Week #8 — Note from the Farmer

Week #8
Dear CSA Member,

July is a very busy time of year. Tidying up the fields, the spring time crop land tilled and replanted with fall crops such as Kale, Collards, Broccoli and more. The endless cultivation of weeds that do not give up. And, we have been also harvesting for the weekly CSA shares. Amongst all of these things, we are planning our Fall Farm Festival. Please mark your calendars! Saturday, September 1st here on the farm. 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds NY 12451. Bring your family for a great day on the farm. (More information to come) Make a getaway out of it and enjoy the Catskills!
Use this link and plan your trip today.

MARKETPLACE SPECIALS
Pollinator Special- 5% off a 4lb. jar of honey. Use code Honeybee to access this Pollination Special for the month of JULY!

We are able to get 9 more boxes of pickling cucumbers. Please order ASAP before they are sold out. Each box of cucumbers comes with three bunches of dill. Perfect for making pickles!

Interested in making Pesto to freeze for the winter months?
Order today extra basil for delivery this week.  We have a lot of rain in the forecast and the basil will not hold up to these weather conditions.  Now is the perfect time to get your order of fresh organic basil.  
**Basil will be in your CSA shares this week as well.  
Order today if you are interested.  (limited stock available) 

-Fruit and vegetables available in bulk weekly. Check back often for updates. Local Mushrooms, Local Honey, Maple Syrup, Organic Dry Beans, Organic Sriracha Sauce and more.

Login to your member account to place your order.
Order Deadlines: Mushroom’s Friday by 12pm.
All other marketplace orders Monday by 1pm.


Tag #stoneledge.farm in your Instagram or Facebook photos and receive 5% off coupon to the marketplace. Send a screenshot of your post to info@stoneledge.farm to receive your coupon. 1 coupon per member per week! (example- share photo, meal photo, picking up your CSA shares)


THIS WEEK’S RECIPES!
You can find more on our website!

Early Cone Cabbage: A very tender and sweet early cabbage. Can be eaten raw or cooked. Creamy Cone Cabbage And Red Onion Slaw
Grilled Cabbage Wedges with Spicy Lime Dressing

Eggplant: It’s that time of year! How many ways can you make Eggplant? Our favorite is the Italian way! Yum!
BA’s Best Eggplant Parmesan Eggplant Jumbot Crunchy Broiled Eggplant

Swiss Chard: A versatile vegetable. Sauté, add to stir-fries, at raw, stir it into pasta dishes and more. Swiss Chard and Ricotta Pie
7 Ways to Use Swiss Chard

Summer Squash: Can be baked, sautéed, steamed, boiled or even grilled. Chocolate Zucchini Bread A farm Favorite! (You can use any of the summer squash) Grilled Summer Squash Summer Squash Fritters

Mushroom Share – Shiitake: Great for sautéing, soups, stir fries
Skillet Mushrooms and Chard With Barley or Brown Rice

STORAGE TIPS
Eat Me UP!- Lettuce, Cucumbers, Scallions, Cabbage

Zero Waste! Freeze, or Can!- Basil, Eggplant, Swiss Chard, Summer Squash
Blanching Steps

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #8 — What’s in the Bag

FULL VEGETABLE SHARE
1- bunch Basil
1- White ClaraBell Eggplant
1- Tropicana Lettuce
1- bunch Scallions
1- Early Cone Cabbage
1- bunch Rainbow Swiss Chard
4- Summer Squash
1- Silver Slicing Cucumber
4- Sweet Bell Peppers
1- basket Cherry Tomatoes
2- Sweet Banana Peppers
1- Black Bell Eggplant

OPTIONAL SHARES

MUSHROOM
Shiitake Grown by Bulich Mushroom Farm

FRUIT
Sugar Plums Grown by Fix Brothers Orchard
1 basket White Peaches Grown by Fix Brothers Orchard

Week #7 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

It has been hot and dry this past week. The tomatoes and peppers are sure enjoying this weather. The large tomatoes are still green and we are patiently waiting for them to ripen. Today we are harvesting and hanging all the garlic in the barn. The garlic gets hung in the barn to dry and will be ready for CSA shares this fall. Check out our Garlic Harvest video.

We are just 3 weeks into summer and its time to start thinking about the fall-winter months. We have vegetables, fruit, and herbs available in bulk through the online marketplace. This is a great opportunity to freeze or can your produce for the winter months.

We also have local honey, maple syrup, organic sriracha sauce, organic dry beans and more! Login to your member account to place your order. All marketplace orders will be delivered with your CSA shares. Please order by 1 pm the day before your CSA pickup to guarantee your delivery. Marketplace mushroom ordering deadline is Friday’s 12 pm before your CSA delivery.


Marketplace: One week only & limited supply.
1/2 bushel boxes of pickling cucumbers available. Order 1 box of pickling cucumbers and receive 3 bunches of dill.

ORDER HERE

Here are some Canning Tips!


Tag #stoneledge.farm in your Instagram or Facebook photos and receive 5% off coupon to the marketplace. Send a screenshot of your post to info@stoneledge.farm to receive your coupon. 1 coupon per member per week! (example- share photo, meal photo, picking up your CSA shares)


This week’s recipes! You can find more on our website!

Red Ace Beets: Beets provide impressive health benefits and are delicious too! Eat them raw, steamed or baked. Don’t forget to use the greens! Raw Beet SaladBeet Chocolate CupcakesEasy Cooked Beets

Oriental Eggplant: This variety of eggplant has a long, round slender shape. You can make any of your favorite eggplant recipes with this variety of eggplant. Crunchy Broiled Eggplant Light (baked not fried) Eggplant Parmesan

Cucumbers: If you like canning and preserving try these pickle recipes.
Forever Crisp Dill Pickles Grams Bread and Butter Pickles

Mushroom Share – Crimini: Similar to a white button but have a lot more flavor. Great for sautéing, grilling or even stuffing.
Sauteed Crimini Mushrooms

Storage Tips:
Eat Me UP!- Lettuces, Dill

Zero Waste! You can freeze, can, or dry me! – Spinach, Summer Squash, Eggplant, Beets, Cucumbers How to Blanch Before You Freeze

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #7 — What’s in the Bag

FULL VEGETABLE SHARE
1- bunch Spinach
4- Summer Squash
1- bunch Dill
2-Oriental Eggplant
1-Tropicana Lettuce
1- Red Leaf Lettuce
1- bunch Beets
2- Green Slicing Cucumbers
2- Silver Cucumbers
1-Fennel

OPTIONAL SHARES
MUSHROOM
Crimini Grown by Bulich Mushroom Farm

FRUIT
1 basket Sweet Cherries Grown by Fix Brothers Orchard
1 basket Apricots Grown by Klein Kill Farm

Zucchini Sauce

From The Seasoned Jewish Kitchen by Amelia Saltsman.

Pasta with Zucchini Sauce

(Makes 6 to 8 servings.)

Zucchini is such an everyday food that it’s easy to forget how delicious a starring ingredient it can be. Simply sautéed in good olive oil with onion and garlic, summer squash melts into a luscious sauce that coats each noodle in creamy goodness. Because there are so few ingredients in this dish, the quality of squash, pasta, and olive oil make all the difference. Use tender, medium-sized green zucchini . This is a delightful vegan dish as is, or you can stir in a handful of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

1 onion

2 large cloves garlic

2 pounds medium zucchini 

4 to 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black or white pepper

1 pound small or regular penne, farfalle, or other pleasant shape short pasta

Finely chop onion and mince garlic. Cut squash into ½-inch pieces for faster cooking. Here’s how to make quick work of this: Cut the zucchini into quarters lengthwise. Gather up the “zucchini sticks” and cut crosswise through as many sticks as you can easily manage at once.

Put a large pot of water on to boil. In another wide pot large enough to accommodate all ingredients, sauté the onion over medium with a little salt in 1 to 2 tablespoons of the oil until onion is soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 30 to 60 seconds. Add zucchini and 2 tablespoons oil. Add about ½ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook uncovered until color of skins deepens and mixture starts to get shiny, about 3 minutes.

Cover the pot, lower the heat, and cook until zucchini are extremely tender, even melting in places, and have released their liquid to make a sauce, 15 to 20 minutes. Check the pot from time to time just in case you need to add a little water (I’ve never found this necessary when I have fresh young zucchini). Uncover pot, raise heat to medium and cook about a minute to thicken the sauce slightly.

Meanwhile, generously salt boiling water and add pasta. When pasta is almost done, remove about a half cup of the cooking water and reserve. Loosely drain pasta and stir into the zucchini-onion mixture. Turn heat to medium, stir in 1 to 2 more tablespoons of olive oil and about ¼ cup pasta water, salt and pepper, and cook over medium heat until pasta is nicely coated with sauce, about 2 minutes.

© 2012, Amelia Saltsman.

Portbello sliders

From The Love & Lemons Cookbook.Love and Lemons

Serves: 4

For the pepita pesto:

  • 1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • cups cilantro (or basil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey, optional (skip or replace with agave if vegan)

For the portobello sliders:

  • small portobello mushrooms
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
  • Tamari, for drizzling
  • Pepper, to taste
  • slider buns, toasted
  • tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 cup microgreens
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Make the pesto. In a small food processor, combine the pepitas, garlic, and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Pulse until combined. Add the lemon juice, cilantro (or basil), and cumin and pulse again. With the blade running, drizzle in the olive oil and purée until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add the honey, if desired (it will reduce bitterness in the cilantro).
  2. Make the sliders. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium heat.
  3. Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and cleaning the caps with a damp cloth or paper towel. Place the mushrooms in a medium bowl and drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tamari, and pepper. Toss until well coated. (I use my hands to rub it all over until they are fully coated on both sides.)
  4. Place the mushrooms, gill side down, on the grill or grill pan. Cook about 10 minutes per side, or until the mushrooms are tender.
  5. Place the mushrooms on the toasted buns and top each with a tomato slice, microgreens, and a generous slather of pepita pesto.

Week #4 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

Goodbye Spring and Hello Summer! You will notice a little taste of summer in your CSA shares this week. The first harvest of Summer Squash!
The lettuces are still coming on strong. It won’t be that much longer until the lettuce is suddenly gone until the fall. Lettuce will not grow well in the hot months of July and August. Fill your salad bowls and enjoy them while they last!

Don’t forget! The final day to order optional fruit shares is THIS FRIDAY, June, 29th. For more information about the fruit share, please click here.

The online marketplace is open! We have vegetables and herbs available this week in bulk. Great for freezing, or drying. We also have local honey, maple syrup, organic sriracha sauce, organic dry beans and more! Login to your member account to place your order. All marketplace orders will be delivered with your CSA shares. Please order by 1 pm the day before your CSA pickup to guarantee your delivery.


MARKETPLACE SPECIAL
Order any seed oil between now and the end of June and receive 6 bunches of oregano. Great to make a homemade salad dressing or to dry and use as needed.


Tag #stoneledge.farm in your Instagram or Facebook photos and receive 5% off coupon to the marketplace. Send a screenshot of your post to info@stoneledge.farm to receive your coupon. 1 coupon per member per week! (example- share photo, meal photo, picking up your CSA shares)


This weeks recipes! You can find more on our website!

Sugar Snap Peas: YUM! Picking these delicious peas is a very time-consuming job. It takes our full workforce a solid work day to pick these peas for the CSA. We hope you enjoy! To prepare these peas, you must first remove the strings. There are two strings per pod. One on each end that you should peel off. Sugar Snap peas can be eaten raw as a snack or cooked for with a delicious meal. Sautéed Sugar Snaps

Escarole: A member of the leafy chicory family. Can be eaten raw or cooked. Mix with other greens for a salad, sauté, or braise with white beans. Escarole and White Bean Soup      Escarole 101

Purslane: Makes a great addition to any salad and is a rich source of omega- 3s. Purslane info. from a CSA Member 45 Things To Do With Fresh Purslane

Garlic Scapes: The flower bud of the garlic. The scape gets removed in late June to encourage the garlic bulbs to thicken up for our fall harvest. Enjoy as you would garlic.
Garlic Scape Pesto

Lettuces: Check out this Caesar Salad Dressing!

Summer Squash: Can be baked, sautéed, steamed, boiled or even grilled. Chocolate Zucchini Bread A farm Favorite! (You can use any of the summer squash) Grilled Summer Squash Summer Squash Fritters

Mushroom Share- Shiitake: Mushroom and Burrata Bruschetta

Eat Me UP!
-Lettuces, Summer Squash, Purslane, Sugar Snap Peas

Zero Waste! You can freeze or dry me!
Freeze- Spinach, Escarole
Storage Tips:
Spinach, Escarole & Lettuces – Washed, in a salad spinner or, in a plastic bag with a paper towel.
Sugar Snap Peas: Unwashed in the refrigerator crisper drawer. Wash when ready to use.
Purslane: Wrap it in a towel then place in a loosely closed plastic bag and refrigerate for up to a few days.
Summer Squash: In the refrigerator crisper drawer.
Garlic Scapes: In a plastic bag, in the refrigerator. Will keep for two to three week.

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

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Week #4 — What’s in the Bag

FULL VEGETABLE SHARE
4-Garlic Scapes
4- Summer Squash
1- Romaine Lettuce
1- Escarole
1- bunch Purslane
1- Green Butter Crunch Lettuce
1- Red Oak Leaf Lettuce
1- bunch Spinach
1- basket Sugar Snap Peas

Optional Shares

Mushroom: Shiitake
Grown by Bulich Mushroom Farm

Week #23 — Note from Farmer — About Brussel Sprouts and Evercrisp Apples — Sign up for next year

Dear CSA Member,

We have received a good amount of rain this past week and, now that the fields have dried out we are taking full advantage. We have been cleaning up the fields and preparing them for the winter months. Today we are planting garlic for the 2018 season!

The 2018 season is now open and we would like to Thank all the members that have signed up already! We are running an early signup special $15 off your standard vegetable share. Check your CSA site details for your sites current offers. Your $15 discount will be taken off at checkout. To reserve your spot for the 2018 season you can login to your account to place your order. Click on 2018 CSA Shares If you have any questions please let me know. info@stoneledge.farm

**REMINDER** There is only one last delivery after this week. Your final pickup for the 2017 season will be Tuesday, November 14th. Don’t forget to order your winter items from the online marketplace. Login to your account to place your order! Click Here
Final Ordering for Marketplace Items:
Friday, November 10th. by 12pm – Last chance to order mushrooms.
Monday, November 13th by 3pm – Last chance to order Coffee, Maple Syrup, Honey, Seed Oils, Vegetables and Fruit in Bulk.

Brussels Sprouts: This week you will be getting Brussels Sprouts. Below is information on how to prepare the Brussels Sports.

Use a paring knife to separate the sprout from the stalk.
Trim the base of each sprout close to the bottom but, not too close that the sprout starts to come apart.

3. Peel away and discard any browning or blemished leaves.
4. You are now ready to cook the Brussels Sprouts.

Fruit Share Members: This week you will be getting a specialty apple in your share. It is called the Evercrisp Apple. The Evercrisp Apple is a cross between a Fuji and a Honeycrisp Apple. The farmer told us that if you left the apple in the refrigerator they taste more like a Fuji and if left out on your table they taste more like a Honeycrisp!

Enjoy!
-Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week# 19 — Note from Farmer, Mizuna, Mustard Green, Arugula Salad Recipe, Celeriac Recipes, Kale Recipes, Seed Oils

Dear CSA Member,

The weather has been unpredictable these past few weeks. It has gone from 80 degrees one week to frost the next. We are now heading back into another warm trend! The fall leaves are at a standstill and are still mostly green. This week was the first harvest of Sweet Potatoes! They look beautiful but haven’t been washed to help keep for members. (read below) We also harvested Pop Corn this week! The PopCorn is harvested and is put in the greenhouse to dry. It takes a few weeks before the popcorn is ready to POP! It will be ready for your share in a few weeks!

Sweet Potatoes: The sweet potatoes WILL need to be washed. They were harvested right from the fields and packed for your share. The sweet potatoes will keep a little longer if they do not get wet.
The Sweet Potatoes have a very thin skin that you are able to eat when cooked (you do not have to peel them). Whipped Sweet Potatoes taste great with a drizzle of Butternut Squash or Roasted Pumpkin seed oil on top.

Celeriac: Celeriac will be in your shares this week. A CSA member from the New Rochelle CSA shared on Instagram Celeriac Mash. (Looked Delicious! Thank you for posting!) Check out this link for TEN (YES, 10) THINGS TO DO WITH CELERY ROOT Click Here

Curly Kale and Beets: Curly Kale aka. Winter Bor / Starbor Kale will be in your share this week as well. Our favorite kale recipe here on the farm is Roasted Beet and Kale Salad With Maple Candied Walnuts This is a beautiful and tasty salad. This salad calls for Maple Syrup and Honey that are available through the online marketplace.
For more Kale recipes Click Here

Greens: Arugula, Mizuna and Mustard
SALAD OF FIELD GREENS, GORGONZOLA, PEAR & TOASTED WALNUT

5 ounces pre-washed salad greens
1 ripe pear, cored and thinly sliced into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup toasted walnut halves
4 ounces gorgonzola or other blue cheese, crumbled or shaved

Vinaigrette (makes 1/2 cup)
3 Tbsp pumpkin seed oil
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp + 2 Teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste

Make the vinaigrette: with fork or small whisk combine oils and mustard in small bowl. Gradually add lemon juice until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

In large bowl, combine greens, walnuts, sliced pear. Immediately before serving, toss greens with vinaigrette until lightly coated. Toss in crumbled blue cheese.
http://www.wholeheartedfoods.com/squash-oil-recipes.htm

Check out our Online Marketplace! The Stoneledge Farm online Marketplace offers honey, maple syrup, coffee, seed oils, mushrooms, fruit, and vegetables in bulk. Click Here to login to your account to place your order.

Enjoy!
-Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm