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August 4th, Week 8 – 2016


What’s in this week’s box?


Celery leaves potatoes                            Beans                                  SavoyCabbage                             

Dill                       Onion                                  Carrots                               Eggplant

Cucumber        Broccoli                            Summer Squash           Pepper

Beets                   Radishes


We are playing a little bit of catch-up this week. Two weekends ago we spent lots of time away from the farm at the county fair. This past weekend, the kids and I spent the weekend in Kewaunee, WI to celebrate my grandma’s 90th birthday.  We had a great family reunion.  It was wonderful to be in the place where I fell in love with farming. Claudia was very excited to milk cows with her great- uncle Mark and she even got to name his newest cow. Her name? St. Croix!  My grandma was a farm wife for most of her life. She and my grandpa are still an inspiration to me. She’s seen so much in her 90 years! I am the only grandchild on either side of my farming family- who is a farmer. I’m humbled to be carrying on that legacy.


Luckily for our farm, Mike was here holding down the farm this weekend. We couldn’t both be gone two weekends in a row.   We’re starting to pull the garlic and it looks amazing! The onions are starting to get pulled and cured. The tomatoes are starting to show their colors and oh my goodness… the first ground cherries are ready if you look really carefully!  And they taste amazing! You’ll have to take my word for it for another week or two until we have enough to share. So much still to get done and so much amazing food coming your way!


August is full of farm fun!!


Please come to Threshing Table Farm’s

2nd Annual Pack Shed Party!!

Friday August 19th,

6:30pm -??

Music provided by Gravel Road

Please bring a dish to pass,

A-H main dish

I-P salad/side

Q-Z desserts


Chairs and beverages for your family are helpful too! We will  provide lemonade and water. We will be passing a hat (or two!) to pay the band; So come with some cash, and show your appreciation!

Our address is:

2249, 150th st,   Star Prairie WI

Thanks so much! We can’t wait to see you there!!

Farm City Day:  The 2016 Farm City Day will be held on Saturday, August 13 at the Kruschke family’s Crisdhome Farm near New Richmond.  This is a great community opportunity to see how a farm runs.  There will be a free lunch, farm tour, ice cream, petting zoo, and lots of vendors.  The event will take place rain or shine.  For more information visit www.sccfarmcityday.com.

Kruschke’s are our neighbors- and we’ll be helping out with this event. Come on out and see their dairy farm! We’ll also have our farm open from 8am-1pm- stop by and say hi! We’ll be open for the pubic every Saturday from 8-1 until the season is done.

Needed:  Egg Cartons. Drop them off at the farm anytime! Thanks!!

In this box….

Carrots: Keep in crisper drawer or plastic bag.


Potatoes-  Store in cool, dry place.


Beans: Store in plastic bag left open in the refrigerator.


Broccoli: Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator


Dill and celery leaves:  Plastic container in refrigerator.


Onions: Not cured yet, so keep them in the crisper drawer


Savoy Cabbage: Crisper Drawer


Cucumber and Summer Squash: Crisper Drawer


Radishes and Beets: Take tops off the roots for long term storage.  Store greens like any salad greens. Roots in the crisper drawer.


Eggplant: Refrigerate


Peppers: Crisper drawer



Cucumber Sandwich Spread

1 ½ cup chopped cucumber

Chopped celery leaves to taste

3oz package cream cheese

½ cup mayo

1 T. minced onion

salt and pepper to taste


Mix and serve on bread or crackers. Yum!!


Grilled Eggplant

Eggplant, sliced

Olive oil

Salt and pepper


Sprinkle egg plant slices lightly with salt. Place in colander and let stand one hours. Wipe excess salt off eggplant. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper. Grill, broil or sauté on both sides until golden brown (approximately 5-8 minutes.)


Eggplant Pizzas

2 medium eggplants, unpeeled, cut into ½ inch slices

½ cup olive oil (reserve 1 T.)

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 c. pizza sauce

1 c. grated mozzarella cheese

(Other pizza toppings, optional)


Place eggplant slices on baking sheet. Brush each slice with oil and broil until the eggplant is golden brown. Turn the slices over and repeat.  In a large sauce pan, heat 1 T. oil and sauté onion and garlic. Add pizza sauce and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and carefully spread on eggplant slices. Sprinkle with cheese and broil 5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the eggplant heated through.


Halibut with Roasted Beets, Beet Greens, and Dill-Orange Gremolata


Servings: 4

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel
  • 3 medium (1 1/2- to 2-inch) beets with green tops attached; beets trimmed and scrubbed, beet greens very coarsely chopped (4 to 6 cups)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 4 6- to 7-ounce halibut fillets or mahi-mahi fillets (about 1 inch thick)
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Brush large rimmed baking sheet with 1 tablespoon oil. Mix dill and peel in small bowl for gremolata. Place beets in medium glass bowl; add enough water to cover beets halfway. Microwave on high until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. Cool beets slightly. Peel and cut into slices. Return beets to same bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon gremolata, and onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss well. Toss beet greens in another medium bowl with 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Spread beet slices in single layer on half of prepared baking sheet. Mound beet greens on other half of baking sheet. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper; place fish fillets atop beet greens. Brush fish with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle fish with 2 tablespoons gremolata.
  • Roast fish and vegetables until fish is just opaque in center, about 8 minutes. Divide fish and vegetables among plates. Sprinkle with remaining gremolata and serve



Have a great week and happy eating!!

Jody, Mike, Claudia, Malcolm and Jonas



Threshing Table Farm Week 12 B
September 3rd, 2015
What’s in this week’s box??

zucchini/summer squash broccoli sage
onions ground cherries Dill parsley
beet greens potatoes beans Celery Root
Cherry tomatoes peppers tomatoes Delicata Squash
Wow!!! Did we ever have a party last weekend!!! THANK YOU!!!! to all of you who helped in some way and THANK YOU!!!! to all of you who attended! We had a wonderful turn out, LOTS of amazing food, and a GREAT band. It was such a wonderful night of community! We hope our farm is an important part of your lives, and we also hope this farm plays a part in our local community of neighbors, farmers, school, church and beyond. Friday night was a wonderful blend of all of those and most importantly- a whole lot of fun!
If you are interested in Phil’s raspberries, $4 a pint and we can send them with your share. Please let us know how many you would like and where your pick up site is. Please send us a check or leave payment at the farm in the cookie jar. Checks can be made out to Phil McConville and send them to:
Threshing Table Farm
2249 150th St.
Star Prairie, WI 54026
We will fill the orders as they and the berries come in.
Thank you!

Our farm friends Roger and Mary Kay are back again this year with apples!
Redfree apples are available, $10 a bag. These are raised with all organic methods and delicious!!
Please send payments to us at the farm and we’ll be sure to send apples with your share. Please order by 4pm on Wednesday (today!) so that we can get your order together. Thanks!

Still waiting to order pork?? Get going- fall is a comin’! Call Dave at 612-685-0155.

Our baby chicks arrived on Friday. They were hatched on Wednesday, put in the mail on Thursday and we picked them up at the post office on Friday morning. After all that adventure, they were quite happy to settle into their new home. They are really cute! We have 30 Barred Rock and 6 Aricauna chicks. They should be laying around Christmas if they have enough day light or artificial light.

One of my goals for 2015 was to build community amongst members. One way to do this is to write up a little bit about a member each week. So- here we are, week 12 and I’m finally getting started!!
Meet Marjan Schwartz!
I wanted to belong to a farm share to have a consistent supply of
veggies throughout the growing season and in useable quantities. I was
very excited to learn that I could have a work share so I could have my
veggies and my dirt time as well! I love the connections while working
and enjoy the beautiful mornings in a sea of green.

My family of 6 eats everything. 3 girls and 1 boy, age range of 10-17.

I Pick up at the farm.

Things I love — traveling the world, water recreation, teaching,
inspiring, motivating, biking, playing piano and violin, learning

Favorite “work” — teaching kids, skiing, swimming, violin, piano and
body/mind work
I have a home business called CranioSacral Healing — located 4
miles North of farm
CranioSacral therapy, SomatoEmotional Release therapy, and belief

CranioSacral (CST)and SomatoEmotional Release (SER) therapies are whole
body treatments. The body and mind develop restrictions which are often
co-related. CranioSacral therapy is gentle hands on work that releases
tensions within the cranium, spine and entire fascial system. SER is
the expression or release of memory and associated emotion stored in the
body causing dysfunction. www.facebook.com/csmarjan

If you would like to introduce yourself to our membership, please send me a write up sharing your name, other people that eat from your share, why you belong to Threshing Table Farm CSA and other things that make you- you! The more members sharing- the merrier! Thank you!

On to the fields…. Yeah! The very first winter squash is in the box! Many more are on their way! Boo… The tomatoes, though finally ripening at a steady pace, have been damaged by late blight. The cool, wet weather has been the perfect climate for the blight. We will send what tomatoes we can for as long as we can, but the over-all harvest will be greatly reduced. I will not be able to fill any orders for canning tomatoes at this time. If things go better than we expect, we’ll let those on the waiting list know.
Celery root is coming your way too! If you are not familiar with it- try some of the below recipes, I think you’ll be glad you did!
Mike’s been busy planting fall and winter cover crops, seeding the fall spinach and mowing down summer crops that are done. We have 1 more section of beans coming and after that, they will be done for 2015.
In your Box:
**Community- see above.

Tomatoes: If they aren’t fully ripe, just leave them on your counter until they are. It’s best not to refrigerate tomatoes. Use them as they ripen.

Zucchini/Summer Squash: Store in refrigerator, crisper drawer is best.

Onion: The onions are starting to cure- but haven’t completely yet. Use as a fresh onion if you don’t see the dry papery skin of a dry onion.

Peppers: Crisper drawer

Potatoes: We’re back to a red variety this week. Store in a cool, dry place. We are also sending some fingerlings. Perfect for grilling!

Beans- best if stored in plastic container or bag in the crisper drawer.

Dill: Young dill is here again! Great for scrambled eggs, cucumber salads and potato dishes. Store in a cup of water or a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Parsley: Same as dill.

Oregano: I like to leave this one on the counter in it’s bundle. It will keep its shape and dry nicely.

Broccoli: Crisper drawer or plastic bag in refrigerator

Delicata Squash: Store and bake like any winter squash. Your kitchen counter will work fine for storage if you are going to eat it in the next few weeks.

Ground Cherries: Leave those on the counter to sit until you are ready to eat them. (Or, eat them in the car on the way home!) Peel the paper covering off the cherry and pop them in your mouth- yum! They will continue to ripen as they sit on your counter. Eat the browner ones first, those with greenish papery skins, leave for a few days to brown up. You can use them for making pies, jellies, etc. But we are pretty fond of standing in the field, in the kitchen or the packing shed and just eating them. We’re throwing a few cherry tomatoes in the bag with the ground cherries so they don’t get lost in the box. It’s the perfect August snack bag.

Celery Root: Remove leaves from root for longer storage. Store both in crisper drawer.

Beet Greens: We have some beets that need to be thinned to try and get the remaining beets to size up. The beets are far too tiny to send, but the green are lovely! Store like any other green.


Here’s a recipe using leeks from our farm member Ginny Rassier. Our leeks are done this year, but if you haven’t used your leeks yet, try this dish!
Ginny says:
I didn’t add the nutmeg or bay leaf.
Used Parmesan Cheese
I chopped the leeks and put them between two layers of sliced potatoes in the casserole
I didn’t peel potatoes

Everyone loved this!!

Potato Leek Gratin

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, more for greasing the pan
• 2 large leeks, trimmed and halved lengthwise
• 1 ½ pounds peeled Yukon Gold potatoes
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
• 2 thyme sprigs
• 1 cup heavy cream
• 1 fat garlic clove, finely chopped
• 1 bay leaf
• ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
• ¾ cup Gruyère, grated
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 2-quart gratin dish. Wash the leeks to remove any grit and slice thinly crosswise.
2. Using a mandoline or sharp knife, slice the potatoes into rounds, 1/8-inch thick. Toss with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Layer the rounds in the gratin dish.
3. Melt the 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks, remaining salt and pepper, and thyme. Cook, stirring, until leeks are tender and golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Discard thyme and scatter the leeks over the potatoes.
4. Add cream, garlic and bay leaf to the skillet, scraping up browned bits of leeks from the bottom of the pan. Simmer gently for 5 minutes. Stir in nutmeg.
5. Pour the cream over the leeks and potatoes and top with the Gruyère. Cover with aluminum foil and transfer to the oven. Bake for 40 minutes, uncover and bake until the cheese is bubbling and golden, 15 to 20 minutes longer. Let cool slightly before serving.

Celery Root Hash
• Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
• 3/4 pound celery root, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
• 3/4 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
• 3/4 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
• 1 onion, diced
• 2 small firm, sweet apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 1/2 cups)
• 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh sage leaves
1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, and generously season with salt. Add celery root, and simmer 3 minutes. Add potatoes and sweet potatoes, and simmer vegetables 2 minutes more. Drain well, and spread vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet. Let cool 15 minutes.
2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large (preferably cast-iron) skillet over medium-high heat, and cook onions until translucent and just beginning to color, about 2 minutes. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the apples, and vegetables; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine, then press into a single layer using a spatula. Cook, undisturbed, 2 minutes. Stir, and repeat process until vegetables are very tender and beginning to caramelize, 8 to 10 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in sage, and season with salt and pepper.
Celery Root and Roasted Chicken
• 1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds), patted dry
• Coarse salt and ground pepper
• 1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges, root end left intact
• 1 medium celery root (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
• 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
• 4 teaspoons lemon zest, plus 4 teaspoons lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Season chicken inside and out with salt and pepper. Tuck wing tips underneath chicken and tie legs together with kitchen twine. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast 20 minutes.
2. Remove sheet from oven and arrange onion and celery root around chicken, turning to coat with drippings. Top vegetables with red-pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper. Roast until vegetables are tender and juices run clear when chicken is pierced between breast and leg (an instant-read thermometer should read 165 degrees when inserted into the thickest part of a thigh, avoiding bone), about 30 minutes, flipping vegetables halfway through. Let chicken rest 10 minutes before carving. To serve, sprinkle chicken and vegetables with lemon zest and juice.

Beet Greens and Garlic


1 bunch beet greens
1 clove garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil


Trim the beet greens. Slice the garlic thinly. Place the garlic and oil in a cold skillet. Bring up the heat slowly and slightly brown the garlic. Remove the garlic and add the greens to the skillet. Cover with lid if possible and cook until wilted, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Have a great week and happy eating!!
Jody, Mike, Claudia, Malcolm and Jonas