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We are rolling along at a fast pace of bountiful harvests! Early morning cucumber crawl and dancing in the zucchini patches. Patch #2 started to kick in which was a surprise….we thought it would be 2 more weeks before we harvested out of there. The long bean rows are visited daily and we pulled 2 rows of carrots in hoop 2. Scott quickly seeded in more carrots the same day and we transplanted 1000 beets that we seeded in cells in the greenhouse to give them a jump start as we were temporarily out of ground space to direct seed into the ground. Fussy!!! job but we got those itty bitty guys in and watered. The irrigation runs all day somewhere in the garden…it is DRY. We did a bit of maintenance in the potato patch and spot checked the early reds. A few weeks yet-but soon! And the best news……. we see color on the cherry tomatoes.

Covering the walkways between the sweet potatoes for weed management. And prevent the vines from rooting. We get much larger and better quality sweet potatoes this way. We should have done this in Spring and we just did not get to it….Scott is weed wacking the walkways and we are rolling out the ground cover….it is called the just in time method. Phew!

CSA SHARE #5

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Romaine Lettuce-Great flavor and the perfect summer lettuce. We have 1 CSA member that loves it grilled. We tried it and love it too!

Morning Lettuce Harvest.
Romaine Lettuce

Carrots-A bounty from Hoop 2.

Green Beans-We are harvesting daily of plants that were seeded in early May. We pick daily to harvest beans on the smaller size as we think the flavor and texture the best this way. And we don’t like to chew on “Woody Pencils”-Maeve’s description of big beans when she was small.

Making our way down the bean row.

Cucumbers-I’m surprised at the bounty here….we picked the 1st cucumber last Friday and huge harvests every day since.

Cucumber vines in the morning sun.

Onions-These are the 1st onions of the season. Little cocktail onions. Stronger flavor but can be enjoyed raw. We love them with cucumbers for a quick salad.

Broccoli!-WOW! Best broccoli harvest ever…and we see side shoots forming too. A great 1st broccoli harvest.

Side shoots already forming on the harvested broccoli plants.

Zucchini-Here we go! The bounty is starting….

Morning Summer Squash Harvest.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-Head lettuce, cabbage, cucumber, zucchini, fresh garlic and more…..

CSA #4

It’s fun to say we had another great week in the gardens. Everything looks strong and robust and we are keeping up. The 1st bean pick is always fun…that sure says summer to me. Nothing tastes better than a fresh green bean.

1st Green Beans of the Season!

Baby peppers and eggplant are forming. I think we may pick the 1st cucumber tomorrow and the vines have reached my height on the trellises. The tomato plants are loving this heat and loaded with tomatoes. Scott spends many hours securing them to the supports. Cantaloupe is flowering and the miles of brussels sprouts are looking fantastic with big thick stalks. And early potato harvest is around the corner….I personally cannot wait as a just dug potato is amazing and we miss the taste. We had the best broccoli harvest I think we have every pulled from the garden. We planted another rotation of beans and chinese cabbage was transplanted out in the row where we harvested the regular cabbage crop. A perfect rain too this week-1 3/4 inch fell overnight and I laughed out loud when I walked into the zucchini patch-the plants doubled in size. Hard to believe that next week we will be transplanting Fall broccoli out and hard to believe it is July. Life is good here-a bit of mud and pants that can almost stand on their own with a thick coating of dirt after we crawl the long rows but we are happy and grateful for it all….

We prewash our jeans in an old wringer washer outside to “demud” them-sometimes it takes 3 water changes before we think we can run them through our regular laundry washer.

CSA #4

A bounty! Leaf Lettuce Salad Mix, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Garlic Scapes, Shelling Peas, Green Beans (full only).

Leaf Lettuce Salad Mix-2 different mixes that we harvested and then mixed together. Delicious, sweet and tender leaves. We harvest just at 1st light to ensure great flavor and quality.

Leaf lettuce patch 1.
Leaf lettuce Patch 2.

Broccoli-A ton of broccoli!! Enjoy the harvest. We are thrilled and more to come next week too.

Mini Cabbage Head-The perfect size. We make cabbage “steaks”. Thick slabs drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper and grill! Char the edges a bit. Great flavor. And these mini heads are perfect for a side slaw. The leaves are tender.

Best Cabbage ever….

Kohlrabi-A pretty variety. Lite lime colored. Long storage life in the fridge.

Garlic Scapes-Last of the Scapes…we move on to green garlic next.

Shelling Peas-Split the pod and eat the peas-raw or steamed………We harvested the whole crop and pulling the vines. Our pea harvest is wimpy this year. “Environmental Factors”…..we planted late due to the cold wet Spring. Then that oddball heat blast in the 90’s early May and the vines started flowering VERY short….and now this 3rd round of hot days when the peas are usually done is taking it’s toll on the plants that do not like extreme heat! The vines are yellowing. We decided to pick what we can and move on as this is probably as good as it gets. That Fall broccoli will take it’s place once the trellises are down. We are grateful for what we had this ends the pea season for us. Both sugar snap and shelling.

Scott picking the Shelling Peas.

Green Beans-The 1st pick and just enough for Full Share this week. The plants are loaded and we will spend many hours in the rows this week.

Zucchini-Get ready….here they come! And patch #2 just started flowering…

Zucchini blossom in the morning Sun.

Best Guess for next week….broccoli, zucchini, cocktail onions, green beans, romaine lettuce and more…

CSA #3

Some morning we walk out in the gardens and think-“This is pure magic!” We are often amazed at how quickly plants size up. Kohlrabi bulks up over night and the cabbage too. We are watching the broccoli head up now and it will be in the shares next week. Beans are sizing up and the potatoes are flowering. We got the second zucchini patch in, seeded in beets, transplanted tons of lettuce, a late bed of radishes in hoop 2 for potato salad in a few weeks, and Alice we got those sunflowers in!-Plus Scott found a place for a few more rows of sunflowers next to the new zucchini patch. And we weed! Rows are clear and we are addressing our walkways. Oh, we see tomatoes forming too and the plants are HUGE! Sure feels like a great season. Happy Almost July!

Our Potato and Sweet Potato field at Scott’s relative’s Farm-Raupp Family Farm.
Hoop 1-Our leafy green house…leaf lettuce front right will be in the shares next week.

CSA #3

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WHAT IS IN YOUR SHARE-Head lettuce, kale, fennel, cabbage, sugar snap peas, kohlrabi, sunflower shoots, and a sunflower plant to plant for happiness and cheer at your home.

Head lettuce-We harvested 2 varieties this week. A fluffy green beauty and a mini dark head. All shares received 1 or the other or a combo of both.

Morning lettuce harvest.
Mini dark head lettuce at morning sunrise.

Kale-We have great kale this season and it seems it always gets overlooked at share time. So, we are tucking it in the shares early in the season. We grew several varieties and bundled a nice mix for everyone. Chop and add raw to your fresh salads, wilt and enjoy as a warm side, or we love it with wheat berries or other grain for a fun mixed salad with carrots cabbage and garlic scapes.

Kale washed and ready to bundle on the drying rack.

Cabbage-These sure sized up this week and surprised us. Heads are the perfect size. Slice and grill, raw slaw with the fennel this week or add some crunch to your salads. It’s sweet and delicious.

The cabbage bonanza begins!

Chinese Cabbage (full share only)-Another surprise- We grabbed a few of these early birds as they were ready to roll and adding to full share only this week. More to come.

Chinese cabbage harvest.
Chinese cabbage chilling in the dunk tank.

Peas!-The sugar snaps have arrived. Variety is an early variety called Sugar Ann. Eat pod and all!

Pea harvest….

Kohlrabi-1st kohlrabi out of the field. Perfect!

Kohlrabi washing….

Fennel-We love the flavor added to a cabbage salad. Grate it or chop it fine, fantastic on homemade pizza, and sliced and grilled is a treat! Fun to try a new flavor if you never have tasted it.

The fennel harvest in hoop 1. This crop was planted in April in hoop 1.

Sunflower shoots-Snip the shoots and add to salads for a nutty taste. Great on sandwiches too.

Sunflower plant-A bit of cheer to add to your yard. Plant by your front door or outside where you can see it from the window. We all need a bit of hope and brightness right now in our world.

Zucchini-(full share)-The patch has just started producing….enough for 1 in full share only this week.

1st zucchini of the season.

BEST GUESS FOR NEXT WEEK-BROCCOLI, CABBAGE, LEAF LETTUCE, ZUCCHINI, BEANS????, AND MORE…..

Next week’s broccoli harvest….

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

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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

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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

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Let the Season Begin!!!