What’s in the Bag — Week 22

Dear CSA Member

After the storm and many people in the region are still trying to figure how to best manage. The farm was spared and we will be resuming deliveries this week. It rained only a bit and there was one windy night. As we get ready to make this weeks’ delivery, we hope that you have been able to also weather the storm.

The Vegetable Share this week is very large. The Fruit Share will be substantial for the remaining weeks. Our delivery truck will be packed full. This is also the Coffee Share delivery for November. Two more weeks of delivery after this, so if there are Market Place items you would like to order, please do so soon.

Richard Sandhaus, BetterCheaperSlower web based daily info, has made a wonderful recipe using beets and radish. To view the recipe go to www.BetterCheaperSlower.com/CrunchyFallSalad for the recipe, photos and details. There is also a delicious Beet Cake Recipe on the farm website, recipe link. I tried the Beet Cake recipe and substituted 1 cup of grated carrot, 1 grated apple and 1 cup grated beet in place of 2 cups beets. I think the recipe may even be able to use more than 2 cups of grated vegetables but I have not tried out this theory, yet.

New this week are Turnips with Greens. The Turnip Greens are spicy, mustardy tasting greens and should be removed from the turnip and cooked separately. Also new are Brussels Sprouts. They are just delicious. Cut the sprout from the stalk, remove any off colored outer leaves and rinse. Steam or sauté. There are a few crew members that thought they did not like Brussels Sprouts until they tried them fresh.

The Face Book photos are updated on Sunday.

Enjoy the vegetables.
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

What’s in the Bag — Week 20

Dear CSA Member

Rain, rain, and more rain.  The fields are wet and muddy and so are we.  It seems fall has been making up for the lack of rain all summer.  The creeks are full again and the trees must be drinking in the moisture, but it makes for tough picking.  The updated farm Face Book page has photos of the farm during this wet fall weather.  There are also photos of Collards being picked for this week and the Pop Corn.  I have been keeping up with the changing weather and also the changing weeks by updating the photos weekly.  The Face Book site is https://www.facebook.com/StoneledgeFarm if you have not been to the site yet.

We are gleaning the fields, harvesting all of the crops that we can, and then discing the soil.  A cover crop of Winter Rye is seeded and the land is once again ready for winter.  The Winter Rye continues to grow even in the cold, the soil is never really resting.  Just because we can not see growth, there is more life and activity under the soil.

New this week is Pop Corn. It is great to have Pop Corn to send to you. Birds love the small seedlings as they emerge and learn just how to pluck them from the soil.  After a year of planting and then re-planting after birds ate every emerging plant, we stopped for the last couple of years.  The farm has grown and now we have fields that are closer to where we work on a daily basis. Although the birds did take more than their fair share, we have a very good harvest for the CSA members as well. To use fresh Pop Corn take the husk from the cob if it is still on. Let the corn sit for two weeks in a dry spot.  We have been drying the corn in the greenhouse, but the moisture just does not fully leave until the corn is kept inside. After a couple of weeks, take the kernels from the cob by pushing them off with your thumb. Once you get a row going, the others will be easier to remove. About 1/2 of the ear of corn is a good amount to pop at once.  Heat a pot with a cover and a dribbling of vegetable oil. Add the kernels and cover.  You will hear the popping start and then slow.  Take from the heat, add butter and salt if you would like.  Fresh Pop Corn is just delicious.

Honey in a one pound jar is just perfect for holiday gifts for teachers, baby sitters, friends.  Maple Syrup is so sweet and such a treat.  Apple Sauce and Pear Sauce have only fruit with no other ingredients added.  The Fresh Salsa is really delicious.  The weeks are slipping by and we are already on week #20.  To place a Market Place order just log into your account from the farm website home page.  Your order will be delivered with the CSA shares.

Enjoy the fall, the rain and the vegetables.
Deborah
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

What’s in the Bag — Week 19

Dear CSA Member

This is the 19th CSA week. Hearty vegetables are filling the share. It has been very cold with a killing frost during the evening. The hale and hearty remain. Many of the leafy greens that survive frosts actually taste even better after a cold snap.

