Week #6 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

We hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! It sure was a hot one, but we seem to be breaking the heat wave. As the lettuce winds down the summer vegetables are starting to ramp up. It is just about peak harvest for the summer squash, and the cucumbers and eggplant will soon follow. As we pick, wash and pack for your weekly CSA shares we are still planning, seeding new vegetables and preparing the fields for fall crops. Such as lettuces, kale and more. The weather has been pretty cooperative allowing us to get a lot of work done. We hope you enjoy this weeks bounty.

Online Marketplace: We have vegetables, fruit, and herbs available this week in bulk. We also have local honey, maple syrup, organic sriracha sauce, organic dry beans and more! Login to your member account to place your order. All marketplace orders will be delivered with your CSA shares. Please order by 1 pm the day before your CSA pickup to guarantee your delivery. Marketplace mushroom ordering deadline is Friday’s 12 pm before your CSA delivery.


Marketplace Special: 5% off a 4lb. jar of honey. Use code Honeybee to access this Pollination Special for the month of JULY!


Tag #stoneledge.farm in your Instagram or Facebook photos and receive 5% off coupon to the marketplace. Send a screenshot of your post to info@stoneledge.farm to receive your coupon. 1 coupon per member per week! (example- share photo, meal photo, picking up your CSA shares)


This week’s recipes! You can find more on our website!
Red Ace Beets: Beets provide impressive health benefits and are delicious too! Eat them raw, steamed or baked. Don’t forget to use the greens! Raw Beet SaladBeet Chocolate CupcakesEasy Cooked Beets

Early Cone Cabbage: A very tender and sweet early cabbage. Can be eaten raw or cooked. Creamy Cone Cabbage And Red Onion Slaw
Grilled Cabbage Wedges with Spicy Lime Dressing

Summer Squash: Can be baked, sautéed, steamed, boiled or even grilled. Chocolate Zucchini Bread A farm Favorite! (You can use any of the summer squash) Grilled Summer Squash Summer Squash Fritters

Fennel: Fennel is a highly aromatic vegetable mostly used in Mediterranean cooking. The bulb and stems are both edible.
What is Fennel, and How Do I use It?
53 Fresh Fennel Recipes That Make Us Fall for it All Over Again
Chickpea and Fennel Ratatouille Roasted Fennel with Parmesan

Escarole: A member of the leafy chicory family. Is bitter when eaten raw and mild flavor when cooked. Mix with other greens for a salad, sauté, or braise with white beans. Escarole and White Bean Soup Escarole 101

Kohlrabi: Kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family. It can be eaten raw (grated in coleslaw or salad), pickled, or cooked (in soups or stews, or as a baked side dish) Red Lentil, Kohlrabi and Grain Curried Salad
Kohlrabi Slaw

Mushroom Share – Oyster: Was first cultivated in Germany and is now grown worldwide. May lower cholesterol levels, Alleviate Inflammation, Packed with Antioxidants, Boost Brain Health OYSTER MUSHROOMS, GARLIC, AND GREEN ONIONS SAUTE (PALEO, GLUTEN FREE)

Storage Tips:
Eat Me UP!- Fennel, Scallions, Cucumbers

Zero Waste! You can freeze or dry me! – Cabbage, Summer Squash, Kohlrabi How to Blanch Before You Freeze

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #5 Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

This week is going to be HOT, HOT, HOT! Please, pick up your CSA shares as soon as possible and get them home to the refrigerator. This heat really affects the leafy greens. It is best to bring your share home, rise off the greens in cool water and put away in the refrigerator. This week is the first week of the fruit shares, and it is also a coffee, and dry bean share week. Please, don’t forget your optional shares if you ordered them.

The fields are slowly shifting towards the summer crops. Everything that was once green is filling in with bright colors of the summer. The summer squash is starting to produce in abundance, and the eggplant and cucumbers will be soon to follow.

The online marketplace is open! We have vegetables, fruit, and herbs available this week in bulk. New this week are blueberries, great for freezing or canning. We also have local honey, maple syrup, organic sriracha sauce, organic dry beans and more! Login to your member account to place your order. All marketplace orders will be delivered with your CSA shares. Please order by 1 pm the day before your CSA pickup to guarantee your delivery. Marketplace mushroom ordering deadline is Friday’s 12 pm before your CSA delivery.


Marketplace Special: 5% off a 4lb. jar of honey. Use code Honeybee to access this Pollination Special for the month of JULY!


Tag #stoneledge.farm in your Instagram or Facebook photos and receive 5% off coupon to the marketplace. Send a screenshot of your post to info@stoneledge.farm to receive your coupon. 1 coupon per member per week! (example- share photo, meal photo, picking up your CSA shares)


This weeks recipes! You can find more on our website!
Sugar Snap Peas: There are two strings per pod. One on each end that you should peel off. Sugar Snap peas can be eaten raw as a snack or cooked for with a delicious meal. The whole pea and pea pod are editable.

Red Ace Beets: Beets provide impressive health benefits and are delicious too! Eat them raw, steamed or baked. Don’t forget to use the greens! Raw Beet SaladBeet Chocolate CupcakesEasy Cooked Beets

Napa Cabbage: Great to make a quick Kimchi, Slaw, Stir Fry, Spring Rolls or even stuffed! Quick uses for Napa Cabbage

Frisee: Rich in antioxidants and makes a great addition to any salad or sauté with a hot meal. Quick Sauteed Endive, Escarole, and Frisee

Curly Kale: This curly kale is always a family favorite! Especially this kale salad recipe. Roasted Beet and Kale Salad with Maple Candied WalnutsMore Kale Recipes

Summer Squash: Can be baked, sautéed, steamed, boiled or even grilled. Chocolate Zucchini Bread A farm Favorite! (You can use any of the summer squash) Grilled Summer Squash Summer Squash Fritters

Mushroom Share- Portobello: Perfect for the July grilling season! Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Balsamic

Eat Me UP!
-Summer Squash, Scallions, Lettuces, Cabbage, Frizee

Zero Waste! You can freeze or dry me!
Freeze- Beets, Kale

Storage Tips:
Frizee, Kale & Lettuces- Washed, in a salad spinner or, in a plastic bag with a paper towel.
Sugar Snap Peas: Unwashed in the refrigerator crisper drawer. Wash when ready to use.
Beets, Scallions, Summer Squash- In the refrigerator crisper drawer.

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July!

Week #4 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

Goodbye Spring and Hello Summer! You will notice a little taste of summer in your CSA shares this week. The first harvest of Summer Squash!
The lettuces are still coming on strong. It won’t be that much longer until the lettuce is suddenly gone until the fall. Lettuce will not grow well in the hot months of July and August. Fill your salad bowls and enjoy them while they last!

Don’t forget! The final day to order optional fruit shares is THIS FRIDAY, June, 29th. For more information about the fruit share, please click here.

The online marketplace is open! We have vegetables and herbs available this week in bulk. Great for freezing, or drying. We also have local honey, maple syrup, organic sriracha sauce, organic dry beans and more! Login to your member account to place your order. All marketplace orders will be delivered with your CSA shares. Please order by 1 pm the day before your CSA pickup to guarantee your delivery.


MARKETPLACE SPECIAL
Order any seed oil between now and the end of June and receive 6 bunches of oregano. Great to make a homemade salad dressing or to dry and use as needed.


Tag #stoneledge.farm in your Instagram or Facebook photos and receive 5% off coupon to the marketplace. Send a screenshot of your post to info@stoneledge.farm to receive your coupon. 1 coupon per member per week! (example- share photo, meal photo, picking up your CSA shares)


This weeks recipes! You can find more on our website!

Sugar Snap Peas: YUM! Picking these delicious peas is a very time-consuming job. It takes our full workforce a solid work day to pick these peas for the CSA. We hope you enjoy! To prepare these peas, you must first remove the strings. There are two strings per pod. One on each end that you should peel off. Sugar Snap peas can be eaten raw as a snack or cooked for with a delicious meal. Sautéed Sugar Snaps

Escarole: A member of the leafy chicory family. Can be eaten raw or cooked. Mix with other greens for a salad, sauté, or braise with white beans. Escarole and White Bean Soup      Escarole 101

Purslane: Makes a great addition to any salad and is a rich source of omega- 3s. Purslane info. from a CSA Member 45 Things To Do With Fresh Purslane

Garlic Scapes: The flower bud of the garlic. The scape gets removed in late June to encourage the garlic bulbs to thicken up for our fall harvest. Enjoy as you would garlic.
Garlic Scape Pesto

Lettuces: Check out this Caesar Salad Dressing!

Summer Squash: Can be baked, sautéed, steamed, boiled or even grilled. Chocolate Zucchini Bread A farm Favorite! (You can use any of the summer squash) Grilled Summer Squash Summer Squash Fritters

Mushroom Share- Shiitake: Mushroom and Burrata Bruschetta

Eat Me UP!
-Lettuces, Summer Squash, Purslane, Sugar Snap Peas

Zero Waste! You can freeze or dry me!
Freeze- Spinach, Escarole
Storage Tips:
Spinach, Escarole & Lettuces – Washed, in a salad spinner or, in a plastic bag with a paper towel.
Sugar Snap Peas: Unwashed in the refrigerator crisper drawer. Wash when ready to use.
Purslane: Wrap it in a towel then place in a loosely closed plastic bag and refrigerate for up to a few days.
Summer Squash: In the refrigerator crisper drawer.
Garlic Scapes: In a plastic bag, in the refrigerator. Will keep for two to three week.

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

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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.