What’s in the Bag — Week 4

Dear CSA Member

Salad, salad and more salads this week. We do seeding and transplanting weeks apart to help with the timing of the lettuce harvest, but even with our best efforts, the lettuce seems to take on a life of its’ own. Many heads of beautiful lettuce are ready to be harvested. Lettuce is not a plant that can wait and so your share will be full of leafy greens. Salad is an easy one but you can also grill the heavier leaved varieties of lettuce. There is also a Lettuce Soup Recipe on the farm website, Recipe link from a CSA member. The softer leaved varieties make great lettuce wraps. There are wrap ideas on online at http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/15-ways-to-make-lettuce-wraps/. I also found http://www.thekitchn.com/help-ways-to-use-lettuce-besid-57101 to have a number of different ideas and recipes to use lettuce. If you have a Mushroom Share it is delicious to sauté the mushrooms adding a bit of Balsamic Vinegar. Prepare a bed of lettuce leaves and pour the warm mushrooms over the lettuce. The heat wilts the leaves slightly and the mushrooms and Balsamic are a delicious dressing. I am sure there are many more lettuce recipes and ideas. If you have some you would like to share, please send them to me and I will add them to the Recipe section of the farm website.

Everyone is cheering the arrival of Summer Squash. It is just beautiful. The last of the Garlic Scapes and Kohlrabi. I have received e-mails asking what to do with the Kohlrabi. Two favorites that other members have passed along are Kohlrabi puree or Kohlrabi sliced thinly and added fresh to a salad.

Escarole is the leafy green in the share that some may think is a lettuce. It is not. Escarole is part of the Endive family and has a heartier leaf with a somewhat bitter taste. Escarole and White Beans are a traditional favorite.

Marketplace orders can be placed by logging into your account and then selecting Marketplace on the upper menu bar. Honey, Coffee by the pound, Maple Syrup and Mushrooms in larger quantities are all available for order. The Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms are from a smaller mushroom farm, The Hill Farm, Wiltbank family. They are just beautiful. You might like to try them from the Marketplace.

This is the last call for Fruit Share additions. The Fruit Shares must be added by Wednesday July 3. To add the Fruit Share, log into your account from the farm website home page, select CSA Shares on the top menu bar and add the Fruit Share.

COFFEE SHARES DELIVERY-PICK UP YOUR COFFEE IF YOU HAVE ORDERED A COFFEE SHARE.

Enjoy the Vegetables,
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

CHCSA Newsletter/Recipes — Week 3

Here is the newsletter for week 3. As stated by one of the core group members — “Judi, you’ve managed to come up with great recipes for the mint, and just about every veggie in our share this week. Fabulous.” PJ

Thanks again to YooMi for putting the newsletter together.

WEEK 3.2012

What’s in the Bag — Week 3

Dear CSA Member

Summer Solstice and we fall right into heat and humidity.  A fresh salad will be welcome with the weather we have been experiencing and the lettuces are full and beautiful.  A bunch of Arugula and a salad dressing made with the fresh Oregano and chopped Garlic Scapes.

Also this week is Escarole.  Try it in Italian Wedding Soup or with white beans.  Just delicious.  Escarole is the green that gathers at the base.  If you have a hard time, just take a bite.  It is a bitter green and usually not eaten raw.

The beautiful Bright Lights Swiss Chard and Summer Spinach continue.  They are hardy enough to hold up to the heat.

What would Summer be without Summer Squash.  The first picking of Summer Squash also helps to round out the CSA share.  The first picking is never perfect.  It seems it takes the squash plants a picking or two to get the production down pat.  It does not matter.  There is just nothing like the first summer squash, lightly cooked with a pat of butter.  Not fancy but a taste that only comes with freshly picked summer squash.

There are four different varieties of Summer Squash and we pick and pack them as they come out of the field.  Photos of the different Summer Squash are posted on the Farm Face Book page.  There are Zucchini, Romanesco, Sunburst Patty Pan and Zephyr.

JUST A NOTE: If you have not added a Fruit Share and still would like to, I have included the directions below.  We will accept additions until the end of June and then will close the shares.  We will need to notify the other farms and will need our shares set.  If you have any questions, please send an e-mail.

Enjoy the Vegetables
Deborah
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm
Pete Sr., Peter, Arliss


DIRECTIONS TO ADD A FRUIT SHARE

PRIMARY SHARE HOLDER WOULD LIKE TO ADD A FRUIT SHARE
Log into your account from the farm website home page, click on “My Account” under the center photo.  Click on the red “Add Subscription” in the green summary box on the right.  Advance past the “Market Place Access Account”, as the primary share holder you already have access to the Market Place for online orders, by clicking on “Next” to the Options tab.  Select the Fruit Share and continue with payment.  The Fruit Share will be added to your membership.  Please send the farm an e-mail with the name of the share partner that will registering for the Fruit Share.

SHARE PARTNERS EACH WOULD LIKE A FRUIT SHARE
If each share partner would like a Fruit Share, log into the CSA account set up by the Primary Shareholder, select 2 Fruit Shares. There is currently no way for the Secondary Share Holder to add a Fruit Share unless it is added through the Primary Share Holders account.

ONE SHARE PARTNER WOULD LIKE A FRUIT SHARE
If only one of the share holders will be adding the Fruit Share and paying for the entire Fruit Share, please select “Pay with Check” option and send me an e-mail with the name of the share partner that will be picking up the Fruit Share.

BOTH SHARE HOLDERS WILL BE SPLITTING ONE FRUIT SHARE
If both share partners are splitting the Fruit Share, log into the CSA account set up by the Primary Shareholder, add one Fruit Share and both names will show on the roster like with the Vegetable Share that is being shared.