Week #21 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member

It has been really cold with temperatures in the 20’s the other night but the sun is shining today and the leaves on the trees are magnificent. This week there are a number of different vegetables in you CSA share. Brussels Sprouts on the stalk, Celeriac, Fall Turnips along with Potatoes, Beets, Lettuces which not only survived but thrived in the frost, Boc Choi, Onions and Butternut. Your bags will be heavy as we move into the end of the CSA season. The fall vegetables after being touched with frost have an even sweeter flavor.

The Brussels Sprouts need to be cut from the stalk, any damaged outer leaves removed, rinsed. The men move through the field with heavy knives cutting the top leaves from the plant and then cutting through the stem. The stalk is sturdy and very hard to cut. The sprouts will keep for a long time in a plastic bag or other storage container in the refrigerator.

Celeriac or Celery Root has the flavor of celery and can be used in any soup or stew or in a variety of salads or cooked. There are recipes on the farm website, Recipe section.

Please visit the farm website Farm News to see the students of PS 11 visiting the farm and helping pick up potatoes. There is also more information about Daikon Radish included with last weeks news.

We are nearing the end of the season so please place your orders for honey, maple, coffee and chocolate if you are interested. The products are all from small family farms, farmers that we know and help support with the Marketplace. They make great holiday gifts and you might want to stock up for the long cold days ahead as well. There are many bulk amounts of vegetables and fruit available as well.

Enjoy the bounty of the harvest.
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

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