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A great week of greenhouse and hoop house duties as we sit in a holding pattern with outside garden work.  RAIN! and more rain….All the cucumbers, zucchini, watermelon seeded in.  Another big rotation of head lettuce started and transplanting seedlings into the hoop house.  Scott pulled the last of the fantastic wintered over spinach from the hoop house, prepped the soil and we replanted lettuces and pac choi by the end of the day.

Hoop house spinach being removed after final harvest.

Spinach area all replanted with baby lettuces and pac choi.

A loooooooooooong row of carrots were seeded in this week on our 1 sunny dry day.

Early carrot trough all seeded in.

Outdoor spinach is really taking off and looking strong.



Day we transplanted….

This morning….

We were able to seed in some outdoor radishes again and also transplant out some beets…but we wait for it to dry up before much more can go out into the beds…looking forward to a dry sunny week ahead.



Radish medley, 1 pound bag of fantastic spinach again!, snappy baby arugula, sunflower shoots, chives, salad mix (baby leaf lettuce and baby kale), and legume sprouts.




Radish Medley-We harvested 2 varieties and the have great crunch and not too spicy.


Baby arugula-a favorite around here.  Snappy peppery flavor.  Add to salads or light saute.

Baby arugula at harvest.

Sunflower shoots.  A nutty flavor and great texture to add to soups, fresh salads or a garnish.  Keep on a sunny window sill and snap as desired-a great snack.

Legume Sprouts-This is our winter “go to” snack at our house and great in the lunch box too.  A mix of many different legumes-peas, lentil, garbanzo beans, adzuki and more sprouted and ready to eat.  Enjoy the treat.

Chives- Outdoor chives.  A bit of fresh onion flavor to fresh or warmed dishes.

Salad mix-a blend of baby kale and baby leaf lettuces-delicious and almost sweet flavored.


3rd rinse in the dunk tank….

Last bag of wintered over spinach from the hoop house.  A HUGE! 1 pound bag again….

Last cutting of the gorgeous wintered over spinach crop.

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2 different salad mixes, baby arugula, mini pac choi, fantastic assorted mini head lettuces and high hopes…..white japanese salad turnips…..+ more.

Salad turnips almost ready!

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A fantastic start to the 2019 season….!

The 1st CSA Share of the season is always exciting.  It’s the kick off to the summer and we are thrilled.  The hoophouse is fully stocked and crops look wonderful. 

Many nights of covering the crops in the hoop house to protect from the chill and then off again quickly in the mornings….this secured a great harvest of early season greens.

Our heated greenhouse is fully stocked with little seedlings ready to go out in the garden whenever it dries up a bit.

Peek inside the greenhouse….FULL!

Scott even had to add on an additional “wing” as we had run out of available space…this nice addition keeps all cozy until we are assured that the temperatures are warm enough overnight to start transplanting outside.

Heated greenhouse with additional “wing”.

It’s a fun time of year with lots of activity inside the greenhouse, hoop house and outside in the garden.  We scurry about and all is weather dependent.  It has been a long cold wet spring so the outside garden duties are about 2 weeks behind last year’s inground planting schedule.   We planted 1800 feet of peas!  A bounty to look forward to in the near future.  Sugar snap, shelling and snow are all up and on their way.  A long trough of outdoor spinach went in and is thriving.


All produce is washed, weighed and carefully packed in cloth totes chilling in our walk in cooler at time of pick up.  Please return cloth tote for reuse the following week.  A note about packaging….feel free to return all packaging.  Hard plastic shells will be sanitized for reuse and any plastic bags or plastic film will be responsible recycled.

What is in your share.

HUGE bag triple rinsed wintered over spinach, pea shoots, gemstone asian greens mix,  mesclun leafy greens mix.

Spinach-A wonderful early season treat.  This spinach is wintered over and planted last September.  Hard to believe it survived the deep freeze of last winter.  We are harvesting 5 different varieties and all have different leaf structures and texture.  Enjoy!

Beautiful spinach in the hoop house.


We harvest all spinach leaf by leaf by leaf and then triple rinse and spin….

Scott harvesting Spinach.


Spinach from dunk tank #2- #3.

Pea Shoots.  Taste just like fresh peas.  Snip and add to fresh salads, garnish a pasta dish or a topping to a favorite sandwich.  Keep in a bright window sill and water as needed…

Pea Shoots!

Gemstone Greens Mix-A baby leafy greens mix of mild mustards.  Can be enjoyed fresh or slightly steamed and wilted. Delicious with a little kick of spiciness.

Perfect for morning harvest.


Mesclun Mix-Baby greens-lettuces, chois, and mild mustards.  Best fresh in salads or as a garnish to warm dishes.  A favorite.

After the morning harvest. We do a second cutting off this patch and then pull the crop.


Baby arugula, leaf lettuce, spinach, chives radishes and more!

Just about ready for next week’s harvest.

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Sure is nice to see the sun!

A  wet, dark and chilly week here all week long.  A little over an inch and a half of rain fell but it seemed like it was raining or misting all the time! Toss in 2 light frosts overnight and it put us in a holding pattern.  The outside gardens are soggy and we held off transplanting a few early crops and preparing beds in the muck.  We spent our time with hoop house transplanting, seed starting and deer and woodchuck!!! fencing.

Crops look great in the hoophouse-about 2.5 weeks behind last year’s progress due to cooler temps and cloudy days….but strong and bountiful.  The carrots Scott and Maeve just planted outside have all germinated and our early outside spinach, peas, radishes, chard and beets are chugging along too through the cold.

The greenhouse is FULL!!!!  This week major transplanting in the fields and the tomatoes are ready for some wiggle room too.



Spinach-Another big bag of the delicious hoop house spinach.  Great in fresh salads and fantastic wilted down as a side.  Creamed Spinach is a treat!

Spinach transplanted in February in the hoop house.

A jumbo juicy Spinach leaf!! at harvest….

Spinach after it’s 3rd and final rinse. Ready to be bagged up.

The spinach weigher and bagger hard at work.

Leaf Lettuce- A bag of a colorful leaf lettuce blend.  Beautiful and delicious.

Leaf lettuce at harvest…..

…and in the wash tank.

Spring Onions-We planted these in the hoop house last August. A big bunch of these beauties to enjoy all week long.

Onions at harvest…with Spring turnips nestled between the rows.

Cleaning the onions.

Head lettuce-2 complimentary varieties in the share this week.  A fluffy bicolored head and my favorite mini deep green juicy head named Nancy…both unique in flavor and appearance.

Magenta lettuce.

Pretty Nancy!

Asian Greens Medley- A mix of assorted mixed asian greens perfect fresh in salads or in stir fry.  Vivid Choi, Tokyo Bekana, and Vitamin Green in the mix.


My favorite Asian green….Tokyo Bekana. Tastes like a lite fluffy chinese cabbage.

Scott bagging up the Asian greens mix.  Yes, it is late at night….


Pac choi-2 varieties here too and each with a little different flavor and texture.  We love it fresh in salads to add some crunch.  Maeve loves the ribs raw….but also a great addition to a saute.

Pac Choi harvest last year. I had this harvest cut washed and bagged and then remembered I forgot to take pictures!

Pea Shoots!-A springtime favorite.  Place container on a bright windowsill on a plate.  Water as needed.  Snip and add to sandwiches, salads, and garnish soups and stews.  Delicious fresh pea flavor.

Pea shoots in the greenhouse….




Best Guess For Next Week-Head lettuce, Saute mix(s), radishes, rhubarb, beta mix (baby beet and swiss chard-YUM!), mini pac choi and more……

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The final share of a wonderful summer. We are so happy with the season.  Thank you to all members for sharing our gardens with us.  We are very grateful for the life we are able to live…..


A light frost visited and settled in a few areas around the garden.  It’s time for clean-up and garlic planting. The bulk of our harvests are complete.  Most root crops are out of the ground.  A few more sweet potatoes to dig,  a few rotations of radishes, leeks for a late season harvest and experiments with late autumn Broccoli and cauliflower remain outside. The hoop house is full of delicious cold loving produce for Winter Share.  Still a bit of gardening to do but our life changes with this final pick up of Summer Share.

Thanks to all members that returned the end of season surveys.  We appreciate the feedback and thoughtful ideas for our CSA.

Wreath workshop dates this year are Friday November 25th, Saturday November 26th, Sunday November 27th and Saturday December 3rd.  I can’t wait!

Custom evergreen wreaths available again this year and I am looking forward to making fresh floral thanksgiving bouquets again too.  My favorite bouquets to make all year.  Place your orders early.



A fantastic final share of the season.  The gardens powered on all season long with some amazing produce going home this week.

559 pounds this week went home and we did not weigh the pumpkins!

Fun end of season facts….

11,588 pounds of food went home with CSA members in their totes.

Full Share Members took home 252 pounds

Snack Pack Members took home 143 pounds

The “extra” table was will stocked all season long with over 800 pounds of goodies to enjoy.




Sweet Potato Fingerling Trio-A tri-color mix of the 3 different varieties we grew this year.

Radishes-A mixed bag of 2 crunchy beauties we planted this Fall.


Radishes just rinsed.  Beautiful!

Kale-A mixed bunch of pretty assorted kale.  Great added to hearty soups or added to a fresh salad.

Brussels Sprouts-A great brussels sprout year for us.  A nice big bag for several meals.


Bagged Brussels all weighed out.

Squash-Acorn is this Squash of the week.  A favorite for roasting.

Garlic-2 big heads in every snack pack share.

Turnips-A treat from the hoop house.  We look forward to these beauties returning with cool temperatures.


Just picked turnips in the hoop house.


And a quick rinse in the wash tank.

Storage Onions-A couple in each share.  Stronger in flavor than the sweet summer onions.

Parsley-A big bunch.  A great addition to soup stock.

Broccoli-Finally after a long wait.

Carving Pumpkin-A treat from Cousin John. He shared the bounty with us and a fun addition to the final share.  Happy Autumn!




Sweet Potato Fingerling Trio-A big bag of the 3 we grew.  Perfect for a hash or added to stir fry.  I love this size.

Baby Fingerling Potatoes-A huge bag of these beauties.  Slice and add a bit of olive oil and garlic and roast in the oven.

Radishes-A big bag of this snappy treat.

Kale-A mixed bunch of assorted varieties.  Great addition to soups and stew or a flavorful addition to fresh salads.

Brussels Sprouts-A bounty this week from a great brussels sprout year.

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Brussels Sprouts on the stalk.

Squash-A tasty acorn is this week’s variety.

Garlic-3 big heads in each Full Share.

Lettuce-A crunchy head of a late summer crunch.


Just rinsed lettuce ready to be bagged.

Turnips-A hoop house Fall treat.  Greens are delicious sauteed.


Scott washing the turnips in the rain.


Rinsed and ready to be bundled.

Cauliflower-A late harvest that sure took it’s time.

Storage onions-A few in each share.

Parsley-A HUGE! bunch.  Great flavor in soup stock.

Carving Pumpkin-An Autumn treat from Cousin John.   Happy Halloween!





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A week of clean up and big harvests from the gardens.  We are still working between the raindrops and crawling in the mud but our days start a bit later and end a bit earlier due to decreasing sunlight.  We pulled out the long johns for chilly mornings and wear our caps until lunchtime. Scott wants to start a fire in the woodstove in the evenings.  Autumn is here and honestly it is my favorite time of year.  I love the produce that comes from the gardens and  love the smell and colors that surround us when we are working.  Such a good life.

We picked the last for the beans for the season…..always a signal to me that “summer” is over.  This final small harvest will  be on the “extra” table today for anyone that needs one last taste of summer….

Scott harvesting the last beans of the season.

Scott harvesting the final beans of the season.

Last beans of the season.

The last little guys of summer.


498 pounds this week from the gardens.  All delicious!  Enjoy.

2 shares to go.  Thursday October 13th is the last share pick up.  We are sending the season surveys home this week with your share.  We would love it if you took a few minutes to fill it out and let us know how you felt about the season.  Your thoughts and opinions help us plan out the future of our CSA.  Thank you!




Lettuce-Either a juicy head of a variety named “Nancy” or a bag of colorful leaf lettuce.


Leaf lettuce double rinsed and ready for the shares…..

Ginger-Yes!  Ginger.  This was our fun experiment this season.  We are thrilled and plan to plant even more next year.  This is just dug fresh ginger root.  No need to even peel.  Great for a hot tea or added to stir fry.  I made a pot of chicken soup and added some for flavor and it was delicious. Store in a sealed plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for up to 2 months.


Ginger at harvest. We planted our root stock in February-8 months ago!


just dug ginger root.


Brussels Sprouts-Another crop that we wait a long time to harvest.  Brussels Sprouts are one of the first seed crops we start in the greenhouse in early Spring.  Well worth the wait and a favorite Autumn treat.   This is a first picking of sneaking a few of the bigger ones off the bottom.


Brussels Sprout Harvest.

Squash-Here they come.  The true sign that Autumn has arrived..  This week’s choice it sweet dumpling.  Great oven roasted or as a base for a creamy soup.

Sweet Potato-We are still making our way down the sweet potato rows.  A white skinned/white fleshed variety this week called Boniato.  Not as sweet as the “traditional” orange fleshed sweet potato.    A great harvest!  Enjoy.

Pac Choi-Fantastic added to fresh salads for a bit of crunch and snappy texture, great grilled and delicious in stir fry.


Dew on the Pac Choi in the morning.


Peppers-The crop is still chugging along and we are amazed.  A few beauties in every share.

Mini Sweet Peppers-A nice sized assortment of these sweet little gems.

Sunflower Shoots-We had to add them with the first squash of the season. Their nutty flavor compliments the sweetness of winter squash so well.  Cut and add a few to the top of roasted squash or a creamy squash soup.   Keep in a sunny window and snip as needed.

Radishes-We harvested 2 varieties this week and provided a nice mix of this cool season treat.



Just pulled white icicle radishes.





Lettuce-A juicy head lettuce named “Nancy”.


A close up of the pretty head lettuce named “Nancy”.

