Farmer’s Note — Week 5

Dear CSA Member

Summertime and the crazy weather has not ended. The sun has finally started to shine and although the thunderstorms can be severe in the afternoon, the rain does not fall all day as it has been. The farm is very busy and each week just slips quickly by. There is still transplanting to be done, the weeds love the rain and have been growing like “weeds”, the vegetables are quickly ripening and picking continues on our weekly schedule. By early evening another day has busily moved on and we have once again started to fill up the walk in coolers for the weeks’ delivery.

Still beautiful greens. The Summer Squash is delicious and new this week is Napa Cabbage and a pointed early green cabbage variety, Early Jersey Wakefield. Both are sweet and full of nutrition. Napa Cabbage is a savory leaved variety, mild tasting. Scallions for your salads. They are still very young and tender and much of the green can be used along with the white bulb. Sugar Snap Peas. An edible pod pea. Strip the string from the side by bending the stem end and pulling. The whole pod should be eaten either raw or quickly sautéed or steamed.

I have been posting photos on the farm Face Book page, StoneldgeFarm, if you are interested in seeing how the fields and farm look during the changing weeks. If there is something you would like to see, please let me know and I will do my best to capture a photo and post it on line.

This will be the first delivery for the optional Fruit Shares. This week the Fruit Share is no spray local Blueberries and local Sweet Cherries. The Mushroom Share this week is Oyster Mushrooms. For members with a Mushroom Share and a Fruit Share, you will receive them every week with the Vegetable Shares. Coffee Shares are delivered once a month at the beginning of the month.

Everyone has a CSA Member Account and can log into that account and place orders from the online Marketplace. Right now there is Honey, Maple, Coffee and Mushrooms available.

Enjoy the Vegetables
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm