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!

-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

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.

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.

-Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #3 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member, 
Refrigerators will continue to be full of spring greens this week.  There is nothing that can beat a salad spinner this time of year.  Your lettuce will last up to a week in the salad spinner or in a plastic bag.  We are expecting heavy rains these next couple of days.  We give all the lettuces a good rinse before we send them but with all the rain coming they will need a good wash when you get them home.  You can chop the ends of the lettuce off and rinse the lettuce under cold water.  You will be getting purslane this week.  Purslane makes a great addition to a salad and is a rich source of omega- 3s.  Enjoy the spring lettuces and greens while they last because we will soon be moving into the summer veggies such as cucumbers, squash, and tomatoes.  Everything is looking beautiful!
This week you will be getting Garlic Scapes.  Each year the Garlic Scapes are harvested off the tops of the garlic plant.  The scape grows from the center of the above ground portion of the garlic plant.  This allows the plant to concentrate on growing large garlic bulbs.  We have a great Garlic Scape Pesto recipe on our website.  You can also substitute your favorite basil pesto using this recipe.  https://www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes/garlic/126-garlic-scape-pesto  
Kohlrabi will be in your share this week as well.  You should always peel your kohlrabi before preparing your meal.  You can add Kohlrabi to soups, stews, roasted and steamed.  Don’t forget to use the greens.  The greens have a very similar taste to collard greens.  They can be eaten raw in a salad or cooked.   
If you have any recipes you would like to share please send them to the farm and we will add the to our recipes page.  info@stoneledge.farm 
Enjoy the Harvest,
The Online Marketplace is open.  Offering Coffee, Chocolate, Seed Oil’s, Dry Beans, Honey, Maple Syrup, and Mushrooms.  To order login to your account and click Marketplace. 

Week #3 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member

This is a very busy time on the farm. The harvest is now well underway but there are greenhouses full of seedlings needing to be transplanted for fall. Weeds are trying to make a hold and there is constant cultivation to keep them under control. It is hard to keep up with all that needs to be done day to day. It is also a wonderful time of year when months of work which was started in February is ready for harvest.

This is salad season. It comes and goes quickly so enjoy the greens of spring. The Romaine can be grilled, Lettuce Soup recipe is on the farm website and if you are invited to dinner or a party, volunteer to bring the salad! This week the lettuces are beautiful. The lettuce is mature but still sweet and tender. Frisee Endive is new this week. Finely serrated leaves are great in a salad.

Summer Spinach is a staple on the farm and the first delivery will come in your share this week.

It seems a bit early but you may like to make a note on your calendar that the Fall Farm Festival will be held September 3 this year. It is a great day to share with family and other CSA members on the farm.

The CSA Marketplace is open and you can log into your CSA Member Account to order Honey, Maple Syrup, Coffee and Chocolate. Mushrooms are also available weekly from the Marketplace. Mushroom orders must be received by Friday 11 AM . All of the products that we offer on the Marketplace are grown or produced on small family farms. Support family farmers locally, in Central America and Grenada with your Marketplace order. http://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace

*Please note that the labels for the Maple Industry have changed.
Formally Grade A is now- Maple Syrup Grade A Dark Color Robust Taste
Formally Grade B is now- Maple Syrup Grade A Very Dark Color Strong Taste
Same syrup, different labeling system

Enjoy the Harvest
Stoneledge Farm