Farmer’s Note — Week 12

Dear CSA Member

Tomatoes. If you can‘t use all of the tomatoes you receive with your CSA share they are easy to freeze. A number of years ago a CSA member told me about her freezing method for tomatoes. Before that time I had always blanched them, taken the skins off and then put them in freezer bags. She said that her mom would wash the tomatoes, cut the tomatoes in 1/2 or 1/4 and put them in freezer bags. When they were ready to use the tomatoes were thawed and the skins would slip right off. It really does work great.

There is a whole list of produce that we have available in bulk this week from the online Marketplace. We have tomatoes by the 25 pound box if there are members that would like to preserve for the wintertime. Hot Peppers, Genovese Basil from our farm. Peaches and Blackberries from neighboring orchard and farm. The Peaches are conventionally grown, the Blackberries are no spray but not Certified Organic.

Members asked to have the list of what will be in the upcoming share and also the bulk order produce available. I will post on the farm website Farm Blog a good guess of the upcoming Share and the list of the bulk produce. You can place a Marketplace order anytime during the week and your order will be delivered with the next CSA share delivery.

The Fall Farm Visit is coming fast. The visit is scheduled for September 7 from 11:30-3. Use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. Please bring a dish to share and your own place setting. We will have a barbecue along with roast corn, portobello mushrooms and a Vegetarian Chili. Fresh fruit, water and coffee will also be available. We will have wagon rides around the fields, Scarecrow making, pick a bouquet of flowers and a bunch of carrots to take home. Our own Marketplace items will be available for purchase. There will be three other local farms and businesses at the visit: Heather Ridge Farm Contact Heather Ridge to place an order before the festival or pick up some of their fiber products, beeswax candles and other products at the festival. Info at http://heather-ridge-farm.com/ or www.facebook.com/pages/Heather-Ridge-Farm. Wiltbank Farm Gary Wiltbank with baskets of Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms.
Banana Moon Baking Company https://www.facebook.com/BananaMoonBakingCompany with their delicious home made baked goods..

Hope to see you on the 7th at the Fall Farm Festival.
Enjoy the Vegetables
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm