Archive for July, 2021

CSA #8 July 29th

We are in full summer garden bounty mode here. HUGE! harvests hauled up from the garden and the tomatoes are kicking in and the peppers too. The days are full and happy. Irrigation is running around the clock as it is dry but we are keeping up. The plants love the heat and bright sunshine. All outside crops are in for the season and we joke we are riding the wave to the end now…..it’s fun to watch the brussels sprouts grow tall and the squash size up.

We placed the heart and square molds on the watermelons this week and excited to see what we get this year. Always a fun experiment.

CSA #8

Full Share
Snack Pack

head lettuce, leaf lettuce (full only), bell peppers, cucumbers, arugula, sweet summer onions, purple filet beans, carrots, kohlrabi, basil, slice tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, sweet mini peppers (full only)

Head Lettuce-Another delicious and crunchy head from hoop 1. It’s called salad bowl.

Morning Lettuce harvest.

Leaf lettuce-Delicate leaf lettuce is a treat in the summer heat. Sweet.

Leaf lettuce ready to harvest.

Bell Peppers-We planted an assortment of Bells this year-mini to full sized. The plants look great and this is the 1st big harvest of peppers for the season….

Bell peppers in the garden.

Sweet mini Snack Peppers (full only)-These little gems are just starting to color up. They are called picnic and we love them….

Picnic Peppers.

Cucumbers-We are thrilled with our selections this year of cucumbers. Great flavor thicker skins and nice storage too.

Daily cucumber harvest.

Arugula-Another variety of this zippy green. We love it added to our fresh salads.

Arugula bed in the morning sun.

Sweet summer onions-Enjoy! We had a great harvest this season of summer onions….and a great onion cleaner too.

Expert onion cleaner…

Purple filet beans-These are the beauties that were flattened in that terrible storm. We had a great harvest off the pancaked plants BUT it is a 1 and done……impossible-or near impossible to pick and not break the stem. Enjoy! this is the last of the beans until the next rotation in a few weeks.

Bean picking in the sun.

Carrots-A great harvest from hoop 2. Crunchy and flavorful.

Evening carrot harvest and hard to tell but Maeve was caught “taste testing”…

Kohlrabi-An outside kohlrabi crop. A great addition to fresh salads and shredded in a slaw.

Kohlrabi ready to wash…

Basil-Basil to kick off the tomato season. Grown in the greenhouse so tender and sweet.

Greenhouse basil.

Slice tomatoes-Here they come….over 20 varieties!

1st tomatoes of the season.

Cherry tomatoes-Weekly cherry tomatoes will be here for awhile…

Maeve has been the cherry tomato washer and packer for years.
Cherry tomatoes on the vine…..

Zucchini-Huge daily harvest from patch 1 and the 2nd patch is kicking in….

Daily harvest.


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CSA #7

Another happy week….Maeve is home and the mornings were cool and crops strong. We were on a good roll. Alllllll the onions came out and processed for drying.

Maeve the onion queen.
Still going day 2.
Sweet onions.
More Sweet onions….

A Great onion year for us….We are thrilled and we planted tons of shallots for late season delight.

2 very long rows of late season Fall broccoli went in and another rotation of cabbage. Transplanting is pretty much over for outside crops. More Fall Spinach was seeded in to fill Hoop 2 when the carrots and beets come out. We still follow our “routine” of daily harvest of cucumber, beans and zucchini. And we hand dug 1/2 a row of potatoes to kick of the season. Next week we will hook up the potato digger and harvest a long row of potatoes for next week’s share. Potato crop and sweet potatoes look to be best ever for us and we are excited.

Potato/Sweet Potato Bounty.

CSA #7


head Lettuce. zucchini, cucumbers, sweet onions, corola potatoes, green beans, sunflower shoots, bell peppers (full only), cherry tomato (full only), 1 slice tomato (full only), broccoli side shoots (snack pack only)

Head Lettuce-A favorite! Lovelock. Just delicious-crunchy and flavorful.

Morning Harvest.
What a beauty!

Zucchini-1st patch is hitting stride and 2nd patch just started producing.

Zucchini in the morning sun.

Cucumbers-A seeded in rotations are now producing.

Daily cucumber harvest.

Sweet onions-Maeve was the onion cleaner this week….

Back from Camp and working hard….

Potatoes-Corola is the variety. Great mashed or fried.

1st potatoes of the season.

Green Beans-The plants were loaded this week….next up the purple beans

Morning harvest. We are amazed at how big they grow in 24 hours.

Sunflower shoots-Snip and add to fresh salads- or garnish. Nutty flavor.

Sunflower shoots for our salads this week.

Bell Peppers-Enough for Full Share…more peppers sweet and hot on extra table.

1st big pepper harvest of the season.

Cherry tomatoes-the cherry tomato row is just kicking in….enough of these little gems for Full Share.

Full Share Cherry Tomatoes

Slice tomato-1 in full share only this week.

Slice tomatoes just starting all shares next week. The vines are LOADED!

Broccoli Side shoots (snack only)-We are blown away at the side shoot production on these plants that were started in the greenhouse in March! Crazy. We do not need the space so we are leaving the row to see how long this goes.

Broccoli side shoots for Snack Pack.

We harvested a ton of eggplant this week and it will be on the extra table for members this week. Enjoy!


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CSA #6

Baraboo experienced a significant weather event yesterday around 5 pm. High winds, hail and over 2 inches of rain. We are fine. No damage here and garden good and loved the big drink. The edamame crop got pushed around a bit but nothing snapped off or damaged. The purple bean rows were flattened but here is the funny thing….this is the 5th!!! year in a row this happens with this crop. I saw it this morning and actually laughed and said to myself “of course it happened again!”. A big storm blasts through right at the wrong time. Makes for difficult harvesting but we are relieved as things could have been much worse.

A week that flew! We planted a sunflower patch for Autumn Splendor. A final “hail Mary” crop of carrots in hoop 2, the Fall Spinach was seeded in, long rows of radishes planted and we stuck to the “routine” of daily harvest of zucchini, beans and cucumbers. We pulled the garlic and prepped it for curing on a really hot day.

A good strong garlic year for us. Fresh just pulled garlic in every share this week.

We noticed that those long rows of beans we seeded in right before the heat wave had lame germination. VERY spotty. This happens sometimes when it gets just too hot. The bean seeds cook and rot. So, we seeded in again and noticed this morning all is well. Full germination down all 4 rows.

The melons are forming and about the size of a baseballs, peppers are forming too and a few jalapenos ready for the “extra table” this week. Tomato plants look fantastic! Won’t be long now.

CSA #6


Head lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, beans, beets (snack only), collard greens, garlic, shallots, cabbage, and eggplant (full only), broccoli side shoots (full only)

Head lettuce-We harvested 2 varieties this week from Hoop 1. A romaine and an oakleaf. We mixed them up and 1 or the other is in every share.

Romaine in the morning sun.
Pretty lime green oak leaf lettuce.

Cucumbers-The long trellised rows are just starting to kick in. We planted larger varieties this season with tougher skin so they hold up in storage a bit longer.

Daily harvest of cucumbers.

Zucchini-The patch looks strong….Huge morning harvests.

The zucchini blossoms were beautiful after the storm. Just glowing.
The daily zucchini pick.

Green beans-We crawled down the bean rows every day and always amazed at the bounty.


Beets-We did a selective harvest of the beets out of hoop 2. Pulled the bigger ones and those that needed to give their neighbor a bit more space. Snack Pack only this week. More to come.

Garlic-Fresh garlic is delicious. Enjoy the flavor.

Collard greens-A huge favorite around here. We use it as our wrap for sandwiches. Cut the center spine and use as you would a wrap or bread. Also, delicious in side salads or stirfry. Chop, saute and add to the mix. Makes a great slaw too.

Collard green row.

Shallots-A mild onion flavor. We planted tons of shallots this year and harvested a few early birds for fun.

Shallots at harvest. We let them sit a few days and then cleaned the outer layers. Just beautiful.

Cabbage-More of the sweet crisp mini heads.

Eggplant- We tucked some cuties in Full Share again this week.

Broccoli-(Full Only) We cannot believe the side shoot production off these plants. We are pulling the plants this week as we need the space for Fall Broccoli to go in.

Broccoli side shoots.


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Another happy week in the gardens. We transitioned to “summer routine”. Early morning daily harvests, watering and maintenance. The plants loved the heat-us not so much but we powered through… Scott is making his way down the tomato patch securing the plants to the trellis. The vines are loaded with fruit and cherry tomatoes started showing color this week.

The wait is almost over….

Cantaloupe patch is in full bloom, and the 2nd rotation of beans flowering too. All major crops are in and now just seeding in the lettuce rotations, Fall Spinach and radishes. We will start pulling the garlic and shallots next week and of course we weed every free moment available. Over a half inch of rain fell and with the cool temperatures we feel like we are in our own perfect paradise. Such a great start to the summer.

CSA #5

Full Share
Snack Pack.

Head Lettuce, Kale, Zucchini, green beans, cucumber sweet onions, and eggplant (Full only)

Head lettuce-A fantastic lettuce harvest this week. 2 pretty varieties. Delicious.

Pretty Oakleaf lettuce.
A mini burgundy/brown head lettuce.

Kale-We decided to only grow lacinato varieties this year as we feel they have the best flavor. A wilted kale cold salad is delicious and we love kale chips too.

Zucchini-The 1st patch is kicking in looking great. 2nd patch is settled in and in flower too. Zucchini will be a staple in the shares for many weeks to come.

Morning Harvest.

Green Beans-Daily morning harvest. We pick them smaller as who wants to eat a pencil? The flavor and texture so much better. Enjoy! A summer of beans for us…..

The bean plants are just starting to produce…
Bean picking in the rain.

Cucumbers-3 varieties producing this week.

We trellis all our cucumbers to keep them off the grown and they grow nice and straight.
Morning Cucumber pick.

Sweet onions-We planted 4 varieties this year of sweet onions. This is the 1st.

Sweet onions at harvest.
We cut the tops and let them sit a day or 2 before we clean them…

Eggplant (full only)-HUGE! Surprise that the eggplant had such an abundant harvest this week. The plants are large and strong this year. We are thrilled after a so so eggplant year last year.

Beautiful Eggplant! A family Favorite.

Best guess for next week. Head lettuce, collard greens, fresh garlic, shallots, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini and more….

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CSA #4 July 1

It rained! And rained! Just perfect. We were getting to the point of being a bit worried after we got a huge dump of 2 inches in a little over 20 minutes but that was the end of it….The sun is shining and crops are loving the warm bright sun and lots and lots of moisture. Tomatoes are taking off and setting fruit.

The tomato patch.

We crossed the finish line of the weeding maraton and for the 1st time in our gardening history we are 100% weed free. Feels really good. We even had a little extra time and did some “recreational” weeding around the edges and flower beds too.

A final rotation of cucumbers went in and edamame too. Another big row of kohlrabi for the end of the season and 2 long rows of beans. Fun to start picking the cucumbers and summer squash and the green beans are slowly kicking in. Feels like summer.

Kohlrabi planting……

CSA #4



Leaf Lettuce-A sweet mix of leafy lettuce.

Leaf lettuce on a cloudy morning harvest.

Baby Kale-baby kale is delicious added to fresh salads or we love it quickly wilted with garlic scapes and a bit of olive oil.

Baby Kale same cloudy morning….
Washing baby kale in stylish rain gear.

Swiss Chard-Fantastic with scrambled eggs. And a tasty (and pretty) addition to fresh salads. Cut the stems into matchsticks-beautiful and crunchy.

Swiss chard harvest.
Tons of chard.
A quick triple rinse.

Garlic scapes-End off the scapes before we move on to FRESH garlic. Use as you would garlic cloves. Long storage life too in the crisper drawer.

Pac choi (Full only)-Last harvest of this crunchy family favorite until Fall. Funny but our dog LOVES the white stalks.

Pac choi in the sun.

Cucumber-2 varieties just started to produce this week. More to come.

1st cucumber pick of the season!

Green Beans (Full only)-The bean row was a bit slow to produce this week in the overcast weather but full production should kick in this week!

Nothing better! 1st beans of the season.

Zucchini (Full only)-Slow to kick in too this week from the overcast days but here they come.

Morning Zucchini harvest.

Radishes-(Snack Only) Crunchy Gems from Hoop 2!


Broccoli-(Snack Only) I think this is the end of the fantastic looooooooong broccoli run. Enjoy! 2 other broccoli rotations planted now in the garden for future harvest.


Please return your totes WITH the plastic bottom inside. Several are coming back without. We cannot reuse the bag without it. Thanks.

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