Week #10 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

The weather forecast has been very unsettling these past few weeks and again this coming week. We are always keeping our eye on the sky. We are indeed ready for some normal summer weather (aren’t we all!?) This week we will be picking tomatoes again for your CSA shares. We have plum tomatoes available through the online marketplace great for canning and making sauce. If you are interested, please order as soon as possible. With all the rain in the forecast, it is hard to tell how long these tomatoes will last. Login to your member account to place your order. (limited availability)


Sweet corn has been added to the marketplace today for week #11’s delivery. Story’s sweet corn is available on the Marketplace for 4 weeks only. Story’s sweet corn Non-GMO and conventionally grown. It is not organic. There is a limited amount available each week. The order deadline is Friday, August 10th by 1 pm for week #11 delivery. If you need help logging in the marketplace, please let me know.


Don’t forget; We invite you to our annual Fall Farm Festival. Saturday, September 1st here on the farm. 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds NY 12451. Bring your family for a great day on the farm. 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 by Kim and Mickael of Paradis to Go http://paradistogo.com Kim will also make a batch of Stoneledge Farm 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 potluck get together. If possible, please bring your place settings, utensils, and cup. No pets, please.

Make a getaway out of it and enjoy the Catskills! Use this link and plan your trip today.


MARKETPLACE

Fruit and vegetables available in bulk weekly. Check back often for updates. Local Mushrooms, Local Honey, Maple Syrup, Organic Dry Beans, Organic Sriracha Sauce and more.
Login to your member account to place your order.
Order Deadlines: Mushroom’s and Sweet Corn the Friday before your CSA delivery by 12pm.
All other marketplace orders Monday by 1pm.


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!

Celery: Stoneledge Farm Celery! Not your average store celery. This is a beautiful dark green and extremely flavorful celery. Easy to freeze for winter soups and stews or enjoy raw with not butter or in a summer salad.

Eggplant: It’s that time of year! How many ways can you make Eggplant? Our favorite is the Italian way! Yum!
BA’s Best Eggplant Parmesan Eggplant Jumbot Crunchy Broiled Eggplant
15 Easy Eggplant Recipes

Lacinato Kale: A long dark green leaf variety of kale. A staple in Italian cuisine. You can sauté, steam and it makes great Kale chips!
Kale Chips Sauteed Kale with Smoked Paprika
Kale Tabbouleh

Tomatoes: So many varieties! Share your favorite tomato recipe! We love tomatoe, mozzarella, basil and balsamic!
Mozzarella and Tomato with Balsamic Vinegar

Hot Peppers: Can be strung up, and hung to dry and use at a later time. Once they are dry you can crush them and use them as needed when cooking.

Mushroom Share – Portobello– Great on the grill this time of year! Or, have you ever tried making a pizza??! 10-minute portobello pizzas

Storage: Leafy Greens- In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Tomatoes- Preserve or eat fresh right away.
Peppers- Crisper draw
Onions- Crisper draw
Eggplant- Crisper draw

Eat Me UP!- Onions,
Zero Waste! Freeze, or Can!- Tomatoes, Basil, Celery, Kale, Spinach, Eggplant, Peppers, Tomatoes
Have questions on how to preserve some these items?
Email the farm info@stoneledge.farm
Blanching Steps

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #9 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

It has been a difficult week here on the farm. The heat, humidity, and rain have certainly been a challenge for us as well as the vegetables. The forecast is still calling for rain as we wait patiently for dry weather. Despite the weather, the shares are still showing off their bright summer colors. This week as we call it is a Fiesta week! Cilantro, tomatillos, tomatoes and more! Sounds like a great salsa (or salsa verde) to me! Our favorite!

This is also a coffee share and dry bean share week. If you ordered these optional shares please expect them with this weeks CSA pickup.


WE INVITE YOU!

Saturday, September 1st here on the farm. 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds NY 12451. Bring your family for a great day on the farm. (More information to come) Make a getaway out of it and enjoy the Catskills!
Use this link and plan your trip today.


Marketplace:

LAST WEEK -Pollinator Special- 5% off a 4lb. jar of honey. Use code Honeybee to access this Pollination Special for the month of JULY!

Fruit and vegetables available in bulk weekly. Check back often for updates. Local Mushrooms, Local Honey, Maple Syrup, Organic Dry Beans, Organic Sriracha Sauce and more.

Login to your member account to place your order.
Order Deadlines: Mushroom’s the Friday before your CSA delivery by 12pm.
All other marketplace orders Monday by 1pm


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!

Tomatillos: The tomatillo is know as the Mexican husk tomato. Most often used in salsas and sauces. They have a more acidic taste when eaten raw.
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde
27 Tomatillo Recipes for Some Summertime Tang

Eggplant: It’s that time of year! How many ways can you make Eggplant? Our favorite is the Italian way! Yum!
BA’s Best Eggplant Parmesan Eggplant Jumbot Crunchy Broiled Eggplant
15 Easy Eggplant Recipes

Red Russian Kale: A larger verity of kale with purplish stems. This kale has very tender leaves and can be eaten raw or cooked. Great verity for making kale chips.
Kale Chips Sauteed Kale with Smoked Paprika
Red Russian Kale With Garlic And Lemon

Summer Squash: Can be baked, sautéed, steamed, boiled or even grilled.
Garlic Parmesan Yellow Squash Chips

Mushroom Share – White Button- Can be sautéed, added to chili, soups, stews, grilled.

Eat Me UP!- Basil
Zero Waste! Freeze, or Can!-
Blanching Steps

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!

JUDI’S RECIPES WEEK 1 – JUNE 5, 2018

June 5, 2018

Greetings All!

To those of you who are returning members, welcome back! And for those of you who are new, welcome! We’re so happy to have you with us.

My husband Artie and I have been trying to stick to using nothing but organic fruits and vegetables, so this winter shopping was trying (and expensive) for us. We are so happy to be back and look forward to a season of fresh, local, healthy and reasonably priced food!

As always, the first few weeks of the season will bring us a lot of greens.  We are always looking for something to do with all those lettuces and other greens – salads are wonderful, but everyone needs a change once in a while, no?

So, this week, I have a great recipe you can use with any greens. It whips up really fast and is certainly a change from a salad.  So, give Sauteed Greens With Olives a try. You can vary the greens, and the olives too.

SAUTEED GREENS WITH OLIVES

3 TBS olive oil

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes plus more

10 cups torn mixed greens (such as kale, turnip greens, and lettuce)

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup black olives, pitted, halved (or any olives you like)

2 TBS (or more) fresh lemon juice

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, until just beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add greens a handful at a time, tossing until wilted between additions. Season with salt and pepper and cook until all the greens are wilted and softened, about 3 minutes longer. Add the olives and lemon juice and toss to combine; season with red pepper flakes and more lemon juice, if desired.

And so, the season begins!

HELPFUL HINT: Watch the garlic closely. If you let it brown, it will be bitter.

ANOTHER HELPFUL HINT: This recipe lends itself to plenty of variations. You can vary the greens you use and the olives too. You can add other vegetables, like bok choy, mushrooms, radishes (yes, radishes!) summer squash, zucchini, peas, sugar snap peas, onions, scallions – anything that strikes your fancy.

 

Welcome to CSA and have a delicious week!

Best,

Judi

 

 

Week# 19 — Note from Farmer, Mizuna, Mustard Green, Arugula Salad Recipe, Celeriac Recipes, Kale Recipes, Seed Oils

Dear CSA Member,

The weather has been unpredictable these past few weeks. It has gone from 80 degrees one week to frost the next. We are now heading back into another warm trend! The fall leaves are at a standstill and are still mostly green. This week was the first harvest of Sweet Potatoes! They look beautiful but haven’t been washed to help keep for members. (read below) We also harvested Pop Corn this week! The PopCorn is harvested and is put in the greenhouse to dry. It takes a few weeks before the popcorn is ready to POP! It will be ready for your share in a few weeks!

Sweet Potatoes: The sweet potatoes WILL need to be washed. They were harvested right from the fields and packed for your share. The sweet potatoes will keep a little longer if they do not get wet.
The Sweet Potatoes have a very thin skin that you are able to eat when cooked (you do not have to peel them). Whipped Sweet Potatoes taste great with a drizzle of Butternut Squash or Roasted Pumpkin seed oil on top.

Celeriac: Celeriac will be in your shares this week. A CSA member from the New Rochelle CSA shared on Instagram Celeriac Mash. (Looked Delicious! Thank you for posting!) Check out this link for TEN (YES, 10) THINGS TO DO WITH CELERY ROOT Click Here

Curly Kale and Beets: Curly Kale aka. Winter Bor / Starbor Kale will be in your share this week as well. Our favorite kale recipe here on the farm is Roasted Beet and Kale Salad With Maple Candied Walnuts This is a beautiful and tasty salad. This salad calls for Maple Syrup and Honey that are available through the online marketplace.
For more Kale recipes Click Here

Greens: Arugula, Mizuna and Mustard
SALAD OF FIELD GREENS, GORGONZOLA, PEAR & TOASTED WALNUT

5 ounces pre-washed salad greens
1 ripe pear, cored and thinly sliced into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup toasted walnut halves
4 ounces gorgonzola or other blue cheese, crumbled or shaved

Vinaigrette (makes 1/2 cup)
3 Tbsp pumpkin seed oil
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp + 2 Teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste

Make the vinaigrette: with fork or small whisk combine oils and mustard in small bowl. Gradually add lemon juice until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

In large bowl, combine greens, walnuts, sliced pear. Immediately before serving, toss greens with vinaigrette until lightly coated. Toss in crumbled blue cheese.
http://www.wholeheartedfoods.com/squash-oil-recipes.htm

Check out our Online Marketplace! The Stoneledge Farm online Marketplace offers honey, maple syrup, coffee, seed oils, mushrooms, fruit, and vegetables in bulk. Click Here to login to your account to place your order.

Enjoy!
-Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #17 Note from Farmer– About Sage, Kale, Speciality Radishes, Chioggia Beets, Concord Grapes and Seckel Pears

Dear CSA Member,

Happy Fall! It is the first day of fall and it is 85 degrees! The weather has been hot and dry these past few days and will be 87 on Sunday! We have been preparing for the fall season’s harvests along with cleaning out the fields from summer. Below are some tips on some of the items you will be receiving in your CSA share this week.

Sage: A Southern Europe and Mediterranean herb. Pairs well with poultry.

Kale: It is that time of year again. All the Kale is growing beautifully. This week in your share you will be getting Lacinato Kale also know as “dinosaur kale”. Check out this great link for Kale that was sent in from one of our CSA members. Keep this link handy for the remainder of the season! Click Here

Specialty Radishes: This week you will be getting some specialty radishes. It is the first picking of the fall radishes. The radishes have beautiful greens you can make a small salad with. It tastes great with a sweet dressing.

Chioggia Beets: Italian Heirloom variety beet. When sliced open you will notice beautiful stripes of red and light pink.

FRUIT SHARE MEMBERS: This week you will be getting Concord Grapes, Seckel Pears, and Cortland Apples.
*Concord Grapes– Grown by Tousey Farm Delicious sweet grape. Concords are a slip skin grape. You squeeze the grape and the pulp will slip out. All parts of the grapes are good for you. You can eat the skin, pulp, and the seed if you choose. Try this Concord Grape Muffin Recipe.
*Seckel Pears – Grown by Fix Brothers Farm(small sweet pear.) Let them sit out for a couple days to soften slightly.

Enjoy!
-Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #18 — Note from the Farmer

Week #18

Dear CSA members,

The seasons are continuing to change; there was a cool bite to the air this morning. As the summer crops begin to fade, the fresh fall greens take their place, bringing new life to the fields. The dry weather has continued through the growing season, bringing with it challenges as well as some benefits – such as not working in the rain and mud. The fungal diseases that can often reduce crop yields during the summer months were not a major concern due to the lack of precipitation.

The majority of our plants are started by hand in the greenhouses and then transplanted into the fields to give them a much-needed head start. During this period, the transplants need constant moisture to help establish the plants. This was a major struggle from early spring until last week, when we finished the last transplants for the season. Fortunately, we have a great staff of excellent farmers who efficiently irrigated our tender crops while conserving water throughout the summer months.

The past several days have been very rewarding with high yields of winter squash, popcorn, carrots and sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes are a crop that we are just learning how to produce in high quantities. The process starts in the winter by ordering organic sweet potato “slips” from a farm in Georgia. The timing must be perfect to ship the slips from Georgia to New York. These tender shoots can survive for only a day or two and need to be planted and watered immediately upon arrival in June. This season we prepared a section of the field with hills of soil prior to the slips arrival. Keeping the rows hilled, weeded and fertilized throughout the season paid off with the best quality sweet potato harvest we have ever had. These slips are expensive but with high yields, they are worth it. Now that we have figured out the needs of this crop, we will double our order for next season and hopefully get the same results.

We have acres of fall greens coming on strong. Lettuce, radishes, mizuna, mustard, arugula and more will soon return, bringing fresh salads to the fridge! We also have an abundance of hardy brassica greens that will continue through the remainder of the year. Potatoes, carrots, beets, winter squash and many more root crops will add some bulk to the weekly harvest. Things are looking good for the fall!

I hope that everyone has enjoyed the season so far and is feeling the healthy benefits of eating our fresh organic produce. Thank you for all your support and loyalty to our farm.

Pete for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

A reminder that this week is a coffee share week!

Winter squash – 1
Lacinato kale – 1 bunch
Sweet potatoes – 2
Ancho peppers – 2
Sweet peppers – 2
Curly parsley – 1 bunch
Shallots – 2
Radish bunch – 1
Serrano peppers – take what you like

Fruit Share:
1 bag- Empire Apples Grown by Fix Brothers Orchard
1 bag – Anjou Pears Grown by Klein’s Kill Orchard

Mushroom Share: Crimini

Week #19 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member

Fall is here and the trees are starting to show the beauty of their fall colors. The fall crops that we planted late this summer are starting to come into their season as well. Boc choi this week and the fall seeding of Mustard Greens along with Collards, Butternut, Leeks, Sage and Carrots. There are new recipes on the farm website Recipe section that feature many of the vegetables in this weeks share.

Market place items are great for holiday gift giving and do sell out as we move into the last weeks of the CSA season. There are also bulk quantities of vegetables and new this week is a limited number of broccoli, along with kale, collards, apples and pears. Taking a jar of home made apple sauce from the self is a treat during the winter. Kale is easily frozen and makes a great addition to a winter time nutritional shake. To freeze kale for winter nutritional shakes just wash, chop, stuff cupcake tins and freeze. Once the kale is frozen pop the cubes into a freezer bag. You can also freeze kale loose in freezer bags and then take what you need. Collards can be frozen the same way. When you are mixing a shake add a cube or a handful of frozen greens for an nutritional winter time boost. This is the time of year to preserve the harvest for the long winter that is ahead.

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

Judi’s Recipe — Week #23

Greetings! This is really the home stretch. I will not be at the CSA next week, so I want to say “ta ta” to you now. I wish you a warm and cozy winter, and look forward to seeing you all next June. Don’t forget that Lewis Waite will be delivering their wonderful products all winter.

Today’s recipe may seem complicated, but, once you assemble the ingredients, it’s very simple. It’s an enchilada recipe that uses kale pulp (yes, pulp!) after you juice the kale. It also uses potatoes and garlic, both of which we are getting this week. I hope you enjoy it, and that you have a delicious week!
Best,
Judi

KALE AND POTATO ENCHILADAS

Juice
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2 bunches kale, washed and drained.

Enchilada Sauce
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2 TBS olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper
2 poblano peppers
1 red jalapeno pepper
1 hot Italian pepper
2 1/2 tsp Ancho chili pepper
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, preferably roasted
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
Enchilada Filling
1 lb yellow or red potatoes
2 TBS olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups kale pulp, from the juice, above
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 cup vegetable broth or water
3 TBS lime juice
1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped, plus more for garnish
1 1/2 tsp salt
10 – 12 whole wheat tortillas
3/4 cups queso fresco or any cheese you like

1. Juice the kale first and set aside the pulp to use in the enchilada recipe.

2. Peel and cut the potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Rinse the cut pieces and cook, covered in water, in a large pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside.

3. Preheat the oven broiler. Place the peppers on the top rack of oven and let roast. Check every few minutes, rotating peppers, until they are charred on all sides. Remove them from oven, remove the seeds and rough chop the peppers. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees.

4. In a sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté 5 to 7 minutes. Add chopped, roasted peppers, chili powder, cumin, Mexican oregano, tomatoes, sugar and salt. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Using a blender or immersion blender, puree sauce until smooth. Set aside.

5. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the kale pulp, and stir to combine with garlic. Add cooked potatoes, lime juice, broth, cumin, and walnuts. Stir to combine. Cook 5 to 8 minutes, until heated through.

6. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Spread a small amount of sauce around the bottom of the baking dish.

7. In a dry pan over medium low heat, heat each tortilla until flexible. Remove from heat. Dip the tortilla into the sauce and place into the baking dish. Fill the tortilla with some of the filling. Roll the tortilla around the filling and place seam side down in the baking dish. Continue until filling is divided among the tortillas.

8. Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the filled tortillas, making sure to cover the edges to prevent dried and tough edges.

Bake in the preheated oven 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle cheese across the top, if desired, during the last 5 minutes of baking.

Judi’s Weekly Recipe — Week #15

Greetings everyone, and welcome to Week 15!

As many of us have discussed, the shares are getting heavier now that the root vegetables are coming in. This week we have potatoes, beets, broccoli and cabbage. If you have a carrier with wheels, now is the time to start using it.

Here’s an easy, no-cook recipe that utilizes two of this week’s vegetables.

Creamy Kale Salad with Apples and Raw Beets

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1 ripe avocado, halved and seeded
2 TBS white wine vinegar or lemon juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
3 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
8 oz. kale, stemmed and coarsely chopped
1 small red beet, peeled and thinly sliced
1 crisp apple, cored and cut into thin wedges
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1. Combine avocado, vinegar, mustard, and oil in a food processor. Pulse until smooth. It will be thick. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Combine kale, beets, apple, and walnuts in a large bowl. Toss with avocado dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Helpful hint: Add some cooked grain for added texture and nutrition.

So easy and great for one of the warm nights we still have left. Enjoy, and have a delicious week!
Best,Judi