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A HOT! week but a productive week too. We worked early in the morning and sometimes through the heat and then back out after dinner. The watermelon and cantaloupe patches went in. We start the plants in larger containers in the greenhouse-babysit them and transplant out later when the plants are big and strong. Weeding is our top priority these days and we are still on top of it! We made our way down all the potato rows and sweet potatoes too and they look fantastic. We are whispering it may be a “best ever” year for these 2 crops. We don’t want to say it too loud and jinx it.

We see tomatoes starting on the cherry tomato plants and the beans are in full flower. Broccoli is finally heading up and the cucumber plants are vining up the trellises….It feels like summer.

We are excited that peas and zucchini are going to be in the shares next week and we are moving into harvest mode around here.

CSA Summer Share #2

Full Share
Snack Pack

What is in your share-Head lettuce, baby kale mix, garlic scapes, carrots, pac choi and basil plant.

Head Lettuce-We harvest the leafy green crops at first light on these hot days to insure they are crisp and not bitter. We zip them up to the cooler and then triple rinse and then spun dry in Scott’s new invention. He created a leafy green spinner out of a tread mill motor, huge fan guards and red fiberglass left over from a valentine heart project years ago. It works great and what a time saver.

Head lettuce harvest in the morning sun.
Chilling in the dunk tank.
Scott’s custom leafy green spinner.

After the lettuce is harvested we try to follow the 24 hour rule. The space is replanted within 24 hours with another rotation….

New lettuce crop going in….

Baby Kale Mix-Fresh in salads it’s great. I love it sauted with the garlic scapes and eat with scrambled eggs.

Baby Kale photo taken just as the sun was rising….

Garlic Scapes-Delicious! These are the forming flowers off the top of the garlic plants. We cut them off so the plant puts all it’s energy into forming a big bulb. Tastes just like garlic. Use as you would garlic. Makes a great pesto too.

Garlic Scapes ready for the shares.

Carrots!-These crunchy delights were planted in hoop 1 in March. Maeve calls them “real carrots” because of the flavor. We plant the carrots in rows and then between the rows we planted baby head lettuce and in between the lettuce we planted fennel. First the lettuces came out for Spring Share and now the carrots-next week the fennel. We are able to harvest 3 crops out of 1 section of the greenhouse when space is tight in the early season.

Pulling the carrots out between the fennel rows.
We cut the tops off right at harvest and then up to washing station.
Air dry, weigh and then bag for the shares.

Pac Choi-A favorite around here. I roughly chop and saute and then eat a whole one with rice. It is great in fresh salads for a good crunch and charred on the grill is amazing.

A fantastic pac choi harvest. LONG! storage life in the fridge.

Basil Plant-A genovese variety. Cut and enjoy…or transplant to a larger container or your garden to snip all summer long.

Basil Plants!

Best Guess for next week-peas, head lettuce, fennel, zucchini sun flower shoots and more….

What a great time we are having in the gardens. Crops are strong and well watered thanks to all this rain. The plants love the high temps and growing like crazy. It’s fun to watch. The 1st rotation of beans is just about to flower and 2nd rotation germinated this week. We have hoop 2 fully planted in carrots and beets AND! fully weeded. We are thrilled with our new sweet potato supplier and even more thrilled that our shipment was delivered all the way from North Carolina by a wonderful amish man who we met at the Portage Petro a full month earlier then we have ever received our slips in the past. We planted immediately and more good news….we planted 500 slips more then we have ever planted. Fingers crossed for a best ever sweet potato year for us.

Finishing up the sweet potato slip planting in the rain.

The broccoli is about to head, cabbage too. We started cutting the tops of the garlic as the plants are forming scapes, and the peas are flowering. Tomato plants are thriving and Scott has them well trellised. Weeding is a priority now. We need to get the walkways covered this week. Bring on Summer is the feeling around here.

1st sugar snap peas are flowering.

We are grateful the terrible storms have not caused us any grief and skirted around us. It’s wet but be are just rolling along…..in the mud.

SUMMER SHARE #1

Full Share.
Snack Pack

leaf lettuce, asian mix salad blend, green onions, radishes, kohlrabi, tokyo bekana, butter head lettuce (full only)

Leaf lettuce-A delicious leaf lettuce blend that we cut VERY early in the morning and wash and chill quickly so it is perfectly sweet and delicious.

Leaf lettuce at sunrise harvest.

Asian leafy salad mix-A great combo of textures with a bit of spice! Can be enjoyed raw in salads or quickly wilted as a warm side. We love it with a dash of soy sauce.

Cutting Asian Greens.
After Asian Greens Harvest.

Green Onions-Planted in March in Hoop 1. Harvested and bundled by Jeanie our wonderful helper this summer. Delicious and they have a bite to them.

Green onion harvest in hoop 1.

Radishes-2 snappy varieties in this mix. Enjoy!

French breakfast radishes at harvest.
Nice bunch or rollo radishes.

Kohlrabi-We planted these in hoop 2 late in March. Great texture and a family favorite. A nice crunch to salads.

Kohlrabi in hoop 2
A quick rinse in the dunk tank after harvest.

Tokyo Bekana-I love it raw added to salad. I love the texture and the color too. It’s perfect and a perfect early season treat as it does not like to grow in heat. We did a quick early morning harvest before the heat wave blasted in and it is delicious and crisp.

Tokyo Bekana ready to harvest.
Tokyo Bekana at harvest.

Butter head lettuce (full only)-A beautiful lettuce that only grows well in Spring. We planted it between the carrots.

Full share head lettuce.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-Carrots!!!!, head lettuce, pac choi, garlic scapes, arugula and more…..

We had another fantastic week of getting big jobs done. We have wonderful help this year! Al and Scott got all the trellis up on a very long work day and Jeannie and I followed behind and planted 484 tomato plants. We are grateful for these absolutely amazing people in our lives. Cucumber transplants went out and then we direct seeded more down the trellis rows to extend our harvest season. Hoop 2 is cleared out of all the Spring planted spinach and kohlrabi and beets and carrots have taken their place. We seeded in another round of cabbages, kohlrabi, zucchini and broccoli in the greenhouses now that we have some room in there. AND we returned to the Baraboo Farmers’ Market on Saturday and had a super fun day selling our tomato plants. It’s a fast pace this time of year, full days and we sleep well at night but the gardens look wonderful and we love it!

Farmers’ Market Fun. Maeve is wearing shorts and I have my long johns on!

Spring Share #4

Turnips, radishes, kohlrabi, micro greens, basil plant, head lettuce and spinach.

Turnips!-The last of these buttery wonders from the hoop house. A Spring Favorite for sure.

Radishes-Beautiful and crunchy red “gum balls” for your salad. We planted these in hoop 2 24 days ago. Blows me away how quickly radishes develop.

Kohlrabi-Another great spring crop of a crunchy treat. We love it as a coleslaw, and also shredded in our salads. Big salted slices are also a go to around here.

Head lettuce-The variety is Cherokee. Delicious and Beautiful!

Green Spinach-Jeannie and I harvested the last of it on a very early cool morning and then pulled it all. Spinach will return in the Fall.

Basil Plant-Genovese Type. Perfect for Summer Pesto. Transplant to a larger container if you want it to grow large.

Micro greens-We planted up 2 different varieties. Choose the one you think is the prettiest. Place on a bright windowsill and water as needed. Snip and add as garnish to salads, sandwiches or side dishes. We love it tossed on soup. It is a 1 and done. After you cut all-compost soil.

Green onions-Harvested from hoop 1 and these little guys have a bite to them.

1st Summer Share Thursday June 16th. Same routine. Pick up time is 3-6.

Another happy-and BUSY! week in the gardens. The best news-all 500 pounds of the seed potatoes went in on a perfect morning. A huge relief to have that job behind us. Peppers and eggplant planted and we seeded in more lettuces and leafy greens in the hoop houses. The chilly wet Spring delayed outdoor planting but all is chugging along just on a slightly later schedule. All the cabbages and early broccoli in the field are sizing up. Hopefully next week all the tomatoes go in now that we are past the date of that terrible hard frost of last year-May 24th. We had some much needed rain, made for some heavy boots when transplanting.

As always-fashion forward!

SPRING SHARE #3

What is in your share-pink spinach, 2 varieties of head lettuce, turnips, pac choi, 1st kohlrabi harvest!

Pink Spinach-This is the final harvest of this beautiful Spring Treat. It does not last long and we general get 3-4 harvests off the crop before it decides to bolt and the leaves get wimpy. We picked a bounty and then pulled the crop.

Head lettuces-A great harvest from hoop 1 this week.

Pac choi-Last of this juicy delight from hoop 2. Again-charred on the grill is amazing! Also love it fresh in our salads too.

Turnips-We had a great harvest of these little wonders. We cannot get enough of them in our fresh salads.

1st Kohlrabi Harvest of the season!-2 in every share….

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK’S FINAL SPRING SHARE-HEAD LETTUCE, BASIL PLANT, LEAF LETTUCE, GREEN SPINACH, KOHLRABI, TURNIPS, MICRO GREENS AND MORE.

WE WILL BE SELLING OUR TOMATO PLANTS AT THE BARABOO FARMERS’ MARKET THIS WEEKEND….

A HAPPY!!! hello from the other side. All is well and we had a productive time in the gardens. All the cabbages, broccoli, and brussels sprouts went in….we planted long rows of carrots in the hoop houses. Seeded in bean seeds and lots of leafy greens direct seeded into hoop 1. Over 7000 onions were planted in two days and happy that job is behind us. Scott got all the irrigation set and the trellises are going up for the peas, and cucumbers and tomatoes. That heat was sure a surprise but the tomato and pepper plants sure loved it after the cold dark Spring. Life is good and we are rolling along.

SPRING SHARE #2

head lettuce-2, pac choi, baby kale mix, turnips, radish medley, spinach, pink spinach, pea shoots

Head lettuces-2 varieties this week. Butter heads that are just delicious and a treat as they only grow well in the cool temperatures of Spring and a crunchy summer crisp called Tropicana.

Beautiful Butter Head Lettuce
Tropicana Lettuce ready to harvest.

Pac choi-A great harvest from hoop 2. We love it raw in salads-delicious with oranges too. Surprisingly grilled is amazing…. Slightly wilted and charred with a drizzle of soy sauce.

Pac choi ready to harvest.
Cut in the morning sun.

Baby Kale Mix-This is the second cutting off the patch. We pull and then reseed. Love it sauted as a warm side and also added to fresh salads.

Baby Kale Mix at Harvest.

Turnips!-The Spring Time Treat. LOVE!!!! Only grows well in cool temps. The texture and flavor amazing. Enjoy raw or light stir fry.

YUM!

Turnip washing.

Radishes-A mix again this week from our early planting.

Garden Gum balls in the morning sun.

Spinach-A great harvest again of this amazing crop. Early morning harvesting at 1st light to beat that heat.

Spinach!

Pink Spinach-So beautiful in salads and great with a quick saute.

Pea Shoots-Delicious pea flavor. Snip the stems and add to salads. Garnish, or wonderful slightly wilted in broth. Keep on a bright windowsill and water as needed. Compost after all the “snips” are gone.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-HEAD LETTUCE, TURNIPS, KOHLRABI, SPINACH AND MORE…..

AND TOMATO AND GARDEN PLANT SALE IN THE DRIVEWAY THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY…STARTING AT 9

And here we go! We are so excited for this season to begin. A long, dark, cold Spring has held on here delaying outside planting but we kept busy in the hoop houses. Scott added another emergency extension to our heated greenhouse to protect all the little seedling that usually are out in the garden by now. Hoop houses look fantastic and the crops strong. We covered every night during the chill to ensure a blanket of warmth and then uncovered every morning. Hopefully, this duty is behind us until Fall.

We hope to get in the outside gardens next week for a transplanting marathon and look forward to the 1st turnip harvest of the season.

Nothing tastes better to us then the 1st fresh greens of Spring…..we filled your totes with delicious treats!

SPRING SHARE #1

Spinach, pink spinach, baby kale mix, mini pac choi, tokyo bekana, mini head lettuce, and radish medly

Spinach-Sweet juicy thick leaves are always a treat with Spinach grown in the cold. The flavor is amazing. Best salads ever and we love it steamed or creamed.

All spinach is picked by hand 1 leaf at a time… triple rinsed and spun dry.

Pink Spinach-A beauty and only lets us pick a short time before it decides to bolt. The flavor and color both amazing. So pretty in a fresh salad.

Baby Kale Mix-Enjoy raw in a fresh salad, rub with a bit of olive oil and add to a grain or rice cold side salad or try it in a quick saute with olive oil and garlic-a wonderful warm side dish.

mini green pac choi-Raw and fresh adds a nice crunch to a green salad and we love to char them on the grill.

Newham mini head lettuce-A head lettuce variety that only grows well in cooler temperatures.

Tokyo Bekana-A fluffy Chinese cabbage. Love the lime color and adds loft to fresh salads. Can also be sauted.

Radish Medley-3 varieties planted in March. Garden gumdrops.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-HEAD LETTUCES, PAC CHOI, RADISHES, TURNIPS, MICRO GREENS AND MORE…..

Happy New Year!

We are very excited to launch the 2022 Season. Last year was a “best ever!” season for us and we are looking forward to another strong and happy season with our CSA Family. Our 11th Season sharing our gardens with the community.

The 2022 CSA Enrollment is open for the month of January to any past member of FoxLine. Enrollment to the general public and waiting list opens February 1.

Download Enrollment form at the end of this post or contact us at foxlinecityfarm@yahoo.com and we will add you to the list!

Spring Share

SPRING SHARE 2024 consecutive weeks of cool loving crops from our hoop houses starting in May.  A green lovers delight!  Share will include 6-10 different offerings each week.  Tons! of Spinach, head lettuce, salad mix, saute mix, sunflower shoots, pea shoots, arugula, salad turnips, radishes, baby carrots, pac choi, asian greens and more!  A delicious treat after the long cold winter!! $135.00 ($33.75 week) 

Hoop 2 May 2nd 2021
May 5th 2021
May 19th 2021

Full Share

Full Share-18 consecutive weeks starting in June. A perfect share for a family or couple that cooks most weekly meals at home.  Feel free to share a share with another family and split the bounty weekly or every other week.   Weekly offerings of seasonal produce all summer long.  Tons of leafy greens!, spinach, lettuce, salad mix, saute mix, basil, asian greens, pac choi, swiss chard, celery, rhubarb, radishes, carrots, beets, summer squash, winter squash, spaghetti squash, cucumbers, beans, peas, broccoli, cabbage, edamame, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, melons, eggplant, peppers, brussels sprouts, onions, leeks, shallots, garlic, turnips, flowers and more…..Produce is clean, carefully packaged and stored in our walk in cooler until time of pickup. $620 ($34.44 a week)

Full Share June 23rd 2021
August 25th 2021
Full Share OCTOBER 20TH 2021

SNACK PACK

SNACK PACK SHARE-18 consecutive weekly pick ups starting in June…..Back by popular demand after 2014 launch…..  The perfectly sized share for a single person or busy couple or family.  Smaller portions-1 meal, “ready to eat” produce, low preparation time all considered when we pack the snack pack share.  We love this share!  Seasonal garden produce all season long.  Tons of leafy greens!, spinach, lettuce, salad mix, saute mix, asian greens, basil, swiss chard, celery, rhubarb, radishes, carrots, beets, summer squash, winter squash, spaghetti squash, cucumbers, beans, peas, broccoli, cabbage, edamame, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, melons, eggplant, peppers, brussels sprouts, onions, leeks, shallots, garlic, turnips, flowers and more…..Produce is clean, carefully packaged and stored in our walk in cooler until time of pickup. $420 ($23.33 a week)

Snack July 21 2021
Snack September 25th 2021
Snack October 20th 2021

We will confirm all membership payments received by email.

Let the Season Begin!!!

Computer issues still remain but we are hopeful a few glitches are getting cleared up. Thanks to all who shared the season with us. Our strongest and best season ever. And thanks for the returned season end surveys. It is very helpful to read over all the comments and shape what next season will be.

We loved this year! We rolled along strong from start to finish. We had a few best ever harvests. Tomatoes were amazing this season. We loved our selection and the yield was high and many weeks of perfect tomatoes. Our early broccoli harvest was great and the side shoots never ended. We were glad we brought the cantaloupe back. Our leafy greens were fantastic in hoop 1 and we love providing fresh lettuce all season long. A challenge in the heat but Hoop 1 rocked all summer long. Our spinach was great both Spring and Fall and we are pleased with the carrot harvest adding 2 additional rotations was a good idea. Baby cabbages were perfect and abundant. Potatoes were a best ever and we are still digging! Sweet potatoes great too now that we changed companies and had a much earlier ship date. Our summer onions were also a best ever. We are glad the “extra table” returned after the COVID break. Disappointments for us….the brussels sprouts tanked. Mildew set in for some reason and we could never get in front of it. A favorite crop and we are composting it all. The peas were delicious and abundant but burned up in the early heat wave. The harvest season was too short and we wished for more. The entire 2nd Fall rotation of broccoli also was a bust. Maybe heat and humidity related- maybe we made a bad variety selection. Not sure but a crop failure too. We should have planted more garlic…..Overall we are pleased with the season. We feel like we had a nice variety of clean high quality produce all season long and we are already excited for next year.

A huge thank you to Scott’s relatives the Raupp Family at Raupp Family Farm. We are grateful for the space for the potatoes, sweet potato and squash “runway”. AND the fantastic sweet corn. Our CSA could not be what it is without you. We love you and all you do for us.

Cousin John-My Hero. He makes it all happen. Thank you John!
Bonus Share

We have had a fun 2 weeks of digging potatoes and sweet potatoes and harvesting a few surprise crops that loved the warm days.

WHAT IS IN THE BONUS SHARE.

Scott ready to pack the shares. We are packing in paper so members do not need to return the reusable totes.

HEAD LETTUCE, SPINACH, STORAGE ONIONS, RADISHES, ARUGULA, POTATOES, SWEET POTATOES, SQUASH, BEANS AND PEPPERS

Head lettuce-2 beauties from hoop 1 with fantastic flavor.

Spinach-A great harvest from the 1st 2 rotations. Thick juicy leaves.

Storage onions-The last of our onion crop. A few in every share.

Radishes-Some beauties. VERY long storage life too.

Arugula-We love arugula and love this snappy serrated variety.

Potatoes-2 varieties and we picked our favorites. All Blues and Gold Rush. Both a great multipurpose potato. Fry, bake, mash they are delicious.

Sweet potatoes-Some monsters are coming out of the field. And they are all over the place too.

Harvesting under the walkway landscape fabric.
oddball guys too. We call these “worms”.

Squash-A final spaghetti squash in every share and 2 winter squash of our choice.

Beans!-HUGE surprise that the last bean rotation decided to reflower. What a treat!

Peppers!-Another surprise harvest. Honestly the sweetest peppers we have picked all season long.

CSA #17

And just like that we slow down…the final rotation of spinach went in hoop 2 to winter over for Spring harvest and 2 rotations of lettuce into hoop 1. We pulled pumpkins and squash from the patch and dug some great potatoes and a bounty of sweet potatoes for next week’s final share. We turned a blind eye to clean up for this week….it can wait a bit will we enjoy this beautiful weather.

CSA #17

Full
Snack

Head Lettuce-And another beauty. Lettuce is 1 of my favorite things to grow….The flavor and crunch this week fantastic.

Morning Harvest.

Arugula-This is a serrated variety that mimics wild arugula in flavor and texture.

Arugula in Hoop 1.

Potatoes-An heirloom this week and delicious. Steamed or boiled they are fantastic. Also. smashed after steaming and broil with olive oil and cheese if you choose is a treat.

Potatoes at harvest.
Maeve this potato beauty.

Winter Squash-The bounty continues. Snack choose 1 full choose 2.

Shallots-We harvested these beauties this summer and dried them down. Great mild flavor.

Shallots at summer harvest.
Shallots dried/cleaned and ready for the shares.

Bell Peppers-A surprise to us….we thought the plants were done. Enjoy!

Surprise Pepper Harvest.
And a few more Italian fry peppers in full share too.

Pie Pumpkin-(Full share only)-An heirloom too and a favorite here for pumpkin bread and biscuits. Super creamy and dry.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-HEAD LETTUCE, SPINACH, CARROTS, RADISHES, SQUASH, POTATO, SWEET POTATO, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, CARVING PUMPKIN, SWEET POTATOES-TONS! AND MORE….

NEXT WEEK IS THE FINAL SHARE OF THE 2021 SEASON…..AND AMAZING SUMMER-THANK YOU!

CSA #16

Autumn has arrived….The shade cloth came off the hoop houses last weekend and tucked away for next season. Always a sure sign that days are shortening and cooler temperatures are here and time to roll the sides down on the houses at night too to retain some heat.

Our focus now is getting the last of the potatoes and sweet potatoes out of the ground and pick up the last of the squash and pumpkins from the field. Final lettuce rotations going in hoop 1 and a final spinach rotation going into hoop 2 this week for wintering over. Garlic area will be prepped for that favorite crop to go in the ground in the next few weeks. AND then clean up in the garden. The weather these days IS perfect. Our caps are on in the mornings….long johns too and by afternoon we are in tee shirts for a few hours. A beautiful time of year. A surprise to us how quickly the summer flew with only 2 CSA shares to go in this fabulous season.

CSA #16

Full
Snack

Head Lettuce-Another beauty from hoop 1. This little gem is a mini head. Sweet juicy leaves.

Mini Head Lettuce Harvest in the morning.

Spinach-Even a better harvest than the 1st pick. We started another rotation and as mentioned will plant a 3rd this week. A favorite crop for us. Enjoy! Triple rinsed and ready to go..

2 weeks of growth since last harvest.

Storage onions/shallots-We harvested these this summer and dried them down in the shed. A mix of onions and shallots.

Carrots-Last harvest out of hoop 2 of the season. Enough for another share and we will pack carrots in the last share of the season as well.

Carrot harvest.

Squash-We are making evening trips to the patch and thrilled with the harvest this year. Full share choose 2 squash of your choice. Snack pack choose 1.

Ornamental Pumpkin-Full and Snack Pack choose a beauty! They are all lined up in the driveway.

Pretty Pumpkins ready to go home with CSA members today!

Mini Sweet Peppers (snack only)-Sweet little guys perfect for snacking. Called “lunchbox” or “picnic” peppers. This is the end of our peppers for the season.

Beans!-(full share only)-last picking too of these summer delights.

Last harvest of the season…and I have to be honest now that bean picking is done. It is my least favorite garden job. It takes FOREVER!

Sweet potatoes-We finally started the harvest and it is a good harvest. Better than we have had in years. Some oddballs out there and the skin is russeted on most where we started. The flavor is delicious but just not “pretty” on the outside. We did a bit of research and it is from damp soil. We are 1/2 way down the rows so more to come.

Hand digging the sweet potatoes.
Making our way down the row as Scott forks.
A big guy!
oddball!
Image of russeted skin.

Garlic-(full only) 1 head in every share.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-HEAD LETTUCE, SWEET POTATOES, POTATOES, SQUASH, KALE, SHALLOTS, ARUGULA AND MORE…

2 SHARES REMAIN IN THE SEASON.