Ginger-Our experiment this season.  We purchased the root stock from what we believe to be the only organic ginger root source in the U.S.  It shipped from Hawaii in February.  We are thrilled with the yield and the flavor. Store in a sealed plastic bag in the crisper drawer or your refrigerator.  Makes a spicy flavorful hot tea, great added to soups and stews and of course a zippy addition to stir fry.

Cleaning the ginger after harvest.

Cleaning the ginger after harvest.

Brussels Sprouts-A first harvest of this Autumn treat.

Just picked Brussels Sprouts.

Just picked Brussels Sprouts.

Squash-A tasty sweet dumpling to kick off the season.

Sweet Potato-A delicious white variety named Boniato.  Not as sweet as the orange fleshed variety of last week….fluffery too.  Great baked.

Pac Choi-A cool season crop that we enjoy.  Add to salads for a crunch, great grilled or stems and greens are perfect in stir fry.  Long storage life too in a sealed bag in the fridge.


Pac choi and lettuces in the hoop house ready to be harvested.


Bagging up the pac choi.

Sweet Peppers-A few still  in each share.  The best peppers season we have every had.

Mini Sweet Peppers-A nice sized bag of this sweet assortment too.

Jimmy Nardello-Yet another sweet pepper treat.

Radishes-We harvested two varieties this week and a nice mix is in each share.


French breakfast radishes. Looks like christmas peppermint candy!

Sunflower Shoots-We planted these to pair with the 1st squash of the season.  The nutty flavor is fantastic with the sweet flavor of roasted squash or wonderful as a garnish on a creamy soup.  Keep in a sunny windowsill and snap as needed.

Cucumbers-A late season treat.  A few in each share.  The vines are loaded with blossoms-we need some sun!


A late season cucumber from our last planting in the rotation.

Zucchini-Another treat from the last planting in the rotation.






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Big, heavy sheets of raindrops fell-almost 7 inches in 24 hours here and we are soggy.  All is well just really wet!



Working through the rain……

A week that flew by.  Small duties around the garden and a big pear harvest.  We made our way down the long Fall brassica crop rows for a final weeding between the plants, tasty late season turnips were direct seeded in the hoop house along with several rows of late season leafy greens.  Scott spent a few days fortifying our perimeter fence as deer believed we planted the edamame crop just for their midnight snack.  We figured out where they were sneaking in and stopped the late night visits.

It’s the time of year to preserve the garden bounty for winter treats. All the sweet cantaloupes that we consider 2nds were cubed and frozen and tons of eggplant was roasted and froze too.  An afternoon was spent with a friend making our very first batch of kimchi. A fun afternoon of experimenting and laughter.






lettuce, beets, beans, peppers, baby arugula, pears

Head lettuce-A delicious head of summer crisp.  This variety is called Tropicana and it is perfect!


Tropicana Lettuce soaking in the wash tub.

Beets!-A beautiful bunch from the hoop house.  Tops too.  Remember you can eat the greens raw added to salads and delicious sauteed.


beets ready to harvest.

Beans-A huge harvest this week of 3 varieties. 84+ pounds! A tricolored blend in your share.


Scott and Maeve finishing up the snack pack beans….


Sweet Peppers-An assortment of sweet peppers were harvested this week and tucked into the shares.

Baby Arugula-A peppery treat from the hoop house.  A nice salad addition, make a pesto for pasta, or a fantastic pizza or quiche topping.


Arugula harvest.

Pears!-We had a bountiful harvest from the pear trees.  We were concerned after that late Spring frost nipped the blossoms.


Maeve and Scott picked all the pears this year.


And Maeve drove the harvest up from the field.




lettuce, beets, beans, peppers, arugula, pears, cherry tomatoes

Head Lettuce-Tropicana is the variety this week.  A sweet summer crunch.

Beets-A perfect harvest from the hoop house tops and all to enjoy.


Beet crop at harvest.


Beet crop harvested….



Washed beets ready for the shares.

Beans-A huge bag! Tricolored bean mix!


Yellow beans at harvest.


Pretty just picked beans.

Sweet Peppers-We picked an assortment of sweet peppers and a few in each share.

Baby Arugula-A snappy bag of this peppery treat from the hoop house.  Fantastic fresh added to salads, makes a great pesto, delicious as a pizza topping or with eggs.


Arugula ready to be cut.

Pears!-A late summer treat from trees we planted 8 years ago.  A bountiful harvest after we worried from that late Spring frost that nipped the blossoms.


A perfect pear.

Cherry Tomatoes-This may be the end of them for us this season.  Enjoy!





A visitor between the rainstorms.





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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.



Darn! Almost ripe.

Darn! Almost ripe.

Maeve's favorite summer drink.

Maeve’s favorite summer drink.



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.



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.




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…..






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