Bonus week! Officially the last CSA pick up of 2015.

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It's time to say goodbye for the season. We have been blessed by your love, support, humor, good-will, and commitment to knowing your food and your farmers that has allowed us to share with you for three years now.  It is truly a gift to be your farmers and friends.

A HUGE THANK YOU!  To everyone who has been involved in our farm - CSA members, workershares, employees, family, fellow farmers, chefs and friends.  Together, we have grown a good food community!

Nothing new at Shared Seasons...

Quiz:  Name 2 things that are back at Shared Seasons this week!?  Give up??  Yokatta-na & the skunk!  Our favorite summer green, and 2 out of 2 times Sara escapes spray free!

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Even with the live traps and the electric fence, we seem to be loosing the battle with the raccoons over who will get to eat our sweet corn.  Luckily we'll be partnering with Meuer farm (of corn maze fame) to offer you some more corn (more details in a coming email.)  As for the late blight, it doesn't seem to be spreading, so fingers crossed, tomatoes should be on their way.  We can't say for sure they'll make it, but I promise we are doing everything we can to get them to you. 

It's been a wild week at Shared Seasons...

Above: Found the BIGGEST beet tap-root ever!  It's between Sara's two hands in the photo!  

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Paul planted MORE squashes!  And, Sara dressed up to free a skunk caught in our live trap!  (Mission accomplished, still a "no spray" farm!)



A bit of bad news from the farm:  We've been battling with raccoons eating our sweet corn (the live traps were for them, not skunks), and we've added an electric fence too.  The worst news:  We found late blight in our tomatoes.  It's a fungus that travels on the wind, and showed up in our field.  We killed the infected plants (maybe 5% of all our tomatoes), and have applied copper spray to attempt to stop the spread and protect the rest.  We'll keep you posted.

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Potluck and Workshops Planned

First Potluck Planned

Next week, tables and chairs will be set up for dinner, so please stay during the pick up to enjoy the bounty of the season and the company of fellow members.  Bring a dish to pass if you're able, and an ingredients label. (Don't feel badly about eating even if you can't bring a dish - there is always plenty to go around!)  If anyone is available and willing to help us clean up after the potluck, that would be greatly appreciated!!

Workshop Partnership with Parkridge Organics

Canning Workshop

We are again partnering up with Parkridge organics to bring you this hands on learning opportunity! Learn how to can, what to can and why you should can. Having your own food preserved for off season use is SO valuable both economically and emotionally! Participants will leave with a book, canned goodies and immense knowledge!  

Fermentation Workshop

Park Ridge employee and Food Science expert Becky will lead this new workshop for the 2015 season on fermentation. From basic kraut to kombucha, she will cover the basics and benefits of fermentation and food safety surrounding it. Participants will leave with created food items (kraut, kimchi, etc.) and a kombucha starter scoby.

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New Online Ordering System for Local Products

New Online Ordering System for Local Dairy, Pastured Meats, Wildflower Honey, and Seasonal Fruits!

Sugar River Dairy  makes small batch, cultured in the cup yogurts right here in Wisconsin!  Pasture Land Dairy's  yogurt and cheese are made with milk seasonally, when their small herd of cows are able to graze as nature intended!

Sugar River Dairy makes small batch, cultured in the cup yogurts right here in Wisconsin! Pasture Land Dairy's yogurt and cheese are made with milk seasonally, when their small herd of cows are able to graze as nature intended!

For the BEST in pastured meats, look at what GrassWay Organics has to offer!  Grassfed jersey beef (no corn is ever fed), pastured poultry (meat chickens and turkeys), and fresh eggs.  Local pork that is grazed and fed no GMO feeds or corn.

For the BEST in pastured meats, look at what GrassWay Organics has to offer!  Grassfed jersey beef (no corn is ever fed), pastured poultry (meat chickens and turkeys), and fresh eggs.  Local pork that is grazed and fed no GMO feeds or corn.

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This amazingly pure and natural honey is produced by the Jewett Family and the Hoffman Family in Fond du Lac, WI. Made by bees flying freely through  wildflower  meadows, and always left in it's  raw  state, unpasteurized.

This amazingly pure and natural honey is produced by the Jewett Family and the Hoffman Family in Fond du Lac, WI. Made by bees flying freely through wildflower meadows, and always left in it's raw state, unpasteurized.