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A good friend commented this past week that “your gardening must be just about done for the season….”.  “NO WAY!” was my reply.  We are still picking the remaining tomatoes and our 2nd planting of summer squash are chugging along offering up a few beauties every day.  The pepper crop amazes us with it’s beautiful bounty we haul out every week and all the long season Autumn crops are just kicking in. Lots of broccoli and cabbage in the fields too.  Sweet potatoes are still in the ground and we still have remaining potatoes to hand dig.  Not to mention that we just seeded in some late quick radishes and turnips last week and hoop house transplants are still in the greenhouse ready to go. Oh, and the juicy Fall spinach has just kicked in too…. We have a long growing season remaining this year with lots of goodies to share.  And pretty excited about what is yet to come.  We’re not slowing down yet.  We do wonder and worry about the first frost but Scott has pulled out the hoops and row cover if needed for a chilly night to protect our last crops in the garden.

We had 2 inches of perfect rain this past week and the new little garden seedlings loved it and have responded with robust growth…..but, we had to water daily in the hoop house to keep everyone happy.

Daily Hoop house watering.

Daily Hoop house watering.

We spent this past week once again weeding out all the little seedlings in the garden and hoop house.  A long slow job but enjoyable in the cooler days of Autumn. Scott is weed wacking his way around the edges of the garden that get ignored during the busy days of summer.  Our compost piles got flipped and we are slowly cleaning up the areas of the garden that are opening up.  We hope to move and expand our rhubarb area and have mapped out a better location and this area needs to be prepped.  Our garlic beds need to get prepared as well-and then planted….another fun week ahead of the beginning duties for next season.

SUMMER SHARE #17

Scott packing the shares this morning.

Scott packing the shares this morning.

A wonderful share this week….652 pounds from the garden.

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Asian Greens leafy blend-A great mix of leafy greens.  Mildly spicy and very pretty.

Asian Greens mix at harvest.

Asian Greens mix at harvest.

Asian Greens harvest from the hoop house.

Asian Greens harvest from the hoop house.

Sweet Peppers-We picked an assortment again this week and 1-2 will be in your share.

Maeve snuck up and took a picture of me way back in the pepper patch.

Maeve snuck up and took a picture of me way back in the pepper patch.

Maeve's pepper picture.

Maeve’s pepper picture.

Zucchini-A great harvest from the 2nd planting of our summer squash patch.

Brussels Sprouts-Finally here!  We love this crop.  Enjoy!  A nice big bag in your share this week.

Picking Brusslels Sprouts in the HUGE! patch....

Picking Brusslels Sprouts in the HUGE! patch….

Edamame-Another week of this perfect treat.

Spaghetti Squash-The last of this crop for the season.

Scott and Maeve washing the spaghetti squash before we put them in the shares.

Scott and Maeve washing the spaghetti squash before we put them in the shares.

Cherry Tomatoes-Still here!  Our Tomato plants are slowing down and we are nearing the end of this crop.

Washed and ready to be portioned off for this week's shares.

Washed and ready to be portioned off for this week’s shares.

Heirloom Slice Tomatoes-We are nearing the end of our great tomato season.  1 or 2 in every share.  Enjoy the final tastes of the season.

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Beautiful Heirloom Slicers.

Potatoes-This week’s potato is Superior.  A long term storage potato and versatile-great baked, steamed, roasted or fried.  This variety is a popular variety grown for potato chips.

Broccoli-Erdman and Lerdahl Snack Shares Only.

Eggplant-Baraboo Snack Shares Only.

Morning pick of Eggplant.

Morning pick of Eggplant.

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Asian Greens leafy blend-A great mix of leafy greens.  Mildly spicy and very pretty.

Asian greens harvest.

Asian greens harvest.

Asian greens picked and ready to be washed.

Asian greens picked and ready to be washed.

Spinach!-The first harvest of the Autumn crop….enjoy.

Spinach at harvest.

Spinach at harvest.

Maeve sneaking a spinach snack.

Maeve sneaking a spinach snack.

Spinach double rinsed, spun and ready to be bagged for this week's shares.

Spinach double rinsed, spun and ready to be bagged for this week’s shares.

Sweet Peppers-We picked an assortment again this week and 1-2 will be in your share.

Maeve's picture of Pepper picking.

Maeve’s picture of Pepper picking.

Brussels Sprouts-Finally here!  We love this crop.  Enjoy!  A nice big bag in your share this week.

Harvesting Brussels Sprouts.

Harvesting Brussels Sprouts.

Edamame-Another week of this perfect treat.

Spaghetti Squash-The last of this crop for the season.

All washed up and ready for the shares.

All washed up and ready for the shares.

Cherry Tomatoes-Still here!  Our Tomato plants are slowing down and we are nearing the end of this crop.

Pretty Cherry Tomatoes.....

Pretty Cherry Tomatoes…..I just love these pictures.

Heirloom Slice Tomatoes-We are nearing the end of our great tomato season.  1 or 2 in every share.  Enjoy the final tastes of the season.

Heirloom Slicers ready for the shares....

Heirloom Slicers ready for the shares….

Paste Tomatoes-A nice sized bag for a quick sauce.

Potatoes-This week’s potato is Superior.  A long term storage potato and versatile-great baked, steamed, roasted or fried.  This variety is a popular variety grown for potato chips.

Radish-A 1st Fall harvest of the tasty French Breakfast.

Kohlrabi-I have always wanted to grow these jumbo beauties….and here they are.  A 1st in our CSA.

A huge german jumbo variety. Snappy and delicious.

A huge german jumbo variety. Snappy and delicious.

Shallots-Long Storage life.  Mild flavor.  Delicious.

Shallots cured in the greenhouse.

Shallots cured in the greenhouse.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-ROMAINE LETTUCE (FINALLY!), MIXED LEAFY GREENS, SPINACH, SALAD TURNIPS, SWISS CHARD, SQUASH, PEPPERS, RADISH, SWEET POTATOES???, BEANS!!!! AND MORE…….

 

REMINDER-LAST SHARE OF THE SEASON IS OCTOBER 12TH.  PLEASE RETURN ALL BAGS AND PACKAGING MATERIAL BEFORE THE END OF THE SEASON.

 

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Cool damp mornings-we wear an extra layer, long johns and a cap. Work is easier in the milder autumn temperatures.  The air smells good, and the sunlight is heavier.  I love this time of year!  It energizes us and we to hustle with these last growing days of the Summer Season.  Crops we have tended all season long are finally being harvested and the delicious leafy greens that only grow when it is cool are sprouted, up and thriving.  We look forward to every day but wonder when that first frost will arrive.

Big projects all week long.  LONG, really LONG rows of greens needed to be weeded and thinned that often took hours, the pear harvest bonanza continued, squash from the field, a huge edamame harvest and canning!  Our days were full and happy.

Scott kept bringing up crates and crates of the wonderful pears.  We have never had a harvest like this.  Scott’s daughter Amy and I spent a day making delicious pear sauce for winter enjoyment.   48 pints when the day was done and a very sticky kitchen that had to be wiped down before bed.

We called ourselves LaVerne and Shirley and chugged along. 10+ hours of pear slicing.

The Pear Factory….We called ourselves LaVerne and Shirley and chugged along. 10+ hours of pear slicing!

SUMMER SHARE #16

Fun treats are tucked in the share this week.  Enjoy!  500 pounds of garden delights.

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Edamame-We love this crop!  A great snack or add the beans to soups and sauces.  Steam or a brief dip in boiling water.  Salt if you wish.  Remove the beans from the pod and eat.  Wonderful sweet flavor.  We had to call Scott’s daughter Amy back again to help.  This time she had to work in the soybean factory allllllllll day.  Thank you Amy for saving us.

 

Another labor intensive job. All day pulling the edamame pods from the vine......

Another labor intensive job. All day pulling the edamame pods from the vine……

 

Busy sisters.

Busy sisters.

A tub pf edamame pods plucked from the plants.

A tub of edamame pods plucked from the plants.

Carrots-Yep, Again……we are pleased really pleased…… Snappy and delicious.  This variety is called Romance and a favorite.

Scott harvesting Romance carrots in the garden.

Scott harvesting Romance carrots in the garden.

Carrots after the first rinse.

Carrots after the first rinse.

Sweet Pepper-We picked an assortment again this week and 1 will appear in your share.

Sweet Pepper harvest.

Sweet Pepper harvest.

Hot Jalapeno Peppers-A few for each as the plants were loaded this week.

Eggplant-ERDMAN AND LARDAHL SNACK PACK SHARES ONLY THIS WEEK.

Pears-More wonderful pears to enjoy this week.  We had 1 CSA member comment that they had no idea that this is what “real pears” taste like.

Pac Choi-Beautiful juicy heads from the hoop house.  Eat fresh as a salad or add to a stir fry or soups.

Pac Choi at harvest.

Pac Choi at harvest.

Potatoes-More of those purple Magic Molly wonders.  Fantastic flavor.  These are perfect for roasting or a short steam or even a few minutes in the microwave.

Arugula-A snappy bag to add to pizza or enjoy with a salad.  I love them added to a sandwich for a little zip.

Arugula at harvest

Arugula at harvest.

Cherry Tomatoes-The plants are slowing down and we hope for a few more weeks of these beauties.

This week's cherry tomato harvest ready to be washed.

This week’s cherry tomato harvest ready to be washed.

Slice Heirloom Tomato-1 for everyone.  We are nearing the end of the tomato season.

FULL SHARE

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Edamame-We love this crop!  A great snack or add the bean to soups or sauces.  Steam or a brief dip in boiling water.  Salt if you wish.  Remove the beans from the pod and eat.  Wonderful sweet flavor.  We had to call Scott’s daughter Amy back again to help.  This time she had to work in the soybean factory allllllllll day.  Thank you Amy for saving us.

Maeve took a picture of us hard at work.

Maeve took a picture of us hard at work.

Relaxing in the edamame debris pile.

Relaxing in the edamame debris pile.

Carrots-Yep, Again……we are pleased really pleased. Snappy and delicious.  This variety is called Romance and a favorite.

Carrots washing in the old wringer washer.....

Carrots washing in the old wringer washer…..

Maeve helped with the washing.

Maeve helped with the washing.

And the clean up.

And the clean up.

Of a great carrot harvest.

Of a great carrot harvest.

Mini Sweet Pepper Mix-A color bag of these pretty snackers.

Mini sweet pepper harvest.

Mini sweet pepper harvest.

Sweet Pepper-We picked an assortment again this week and 1 will appear in your share.

Jimmy Nardello Sweet Pepper-A great sweet pepper added to the Slow Arc Of Taste a few years back.

Jimmy Nardello Sweet Peppers in the garden.

Jimmy Nardello Sweet Peppers in the garden.

Hot Jalapeno Peppers-A few for each as the plants were loaded this week.

Pears-More wonderful pears to enjoy this week.  We had 1 CSA member comment that they had no idea that this is what “real pears” taste like.

Pac Choi-Beautiful juicy heads from the hoop house.  Eat fresh as a salad or add to a stir fry or soups.

Pac Choi Cut and ready to be crated.

Pac Choi Cut and ready to be crated.

Pac Choi Harvest headed to the washing station.

Pac Choi Harvest headed to the washing station.

Potatoes-More of those purple Magic Molly wonders.  Fantastic flavor.  These are perfect for roasting or a short steam or even a few minutes in the microwave.

Cherry Tomatoes-The plants are slowing down and we hope for a few more weeks of these beauties.

Slice Heirloom Tomato-1 for everyone.  We are nearing the end of the tomato season.

Broccoli-The start of the Fall broccoli harvest.

 

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-brussels sprouts (for sure!), asian greens mix, swiss chard, spaghetti squash, potatoes, edamame tomatoes, spinach (it’s back!) and more…….

 

MONDAY OCTOBER 12TH WILL BE THE LAST SHARE OF THE SUMMER SEASON……..

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Happy Back to School to all the kid’s in our CSA Family.  Hope it was a great first week.

Maeve getting off the bus on the 1st day of school.

Maeve getting off the bus on the 1st day of school.

Hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend.  It always seems to me that Labor Day is the good-bye send off to Summer and the door cracking  open to Autumn.  My favorite time of the year.

A wonderful rain here this morning after the hot dry week we had.  Perfect for all the new little Autumn seedlings starting in the garden.

We chugged along last week in the heat.  Keeping the new seedlings moist in the garden and hoop house was a focus everyday.  We weeded around the last cabbbage and broccoli crops, seeding in some late greens on the hoop house, dug and dug potatoes, and started the great pear harvest.  Our duties are shifting with the season and it feels good.

SUMMER SHARE #15

Shares ready to go home today!

Shares ready to go home today!

Another amazing week of goodies….enjoy!  We just crested the 1000 pound goal.  1026 pounds going home this week.

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Purple Potatoes-The variety is called Magic Molly and they are delicious!  The prettiest mashed potatoes.  Pale lavender and creamy.  Can be boiled baked or fried too.  A fun surpise at dinner.  I made purple potato salad for a family gathering this past weekend with these beauties and it was a hit.

Magic Molly Potatoes fresh from the field.

Magic Molly Potatoes fresh from the field.

Another heart tucked in someone's share as a surprise.

Another heart tucked in someone’s share as a surprise.

Pears!-Perfect Pears!!  An amazing pear harvest for us this year.  Best ever.  What a treat for all.  This variety is the second to ripen.  Creamy and sweet.  Unfortunately several years ago I misplaced all the labels and our site planting map so not sure of the variety.

Scott harvesting high in the tree.

Scott harvesting high in the tree.

Maeve picking the low beauties.

Maeve picking the low beauties.

A pear for canning.....

A pear for canning this week.

Mini Pepper Mix-This crop is just starting to come on strong.  A big harvest of these gems for the shares this week.

 ini Sweet Peppers on the plant. It was so muggy that day the camera was fogging up.


Mini Sweet Peppers on the plant. It was so muggy that day the camera was fogging up.

Pretty mini sweet peppers at harvest.

Pretty mini sweet peppers at harvest.

Sweet Pepper-1 larger sweet pepper. We harvested Carmens, Biscayne, colorful Bells, and thick walled Pizza peppers this week.  1 will appear in your share.

Ground Cherries-A pint of these tasty sweet treats.

Cherry Tomato Mix-A 1/2 pint mix this week.

Packing the Cherry Tomatoes for the shares.

Packing the Cherry Tomatoes for the shares.

Heirloom Slice Tomato-1 for all this week.  Our heirloom slicers have peaked for the season.

Celery-Great celery flavor.  Use for soups and stews.  Add to stir frys or the leaves are wonderful added to mix salads.

Salsa Kits-Now this is fun!  Everything you need to make a batch of homemade salsa.  Kit included…..tomatoes, jalapeno, storage onion, garlic, and cilantro.  Enjoy!

Cilantro at harvest.

Cilantro at harvest.

 

Jalapeno plants were loaded this week.

Jalapeno plants were loaded this week.

Sunflower Bouquet-A beautiful Mixed bouquet to welcome Autumn into your home.

Cutting the sunflowers in the field.

Cutting the sunflowers in the field.

 

Cantaloupe or Watermelon-1 or the other will appear in your share.  This is the end of our melon season.

Maeve's usual mode of heading to the melon patch.

Maeve’s usual mode of heading to the melon patch.

 

Taste test.

Taste test.

 

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Purple Potatoes-The variety is called Magic Molly and they are delicious!  The prettiest mashed potatoes.  Pale lavender and creamy.  Can be boiled baked or fried too.  A fun surpise a meal time.  I made purple potato salad for a family gathering this past weekend with these beauties and it was a hit.

PPurple potatoes drying after washing.

Purple potatoes drying after washing.

Purple Potato Salad preperations.

Purple Potato Salad preperations.

Pears!-Perfect Pears!!  An amazing pear harvest for us this year.  Best ever.  What a treat for all.  This variety is the second to ripen.  Creamy and sweet.  Unfortunately several years ago I misplaced all the labels and our site planting map so not sure of the variety.

Pear Harvest.

Pear Harvest.

 

Maeve taking a snack break.

Maeve taking a snack break.

 

Sweet Pepper-We harvested Carmens, Biscayne, colorful Bells, and thick walled Pizza peppers this week.  2 will appear in your share.

Sweet Pepper harvest.

Sweet Pepper harvest.

Ground Cherries-A pint of these tasty sweet treats.

Cherry Tomato Mix-A 1/2 pint mix this week.

Heirloom Slice Tomato-1 for all this week.  Our heirloom slicers have peaked for the season.

Celery-Great celery flavor.  Use for soups and stews.  Add to stir frys or the leaves are wonderful added to mix salads.

Salsa Kits-Now this is fun!  Everything you need to make a batch of homemade salsa.  Kit included…..tomatoes, jalapeno, storage onion, garlic, and cilantro.  Enjoy!

Jalapenos in the garden.

Jalapenos in the garden.

Cilantro "harvest" in the green house.

Cilantro “harvest” in the green house.

Sunflower Bouquet-A beautiful Mixed bouquet to welcome Autumn into your home.

Maeve helping with the bouquets.

Ready to make bouquets.

Eggplant-1-2 in each share this week.  They loved the heat last week and we had a great harvest.

What a beauty.

What a beauty.

Cantaloupe or Watermelon.  1 or the other will appear in your share.  This is the end of our melon season.

Pretty!

Field Check.  Pretty!

Scott hauling up the last melon harvest at dark.

Scott and Maeve hauling up the last melon harvest at dusk.

Zucchini-The new crop is just starting to really produce.  Nice to have these back in the shares again.

Arugula-A nice sized bag to spice up the week.  Snappy in salads and great on pizza.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-peppers, edamame, pac choi, spaghetti squash, summer squash, tomatoes, brussels sprouts (really!), lettuce, radish, broccoli and more…..

The early Brusslels Sprouts are almost ready.

The early Brusslels Sprouts are almost ready.

ALL! Brussels Sprouts. 4 varieties are out there.

ALL! Brussels Sprouts. 4 varieties are out there.

 

 

 

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A fun week of chilly days that lit the fire in us that it is time to hustle and get those last Autumn crops in the ground.  The sunlight is changing and we can feel the difference.  The days start a bit later as it is just too dark and we quit a bit earlier as we just cannot see well enough to pull the weeds.  It is a nice change from the long days of mid summer.  Supper is earlier and bedtime too.

Outside garden transplanting is done for the season.  An odd feeling.   The last transplanted broccoli  went out and it is a long shot.  We try a late LATE! broccoli rotation just for fun.  This variety is a cold hardy variety that we love to try and stretch it to Thanksgiving.  With a bit of row cover (sometimes 2 layers) we are able to have a super late harvest.  We have the room now in the garden and it is worth a try.  It all depends on the weather and a bit of luck.

The last transplants going in the garden for the year. Late LATE! broccoli with high hopes......of a Thanksgiving harvest.

The last transplants going in the garden for the year. Late LATE! broccoli with high hopes of a Thanksgiving harvest.

Long rows of late broccoli.

Long rows of late broccoli.

We zipped around the garden and hoop house planting all the late leafy green, turnips and radish crops that thrive in the cooler temperatures of Autumn.  Scott prepped the beds and snapped the lines and I was right behind planting the seeds.

Radishes germinating in the garden.

Radishes germinating in the garden.

We have started harvesting the late squash and pulling the beginning of the late Summer/Fall carrots and it looks like it will be a bounty.  Still chugging along with the potatoes and hopefully this duty will be done at the end of this week.  Oh, Scott is going to peek in on the bees this week as they seem to be extra busy.  Honey in our future!

 

REMINDER……NEXT WEEK’S CSA PICK UP AND DELIVERY WILL BE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH NOT MONDAY THE 7TH DUE TO THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND….

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PLEASE RETURN ALL BAGS AND REUSABLE PACKING MATERIALS…WE’RE RUNNING LOW.

A great share this week and as it was coming together I realized it is a week of “smooth and round”…..enjoy!  1381 pounds from the garden going home to share members tonight.

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Head Lettuce-A nice head of that delicious Summer Crunch.  Our lettuce rotation will start shifting with the season to cooler lettuces, leaf lettuce and green mixes will return soon.

Sweet Pepper-The pepper plants are still loaded with tons of peppers.  A great pepper year for us.  Enjoy.

Peppers on the plants yet to mature....a few weeks of peppers remain.

Peppers on the plants yet to mature….a few weeks of peppers remain.

Summer Sweet Onions-This is the end of our summer onion harvest.  Store in the refrigerator as these are not storage onions.

Cucumbers-This is the end of the cucumbers for the Snack Pack Shares for the season.  We are going to pull the vines this week and plant long rows of Spinach.

Carrots-Delicious Crunchy Carrots!-As I mentioned before 1 of our goals this year was to grow tons of delicious carrots….enjoy another rotation of these tasty treats.

Scott pulling the carrots.

Scott pulling the carrots.

As scott pulled the carrots I cut the tops off and then into the old wringer washer for a rinse.

As Scott pulled the carrots I cut the tops off and then they went into the old wringer washer for a rinse.

Scott weighing out the carrots.

Scott weighing out the carrots.

Spaghetti Squash-I love the start of squash harvest season…..we added this crop last year at the suggestion of a CSA member on their end of the season survey.  Such a good idea and a great addition to our weekly mid season shares.  Enjoy.

Spaghetti Squash in the field at harvest.

Spaghetti Squash in the field at harvest.

Spaghetti Squash ready to be crated up.

Spaghetti Squash ready to be crated up.

Harvesting the Spaghettii Squash.

Harvesting the Spaghetti Squash.

Cherry Tomato Mix-A sweet 1/2 pint again this week.

Packing the Cherry tomato shares.

Packing the Cherry tomato shares.

Paste Tomato Assortment-A combination of 4 varieties.  Enough to make a quick sauce this week.

Slice Heirloom Tomato-The Slice tomato harvest slowed this week with the cool and overcast days.  We have some but not the bounty of last week.

Watermelon-Another great watermelon harvest!  This variety is called Blacktail Mountain.  Larger then past harvests and SWEET!  We are enjoy watermelon daily around here and Maeve invented a great treat.

Maeve drinking her watermelon juice.

Maeve drinking her watermelon juice.

Scott and Maeve at the end of the Black Tail Mountain watermelon harvest.

Scott and Maeve at the end of the Black Tail Mountain watermelon harvest.

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We do a quick morning harvest to grab the last goodies from the garden on CSA day…..

A few more veggies to go in the shares.....

A few more veggies to go in the shares…..

Head Lettuce-A nice head of that delicious Summer Crunch.  Our lettuce rotation will start shifting with the season to cooler lettuces, leaf lettuce and green mixes will return soon.

Sweet Pepper-The pepper plants are still loaded with tons of peppers.  A great pepper year for us.  Enjoy.

Mini Sweet Pepper Mix-A nice bag of these tasty treats.

Mini sweet pepper harvest.

Mini sweet pepper harvest.

Summer Sweet Onions-This is the end of our summer onion harvest.  Store in the refrigerator as these are not storage onions.

Mini Cipollini Starage Onion Mix-These cute little guys are the start of the storage onions in the shares.  Great for grilling or adding to soups and stews.

Cucumber-The last of the Long European slicing cucumbers.  The vines are coming down this week.

Carrots-Delicious Crunchy Carrots!-As I mentioned before 1 of our goals this year was to grow tons of delicious carrots….enjoy another rotation of these tasty treats.

Carrots at harvest.

Carrots at harvest.

This little bird hung out with us for the entire carrot harvest. He even sat on Scott's hood and shoulder.....and perched on the edge of carrot crate as I cut the greens.

This little bird hung out with us for the entire carrot harvest. He even sat on Scott’s hood and shoulder…..and perched on the edge of carrot crate as I cut the greens.  Wonder what he was waiting for???

Official taste tester.....

Official taste tester…..

Spaghetti Squash-I love the start of squash harvest season…..we added this crop last year at the suggestion of a CSA member on their end of the season survey.  Such a good idea and a great addition to our weekly mid season shares.  Enjoy.

The bountiful Spaghetti Squash harvest.

The bountiful Spaghetti Squash harvest.

Getting the Spaghetti Squash harvested from the field.

Getting the Spaghetti Squash harvested from the field.

Cherry Tomato Mix-A sweet 1/2 pint again this week.

Cherry tomatoes on the vine....

Cherry tomatoes on the vine….

Washed and ready to be portioned off....

Washed and ready to be portioned off….

Paste Tomato Assortment-A combination of 4 varieties.  Enough to make a quick sauce this week.

Slice Heirloom Tomato-The Slice tomato harvest slowed this week with the cool and overcast days.  We have some but not the bounty of last week.

Watermelon-Another great watermelon harvest!  This variety is called Blacktail Mountain.  Larger then past harvests and SWEET!

Maeve likes to start the harvest off with a treat....

Maeve likes to start the harvest off with a treat….

Potatoes-A bag of smaller Carola potatoes.  Perfect for roasting or boiling and/or broiling.  Scott’s favorite potato.

This little heart shaped wonder is tucked in as a surprise in a share this week.

This little heart shaped wonder is tucked in as a surprise in a share this week.

Kohlrabi-The end of the summer kohlrabi.

Sunflower Bouquet-Enjoy!  We love sunflowers at the end of summer….more to come.

Sunflowers at harvest.

Sunflowers at harvest.

Bringing up the sunflower harvest....

Bringing up the sunflower harvest….

Making bouquets for this week's Full Share.

Making bouquets for this week’s Full Share.

Cantaloupe-Finally!  We have been waiting for these guys…. the start of the cantaloupe season.

Eggplant-The harvest slowed a bit in the cooler temperatures last week but enough for Full Share.

Eggplant at harvest.

Eggplant at harvest.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-SALSA MIX KITS, TOMATOES, GROUND CHERRY, CELERY, COLLARDS, CANTALOUPE, PEPPERS, SPAGHETTI SQUASH, PURPLE POTATOES, PEARS, SUNFLOWERS, AND MORE…..

 

 

 

 

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WOW!  What a difference a week makes. Cooler temperatures that feel almost cold some mornings.  Warm sweaters, a few extra layers and a cap that all come off around lunchtime and back on again in the evenings.  It is transitioning quickly to Autumn.  Wonderful rain showers arrived-finally! that came down long, slow and steady.  We had over 2 inches and the garden sure perked up and our irrigation load has eased.

The end of season hussle is here.  Last crops are all about in and the Fall and Winter over Spinach seeded in too.   We start the huge potato harvest that always seems a bit overwhelming but we chug along.  Cleaning up the edges of the garden and a heavy harvest load keep us busy.

Those tasty plums that we did not eat fresh are all stored in the basement in quart jars as beautiful jewel toned juice.  I’ll added some to our pear sauce for color, jazz up our winter smoothies and drink it straight as a treat this winter.

Plums washed and ready for the steam extractor.

Plums washed and ready for the steam extractor.

Delicious juice at the end of the day.

Delicious juice at the end of the day.

SUMMER SHARE #13

Another great summer harvest this week.  And another 1000+ pound week thanks to those watermelon.  1281 pounds of fantastic garden goodies going home this week.  Eat well!

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Lettuce-A crunchy dark romaine is the treat this week.

Kale-A nice sized assorted bundle to add to a fresh salad, smoothy or make baked crisps.

The Kale row at harvest.

The Kale row at harvest.

Ground Cherries-They are back!  We did not plant them last year and many members commented on the end of season survey that they were missed.  So a nice long row went in of these sweet treats.  Keep on the counter and not in refrigerator.  Peel back the husk and eat fresh.  Tastes a little like pineapple to us.

IMG_8323Ground Cherry row.

Ground Cherry row.

Sweet Mini Pepper Mix Snackers-A beautiful and bountiful bag of these pretty treats.

Bagging the sweet mini peppers. What a harvest!

Bagging the sweet mini peppers. What a harvest!

Sweet Bell Pepper-1 bell in each share.

Jalapeno HOT Pepper-A few to spice up some salsa or sauce this week.

Leeks-This is the start of the late summer leek harvest. Enjoy!

Scott harvesting the late summer leeks.

Scott harvesting the late summer leeks.

Scott leek washing.

Scott leek washing.

Onions-A few more sweet summer short term onions.  Store in the refrigerator as these are not winter storage onions.

Potatoes-Another great harvest! And again thank you Uncle Jim for your help!   We love the potatoes this year.  This week is Peter Wilcox.  Great all purpose potato but excellent roasted or boiled.  Higher carotenoid content than most potatoes and delicious.

Watermelon-Another delicious melon this week.  We started harvesting 2 more varieties. 1 called Minnesota Midget that is long and has yellow rind and another called Black Tail Mountain-BIG! dark and round.

Scott and Maeve heading to the watermelon patch.

Scott and Maeve heading to the watermelon patch.

Snacking in the field.

Snacking in the field.

Gathering a few that crawled through the fence.

Gathering a few that crawled through the fence.

Cherry Tomatoes-A pretty half pint again.

Snack Pack Cherries ready to go home.

Snack Pack Cherries ready to go home.

Heirloom Slice Tomatoes-A great!!!! harvest this week.  Several in each share.

Pretty Heirlooms.

Pretty Heirlooms.

Maeve organizing the tomatoes for this week's share.

Maeve organizing the tomatoes for this week’s share.

Pears-The first year our trees have produced a bounty to share.  Keep on the kitchen counter to ripen up a bit.  Enjoy.

Pears!

Pears!

Pear harvest.

Pear harvest.

FULL SHARE

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Lettuce-A crunchy dark romaine is the treat this week.

Kale-A nice sized assorted bundle to add to a fresh salad, smoothy or make baked crisps.

Kale in the wash tank.

Kale in the wash tank.

Ground Cherries-They are back!  We did not plant them last year and many members commented on the end of season survey that they were missed.  So a nice long row went in of these sweet treats.  Keep on the counter and not in refrigerator.  Peel back the husk and eat fresh.  Tastes a little like pineapple to us.

Picking ground cherries.

Picking ground cherries.

Sweet Bell Peppers and Assorted Sweet Peppers-Several in every share.

Hauling up the pepper harvest after the rain.

Hauling up the pepper harvest after the rain.

Jalapeno HOT! Peppers-A few to spice up a few meals or salsa this week.

Leeks-This is the start of the late summer leek harvest. Enjoy!

Leeks all washed up and draining before we bundle.

Leeks all washed up and draining before we bundle.

Onions-A few more sweet summer short term onions.  Store in the refrigerator as these are not winter storage onions.

Potatoes-Another great harvest! And again thank you Uncle Jim for your help!   We love the potatoes this year.  This week is Peter Wilcox.  Great all purpose potato but excellent roasted or boiled.  Higher carotenoid content than most potatoes and delicious.

Watermelon-Another delicious melon this week.  We have started harvesting 2 more varieties. 1 called Minnesota Midget that is long and has yellow rind and another called Black Tail Mountain-BIG! dark and round.

Maeve ready to harvest watermelon.

Maeve ready to harvest watermelon.

Not quite as excited......

Not quite as excited……

A treat fixes everything....

A treat and all is well.

Hauling the watermelon harvest to the garage.

Hauling the watermelon harvest to the garage.

Kohlrabi-The last from this rotation of planting.

Cherry Tomatoes-A colorful pint again this week.

Cherry tomatoes all washed up for this week's shares.

Cherry tomatoes all washed up for this week’s shares.

Heirloom Slicing Tomatoes-A bounty harvest this week.  Enjoy!

So pretty!

So pretty!

WOW!

WOW!  Finally a great tomato year……

Cucumber-Really!  I think this is the end…..Really!

Eggplant-We planted 4 or 5 varieties this year and 1 or more will appear in your share.

Pears-The first year our trees have produced a bounty to share.  Keep on the kitchen counter to ripen up a bit.  Enjoy.

Pear harvest.

Pear harvest.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-tomatoes, spaghetti squash, celery, lettuce, garlic, melon, cantalope, summer squash, and more…….

 

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That oppressive heat last week did not knock us down too much.  We rose with the sun and got the bulk of our work done and watered like maniacs again.  We wait and wait and hope for rain.  Afternoons were spent with easy tasks or inside work.  We are beginning to see the garden clearing out and a few late season “quick crops” are filling in.  Our Summer and Storage onion crops are both completely out of the ground now and as these beds are prepped late season transplants or seeds are quickly planted.

Transplanted Swiss Chard settling in....

Transplanted Swiss Chard settling in….

Long rows of radishes for Fall harvest.

Long rows of radishes just poking through the soil for Fall harvest.

We transplanted out more broccoli this week and kept the drip line running in the heat just to be safe.  Lots more to go out in the garden as we transition to Fall.

Late season transplants in the greenhouse.

Late season transplants in the greenhouse.

We have a simple daily goal…..pick something, plant something and weed something.  Over and over and that will keep us on top of the many duties in the garden.  Too much focus in one area and another quickly falls behind.

Melon harvesting has started and it looks wonderful out there.  We had high hopes for a great melon season this year and it is here…. We are excited about the varieties we selected,  we planted in a great location and lots of irrigation.  Several weeks of harvest in front of us.

Melon harvesting.

Melon harvesting has begun.

Maeve enjoying a dropped melon for breakfast.

Maeve enjoying a dropped melon for breakfast.

Melons are favorite crop of mine for some reason.  Scott said as we were harvesting “A dream come true for you”-and he’s right.

 

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SUMMER SHARE #12

There is no way around it….this weeks share is just “pretty”……really pretty!  The colors are truely amazing.  Enjoy the beautiful and delicious bounty.  AND we reached another goal….we passed our 1000 pound weekly produce goal.  1201 pounds going home tonight! We never did that before.  Thank you watermelons!  Such a great season.

 

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Snack Pack shares all packed up in the cooler and ready to go.

Snack Pack shares all packed up in the cooler and ready to go.

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Head Lettuce-Either a Romaine or Summer Crunch this week as we harvest both from the hoop house.  We are having a fantastic lettuce season this year.  Our goal is always a fresh head every week and so far we have hit it.  Enjoy!

Romaine in the hoop house at harvest.

Romaine in the hoop house at harvest.

Summer Crunch ready to go up to the wash tanks.

Summer Crunch ready to go up to the wash tanks.

Carrots!-A beautiful mix.  So colorful and different flavors too.  Enjoy.  A great summer harvest.

Carrot harvest.

Carrot harvest.

washed and ready for the shares.

Washed and ready for the shares.

Peppers-A big harvest this week in the heat.  A bounty to enjoy.  A Sweet Bell and another assorted long sweet in every share.

A great pepper harvest in the heat.

A great pepper harvest in the heat.

Onions-2 more of those tasty summer sweet onions.  Keep in refrigerator as these are NOT the winter storage onions.

Cucumbers-A few for everyone and we think this may be the end of our cucumber run this season.

Kohlrabi-2 of these crunchy snackers.  Great to add to salads or a veggie tray.

Watermelon-The melon harvest has begun….we are thrilled.  An assortment of “icebox” sized melons were picked and you will find a sweet melon in your share.  The flesh will be red, pink, yellow, or orange.   The start of a long melon season.

 

Maeve and Scott bringing the melon harvest in from the field.

Maeve and Scott bringing the melon harvest in from the field.

Cherry Tomato Mix-The beautiful and sweet assortment.

Picking cherry tomaotes way above my head.

Picking cherry tomaotes way above my head.

So pretty!

So pretty!

Slice Heirloom Tomato-A beauty or 2 in every share.

Soooo pretty!

Soooo pretty!

Plums-The last of these tasty snackers.

Getting the last of those high plums from the tree.

Getting the last of those high plums from the tree.

 

Eggplant-1 or 2 in every share this week.

 

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Full Share bags in the cooler and ready to go.

Full Share bags in the cooler and ready to go home tonight.

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Head Lettuce-Either a Romaine or Summer Crunch this week as we harvest both from the hoop house.  We have had a fantastic lettuce season this year.  Our goal is always a fresh head every week and so far we have hit it.  Enjoy!

Romaine in the wash tank.

Romaine in the wash tank.

 

Carrots!-A beautiful mix.  So colorful and different flavors too.  Enjoy.  A great harvest.

Scott weighing out the carrots for this week's share.

Scott weighing out the carrots for this week’s share.

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

Beets-A nice big bunch from the hoop house so the greens are perfect too for eating.

Fennel-We had  to include fennel this week as it pairs so well with beets.

Mini Sweet pepper mix-A big bag of assorted mini sweet snackers.

So colorful and so sweet.

So colorful and so sweet.

Sweet Bell Pepper-1 in each share.

Sweet Summer Onions-2 in each share.

Scott cleaning this week's onion harvest.

Scott cleaning this week’s onion harvest.

Daikon Radish-That big purple beast in your bag.  Slice off a portion and peel.  Beautiful internal color.  A great addion to salads.

Kohlrabi-2 of these crunchy snackers.  Great to add to salads or a veggie tray.

Watermelon-The melon harvest has begun….we are thrilled.  An assortment of “icebox” sized melons were picked and you will find a sweet melon in your share.  The flesh will be red, pink, yellow, or orange.  The start of a long melon season.

The first big watermelon pick of the season.

The first big watermelon pick of the season.

Scott enjoying his morning melon.

Scott enjoying his morning melon.

Maeve feeling cool.

Maeve feeling cool.

Cherry Tomato Mix-The beautiful and sweet assortment.

Just picked cherry tonatoes in the field.

Just picked cherry tonatoes in the field.

And then a quick rinse before packing.

And then a quick rinse before packing.

Slice Heirloom Tomato-A beauty or 2 in every share.

Just Beautiful.

Heirloom slicers.  What color!

Plums-The last of these tasty snackers.

An early plum sampling from the neighbor's tree.

An early plum sampling from the neighbor’s tree.

 

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-peppers, eggplant, watermelon, kale, ground cherries, tomatoes, pears and more!

Enjoy your week! See you next week with another amazing bounty.

Enjoy your week! See you next week with another amazing bounty.

 

 

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We liked this past week.  The tomato harvest was bountiful, we had time to weed and tidy up and once again it seems like we planted a whole new garden.  The strong transition to Autumn crops and organization is in full swing.  Scott spent a a lot of time with our compost piles sifting and adding the fresh compost to prepared beds for replanting.

Scott sifting our 3 year old compost before it goes into the garden.

Scott sifting our 3 year old compost before it goes into the garden.

Adding compost to a new bed.  Ready for Autumn turnips.

Adding compost to a new bed. Ready for Autumn turnips.

A new bed of turnips was planted where the leeks came out and a long row of Swiss Chard went in where the summer onions were pulled.  Radishes went in and again more carrots.  Late Fall seeds were started in the greenhouse for transplanting in a few weeks.

 

Fall plantings germinatiing in the greenhouse.

Fall plantings germinatiing in the greenhouse.

The new zucchini patch went in where the garlic use to live and we should be mibbling on summer squash from this patch in a few weeks.

New Zucchini patch.

New Zucchini patch.

We peeked in on the watermelon and cantalope and feel we are still 2 weeks out on this harvest so we check and wait.

A very special treat this week.  Our wonderful neighbors Dick and Caryl Pfaff gifted us delicious plums.  Dick was given the tree as a Father’s Day gift from his daughter 7 years ago and this is the first year it has produced.  The tree was loaded with fruit and so beautiful.

Dick Pfaff with his plum tree.

Dick Pfaff with his plum tree.

Look at those plums!

Look at those plums!

We had a great time picking the plums and enough to make jam, can and fruit leather.

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harvesting the last of the plums at the top of the tree.

Harvesting the last of the plums at the top of the tree.

WOW! What a harvest!  Thank You dick and Caryl.....

WOW! What a harvest! Thank You Dick and Caryl…..

 

SUMMER SHARE #11

Please remember to return all share bags and reusable packaging material.

Another great harvest and a few treats tucked in….enjoy all of it.  980 pounds of garden goodness. WOW!

SNACK PACK

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Lettuce-A great head of romaine this week.  Deep green crunchy and delicious. The variety is called Sparx.

This week's lettuce at harvest.

This week’s lettuce at harvest.

Potatoes-Beautiful Carola.  Mash, smash, fry, roast or steam.

Carolas drying before we package.

Carolas drying before we package.

A heart shaped surpise tucked into someone's share this week.

A heart shaped surpise tucked into someone’s share this week.

Sweet Summer Onions-Store in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.  These are not storage onions.

Cutting Celery-Amazing flavor!  Add leaves to salads, or use leaves and stalks to flavor soups, sauces or stir fry.  This is what celery is suppose to taste like.

Kohlrabi-Peel outer skin and eat raw with salads or with dips.

Sweet Yellow Pepper-A delicious sweet beauty.

Peppers in the garden.

Peppers in the garden.

Corn-Conventional corn grown for us by Scott’s Uncle.

Basil Plant-A wonderful Thai basil plant!  Great flavor.

Thai Basil ready for this week's share.

Thai Basil ready for this week’s share.

Cherry Tomatoes-A 1/2 pint mix of these little gems.

Sungold on the vine.

Sungold on the vine.

Slice Tomatoes-Choice of Heirlooms.

Plums!-A special treat! Leave on the counter a few days to ripen.

Maeve picking plums.

Maeve picking plums.

Eggplant-BARABOO SNACK PACK ONLY THIS WEEK.

Bringing up some eggplant.

Bringing up some eggplant.

Raspberry-ERDMAN SNACK PACK ONLY THIS WEEK.  THIS IS THE END OF THE RASPBERRY ROTATION.

 

 

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Lettuce-A great head of romaine this week.  Deep green crunchy and delicious. The variety is called Sparx.

Harvesting lettuce in the hoop house.

Harvesting lettuce in the hoop house.

Potatoes-Beautiful Carola.  Mash, smash, fry, roast or steam.

Scott portioning out the potatoes.

Scott portioning out the potatoes.

Sweet Summer Onions-Store in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.  These are not storage onions.

Cutting Celery-Amazing flavor!  Add leaves to salads, or use leaves and stalks to flavor soups, sauces or stir fry.  This is what celery is suppose to taste like.

Peppers-Sweet bell and long yellow bananna.

Bell Pepper harvest and "the visor".

Bell Pepper harvest and “the visor”.

Corn-Conventional corn grown for us by Scott’s Uncle.

Basil Plant-A wonderful Thai basil plant!  Great flavor.

 

Thai Basil.

Thai Basil.

Cherry Tomatoes-A 1/2 pint mix of these little gems.

 

Tall charry tomato vines on the trellis.

Tall charry tomato vines on the trellis.

Slice Tomatoes-Choice of herlooms.

Paste Tomato Sauce Kits-A collection of paste tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, and oregano.  Perfect for a pasta sauce or pizza sauce this week.

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Green Filet Beans-The end of the beans for a few weeks.  Phew!

Scott packing the beans.

Scott packing the beans.

Cucumbers-A few snackers for salads.

Cauliflower-A late summer harvest.  ENJOY!  One of Jennifer’s favorite.  I could eat bowls FULL.

Zucchini-Picked small and tender. Baraboo Full Share only.

Plums!-A special treat! Leave on the counter a few days to ripen.

Snacking on the plums.

Snacking on the plums.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-mini snacking pepper mix, lettuce, summer onions, kale, carrots, beets, kohlrabi, and more…..

 

 

 

 

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