Week #24 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

This is the last delivery of the 2017 season. We would like to thank all of our CSA members for being apart of the Stoneledge Farm CSA and for all your support throughout the season. A special Thank You to all the CSA site coordinators! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication this 2017 season. It has been a wonderful year and we are looking forward to the spring of 2018.

The 2018 season is now open! Thank You to all the members that have signed up already! We appreciate the early signups as most of our purchasing for the next growing season is done in December. We are running an early signup special $15 off your standard vegetable share. Your $15 discount has already been taken off the vegetable share and the price will be raised January 1st. Check your CSA site details for more information. To reserve your spot for the 2018 season you can log in to your account to place your order. Click on 2018 CSA Shares If you have any questions please let me know. info@stoneledge.farm

Last Chance to Order from the Marketplace: You can order bulk vegetable items that are available for your Thanksgiving Dinner!
Friday, November 10th. by 12pm – Last chance to order mushrooms.
Monday, November 13th by 3pm – Last chance to order Coffee, Maple Syrup, Seed Oils, Vegetables and Fruit in Bulk.
****Order soon because items a lot of items are now being Sold Out.

Delicata Squash- This week you will be getting Delicata Squash! This has been a high member request! This squash can be baked like the regular butternut and has a taste very similar to a sweet potato. Just delicious!

This week you will also be getting Celeriac, Carrots, Potatoes, Kale and, Collard Greens. These are all great items to add to a soup considering these cold temperatures that we will be experiencing these next few days! You will also be getting Pop Corn and Brussels Sprouts again this week. I have added directions below for both of those items.

Brussels Sprouts: This week you will be getting Brussels Sprouts. Below is information on how to prepare the Brussels Sports.

Use a paring knife to separate the sprout from the stalk.
Trim the base of each sprout close to the bottom but, not too close that the sprout starts to come apart.

3. Peel away and discard any browning or blemished leaves.
4. You are now ready to cook the Brussels Sprouts.

Pop Corn:

Take the kernels from the cob (by twisting both hands on the cob the kernels will fall off)
Use 1/2 cup of kernels for a large bowl of pop corn or 1 corn cob
Add 1tbl. 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 the popcorn will not pop!)

5. Add butter, salt or your favorite and Enjoy.

Again, Thank You and we hope you have a Safe, Healthy and Warm Winter Season!

Warm Wishes,
Candice for Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

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 #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

What’s in the Bag — Week 20

Dear CSA Member

Rain, rain, and more rain.  The fields are wet and muddy and so are we.  It seems fall has been making up for the lack of rain all summer.  The creeks are full again and the trees must be drinking in the moisture, but it makes for tough picking.  The updated farm Face Book page has photos of the farm during this wet fall weather.  There are also photos of Collards being picked for this week and the Pop Corn.  I have been keeping up with the changing weather and also the changing weeks by updating the photos weekly.  The Face Book site is https://www.facebook.com/StoneledgeFarm if you have not been to the site yet.

We are gleaning the fields, harvesting all of the crops that we can, and then discing the soil.  A cover crop of Winter Rye is seeded and the land is once again ready for winter.  The Winter Rye continues to grow even in the cold, the soil is never really resting.  Just because we can not see growth, there is more life and activity under the soil.

New this week is Pop Corn. It is great to have Pop Corn to send to you. Birds love the small seedlings as they emerge and learn just how to pluck them from the soil.  After a year of planting and then re-planting after birds ate every emerging plant, we stopped for the last couple of years.  The farm has grown and now we have fields that are closer to where we work on a daily basis. Although the birds did take more than their fair share, we have a very good harvest for the CSA members as well. To use fresh Pop Corn take the husk from the cob if it is still on. Let the corn sit for two weeks in a dry spot.  We have been drying the corn in the greenhouse, but the moisture just does not fully leave until the corn is kept inside. After a couple of weeks, take the kernels from the cob by pushing them off with your thumb. Once you get a row going, the others will be easier to remove. About 1/2 of the ear of corn is a good amount to pop at once.  Heat a pot with a cover and a dribbling of vegetable oil. Add the kernels and cover.  You will hear the popping start and then slow.  Take from the heat, add butter and salt if you would like.  Fresh Pop Corn is just delicious.

Honey in a one pound jar is just perfect for holiday gifts for teachers, baby sitters, friends.  Maple Syrup is so sweet and such a treat.  Apple Sauce and Pear Sauce have only fruit with no other ingredients added.  The Fresh Salsa is really delicious.  The weeks are slipping by and we are already on week #20.  To place a Market Place order just log into your account from the farm website home page.  Your order will be delivered with the CSA shares.

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