Week #15 Note from the Farmer — How to Use Cranberry Beans

Dear CSA Member,

We are getting closer and closer to the official start of the fall season but, the tomatoes and peppers aren’t ready to end just yet! We are slowly transitioning from the summer harvest to more fall hearty crops such as beets, carrots, kale, and potatoes. As these field crops are changing so are the leaves on the trees. They are changing from the bright green of summer to a tinted yellow of fall.

We have had many requests for dry beans to be grown here on the farm. We have planted some this season and the beans are now ready to be harvested. Here are some interesting facts about dried beans.
-The United Nations has declared 2016 “The Year of the Pulse” to celebrate and promote the consumption of beans, lentils and peas around the globe and their website has some wonderful recipe ideas to try.
-They are low in fat and high in fibre and protein. Just half a cup of lentils will give you the same protein as 2 cups of rice.
-Beans make you feel full for longer, releasing energy slowly as your body breaks down the complex carbs rather than the quick energy hit you get from simple carbs in sugars.
-Soaking dried beans reduces cooking time. Discarding the soaking liquid and cooking in fresh water may reduce flatulence, but some say this is a load of hot air and loses flavor in the bean. I tried both and didn’t notice an appreciable difference!
These facts came from “Top 10 Things to Know About Growing and Cooking Shell-out Beans”

Try this great bean Fagiloi Recipe: Click Here

Enjoy!

-Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

UPDATE

Tips for using your Cranberry Beans-
  1. Remove the rubber band from the bunch of dry beans.
  2. Pick off all the pods
  3. Open pod and take out the bean : )
All you need to know for Cranberry Beans (cooking, storing and preparing):  Click Here

Week#14- Note from Farmer — Creamy Potato Leek Soup with Collard Greens Recipe

Dear CSA Member,

The Farm Visit was a great turn out! We had such beautiful weather and an all around good day! We would like to thank all of our CSA members that made the trip to come visit farm yesterday. And, special thanks to the vendors that joined us yesterday. The Bees Knees Cafe at Heather Ridge Farm, James Mikmanus and his niece with local honey and the observation hive, Kim from Paridis to Go for making all the delicious pork and chili. It was a really great day and we’re so thankful you could join us! * If you have any pictures from the farm visit please share them with us info@stoneledge.farm we would love to use them on Facebook and our website.

This week in your share you will be getting potatoes, onions and collard greens. Try this Rich and Creamy Potato Leek Soup with Collard Greens. This Recipe is by Andrea Beaman from the Yorkville CSA. Thank you Andrea! It is delicious! You can replace the leeks with the current onions you have in your share. It is great for this time of year!

Marketplace: Check Daily for Vegetable and Fruit Updates.

This week is an optional coffee & dry bean share week. If you have ordered these optional shares please do not forget to pick them up with your vegetable share. Thank You!

 

Best,
Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #13 Farmer’s Note — Farm Visit Next Weekend: come by a sponsored bus — Edamame recipe

Dear CSA Member,

New this week… Edamame Beans! When preparing the edamame for eating separate the pod from the stalk and rinse. The Edamame can be steamed or boiled. When cooked you pop the bean out of the shell and eat only the bean. The shell is not edible. Below is a simple and tasty recipe link you can use. What is Edamame, and How Do I Eat It? Click Here

If you are traveling from NYC you might be interested in the bus that Chelsea CSA in sponsoring. $5 per person, if you are interested click HERE and sign up ASAP. Space is limited.

We hope that you will mark your calendar with the upcoming Fall Farm Festival. The Fall Farm Festival will be held on the farm September 2nd from 11:30-3:00. Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. There are directions on the farm website Contact Us tab or using your GPS. It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, meet your farmers and walk the fields. We have the grill hot and will have pork as well as grilled Sweet Corn and Portobello Mushrooms and vegetarian chili. There will be fresh fruit, Stoneledge Farm Coffee, and water. We ask that members bring a dish to share so that lunch is a giant pot luck get together. If possible, please bring your own place settings, utensils, and cup. No pets, please.

We will have several other farms at the festival. Please, bring a freezer bag if you are interested in purchasing some items.

In addition we will have:
Local Bee Keeper- With an observation hive and Local Honey for Sale.
Stoneledge Farm Marketplace Farm Stand- Fix Brother Farm Apples, Some Stoneledge Farm Vegetables, Stoneledge Farm Coffee, Bearkill Road Maple Syrup, NY Produced Organic Seed Oils.

There are flowers to pick and take home from the flower garden. If you would like to take flowers home, please bring your own scissors and something that will keep the flowers until you get home. Wet paper towels or newspapers in a plastic bag will usually do the trick. There will be an “I Spy” game for kids of all ages as well as scarecrow making!

It is a great day on the farm and we look forward to seeing you there!

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week#12 Farmer’s Note — Travel by Bus to Stoneledge Farm Visit for just $5, FIESTA WEEK Recipes

Dear CSA Member,

This week is one of our favorite weeks. FIESTA WEEK!
This week you will be getting tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeño peppers and tomatillos! All the perfect ingredients! Click the recipe below to try out these great recipes.
Salsa Verde– along with other Tomatillo recipes
Mexican Succotash
Pico De Gillo

The Chelsea CSA is sponsoring a bus to come to the farm visit. It will be $5 per person. If you are interested click HERE and sign up ASAP. Space is limited.

We hope that you will mark your calendar with the upcoming Fall Farm Festival. The Fall Farm Festival will be held on the farm September 2nd from 11:30-3:00. Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. There are directions on the farm website Contact Us tab or using your GPS. It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, meet your farmers and walk the fields. We have the grill hot and will have pork as well as grilled Sweet Corn and Portobello Mushrooms and vegetarian chili.  There will be fresh fruit, Stoneledge Farm Coffee, and water. We ask that members bring a dish to share so that lunch is a giant pot luck get together. If possible, please bring your own place settings, utensils, and cup. No pets, please.

Additional local farm products will be available for purchase. *Please, bring a freezer bag if you are interested in purchasing any items. Includes Stoneledge Farm Marketplace Farm Stand- Fix Brother Farm Apples, Some Stoneledge Farm Vegetables, Stoneledge Farm Coffee, Bearkill Road Maple Syrup, NY Produced Organic Seed Oils and Honey and more.

There are flowers to pick and take home from the flower garden. If you would like to take flowers home, please bring your own scissors and something that will keep the flowers until you get home. Wet paper towels or newspapers in a plastic bag will usually do the trick. There will be an “I Spy” game for kids of all ages as well as scarecrow making!

It is a great day on the farm and we look forward to seeing you there!

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #11 — What’s in the Bag

Dear CSA member,

This week you will be getting a share full of color — summer mixed in with some early fall crops, bright tomatoes and peppers along with rainbow carrots. You will also be getting potatoes and leeks this week. Try this delicious potato leek soup.

***Reminder: This is the last week for Story’s farm sweet corn. All final corn orders need to be placed by 12 pm Friday, August 18 for delivery.

We hope that you will mark your calendar with the upcoming Fall Farm Festival. The festival will be held on the farm Sept. 2 from 11:30 am – 3 pm. Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. There are directions on the farm website “Contact Us” tab or you can use GPS. It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, meet your farmers and walk the fields. We will have the grill fired up and will serve pork as well as grilled sweet corn and portobello mushrooms and vegetarian chili. There will be fresh fruit, Stoneledge Farm coffee, and water. We ask that members bring a dish to share so that the lunch will be a giant pot luck/get-together. If possible, please bring your own place settings, utensils, and cups. No pets, please.

 

There are flowers to pick and take home from our garden. If you would like to take flowers home, please bring your own scissors and something that will keep the flowers moist until you get home. Wet paper towels or newspapers in a plastic bag will usually do the trick. There will be an “I Spy” game for kids of all ages as well as scarecrow making!

Enjoy the harvest,
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Bulk items are added when they become available. Check the website Marketplace daily for any new added bulk items.

Additional Marketplace Items:
Organic sunflower seed oil, organic flax seed oil, roasted pumpkin seed oil, butternut squash seed oil, organic coffee, organic chocolate, organic dry beans, maple syrup and honey

Click Here to login and place your order.

This week’s full share:

2 Sunkist tomatoes
1 basket cherry tomatoes
1 bunch celery
1 bunch parsley
2 sweet peppers
1 bunch leeks
2 lbs. potatoes
1 bunch rainbow carrots
1 head broccoli
1 bunch green basil
2 red slicing tomatoes
2 summer squash

Optional shares this week:

Mushroom Share
Crimini

Fruit Share:
1 bag donut peaches
1 bag yellow peaches

Week #10 — Note from the Farmer –What to do with Fennel? Corn Available, Farm Festival –Activities for Kids

Dear CSA Member,

The weather has been cooperating for us these past few days and the tomatoes have been ripening nicely. It is so important for the tomatoes to have hot and dry days. Also, this week you will be getting another round of Fennel. Fennel has done really well this season. Not sure what to do with Fennel? Click Here for great ways to prepare and eat fresh fennel. If you have a fennel recipe you would like to share please email it to the farm. info@stoneledge.farm

We hope that you will mark your calendar with the upcoming Fall Farm Festival. The Fall Farm Festival will be held on the farm September 2nd from 11:30-3:00. Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. There are directions on the farm website Contact Us tab or using your GPS. It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, meet your farmers and walk the fields. We have the grill hot and will have pork as well as grilled Sweet Corn and Portobello Mushrooms and vegetarian chili.  There will be fresh fruit, Stoneledge Farm Coffee, and water. We ask that members bring a dish to share so that lunch is a giant pot luck get together. If possible, please bring your own place settings, utensils, and cup. No pets, please.

There are flowers to pick and take home from the flower garden. If you would like to take flowers home, please bring your own scissors and something that will keep the flowers until you get home. Wet paper towels or newspapers in a plastic bag will usually do the trick. There will be an “I Spy” game for kids of all ages as well as scarecrow making!

 

Reminder** Corn and Mushroom orders need to be placed by 12pm the Friday before your delivery. All orders placed after 12pm will be delivered not that week but the following week after. ***

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Bulk Items are added when they become available. Check the website Marketplace for any new added Bulk Items Daily.

Additional Marketplace Items: Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Flax Seed Oil, Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil, Butternut Squash Seed Oil, Organic Coffee, Organic Chocolate, Organic Dry Beans, Maple Syrup and Honey
Click Here to login and place your order.

Week #9 — Note from the Farmer — FARM VISIT– Sept 2, Bruschetta Recipe, What to do with Amethyst Basil?

Dear CSA Member, 
The rain has finally left for a few days.  We are hoping for a good 4 day stretch of sunshine.  The tomatoes are just starting to ripen and the plants are looking great despite all the rain we have had.  The sunshine should make for a good tomato harvest in the coming weeks.  This weeks list will come with a lot of updates.  Due to all of the rain, we have had it is hard to determine the harvest.  An update will be sent out this weekend.
This week you will be getting Amethyst Basil.  Amethyst basil can be used the same way you would use green basil.  You can make an Amethyst basil vinegar to use in your favorite salad dressing recipe or drizzle on fresh bruschetta.  Pairs well with sunflower seed oil.  To make the vinegar add a couple sprigs of basil put in a jar and close.  Let sit for about a week until the vinegar turns a purple color.  Bruschetta Recipe  Click Here
Story’s sweet corn is available on the Marketplace for 4 weeks only.  Story’s sweet corn Non-GMO and conventionally grown.  It is not organic.  There is a limited amount available each week.  If you are interested please order soon. Corn orders must be placed by 12 pm the Friday before your CSA delivery.  If you need help logging in the marketplace please let me know.  
This week is an optional Coffee Share and Dry Bean Share delivery.  Please, do not forget to pickup your optional shares if you ordered them.
*Saturday, September 2nd will be the Stoneledge Farm Fall Festival.  11:30AM-3PM  It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, meet your farmers and walk the fields.  We have the grill hot and will have pork as well as grilled Sweet Corn, Portobello Mushrooms and vegetarian chili.  We ask that members bring a dish to share so that lunch is a giant pot luck get together.  Please bring your own place settings, utensils, and cup.   No pets, please.  
Enjoy the Harvest, 
Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm
Bulk Items are added when they become available.  Check the website Marketplace for any new added Bulk Items Daily.  
Additional Marketplace Items: Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Flax Seed Oil, Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil, Butternut Squash Seed Oil, Organic Coffee, Organic Chocolate, Organic Dry Beans, Maple Syrup and Honey
To order Login http://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace  Follow the steps.

Week #8 Note from the Farmer — Annual Farm Visit Sept 2

Dear CSA Member, 
We finally got a break from the rainy weather and the summer plants are loving it such as the tomatoes.  Cherry tomatoes will begin this week!  The squash harvest wasn’t as abundant in comparison to last season due to the rainy wet summer we have been having.  But we are very pleased with the harvests that we have been getting!
This week we will be sending beets!  The beet greens are absolutely beautiful and delicious!  Don’t toss them away.  You can cook the greens the same way you would cook Swiss Chard or Spinach.  You will also be getting the first harvest of Basil.  Please, use the basil up as soon as possible.  It will be picked fresh the day before your delivery but due to the rainy summer, the leaves turn black quickly. 
Check out our Garlic Harvest on Facebook!  The garlic is the best garlic harvest we have had in 8 years!  It is beautiful!  The past winter and prime soil conditions, really helped the garlic to thrive.  The cold and the blanketing snow was key!  The garlic will hang to cure in the barn for 3 months.  We are very excited to hand it out! 
**Mark your Calendars!  Saturday, September 2nd is the Stoneledge Farm Annual Farm Visit!  11:30AM-3PM ***
Enjoy the Harvest, 
Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm
Bulk Items Available this week:  Stoneledge Farm Certified Organic Currants & Pickling Cucumbers. 
Quantities are Limited.  Please order right away if you are interested.
Bulk Items are added when they become available.  Check the website Marketplace for any new added Bulk Items Daily.  

Letter from Farmer, What’s in the Bag

What’s in the Bag – Week #7

Dear CSA Member,

It has been very rainy these past few days. With all that rain comes a lot of mud! We all have been working hard to get the vegetables picked, washed and packed. The plants are holding up to the rain pretty well. The cucumbers have been enjoying these wet and damp days and have been producing like crazy. This week a bounty of cucumbers will be in your shares. Share your favorite cucumber recipe on Instagram or email them to the farm and we will add it to our Recipes page.

You will be getting more summer squash this week! Below is a Stoneledge Farm favorite summer dessert! You can use any type of squash for this recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
• 2 cups sugar
• 1 cup canola oil
• 3 eggs
• 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup baking cocoa
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
• 2 cups shredded summer squash or zucchini
Directions:
In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and baking powder; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Stir in zucchini. Transfer to two 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).

More Recipes on the Farm Website – https://www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes

Bulk items available this week: blueberries, Italian flat leaf parsley, cucumbers & currants. (Currants are an acquired taste!) If you are interested, please order soon as quantities are limited.

Bulk items are added when they become available. Check the website Marketplace for any new added items.
To order, log in to your account and click Marketplace. Follow the steps from there.
Quantities are limited. Please order right away if you are interested.

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

–Did you know? / Interesting fact: A crimini mushroom grows into portobello mushroom.
–We hope you are enjoying your sweet fruit shares! The sweet blueberries are locally grown without any sprays.

What’s in the Bag?

2 summer squash
Eggplant
1 head early Jersey Wakefield cabbage
Heirloom Specialty Arrow Shared Cabbage
1 head Red Oak leaf lettuce
1 head Green Oak leaf lettuce
1 bunch white scallions
1 bunch thyme
Cucumbers
Will send update

Optional shares this week:

Mushroom share
Portobello

Fruit share:
1 basket red sweet cherries
1 blueberries

Stoneledge Farm LLC
info@stoneledge.farm
www.stoneledge.farm
Mailing Address Only:
359 Ross Ruland Road
South Cairo, NY 12482

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Week #6 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July!  It turned out to be a beautiful day!
As the leafy greens are winding down the Squash, Cucumber, Eggplant and other summer vegetables are ramping up!  The summer vegetables are all flowering and they are all growing beautifully.  Check out our Facebook and Instagram for photos.

New this week is fresh mint.  Here are some delicious ways to use mint.  http://www.elizabethrider.com/10-ways-use-fresh-mint/  One of our favorites is making a mint ice tea.  Great for a refreshing Hot Summer Day!  You will also be getting Fennel this week.  Here is a link with some great ways to prepare and eat fresh fennel. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/five-ways-to-eat-fresh-fennel-78022417/

Escarole will be coming this week as well.  It looks smaller to lettuce but it is an Italian cooking green.  It pairs well will Chicken and beans.  It is very popular being cooked with white beans.  It is a bitter green but has a milder flavor when cooked.

If you have any other recipes you would like to share please email directly to the farm.  We can add them to our website.

Fruit in Bulk Available this week:  Blueberries and White Cherries.
Vegetables in Bulk Available this week:  Garlic Scapes, Scallions, Spinach
To order Login to your account and Click Marketplace.  Follow the steps from there.
Quantities are Limited.  Please order right away if you are interested.

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm