Week #17 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member,

Welcome Fall!
Our favorite time of year! Cool mornings and warm days. The leaves are just begging to change. Before you know it, they will all be painted with beautiful fall colors. We all love this time of year. New this week in your shares is celeriac. This is a Stoneledge Farm staple. Celeriac has such a strong flavor, and multiple ways to use it. We are sure you will love it! Another returning item that everyone will recognize is Boc Choy. Boc Choy, like the lettuces, require cooler growing conditions. Spring and fall are the perfect conditions for the lovely boc choy. We hope you all enjoy this weeks bounty.

This Week is a Maple Marketplace Special-
Purchase any size maple syrup and receive 10% off using coupon code MAPLE
This Maple Syrup is naturally and locally grown by Bearkill Maple in Gilboa, NY.
Login to your member account to place your order.
There are also lost of other great items available on the marketplace that make great gifts for the coming holiday season!
Order before 1pm the day before your delivery to receive your order this coming week.

Fruit Share Recipe: Apple Cake

Mushroom Share Recipe: Mushroom Marsala Recipe

Winter Squash: It is that time of year! Winter Squash Soup

Celeriac: This vegetable is harvested for the bulb, and is very flavorful. Great in soups, stews, salads, or we really like it as Gatin. To use just peel the outside skin off. Then chop, or shred for your desired meal.
Potato and Celeriac Gratin
Celeriac Salad (Sellerie Salet)

Boc Choy: This is typically one of the first items you will see in your spring CSA shares. Great for sautéing and makes a great stir fry!
Boc Choy with Ginger and Garlic

Eggplant: A little taste of summer still hanging on!
14 Eggplant Recipes to Take You From Summer to Fall

Potatoes: Italian Roast Potatoes
Spanish Potato Crusted Frittata
Potato and Celeriac Gratin

Storage:
Winter Squash- Out is a cool dry area, or in the refrigerator.
Potatoes, Onion, Eggplant, Celeriac- In crisper Drawer
Boc Choy, Kale- Damp paper towel in refrigerator.
Herb- Hang to dry, freeze, or in a damp paper towel in refrigerator.

Eat Me UP!- Onion, Boc Choy, Potatoes,
Zero Waste!
Freeze: Winter Squash, Eggplant, Herb
Dry: Herb, Celeriac
Email the farm info@stoneledge.farm
Blanching Steps

Enjoy the Harvest,
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 #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