Week #15 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA member:

A special note:
Just Food’s annual Let Us Eat Local tasting benefit is Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Altman Building (135 W. 18th St.) in Manhattan. CSA members receive a 15 percent discount by using the promotional code JFCSA2014. It’s a delicious night that highlights the restaurants in NYC that support local farmers. Just Food, as you know so well, works to create a sustainable food system in New York City by empowering and supporting communities to increase access to local, healthy and sustainable food. Members can buy their tickets through this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/let-us-eat-local-2014-tickets-12042811373.

Here on the farm, we’ve had beautiful blue skies, crisp days and sunshine. It just does not get any better. The leaves on the trees are starting to turn from the bright green of summer, taking on the yellowish tints that will lead to the colors of fall.

This week — beets. So many members at the farm visit requested them. The Red Ace beet, which does not have anything at all fancy about it, is still the best tasting beet.

The red potatoes are just perfect. The color of the skin is a rosy red color with white flesh. We have a very good potato harvest this year and should have potatoes almost every week until the end of the season. If you would like more, there are 10-pound bags of white and red potatoes on the CSA Marketplace. These potatoes will store into winter if kept in a cool place.

A bit of the summer remains and there will still be the brightly colored peppers and tomatillos. Red Russian kale and cabbage from the fall crops will complete the share.

Concord grapes from Tousey Vineyard are in the fruit share this week and also available in bulk from the Marketplace. This will be the only week for Concords. When Ray pulled in with his truck loaded with the totes of grapes, the whole barn filled with the smell of the Concords. Delicious.

Enjoy the harvest.
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm