Week #16 Note from the Farmer — How to Use Celeriac, Celery Root Recipe, Butternut Squash Recipe, and Prune Plum Recipe

Dear CSA Member,

The weather has been cooperating nicely for us. It almost feels like another round of summer! This week we have been busy transplanting crops for the late fall season such as lettuces, kohlrabi, bok choi and more. We also have harvested our winter squash. With the warm sunny days, we have been having it made for a great week to harvest the winter squash. Check out our winter squash harvest on Facebook or Instagram.

Butternut Winter Squash will be in your share this week. Along with Celeriac and Potatoes. Try these great recipes below.

Butternut Squash: Peel your butternut squash with a vegetable peeler and slice in half, and scoop out the seed.
Try this Maple Pecan Butternut Squash recipe.
This tastes even better with a drizzle or Pumpkin Seed Oil, or Butternut Squash Seed oil. Maple Syrup, Pumpkin, and Butternut Squash seed oil are all available through the online marketplace.

 

Celeriac: Celeriac is a root crop that is used a lot in soups or stocks. Very strong celery flavor but, it is not the root of celery. This crop is grown specifically for its root.
You can also try this delicious Potato and Celery Root (Celeriac) Gratin Recipe.
To Peel Celeriac…

Cut off the top just under the stalks creating a wide flat surface to stand the Celeriac upright on a cutting board.
Slide your chef’s knife down the side of the root until all the skin has been removed.
You can slice or dice the celeriac according to your recipe.

 

Prune Plum Recipe: Italian Plum Torte

Enjoy!

Best,
Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

**UPDATE**

Due to the rainy spring we have had the butternut squash will not hold as long as usual.  Please use as soon as possible. 
Fruit Share Members – This week you will be getting prune plums.  They are a cooking plum and are tart to eat fresh.  Below are a few links with recipes on how to use the cooking plums this week.  Enjoy!
Plum Conserve – Click Here (Great to spread on toast)

Week #15 – What’s in the Bag — Update

This is the updated list of veggies and fruits in the full shares. Note: This is the last week for tomatoes, a sure sign of fall!

Full vegetable share

Tomatoes – 4
Red potatoes – 2 pounds
Spinach – 1 bunch
Butternut winter squash – 1
Green beans – 1 pound
Shallots- 2
Peppers- 3
Broccoli – 1 head
Serrano hot peppers-4

Full fruit share

1 bag of Macintosh apples, Gala apples and Seckel pears, all grown by Fix Brothers Orchard
1 bag nectarines

Mushroom share

White Button, grown by Bulich Mushroom Company

Week #15 – Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA member:

We had a wonderful Farm Festival on Saturday, and it was great to meet so many CSA members and families. The day was perfect in every way. Delicious food, sunny, dry weather, potatoes aplenty for members to pick up and take home. The flowers even kept their bright colors for one last week for members to pick a bouquet to take home. Thank you to everyone who made the trip to the farm.

First of the winter squash this week. The variety is butternut, and they are a delicious small variety. Butternut winter squash and a drizzle of maple syrup added during baking are the perfect pairing. To bake winter squash, cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. The seed cavity makes a perfect hollow for the syrup. Bake until tender and enjoy. You can order locally produced 100% maple syrup from the online CSA Marketplace if you are interested, and the order will be delivered with your CSA shares.

Also this week, beautiful red potatoes. The skins are a rosy pink color, and the potatoes are wonderful cooked with the skins. There will be string beans one more time along with the last of the summer tomatoes and peppers.

Enjoy the harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

What’s in the Bag? Week 20

Veggies

Butternut winter squash-1
Cauliflower-1 head
Turnips-2
Lettuce-2 heads
Broccoli-1
Radish-1 bunch
Potatoes-2 pounds
Garlic-2 heads
Kohlrabi -1 bunch (fall planting — it’s sweet and delicious!)
Sage-1 bunch
Carrots-1 pound
Jalapenos (hot peppers) – help yourself!

Half shares — odd and even

Odd gets broccoli
Even gets butternut squash.

Fruit Share

One bag with Empire apples, Jonagold apples, Bosc pears

Mushroom Share

Shiitake

Farmer’s Note — Week 20

Dear CSA Member,

We are now into the last weeks of the CSA season. It has been unseasonably warm during the last week, and it felt more like early summer than fall. We will take the warm weather though. Picking and washing the root crops can be a really cold task when the weather is frosty.

This week you can expect carrots, potatoes, turnips, kohlrabi, broccoli, radishes, winter squash and the first garlic. We have been holding onto the garlic until the end of the season because it needed a chance to cure and we knew it would store into the last weeks of delivery. Over 1/3 of the garlic harvest has been divided into individual cloves for seed stock. We will be planting the garlic soon and members are invited to come and help. I will send out an e-mail when we get a bit closer to planting. We have had to wait a bit this year to plant the garlic because the weather has been so warm. We do not want to plant the garlic and have the cloves start to grow in the warmth. They need to settle in over the winter without sprouting.

Did you know that turnips can be eaten raw? Peel, cut into sticks and drizzle with olive oil. Give it a try! It was amazing to notice, as we were washing the heavy turnips, that they float. Did you know that turnips were originally the vegetable carved for Halloween? Some are so big that you might want to revive the custom this year.

This is also the last of the lettuce. We are expecting a frost this week and lettuce will not withstand the cold. It has been a treat to have such delicious late season salads. If you wash the lettuce well and spin dry in a salad spinner, the leaves will stay fresh.

I have posted a Stoneledge Farm crew photo on the farm Facebook page — you can see the wonderful, hardworking and committed group we had the privilege to work with this past season.

Enjoy the wonderful fall harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Veggies

Butternut winter squash-1
Turnips-2
Lettuce-2 heads
Broccoli-1
Radish-1 bunch
Potatoes-2 pounds
Garlic-2 heads
Kohlrabi -1 bunch (This is the fall planting of kohlrabi. They are sweet and delicious.)
Sage-1 bunch
Carrots-1 pound
Hot Peppers:Jalapenos-take if you like

Fruit Share

One bag with Empire apples, Jonagold apples, Bosc pears

Mushroom Share

Shiitake

What’s in the Bag — Week 19

Dear CSA Member

This is the 19th CSA week. Hearty vegetables are filling the share. It has been very cold with a killing frost during the evening. The hale and hearty remain. Many of the leafy greens that survive frosts actually taste even better after a cold snap.

Carrots, beets and celeriac are pulled from the ground. Washed, cubed and sprinkled with a little olive oil, the trio make great roasted root vegetables. Cover with a bit of tin foil if you would like to cut down on the roasting time a bit. Remove the foil near the end of the baking.

Garlic again this week. Pulled from the ground in July, hung to cure in the barn and now perfect.

Butternut Winter Squash, probably one of the best tasting Winter Squash varieties. The Butternut will keep if you can not use it right away. Butternut is perfect with a touch of honey or maple from the farm.

If you would like to order Honey, Maple, Coffee from the online Market Place, just log into your account from the farm website home page. Click on Market under the center photo and place the order. Your order will be delivered with the CSA shares. The weeks are slipping by and some sizes are getting in short supply.

The Face Book page was updated late last week and will be updated this Sunday. Take a look.

Enjoy the beautiful fall and the vegetables.
Deborah
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm