.  Always a fun Saturday and Maeve is helping out this year too.

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Saturday at the Baraboo Farmers’ Market.

We were pleased that we had extra time as hours were not spent on huge labor intensive harvests this past week.  We are between bean crops and with the cucumber and zucchini crops pulled we finally had time on our hands to focus on some major cleanup and  weeding and work on some primping around here.  The garden walkways were cleared, existing crops weeded and greenhouse and hoop house spiffed up.  Finally!!!  It feels great.

Big news is we started the melon harvest. We have been monitoring the field for 2 weeks and after a final check……

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Ready to check a golden midget watermelon….looks promising.

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Beautiful! We’re ready…..Finally!  

After peeking under the canopy of greens at the start of harvest we had a HUGE! “Holy Cow” moment. There were tons of melon beauties under there. TONS!  We had no idea. 5 hours later the harvest was done and hundreds of melons were pulled from the field.  Never have we had an abundance like this before.  We donated a load to the Boys and Girls Club for the kids to enjoy.  Nothing better than sweet fresh watermelon at the end of summer.

 

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1st melon from the field.. A golden midget.

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A quick taste test.

 

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Scott picking up the melons.

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We planted several varieties and they are SWEET!

SUMMER SHARE #12

Another fantastic share this week with many colorful treats.  AND we jumped over the 1000 pound mark thanks to the watermelon harvest.  1387 pounds from the garden this week.  Enjoy!

SNACK PACK

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Cherry tomatoes, slice tomatoes, tomato sauce kit(paste tomatoes, oregano, jalapeno pepper, garlic, celery), romaine lettuce, carrots, potatoes, melon, sweet peppers,

Cherry Tomatoes-A pint of the pretty mix.

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Washed and ready for this week’s share.

Tomato Sauce Kit-Everything needed for the perfect homemade sauce.  Paste tomatoes, garlic, peppers, celery and oregano.

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Washed Celery for the Tomato Sauce Kits.

Slice Tomatoes-Choose a couple.

Head Lettuce-Another great Romaine harvest from the hoop house.  Our seasonal goal is fresh lettuce every week.

Carrots!-Delicious snappy carrots from our hoop house.  Perfect!

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Scott pulling carrots.

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Finishing up my side of the row.

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What a bounty!

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Look at that funny guy!

Potatoes-This week’s choice is Superior.  A dryer potato and delicious.

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Superior Potatoes.  Perfect!

Sweet Peppers-Beautiful Carmen Italian Fryer Peppers and a Sweet Bell this week..

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Another Jumbo Pepper harvest.

Watermelon-A sweet, sweet harvest. 1 watermelon in each share.  Choose a beauty.

FULL SHARE

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Cherry tomatoes, slice tomatoes, tomato sauce kit (paste tomatoes, oregano, jalapeno, celery), romaine head lettuce, carrots, potatoes, 2 watermelons, sunflower bouquets, spaghetti squash, sweet peppers.

Cherry Tomato-A quart mix again this week.

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Ripe cherry tomatoes above the top of the trellis.

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Washing the cherry tomatoes before packaging.

Tomato Sauce Kits-Everything needed for the perfect homemade sauce.  Paste tomatoes, celery, garlic, and peppers.

Slice Tomatoes-Choose your favorites.

Romaine Lettuce-Another sweet head from the hoop house this week.

Carrots!-A huge bag of these beauties.

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Scott starting the carrot harvest in the hoop house.

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Another Funny guy.

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Washed carrots ready to be weighed out for the shares.

Potatoes-Perfect Superiors this week.  A nice dry potato.  A great baker.

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Scott weighing out this week’s potatoes.

Watermelon-Choose the perfect 2 for you.

Sunflower Bouquet-A pretty late season bouquet.

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I always leave a few sunflowers out in the field for the insects to enjoy….A sunflower visitor.

Sweet Peppers-A pretty collections of assorted sweet peppers.

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The plants are still loaded….!

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More pretty peppers…..

Spaghetti Squash-The 1st pick through the field.  Enjoy!

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-melon, potatoes, leeks, beets, fennel, lettuce, tomatoes and more……

 

 

 

 

It was a week of transition in the gardens.  Long rows of late season mini cabbages were transplanted, autumn spinach seeded in, and Scott pulled down the cucumber vines after a final harvest.  A new crop was quickly transplanted in it’s place for a late season treat.

Cucumber trellis after the last harvest.

Cucumber trellis after the last harvest.

Cucumber trellis with new transplants a few hours later.

Cucumber trellis with new transplants a few hours later.

The zucchini patch was also cleared and we will wait a few weeks for the 2nd planting to produce.  We had huge harvests from the peppers this week and a bounty from the tomato patch.  It is a strong season for us and we are so happy to be able to say this.  Abundant shares, delicious produce to donate to the Baraboo Food pantry, farmers market and restaurant sales too.  A great summer.

Scott was able to get some heavy weeding done and space cleared in the fields while I harvested my days away and seeded in crops in the greenhouse and hoop house.  A bit of a hustle with the late season plantings as we are running out of time if we want them to produce before the 1st frost.

Scott prepping the hoop house for replanting.

Scott prepping the hoop house for replanting.  Making way for Fall Crops.

We picked our 2nd “almost ripe” watermelon this week and did a walk about through the whole melon patch and we are almost there.  Tons! and TONS!!!! of melons are out there under the vines.  It was exciting to peek and we look forward to starting the harvest next week.

Anticipation....

Anticipation….

Darn! Almost ripe.

Darn! Almost ripe.

Maeve's favorite summer drink.

Maeve’s favorite summer drink.

 

SUMMER SHARE #11

It’s a pepper/tomato bonanza week and oh so beautiful.  Another HUGE! eggplant harvest again this week.  The bounty will appear on the “extras” table as it has in past weeks for any member to take and enjoy.  AND! our experimental tomatillo crop is doing well 4 varieties are also in the “extra” area this week to enjoy along with many other “extra” goodies to choose from.

825 pounds of great produce is going out the door today!  Enjoy…..

Tomatillo harvesting in our test plot.

Tomatillo harvesting in our test plot.

SNACK PACK

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Romaine head lettuce, sweet corn, Slice tomatoes, pint cherry tomatoes, cabbage, kohlrabi, sweet peppers, HOT! jalapeno peppers, sweet summer onions, cucumber medley, zucchini

Head Lettuce-We had a huge romaine harvest this week.  Beautiful sweet heads and a true wonder in this heat. We are grateful.

Romaine at early morning harvest.

Romaine at early morning harvest.

Corn-Small very sweet corn from Uncle Jim.  Delicious.

Slice Tomatoes-A HUGE! harvest from the patch and many to choose from.

Cherry Tomatoes-A mixed pint for all snack pack shares.

Your cherry tomato washer and "quality control" inspector.

Your cherry tomato washer and “quality control” inspector.

Cabbage -A medium sized snappy head perfect for slaw, stir fry or fresh eating.

Beautiful! And ready for the shares....

Beautiful! And ready for the shares….

Kohlrabi-2 in each share. Peel thick outer skin and eat the crunchy interior.

Sweet Peppers-Beautiful Sweet peppers were harvest this week.

The 1st pass down the pepper rows. A bounty!

The 1st pass down the pepper rows. A bounty!

Jalapeno HOT! peppers-2 in each share.

Sweet Summer Onion-Must be stored in refrigerator.

Cucumber Medley-This is the end of the cucumbers for a few weeks.

Zucchini-Also, the end of this crop for a few weeks.

 

FULL SHARE

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Romaine head lettuce, sweet corn, slice tomatoes, quart cherry tomatoes, cabbage, kohlrabi, Sweet peppers, jimmy nardello peppers, HOT! jalapeno peppers, sweet summer onions, cucumber medley, beets, garlic, zucchini

Head Lettuce-A delicious Summer romaine from the hoop house.

Romaine ready to harvest.

Romaine ready to harvest.

Corn-Another great harvest from Uncle Jim!  Small SWEET ears.

Slice Tomatoes-Tons! to choose from….pick your favorite.

Cherry Tomatoes-Another quart of these beauties for all Full Shares this week.

Tomato Cleaning before they are put in containers.

Tomato Cleaning before they are put in containers.

Beautiful Cherry Tomatoes.

Beautiful Cherry Tomatoes.

Cabbage-Perfect size for fresh eating or added to stir Fry.  Grilled is delicious too.

Kohlrabi-4 in each share.  Peel the tough outer light green skin and enjoy the crunchy interior.

Sweet Peppers-It is a great pepper week.  An assortment of sweet bells and bull horn in Full Share.  Beautiful!

Carmen Peppers in the hot summer haze.

Carmen Peppers in the hot summer haze.

More Carmen up close. the plants are loaded!

More Carmen up close. The plants are loaded!

So Pretty.

So Pretty.

Jimmy Nardello SWEET Pepper-A fantastic sweet pepper with great flavor.

Jimmy was of the first Nardello generation born in America. The fourth of 11 kids, he was the only one to inherit his mother’s love of peppers.  In Naugatuck, he built terraces like they did in the hillsides of Southern Italy.  He nourished his peppers and dried them so they could be enjoyed in winter.

Before Jimmy died in 1983, he donated his pepper seeds to Seed Savers Exchange, where they’ve been stewards of the pepper for nearly thirty years.  The Jimmy Nardello Sweet Italian Frying Pepper, now its official name, is listed in the US Ark of Taste at Slow Food, the vegetable version of the endangered species list.

Jalapeno-HOT! 4 in each share.

Sweet Summer Onions-Must be stored in the refrigerator.

Cucumber Medley-A final mix from our early plantings.

Zucchini-The last harvest from the 1st patch.

Beets-A nice big bag of one of our favorite crops….more to come.

Garlic-2 heads in each Full Share this week.

 

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-watermelon, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes, carrots!, garlic, celery and more…..

 

 

 

 

 

Another HOT! week behind us and we are planting Fall crops.  An odd feeling to be transitioning to Autumn in sweltering heat.  Long rows of broccoli were transplanted out into the garden and more seeds planted in the greenhouse for late season crops.  Several lettuce rotations were added to the hoop house and we are thrilled our final rotation of late carrots germinated well in the heat.  Always a bit tricky at this time of year.

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Weekly lettuce transplanting in the hoop house. Next week’s harvest behind me….

Scott’s grandson Keith helped harvest and process our entire onion crop this week and we are grateful.  All the sweet summer onions are out of the garden and cleaned in the cooler and the storage onions are curing on an empty bench in the greenhouse. When that job was done Scott and Keith moved on to potato digging and had fun together.  We enjoyed our time with Keith and grateful for the help with some big jobs that had to get done.

Our crops are thriving in this near perfect summer and huge harvests are coming from the gardens. 1st rotations of summer squash and cucumbers are still producing and we must pick daily to stay on top of the harvest.   An amazing pepper crop is just starting to mature and high yield came from the tomato patch this week.  2 bean rotations are producing at the same time even though they were planted 2 weeks apart.  Long days of harvesting but we are happy.  We peeked at the melon patch and found an “almost” ripe one that we ate at supper.  Next week more to come.

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1st melon from the patch….

Our days are full with late season transplanting and harvesting and we fret that the weeds  are loving this weather and thriving in our walkways and around the edges.  It looks a bit shaggy out there but we feel good the crops are well tended.  Hopefully next week there will be time for maintenance to be top priority.  Hopefully…….

SUMMER SHARE #10

Another HUGE! share this week.  Crazy!  Chuckle along with us….share with your neighbors, friends and family.   It is an amazing summer for us and we are rolling in goodness.  It may not last but while it’s here we are going to love every minute of it.  Enjoy it all….All 855 pounds of it.

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Scott double checking the list before we start the packing…..

 

SNACK PACK

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head lettuce, sweet corn, leeks, carola potatoes, sweet summer onions, cucumber medley, summer squash, beans,  sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes and slice tomatoes

Head Lettuce-We are still harvesting fantastic lettuce from the hoop house even in this extreme heat and humidity.  The variety is called 2 Star.  Sweet, delicious and perfect.

 

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Lettuce ready to harvest in the early morning.

Sweet Corn-Another harvest from Uncle Jim.  A BIG! thank you to Uncle Jim.

Summer Leeks-We love leeks.  We plant 3 different varieties and this is the 1st harvest.  Keith helped with this huge harvest too!

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1st Leek harvest of seeds started in February.

Potatoes-1st harvest from the carola row.  We had to include them with the leeks.  Carola is Scott’s favorite potato.  Great all around potato.  Mashed, fried, baked or steamed.

Sweet Onions-A great harvest after last year’s “so-so” crop. Enjoy.

Beans-A huge bag!  2 rotations of beans ready to harvest at the same time.  A bounty.

Cucumber Medley-Another great assortment.  We were going to pull the vines last week as we thought they were about done.  I am glad we held off.  A great harvest this week.

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A full tub of beauties from 1 side of the trellis.

Summer Squash-The patch keeps chugging away.  We were going to clear this crop last week too but CSA members said to keep it around a bit longer.

Sweet Peppers-2 jewels in every share.  An assorted harvest of beautiful bells and long italian bull horn styles.

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Gorgeous peppers!

 

Cherry Tomatoes-A huge harvest this week! Maeve helped wash and process this crop.

Washing and sorting the cherry tomatoes.

Washing and sorting the cherry tomatoes. 

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Maeve noticed that the Indigo variety of cherry tomatoes have a perfect star on top.

 

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Every single one….

 

Slice Tomatoes-A jumbo harvest this week.  Choose your favorites!

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Beautiful Slice tomatoes.

 

FULL SHARE

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head lettuce , sweet corn, leeks, potatoes, sweet onions, beans, cucumbers, english cucumber, summer squash, sweet peppers, mini sweet peppers assorted, jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, slice tomatoes

Head lettuce-A small miracle to be harvesting delicious and perfect lettuce from the hoop house in this prolonged muggy weather.  Enjoy a great head of 2 star.

Sweet Corn-Another pick from Uncle Jim.  “Thank you” Uncle Jim for this tasty summer treat.

Leeks-A huge harvest of early leeks.

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Washed and ready to be bundled in this week’s shares.

 

Potatoes-Scott’s favorite carola is this week’s dig.  Steamed, mashed, fried or baked,  Delicious.

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Always fun to find this sweet surprise.

 

Sweet Summer Onions-A few in every share. Store in the refrigerator.

Beans-A huge bag from a huge harvest this week.

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Scott weighing out the beans.

Cucumber Medley-A big bag of a delicious assortment.

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Cucumbers on the vine.

 

Sorting out this week's  harvest of cucumbers for the shares.

Sorting out this week’s harvest of cucumbers for the shares.

Summer Squash-Another great harvest even though I thought we were going to pull the plants last week as the plants are trailing all over the place.

Sweet Peppers-A beautiful harvest of assorted sweet peppers.

Sweet Carmen ready to be picked.

Sweet Carmen ready to be picked.

Mini Sweet Peppers-We love these beauties.  Enjoy!

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Mini sweet peppers sorted and ready to be bagged for Full share.

 

Jalapeno-A few again this week to spice things up.

Cherry Tomatoes-A HUGE! container this week.

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Cherry tomatoes all washed and ready to package.

Slice Tomatoes-Here they come….choose a few of your favorites.

Pretty Heirlooms.

Pretty Heirlooms.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-kohlrabi, watermelon, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, celery, summer squash, cabbage, purple potatoes and more…..

Well, we had a bit of excitement around here this past week.  Scott discovered around suppertime on Friday that the compressor was not running on the cooler.  It must have just cut out as the temperature in the box was still at 40. Not the thing you want to have happen on 1 of the hottest days of the year and at the start of a weekend.  We were relieved that the cooler was not packed with produce as the CSA pick up was the day before and a delivery went to the Baraboo Food Pantry that morning.  However, there were several totes of our daily harvested items that needed a cool home and more veggies to coming from the garden the next day.  We needed to solve this problem fast.  We are extremely grateful to those that helped so quickly……Shane from Weber Enterprises was here shortly after the call that we had “cooler issues”, the wonderful women at Invictus offered cooler space in their walk in for as long as we needed it and Brian and Tracy Jordan Baker fielded our flip flop and flop flip thinking and questions if this was the time to expand our cooler and the options available to us.  The story ends well.  The cooler was back on before the weekend was over and life moves on as normal with very little anxiety or trouble thanks to the amazing people that are part of our life.

SUMMER SHARE #9

690 pounds this week from the gardens….it just keeps getting better.  A crazy good year for us.  Enjoy it all.

 

SNACK PACK

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Sweet Corn!-We do not grow the corn.  Scott’s Uncle Jim conventually grows the corn at his farm in Reedsburg.  Enjoy this treat!

Head Lettuce-Delicious and perfect head lettuce from our hoop house.  A small miracle at this time of year as it is very difficult to grow lettuce in high heat and humidity.

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Pretty lettuce ready for a morning harvest.

Zucchini-A few long assorted summer squash picked small. This is the last of it for awhile. We are going to pull the patch next week as the plants are slowing down and also the area is turning into a jungle out there.  New plants are already planted and zucchini will appear again a few weeks out.

Sweet Pepper-1 in every share.

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Peppers ripening on the plant.

Sweet Summer Onions-A great crop for us this year after a “so-so” crop last season. Must be refrigerated.  Enjoy!

Beans-1st picking of the next rotation.  A tricolor blend with more to come.

 

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We had to call in additional help to make our way down the long rows.  Scott’s daughter Amy lent a hand on a hot morning.

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Scott making his way down the other end of a long bean row.

Cucumber mix-Another big bag.  The last bag for awhile as we are pulling the vines from the trellis and the 2nd round should be producing soon.

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Dill-Harvested small and tender to add to your cucumber salads.

Cherry Tomatoes-A great harvest this week with more to come.  We remove all the stems and wash before packaging so they are ready to eat.

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Maeve was your cherry tomato cleaner this week.

Slice Tomatoes-The beauties are here and a bumper harvest.  Delicious!

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1st big tomato harvest of the season.

FULL SHARE

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Sweet Corn!-We do not grow the corn.  Scott’s Uncle Jim conventually grows the corn at his farm in Reedsburg.  Enjoy this treat!

Head Lettuce-A perfect head of a summer variety called Muir from the hoop house.

Beta Mix-Another offering of this fantastic leafy mix.  My favorite.  A combination of baby beet tops and assorted baby Swiss Chard.  Enjoy fresh or saute.  We  pulled the crop for the season.

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Beta Mix in the wash tank after morning harvest.

BIG Patty Pans- Several members asked if we could grow these out to a larger size.  We did!  Hollow them out and fill with your prefered “casserole” combination and bake.

Summer Squash-An assorted mix.  We are pulling the patch on Monday and the new patch will be producing in a few weeks.

Sweet Peppers-A couple in each share.  A great crop for us this year.

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Jimmy Nardello Sweet peppers ripening on the plant.

Jalapeno Hot Peppers-A few to spice up this weeks meals.

Sweet Onions-A great harvest of these delicious summer onions.  Must be refrigerated.

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Just pulled Sweet Summer Onions ready to be cleaned.

Beans-1st picking off a pretty tri color blend.

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1st picking of the yellow beans.

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Holy Cow!  What a harvest.

Cucumbers-A nice big bag and this will be it for awhile as we are pulling the vines from the trellis.  They will reappear in a few weeks from the next rotation.

Dill- Picked small  to enjoy with your cucumber salads.

Cherry Tomatoes-A great crop for us this year.  16 varieties in this pretty mix.

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Cherry Tomatoes on the vine.

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All washed up and ready to be boxed.

Slice Tomatoes-A great harvest of many varieties and colors.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-corn, head lettuce, leeks, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, beans and more…..

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Look what we found in Maeve’s Pine Tree.

All is well and we are happy.  Another HOT! week in the garden and the plants (and weeds) are loving this weather. Fun and a bit amazing to see the growth and production in the gardens in the heat.

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Watermelons growing fast in the hot days and nights.

We are on top of the massive harvests coming from the gardens and had some big transplanting and seeding jobs to take care of this past week and we watched the weeds grow. We went from feeling great about our weed management to a bit overwhelmed in 1 week.  Darn.   Next week we have projected as our “maintenance” week.  New Carrot and beet beds need to be tended to,  our “living” walkways manicured, primp the tomato patch and prep areas transitioning to Fall planting.  This is the time of year for that fast growing portulaca weed and we have a healthy “crop” out there.

Scott hand dug all garlic in our garlic beds in 2 days.  “Best crop ever!” we kept saying over and over as the bulbs were coming out of the ground.  With the help of Scott’s mom on Sunday we got the entire crop processed and stored for curing. We are estimating 2000+ beautiful bulbs came from the patch this year. We save part of the harvest as our “seed garlic” to replant for next season’s crop.   The harvest is a huge job and one that we usually drag out for days in past seasons.  The patch is tilled and ready for a new crop this coming week.  It’s ALL done and we are pleased.

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Scott hauling up another load of just dug garlic to be processed and cured.

SUMMER SHARE #8  WOW! 648 pounds in the shares this week.  A great bounty from the garden.  

SNACK PACK

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2 lettuces, zucchini, cucumber medley, eggplant, sweet onion, early red potato, fennel, carrots, pepper, cherry tomatoes.

Head Lettuce(2 varieties)-The Hoop house is chugging along with wonderful lettuce.  We are grateful as it gets a bit tricky to grow lettuce in high heat and humidity.  A bounty and delicious.  A head of a snappy summer crisp and a personal favorite…..Little mini butterheads called Nancy.  Dark green sweet and juicy.

 

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Summer Crisp at harvest.

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Cute little Nancy heads ready to harvest.

Zucchini-An assorted few of the summer staples picked small.

Cucumber Medley bag-A big bag of assorted snacking cucumbers.

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Cucumbers loaded on the trellis.

Eggplant-The plants are loaded! A great eggplant year for us.

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Eggplant harvest.

Sweet Summer Onions-Here they come!  Big beautiful sweet onions.  We just started the harvest with many weeks to come.  These are NOT storage onions and must be kept chilled in the refrigerator.

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Cleaning the onion harvest in the shade.

Early Red Potatoes-A treat of fresh dug early reds.  Great roasted, steamed or fried.  Delicious chilled in potato salad too.  Enjoy!

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Potatoes at harvest.

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All hand dug.  A bumper crop this year.  “THANK YOU!!” Uncle Jim.

Fennel-A snappy flavor that is a great addition shaved in fresh salads, delicious with apples, make a pesto with the fronds,  or grill with mix veggies.

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Scott processing the fennel as it chills in cold water at harvest.

Carrots-More delicious carrots from our new carrot trough this year.

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Pulling carrots from the new carrot trough.

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What a bounty!

Sweet Pepper-1 in every share.

Cherry Tomatoes-Here they come! A beautiful mix in every share.

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Just picked cherry tomatoes.

FULL SHARE

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2 varieties of head lettuce,  zucchini, cucumber medley, sweet summer onions, early red potatoes, fennel, carrots, cherry tomatoes, pepper, jimmy nardello pepper, beets, cherry tomatoes, 1 slice tomato!

Lettuce(2 varieties)-Great lettuce from the hoop house this week.  A big fluffy head called 2 Star and cute little butterheads named Nancy.

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2 Star at harvest.

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Butterheads chilling in the dunk tanks.

Zucchini-An assorted mix of the summer staple.  Picked small and tender.

Cucumber Medley Mix-A really big bag of mixed snackers.

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Favorite white cucumber on the trellis.

Long English Cucumber-2 in each share.  Thin skinned and delicious.

Sweet Summer Onions-A great crop for us this year.  Big sweet onions.  These are not Storage onions and must be kept in the refrigerator.

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Onion Harvest.

Early Red Potatoes-Another huge harvest this season.  A treat!  Enjoy steamed and chilled in salads, roasted, or fried.  Nothing beats the flavor of fresh dug potatoes.

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Early red potato harvesting….

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I love this pictures….rusty work truck, fashionable headwear, styling dirty work clothes and GREAT! potatoes. Perfect!

Fennel-Beautiful bulbs from the garden.  Enjoy shaved in fresh salads, delicious roasted with chicken or other veggies, and the fronds make a great pesto.

Beets-We had to add a few to go with the fennel. A perfect pairing.

Carrots-Another great harvest from our new carrot trough.

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Carrots after washing.

Sweet Pepper-A nice big sweet pepper from the garden.

Jimmy Nardello SWEET Pepper-From the looks of it you would think it would be hot…a sweet heirloom.

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Pepper harvest with Jimmy Nardello on top.

Cherry Tomatoes-A sweet and colorful assortment in every share this week.

Eggplant-The plants are powerhouses this year for some reason.

Slice Tomato-Choose 1 beauty from this early harvest.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-Cherry tomatoes, kohlrabi, mini cabbage, lettuce, beans, peppers, lettuce, summer squash, cucumbers, garlic and more…..

Another big week in the gardens.  A HOT! one too.  We plugged along in the thick muggy days and got the work done.  The plants love this weather and even though we wilt a little in the heat and the humidity it makes us very happy to see the gardens thriving.  Our focus for the week was harvest.  With the high temperatures, bright sunshine and a few perfect rains many crops need to be harvested daily.  Zucchini, cucumbers and beans all need to be picked every morning now.  The harvests have been huge and we spent many hours crawling down long rows wondering when we would reach the end.  Our tomato plants are thriving too.  Scott spent 16 hours over several days in the tomato patch securing the new growth to the trellises.  It looked like a jungle over there!  Nice and neat now and the vines are loaded with fruit and supported well.  We have started picking the cherry tomatoes and a few heirloom slicers are just starting to show some color.

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Cherry Tomatoes ripening on the vines.

 

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look what we found this morning!

The watermelon patch seems to double in size in this hot weather and we peeked and found a few tiny beauties.

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The melon patch.

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A watermelon growing in the sun.

Scott weeded and prepared new beds in the evenings when the heat was not so oppressive-often times with a head lamp on.  Small transplants of cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower fill the rows growing strong for late summer harvests.

New seeds are started weekly in the greenhouse to ensure a steady supply of new crops from the gardens and hoop house…..

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This week’s seed starting.

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And germinating quickly in the heat.

SUMMER SHARE #7

632 pounds from the garden this week.  Another fantastic share of great produce.  Enjoy.

SNACK PACK

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Romaine head lettuce, beta mix (combination of baby beet tops and colorful swiss chard), green beans, zucchini, patty pan, cucumber mixed bag, sweet pepper,  garlic, small cabbage and basil plant.

Romaine Head Lettuce-Another great harvest of Romaine this week.  We way over plant lettuce in the hoop house at this time of year to ensure a steady supply.  It often times suffers in the heat and a few lettuce crops may fail.  Not this year!  An over abundance of fresh perfect greens this week.  Enjoy!

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Gorgeous Romaine at harvest.

Beta Mix-A surprise to us.  With heavy shade to protect from the heat and ample watering we were able to get a great harvest off this difficult summer crop.  Baby beet tops and assorted colorful baby swiss chard.  Great for fresh eating or saute.

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Beta Mix at harvest.

 

Green Beans!-A huge bag.  We had a great harvest off our first bean planting rotation this week.

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Morning Bean pick.

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Scott making his way down the bean row.

Zucchini-Several of these tender summer squashes picked small.

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Pretty Zucchini flowers in the morning.

Patty Pan Summer Squash-A couple of these little gems in every snack pack share this week.

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This week’s patty pan harvest.

Cucumbers-A nice big assorted bag in every share.  The vines are just starting to really kick in.

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Cucumbers on the trellis.

Peppers-We have started our pepper harvest!  1 in every snack pack share. All Sweet peppers.

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1st pepper harvest of the season.

Garlic-1st garlic of the season too.  1 head in each snack pack share.

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Scott hand digging this week’s garlic.

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Gorgeous!

Mini Cabbage Head-The perfect size for fresh eating, slaw or added to stir fry.

Basil Plant-We were hoping to have these with the 1st tomatoes of the season but with all this heat they are ready now!  Big beautiful plants.  Enjoy.

FULL SHARE

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Romaine head lettuce, Lime green Buttercrisp Lettuce head, Beta Mix (combination of baby beet tops and colorful swiss chard), Green Beans, Zucchini, Eggplant, Cucumber mixed bag, Long English cucumbers, Sweet Peppers, Jalapeno peppers, garlic, medium head garlic, cherry tomatoes and basil plant.

Romaine head lettuce AND a beautiful head of a summer buttercrisp.

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Summer buttercrisp lettuce chilling in the wash tanks after harvest.

Beta Mix-A combination of baby beet greens and colorful swiss chard.  Enjoy fresh in salads or saute.

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Beta patch after harvest.

Green Beans! A super huge bag for all the Full Shares this week.  A bounty harvest.

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I finished my side of the bean row.

Zucchini-Another great harvest this week and several assorted beauties in the shares.

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Zucchini ready to go in this week’s shares.

Cucumbers-A nice big bag of assorted snackers.

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The cucumber bagging team.

Long English Slicing Cucumbers-2 in each full share.

Peppers!-Our crop looks great this year and the first pick of the season. 2 sweet peppers in each share.

Jalapeno Peppers-We snuck a few off the plants for each Full Share.

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Jalapeno Peppers at harvest.

Garlic-Fresh dug and delicious. 2 heads in each share.

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Cabbage-A medium sized head.

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Scott making his way down the cabbage bed.

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I follow behind and pick up the heads and remove the outer leaves before they go in the wash tank to chill.

Basil Plant-A beautiful plant we were hoping to add to the shares with the 1st slice tomato harvest.  With this heat they are ready a week or 2 early.

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Eggplant-2 for each full share this week.

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Just picked and ready for the shares…..

Cherry Tomatoes-A few for all full shares!  Enjoy!

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1st Cherry Tomato harvest of the season. 

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-fennel, beans, cucumbers, summer squash, potatoes, carrots, cherry tomatoes, summer onions!!! and kale-really! (we held off this week due to the over abundance of lettuce from the hoop house.)

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Beautiful Onions for next week’s harvest.

 

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