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

JUDI’S RECIPES WEEK 3 – JUNE 19, 2018

June 19, 2018

Greetings All!

The heat is on! We had no spring this year. It was cold and rainy. And then it was hot! So, if you’ve decided to hide in the air conditioned apartment, why not pass the time cooking your beautiful organic vegetables?

Members are always asking me what to do with the kohlrabi. It is actually a very versatile vegetable, and the greens are delicious in a salad too. I’m guessing that by now you are looking for variations for your salads.

So, today’s recipe is a surefire way to impress your family – kohlrabi fries! And they are not deep fried, so you won’t be feeding your family too much fat. It’s a simple recipe, and a quick one, so you won’t get tied up in the kitchen all night.

KOHLRABI FRIES

  • 1 ½ to 2 lbs kohlrabi
  • 1 TBS rice flour, chickpea flour or semolina (more as needed)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 to 4 TBS canola oil or grapeseed oil, as needed
  • Chili powder, ground cumin, curry powder or paprika to taste
  1. Peel the kohlrabi and cut them into thick sticks, about 1/3 to 1/2 inch wide and about 2 inches long.
  2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a heavy skillet (cast iron is good). Meanwhile, place the flour in a large bowl, season with salt if desired and quickly toss the kohlrabi sticks in the flour so that they are lightly coated.
  3. When the oil is rippling,  add the kohlrabi to the pan (be careful – you don’t want to splash hot oil on yourself!) in batches so that the pan isn’t crowded.
  4. Cook the kohlrabi sticks on one side until browned, about 2 to 3 minutes. Then, using tongs, turn the pieces over to brown on the other side for another 2 to 3 minutes. The entire procedure should take only about 5 minutes if there is enough oil in the pan. Drain on paper towels, then sprinkle right away with the seasoning of your choice. Serve hot.

HELPFUL HINT: The kohrabi sticks can be cut several hours in advance and refrigerated until you are ready to fry them.

ANOTHER HELPFUL HINT: IF you really don’t want to fry these, they can be floured, brushed or sprayed with the oil and baked in the oven.

I hope you all enjoy this dish and that you find new and wonderful ways to beat the heat. Have a delicious week!

Best,

Judi

Week #3 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

We hope everyone has been enjoying the bounty of the past week’s harvests.  The weather has been, just beautiful!  The fields are looking more and more colorful each day.  The lettuce is in full peak right now; please enjoy the flavorful lettuce while it lasts.  Before you know it, we will be switching to summer crops.  Lettuce doesn’t grow in the heat of the summer.  The weather conditions right now are perfect for the lettuces.

We have some great videos this week we would like to share.  Two are from the City Island CSA and one was just added today from farmer Pete.  Check them out.
City Island CSA Pickup
City Island CSA Lettuce Video 

Don’t forget!  The final day to order optional fruit shares is 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, sriracha sauce 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. 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.

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

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

Mint: Makes a lovely tea, summertime drink, or add to a summer dish. Easy Fresh Mint Tea Recipe, Mint Recipes

Swiss Chard: Surprisingly Swiss Chard is in the Beet family. Swiss Chard can be eaten raw or cooked. (similar to how you would prepare spinach)
Chickpea and Green Patties, Skillet Mushrooms and Chard

Red Mustard: Mustard Greens can be added to a salad, stir fry or, a garnish on a prepared meal. Mustard Greens With Chick Peas and Curry

Napa Cabbage: Great to make a quick Kimchi, Slaw, Stir Fry, Spring Rolls or even stuffed!
Cole Slaw Teriyaki Fried Beef Wraps Sweet and Sour Cabbage

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

Mushroom Share- White Button: Skillet Mushrooms and Chard
Have a recipe you can share? Email it to the farm!

Eat Me UP!
-Lettuces, Radishes, Napa Cabbage, Red Mustard

Zero Waste! You can freeze or dry me!
-(Freeze, Swiss Chard, Kohlrabi) (Dry, Mint)
Storage Tips:
Greens & Lettuces- Washed, in a salad spinner or, in a plastic bag with a paper towel.
Cabbage- Washed, in a plastic bag and placed in the refrigerator.
Garlic Scapes- In a plastic bag, in the refrigerator. Will keep for two to three week.
Kohlrabi- Washed, and store in paper or plastic bag in the refrigerator. Will last for several weeks.

Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm
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Note from the Farmer Week #22 — how to use the popcorn, plus recipes for winter squash , daikon radish and kohlrabi

Week #22

Dear CSA member,

The season is slowly winding down. We have two more deliveries after this week. Now is your chance to stock up on Marketplace items for the winter or even vegetables in bulk for your Thanksgiving dinner! The online Marketplace offers honey, maple syrup, coffee, and seed oils. We also offer every week fruit in bulk and veggies in bulk. This week we have kale, collards, turnips, carrots, and celeriac. Items are limited! If you are interested, please order as soon as possible.

To order from the Marketplace, click here

This week you will be getting POPCORN in your share! Along with Daikon radishes. Below are some helpful tips for using your popcorn and Daikon radishes.

Popcorn:

Take the kernels from the cob . Do this by twisting both hands on the cob. The kernels will fall off.
Use 1/2 cup of kernels for a large bowl of popcorn or 1 corn cob
Add 1 tbl. of oil to large pot with lid.
Add popcorn and cover. Do not lift cover until all of the popcorn is popped. If you lift the lid too much, the popcorn will not pop.
Add butter, salt or your favorite flavoring and enjoy!

Pumpkin / Winter Squash Pie: For this dish, you can use either pumpkin or winter squash. It is a great recipe! Click here for the recipe.

Daikon radish: Daikon radishes are a milder tasting radish. They become sweeter when they are baked. One of our favorite ways to eat the daikon is by making crispy daikon fries! Enjoy with a meal, snack or as an appetizer!

Kohlrabi: Kohlrabi is slightly crunchy with a little spice to it. It can be eaten raw, made into a grated slaw, or boiled or baked. Click here for some helpful ways to prepare and eat kohlrabi.

Enjoy!
-Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #3 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member, 
Refrigerators will continue to be full of spring greens this week.  There is nothing that can beat a salad spinner this time of year.  Your lettuce will last up to a week in the salad spinner or in a plastic bag.  We are expecting heavy rains these next couple of days.  We give all the lettuces a good rinse before we send them but with all the rain coming they will need a good wash when you get them home.  You can chop the ends of the lettuce off and rinse the lettuce under cold water.  You will be getting purslane this week.  Purslane makes a great addition to a salad and is a rich source of omega- 3s.  Enjoy the spring lettuces and greens while they last because we will soon be moving into the summer veggies such as cucumbers, squash, and tomatoes.  Everything is looking beautiful!
This week you will be getting Garlic Scapes.  Each year the Garlic Scapes are harvested off the tops of the garlic plant.  The scape grows from the center of the above ground portion of the garlic plant.  This allows the plant to concentrate on growing large garlic bulbs.  We have a great Garlic Scape Pesto recipe on our website.  You can also substitute your favorite basil pesto using this recipe.  https://www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes/garlic/126-garlic-scape-pesto  
Kohlrabi will be in your share this week as well.  You should always peel your kohlrabi before preparing your meal.  You can add Kohlrabi to soups, stews, roasted and steamed.  Don’t forget to use the greens.  The greens have a very similar taste to collard greens.  They can be eaten raw in a salad or cooked.   
If you have any recipes you would like to share please send them to the farm and we will add the to our recipes page.  info@stoneledge.farm 
Enjoy the Harvest,
Candice
The Online Marketplace is open.  Offering Coffee, Chocolate, Seed Oil’s, Dry Beans, Honey, Maple Syrup, and Mushrooms.  To order login to your account and click Marketplace. 

Week #23 — What’s in the Bag

FULL VEGETABLE SHARE
Potatoes-2 pounds
Garlic-2 bulbs The flavor of the garlic this year is nice and strong although the bulbs are small.
Beets-2 pounds
Lacinato Kale-1 bunch
Brussels Sprouts-1 stalk
Celeriac-1 bulb
Kohlrabi-1 bunch The leaves are beautiful and are a cooking green. The greens are somewhat like a mild Collard. Remove the bulb from the leaves and use separately. The bulb can be eaten raw or cooked. The leaves used like any other fall green.
Carrots-1 pound
Sage-1 bunch
Pop Corn-6 ears
To pop real pop corn from the cob take the kernels from the cob. Start at one end and make path. The kernels next to the opening will pop off a little easier. Put about a tablespoon of oil in a pan with a lid. Do not forget the lid! Heat the oil and pour in 1/2 cup of kernels. Keep the pan on medium high until the popping starts. I usually turn the heat down a little once the kernels really start to pop. Remove from the heat once the popping stops. Add melted butter and salt or what ever you like on pop corn. What a treat. I have heard that you can pop the kernels in a paper bag in the micro wave but have never tried. There is just something really wonderful about popping the corn on the stove. Pop corn will keep for a very long time on the cob or off. A member just wrote that they just popped the corn from last season and it was great.

FRUIT SHARE
1 bag with Bosc Pears, Fuji and Golden Delicious Apples
Fruit grown by Klein’s Kill Orchard

MUSHROOM SHARE
Oyster
Mushrooms grown by Bulich Mushroom Company

Week #3 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

This is the busiest time of year on the farm. The harvest is now well underway, transplanting seedlings for fall, tending the small plants in the greenhouses, weeds and insects loving the cool, wet weather we have been having and then once newly transplanted seedlings are planted there is irrigating. It is hard to keep up with all that needs to be done day to day. It is also a wonderful time of year when months of work is ready for harvest.

This is salad season. It comes and goes quickly so enjoy the greens of spring. The Romaine can be grilled, Lettuce Soup recipe is on the farm website and if you are invited to dinner or a party, volunteer to bring the salad! This week the lettuces are beautiful. The lettuce is mature but still sweet and tender. There are four different varieties: Romaine, Red Tide, Red Sails and Buttercrunch. New this season is a Frisee Endive that is also a great addition to the fresh salad. Red Tide is a smaller, redder lettuce. Red Sails larger and very tender so handle carefully.

Try slicing the Kohlrabi and adding it raw to the salad. It is crispy and sweet when raw.  It also makes a delicious slaw.  

For the first time this season Bright Lights Swiss Chard. Beautiful multicolored stems of yellow, reds, oranges adorn the Bright Lights Swiss Chard.  

Garlic Scapes are the green pig tail looking stem. The scape is the immature seed head of the garlic plant that is removed to send more growing energy to the bulb below the soil. The scape grows from the center of the above ground portion of the plant. Scapes have the same flavor and use as the garlic bulb. Delicious Garlic Scape Pesto is easy to make. The recipe can be found on the farm Recipe section or use your favorite pesto recipe substituting the scape for basil.

Marketplace items Honey, Maple, Coffee, Organic Dark Chocolate can be ordered any time during the season and will be delivered with your CSA shares. The Organic Dark Chocolate is delicious. 

Enjoy the Vegetables
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