Carrots, beets and celeriac are pulled from the ground. Washed, cubed and sprinkled with a little olive oil, the trio make great roasted root vegetables. Cover with a bit of tin foil if you would like to cut down on the roasting time a bit. Remove the foil near the end of the baking.

Garlic again this week. Pulled from the ground in July, hung to cure in the barn and now perfect.

Butternut Winter Squash, probably one of the best tasting Winter Squash varieties. The Butternut will keep if you can not use it right away. Butternut is perfect with a touch of honey or maple from the farm.

If you would like to order Honey, Maple, Coffee from the online Market Place, just log into your account from the farm website home page. Click on Market under the center photo and place the order. Your order will be delivered with the CSA shares. The weeks are slipping by and some sizes are getting in short supply.

The Face Book page was updated late last week and will be updated this Sunday. Take a look.

Enjoy the beautiful fall and the vegetables.
Deborah
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

What’s in the Bag — Week 18

Dear CSA Member

The green that was summer is slowly melting as the trees are now well on their way to reds, yellows and oranges. Even though it has been very rainy, the bright yellows are highlights in the landscape.

The garden is also settling in to a different rhythm. The hectic, sun filled summer is now heavier, grounded and very fall like. We are pulling vegetables from the earth: Beets, Celeriac, Black Radish and Leeks. You will be able to tell right away because even though we do wash the root crops, during very rainy times, the soil holds despite our best efforts. We use a Barrel Washer to wash the root crops. It really is an oak barrel with spray nozzles attached to the top. It spins and the root crops are washed as they make their way to the other end. Mennonite crafts people created and manufacture the barrel washer and it works rather well but you will still need a good vegetable brush.

Great news from the Yorkville CSA and Yorkville CSA member Dick Sandhaus Dick is the voice behind the Better, Cheaper, Slower e-news site subscriptions@BetterCheaperSlower.com.

CSA Cooking Contest
At long last we have a winner representing the Yorkville CSA at the first CSA Smackdown to be held later this season by Just Food. Dick Sandhaus smoked the competition with his root rosti served with deliciously crispy lacinato kale chips and warm, chunky salsa of apples, pears and fresh mint. The rosti was a play on the classic swiss pancake-like dish but instead of the traditional potatoes Dick combined grated beets, carrots and garlic for a dish that was crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. And the whole thing was done in 30 minutes.

If you have recipes that you would like to share, please send them to me and I will post them in the recipe section of the farm website.

Market Place orders will be delivered with the CSA shares. Maple and honey are going quickly so please place your order if you would like to stock up for the winter months. The coffee is freshly roasted and really is delicious.

Enjoy the beautiful fall and the vegetables. The vegetables have been growing since the spring and it is time to harvest and enjoy the fruits of our labors.

Deborah
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

What’s in the Bag — Week 17

Dear CSA Member

The mornings are cool and the fields are wet with dew. The rains have been coming more frequently as the ponds and creeks fill with water for the winter.

Beautiful Siberian Kale is bursting from the crates. The leaves are still tender and the cold starts to enhance the flavor.

Freshly dug potatoes and leeks make a perfect pair. Add a bit of parsley and you have a soup that will be a treat.

The vegetables are hearty and perfect as the weather and seasons change.

THIS WEEK IS COFFEE SHARE PICK UP WEEK. PLEASE REMEMBER TO PICK UP YOUR COFFEE IF YOU HAVE A COFFEE SHARE.

We have been having trouble with our internet service and so Market Place orders will probably be a week late if you are just getting them in.

Enjoy the vegetables.
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

What’s in the Bag — Week 16

Dear CSA Member

The kale is beautiful. Slightly cooler weather and the flavor is even better. This week is Lacinato, some call it Dinosaur Kale. It is long, thin and blueish in color. I think it is one of the favorite kale varieties. Steam it, make kale chips, use it raw in a marinated kale salad. I actually never heard of eating raw kale until this year. Kale chips were also new to me a couple of years ago.

Garlic, at long last, will also be in your share. It is some of the nicest garlic we have ever harvested. What a treat to finally be able to savor the wonderful flavor.

The new photos will be on the Farm Face Book page. A monster black bear ran across the field the other day. We think he was about 400 pounds. It was in the afternoon and our farm day off. Thank goodness. Pete and I happened to be going by in the truck just as the bear made his way across the newly planted rye. They are just magnificent to see but we were glad we were in the truck. Hopefully it was a rare afternoon outing for the bear. I took photos of his foot prints and posted them on the Face Book page. It just isn’t as impressive as his massive, shiny black hide shimmering across the field, but a lot safer.

Market Place orders will be delivered with your CSA shares. Honey and Maple Syrup are perfect partners with Winter Squash. There is still a good supply of A and B Grades of Maple and also Honey, but it is good to order earlier rather than be disappointed that we have sold out the size you would like.

Enjoy the Vegetables, enjoy Fall.
Deborah
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

What’s in the Bag

Dear CSA Member

Cooler night times, cooler day times, the sun is shining with bright fall intensity.  The sky seems extra blue and the colors of the fall vegetables are like a sea of greens and blues.  During the farm visit a young member asked why some of the leaves of kale are blue.  We live with the shades across the field every day.  The variety of fall colors are taken for granted until they are viewed with fresh eyes.  There are many varieties of Brassicas that fill the shares during the fall and cooler months.  Kale, Collards, Cabbage are all family members, each with its’ own color, texture and flavor.

Each Brassica is bursting with health related benefits, beautiful colors and textures and taste.  This week Green Fall Cabbage is in your share.  There are  recipes for Sauerkraut in a Mason Jar, Cole Slaw and Braised Cabbage on the farm website, Recipe link.  Cabbage will also keep in your refrigerator vegetable bin for a very long time.

Carrots in colors.  The bunch of carrots in your share this week is something Peter tried for the first time this year.  We grow nice big delicious orange carrots.  They can’t be beat. Each December when we are ordering seed for the next season, the seed catalogs tempt us with new varieties, colors, shapes of the tried and true vegetables. Carrots come in many colors: orange, yellow, purple. This year Peter decided we would order a smaller amount of the purple and yellow carrots and mix those seeds with some orange carrot seeds. planting them all together in one row.  The result is a beautiful bunch of carrots with orange, purple and yellow.  I still think the orange are the best tasting, but the bunches are beautiful.  The yellow carrots almost seem like a Parsnip.  Long and thin.  The purple carrots are dark skinned but still orange on the inside.  We hope you like this diversion from orange.

If you would like to order Honey, Maple, Coffee or another of the Market Place products,  Click on Market Place at the farm website and log into your account.  The order will be delivered with your CSA shares.

This week on the farm Face Book page are a variety of photos of early fall.

Enjoy fall, enjoy the vegetables,
Deborah
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

What’s in the Bag — Week -14

Dear CSA Member

COFFEE SHARES ARE DELIVERED THIS WEEK.  IF YOU HAVE A COFFEE SHARE, PLEASE PICK UP YOUR ORDER.

The fields are starting to look like fall.  The Winter Squash has been harvested and is being stored in the barns and greenhouse.  The garlic was picked quite a while ago and is drying and curing.  The kale, collards, green and red cabbages look like a picture.  The many gradations of colors are beautiful.  Beets, carrots and potatoes are beneath the soil, but we can see the mounds that cover the roots.  The rows that held summer vegetables have been tilled and a cover crop of Winter Rye spread over.  The rye will germinate and grow even in cold conditions.  The green blanket will keep the soil protected during the winter and also add green matter in the spring.  The last direct seeding of Turnips and Radishes are just emerging. The rows are a straight line of small green stitches down the row as the tiny plants grow.

Even the fruit has turned from summer to fall.  The first of the Gala Apples and Bartlett Pears are in the Fruit Share.

The Farm Festival was just wonderful. So many members arrived to sunny skies that held the entire day. Wagon rides, picking carrots, flower bouquets, sharing lunch with other members, pumpkin decorating. There are photos on the Farm Face Book page if you would like to take a look.

Enjoy the bounty of the seasons.
Deborah, for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

What’s in the Bag — Week 13

Dear CSA Member

The Annual Farm Festival is this upcoming Saturday, September 8 from 11:30-3:00. Open to all Stoneledge Farm CSA Members.

Come meet your farmers, walk the fields and see how and where your vegetables are grown. Please bring a dish to share for our pot luck luncheon and your own place setting. The farm will provide pork and corn on the cob from the roaster, fresh fruit and water, freshly brewed coffee. Kim and Mickael Paradis of Paradis to Go, http://paradistogo.com/about.html, 114 Fourth Ave New York, NY 10003 will be manning the roaster. We are so happy to have Kim and Mickael joining us this year.

There will be Wagon Rides around the fields, freshly dug carrots to pick up and take home. Before you leave take time to pick a fresh bouquet of flowers. Please bring your own scissors and container to transport your bouquet. The flowers are near the end of their summer glory, but still hold some beautiful colors. All of our Market Place products: honey, maple syrup, coffee, preserves, salsa  will be available for purchase.

Other farms that will also  be attending

Our friends and neighbors, HEATHER RIDGE FARM. Fiber products and pasture raised meats. Are you a knitter, crocheter, spinner? Heather Ridge has beautiful yarns and rovings for your project. They have incredibly warm socks, a blend of their own sheep wool and llama fiber, machine washable. Crew and boot styles, many sizes. They make wonderful holiday gifts. Try a tasting of their award winning Chili. Containers of frozen chili will be available for purchase along with all of their pasture raised meats. To see the full order form  to pre-order any of their products, please go to the farm website, www.stoneledgefarmny.org,  Farm Blog. You can download their price list and pre-order form there.

PAINTED GOAT FARM with their artisan goat milk cheeses. Tastings and cheese for purchase. Painted Goat farm has been working with a number of our CSA sites and we are happy to have them attending.

WINTER SUN FARM with information about their CSA Winter Share will also be attending.

For directions to the farm, go to Contact and Directions link on the farm website and use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. Driving down Garcia Lane please go all the way to the end of the road. You will pass through a gate and see the barns and tents. Parking will be in the grassy area.

Parents and guardians, we welcome children for a day of fun on the farm. We are planning child centered activities but this is a working farm and you are responsible for your children. 

A member also sent the information that  the 5th Annual Village of Catskill Artists Studio & Gallery Tour is scheduled for Sept. 8 & 9, 11 am – 5 pm. http://www.catskillartiststour.com/.

PLEASE NOTE, THE REGULAR COFFEE SHARE DELIVERY FOR SEPTEMBER WILL BE MADE NEXT WEEK DUE TO THE HOLIDAY DELIVERY SCHEDULE THIS WEEK .  

This week on the farm Face Book page is the Winter Squash Harvest.

Hope to see you at the farm.
Deborah
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

What’s in the Bag

Dear CSA Member

The garden is turning the corner towards fall.  Beautiful carrots, Summer Savory, and Spinach are in your share this week.  We continue to gather what is still being produced of the summer crops with tomatoes and peppers.  The colors are just outstanding as we fill the crates to deliver to the CSA sites.

The Farm Festival is scheduled for September 8 from 11:30-3:00. A great day to come and visit the farm and meet your farmers and experience first hand how your vegetables are raised. Complete information will be posted on the farm web site, Farm Blog.

Market Place orders will be delivered with the CSA shares. There are two new Coffee roasts, Espresso and also a Mid Day Coffee in both ground and whole bean available from the online CSA Market Place.

This week the farm FaceBook page should be updated on Sunday.

Enjoy the Vegetables
Deborah, for everyone at Stoneledge Farm