Week #11 — Note from the Farmer

August 14

Dear CSA Member,

Welcome to August! Hot Hot Hot! This summer we have be experiencing a severe drought but our pepper harvest has been exceptional. This week you will be receiving a couple different types of peppers. Many of them are heirloom varieties. The coloring of the peppers are absolutely beautiful!

New this week are Edamame Beans! (Soy Beans) Another crop that has done well in these weather conditions. When preparing the edamame for eating separate the pod from the stalk and rinse. The Edamame can be steamed or boiled. When cooked you pop the bean out of the shell and eat only the bean. Below is a simple and tasty recipe you can use.

Separate the pods from the stalks. Place bean pods in a large bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt, rub vigorously, and let stand 15 minutes. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil, add the beans and boil over high heat for 5 to 6 minutes. (For a firmer bean, decrease the cooking time.) Don’t cover the pot or the beans will lose their bright green color. When ready, drain beans and serve hot or at room temperature. To eat as finger food, serve the beans in baskets or bowls. Squeeze the pods with your fingers to press the beans into your mouth and discard the pods.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Fall Farm Festival. The Fall Farm Festival will be held on the farm September 3rd from 11:30-3:00. Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. There are directions on the farm website Contact Us tab https://www.stoneledgefarmny.com/contact-information or using your GPS. It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, meet your farmers and walk the fields. We have the grill hot and will have pork as well as grilled sweet corn, portobello mushrooms, and vegetable chili. There will be fresh fruit, Stoneledge Farm Coffee and water. We ask that members bring a dish to share so that lunch is a giant pot luck get together. If possible, please bring your own place settings, utensils and cup. No pets, please.

Reminder** Corn and Mushroom orders need to be placed by 12pm the Friday before your delivery. All orders placed after 12pm will be delivered not that week but the following week after. ***

Enjoy the harvest!
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Note about the celery-(It is not like the celery you would find in the grocery store. It is a deep green with a rich celery taste. You can use the leaves as well they are just as tasty.)

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