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!

Big news! Potluck & Bonus week...

Last CSA Pick Up was scheduled for October 29th, but we're giving you a BONUS WEEK!!

Pick up will continue, at no extra charge, until Thursday November 5th.

Why you ask?  That's Community Supported Agriculture!  We wouldn't have a farm without you and your support, so we want to thank you and honor your commitment to us by sharing the bounty of our wonderful season with you!

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So much to choose from!

Hi members, as the season winds down I always get real sappy and start missing our weekly dates even before they've ended.  But this year, my goal is to enjoy every minute, every week there's still vegetables and I get to see your shining faces.  Let's have a great fall together! :)

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End of Season Potluck next week during pick up
Plan to come celebrate the end of the season with us next week at the pick up!Bring a dish if you can, but stay to eat even if you can't bring a dish - there's always plenty to go around!
 

Bounty abounds...

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Farm field update:  We've had a lot of success so far keeping the tomato blight at bay, but it's a strong disease, and we're starting to loose our crop.  So, you can likely expect next week will be our last week of tomatoes - so enjoy our last tastes of summer!  :)  The cabbage worms have been nibbling at our cabbage, so it won't be a perfect looking as we'd prefer, but it'll still taste darn tasty.  On the bright side, this weather has been perfect and we've had a bumper crop of peppers and tomatoes - our best year yet! 

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Here comes the rain again...

Not going to lie to you, that song gets sung EVERY time it rains.  Paul was more than a little pumped by the over 1 inch of rain we got last Friday!

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And of course, our ransacked corn!  Those grubby little corn nabbers!  But, luckily Meuer farm up the road could lend us a hand and an ear (or a few dozen) so we can bring you sweet corn this week.  It's not organic, though it is non-GMO, and has no sprays while growing, but one pre-emergent herbicide.  It's not perfect, but much better than most, and very tasty!  We're happy to be able to offer it to you this week. Enjoy!

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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.