Week 13, Tuesday August 30

White Onions- 2
SunGold Cherry Tomatoes- 1 basket
Broccoli- 1
Black Bell Eggplant-1
Parsley- 1 bunch
Cylindra Beets- 1 bunch
Sweet Bell Pepper-2
Round Of Hungary Pepper- 2
Sunkist Tomato- 3
Red Slicer Tomato- 1

Mushroom Share
White Button
grown by Bulich Mushroom Company

Fruit Share
1 bag
Ginger Gold Apples
1 bag
Nectarines
both grown by Fix Brothers Orchard

(This year the local fruit farms have been having a tough time.  They lost nearly all of their early tree fruit due to the late frost this past spring.  The local farms have been doing the best they can to supply our CSA shares.)

Dear CSA Member

Moving into fall and you will see the difference starting to show in your CSA shares.  There are still summer time vegetables: Tomatoes and Peppers and Eggplant.  With a new fall crop of beets.  Each week the farm moves slowly with the seasons.

September 3 is the annual Fall Farm Festival from 11:30-3.

If you are using GPS please use 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451.  There are also directions on the farm website, “Contact Us” tab.  Use the Physical Address.  Come and meet your farmers, walk the fields where your vegetables are grown.  At 12 we will gather for lunch.  The farm will provide pulled pork with rolls and also a vegetarian stew, roast corn, portobello mushrooms, fresh fruit and coffee.  We ask members to bring a dish to share to help round out the lunch offerings and their own place setting.

There will be wagon rides, walks around the farm, I Spy game for kids and Scarecrow making.  You can pick a bouquet of flowers and help dig carrots to take home.   If you would like to take flowers home, please bring your own scissors and something that will keep the flowers until you get home.  Wet paper towels or newspapers in a plastic bag will usually do the trick.  No pets, please.

If you are traveling from NYC you might be interested in the bus that Chelsea CSA is sponsoring:
Bus Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/travel-to-stoneledge-farm-annual-fall-farm-festival-tickets-27257110752
Saturday, September 3, 2015, 11:30am – 3:00pm
This event covers travel between NYC and the farm. We will be getting a bus or a van depending on registration.
The Chelsea CSA is arranging transportation to the farm and back for this event. Tickets are $5 per person and will help cover the cost of the bus rental. If you prefer to drive yourself, parking is available and you do not need to register here.
Adults and children are $5.
TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE
We will make one bathroom stop on the way up to the farm and one on the return trip. There is a port-a-potty at the farm. Bring a hat and sunscreen. Remember to wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. The ride is about 120 miles and take 2 ½ hrs hours to get there. Plan to arrive back around 6 pm.
Day of contact will be announced shortly.

Other local farms and businesses that will be attending:

Heather Ridge Farm
We’ll be featuring products from Heather Ridge Farm, a farm, farm store and café where animals are lovingly grown in small groups on pasture without antibiotics and hormones. Heather Ridge offers many cuts of grassfed beef and lamb,  pasture-raised heritage breed pork, grass and browse-fed goat, pasture-raised chicken, eggs and turkey, artisan sausage, soaps, candles, wool socks, sheepskins, and prepared foods such as their award-winning oink-and-moo chili. We’ll have a small selection of their products and some cheeses from local producers that they stock in their farm store. If you’re interested in a specific product, check out their website:  www.heather-ridge-farm.com  and pre-order. Or order as soon as you arrive at the farm and your order will be delivered before you leave. And if you’re staying in the area overnight, be sure to check out their renowned cafe–see reviews from the New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/travel/21bites-roundup.html  and
http://www.timesunion.com/living/article/A-farm-with-tables-5778302.php

Banana Moon Bakery with their delicious baked treats will have cookies and pie for sale. https://www.facebook.com/BananaMoonBakingCompany/

Our local Beekeeper James McManus will have the observation hive and also honey for sale.

Sophia Hernandez will be there with Mexican Textiles.  Wallets,  blankets and more from Mexico.

The Cairo Historical Society will be attending.  They will have a table set up with information on the history of Cairo.

The Stoneledge Farm Marketplace items will be available during the Farm Visit.  We will have coffee by the lb., chocolate and maple syrup for sale.

Hope to see you at the Fall Farm Festival.
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

This week on the Marketplace we have tomatoes in bulk.  25lb. box.  If anyone is interested please order as soon as possible.  There is a limited amount available.

https://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace

Stoneledge Farm LLC
info@stoneledge.farm
www.stoneledge.farm

Sweet Corn and Fall Farm Visit September 3

Dear CSA Members,

This is the last week to order local and conventionally grown sweet corn through the Online Marketplace.  If you are interested in ordering sweet corn for week #13 please place your order by Friday August 26th at no later then 12pm.  (Order Soon!  There is a limited amount of sweet corn)

To Place a Sweet Corn Order…
-Go to https://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace
-Login to your CSA Member Account
-Click on Marketplace
-Click on Vegetables in Bulk
-(Next Screen) Click on Vegetables in Bulk again
-Click on the drop down box and find Sweet Corn

Don’t forget to mark you calendars for the Fall Farm Visit.  September 3rd 2016  11:30- 3pm.  If you are interested in going and need a ride the Chelsea CSA is sponsoring a bus.  (NYC to Stoneledge Farm)  Below is the link with more information if you are interested.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/travel-to-stoneledge-farm-annual-fall-farm-festival-tickets-27257110752

Many Thanks,
Candice

Stoneledge Farm LLC
info@stoneledge.farm

Tuesday August 23, week 12

Celery- 1 bunch
Green Cucumber-2
Cilantro- 1 bunch
Cabbage- 1 haed
Lacinato (AKA- dinosaur) Kale- 1 bunch
Jalapeño  Peppers- 4 (USE WITH CAUTION VERY HOT)
Green Bell Peppers-2
Cherry Tomatoes- 1 basket
Sunkist Tomatoes-6
Red Slicer Tomaotes-2

Mushrooms- Crimini Bulich Mushroom Company
Fruit Share
1 bag-  Red Clapp Pears Fix Brothers Farm
1-bag-  Yellow Peaches Klein’s Kill Orchard
Dear CSA Member
August and the hot weather continues as well as the Peppers, Cucumbers and Tomatoes.  New this week is Hot Peppers.  (Use with caution!)
Using the cilantro, hot peppers and tomatoes you can make a delicious cold Pico De Gallo.  One of Stoneledge Farms favorites!  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/35304/pico-de-gallo/
This week you will be getting more celery!  Below is a great link for celery recipes if you are interested.  To freeze the celery leaves wash, chop and place in a bag to freeze.  Great for winter time.  (soups and stocks)
There will be one more week of the sweet corn available through the Online Marketplace.  https://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace  If you are interested the orders must be placed Friday by 12pm for that current weeks delivery.  The corn is local (Story’s Farm) and conventionally grown.
Sweet Corn Directions 
There are boxes of tomatoes available through the CSA online Marketplace.  The tomatoes in the bulk boxes are smaller, red and good for freezing, sauce or just eating.  To place an order log into your member account from the farm website home page and then select Marketplace.  Your order will be delivered with the CSA shares.
Vegetables in Bulk Directions 
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Fall Farm Festival. The Fall Farm Festival will be held on the farm September 3rd from 11:30-3:00.  Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. There are directions on the farm website Contact Us tab https://www.stoneledgefarmny.com/contact-information or using your GPS.  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 and Portobello Mushrooms .  Kim and Mickael of Paradis to Go http://paradistogo.com will be manning the roaster and Kim will 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 pot luck get together.  If possible, please bring your own place settings, utensils and cup.   No pets, please.
I will need to send an updated list tomorrow.
Enjoy the harvest.
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm.

Week 10, Tuesday August 9

Cherry Tomatoes-1 basket
Basil- 1 bunch
Red Wing Onions-2
Silver Slicing Cucumbers- 1
Summer Squash- 2
Red Russian Kale- 1 bunch
White Clara Eggplant- 1
Green Bell Pepper-4
Plum Tomatoes- 2
Sunkist Tomatoes- 1

Fruit Share
Macintosh Apples-1 bag
Peaches -1 bag

Mushroom Share
Portobello
Dear CSA Member

August is here!  Where did July go?  It has been very dry and the tomatoes have done well and are slowly ripening.  The tomato plants have been tied up in a “basket weave” of twine to keep the tomatoes off the ground.  Stakes are pounded into the row every other plant and then twine is wound down the row around one stake and then to the back of the next.  Twine is then reversed on the row so that the tomato plant is held between the strands.  The tomatoes have better air circulation and the leaves and fruit are off of the ground.

The onion harvest was great this season.  Last weeks Summer Shallots were tender and sweet.  This week you will receive Red Wing Red Onions.  The onions are harvested when their tops start to decline and the outer skin of the bulb is starting to thicken and dry.  The onions are pulled, crated and then laid in long rows in the greenhouses on the benches to dry.  Air and warmth allow the skins to finish drying and the onions are now ready for distribution for your CSA share.

Reminder** Corn and Mushroom orders need to be placed by 12pm the Friday before your delivery.  All orders placed after 12pm will be delivered not that week but the following week after. ***

We hope that you will mark your calendar with the upcoming Fall Farm Festival.  The Fall Farm Festival will be held on the farm September 3rd from 11:30-3:00.  Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. There are directions on the farm website Contact Us tab  or using your GPS.  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 and Portobello Mushrooms .  Kim and Mickael of Paradis to Go  will be manning the roaster and Kim will 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 pot luck get together.  If possible, please bring your own place settings, utensils and cup.   No pets, please.

Our neighbors from Heather Ridge Farm and Banana Moon Bakery will be at the Festival with their products for purchase.  For special orders from Banana Moon please contact Banana Moon Directly .  If you are interested in placing a larger meat order, please contact Heather Ridge at HeatherRidgeFarm@aol.com.  Stock up on meat and poultry by ordering from Heather Ridge Farm and pick up your order at the farm visit.  Eat local.   Stoneledge Farm Marketplace products: Coffee, Chocolate, Honey and Maple will be available for sale at the Festival.

There are flowers to pick and take home from the flower garden.  If you would like to take flowers home, please bring your own scissors and something that will keep the flowers until you get home.  Wet paper towels or newspapers in a plastic bag will usually do the trick.  There will be an “I Spy” game for kids of all ages as well as scarecrow making!

It is really a great day to visit Stoneledge Farm and everyone who grows your vegetables.  Please make a note on your calendar and come to the farm
If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to the farm.   Hope to see you at the farm.

For more information about outdoor activities please check out:
http://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/
http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/  
Use the West of the Hudson search.
Hudson Valley Hiking Guide (www.trails.com)
For information about the wineries in the Hudson Valley Region go to: www.hudsonvalleywinecountry.org/

Enjoy the harvest
Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Stoneledge Farm LLC
info@stoneledge.farm
www.stoneledge.farm

Week #9, Tuesday August 2

Summer Squash- 4 each
Green Slicing Cucumbers- 1 each
SunGold Cherry Tomatoes- 1 basket
Poney Express Plum Tomato- 2
Sunkist Tomato-1
String Beans- 1lb.
Green Basil- 1 bunch
Orient Express Eggplant- 2
Swiss Chard- 1 bunch
Biscayne Peppers- 2 each
Green Bell Pepper- 1 each

Fruit Share-
Early Mac Apples- 1 bag (They are a early tart apple)
Everbearing strawberries- 1 basket
Blueberries- 1 basket

Also,  Coffee Share delivery week!
Stoneledge Farm LLC
info@stoneledge.farm
www.stoneledge.farm

Dear CSA Member

No doubt that summer is here.  Heat and humidity make it a challenge to work outside.  We start early in the morning but still need to work into the heat of the day.  The summer plants love the weather, though and it is just what is needed for sweet tasting Peppers, Eggplant and Cucumbers.

This is a Coffee Share delivery week for members with an optional Coffee Share.  Fruit Share will be Early Mac Apples, Strawberries & Blueberries.
Mushroom Share will be Crimini Mushrooms.

As always, the online Marketplace is open for weekly orders.  I will send a reminder e-mail if you place a Marketplace order.  This week some of the items on the Marketplace will be basil, blueberries and eggplant.  All great items for freezing!

Please make a note on your calendar, September 3  from 11:30 to 3:00 is the annual Fall Farm Festival.  The farm provides Pulled Pork with Rolls, Vegetarian Chili, Sweet Corn and Portobello Mushrooms from the grill and fresh Fruit.  We ask that members bring a dish to share to round out the luncheon. A great day to visit the farm that grows your CSA share.  More to come.

Enjoy the summer and the harvest.

Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week 7, Tuesday July 19

Summer Squash-6
Silver Slicer Cucumber- 1
Swiss Chard- 1 bunch
Orient Express Eggplant- 4
Red Ace Beets- 1 bunch
Panisse Lettuce- 2 heads
Dill- 1 bunch
Green Slicing Cucumbers- 1
Boothby Cucumbers- 2
Fruit Share-
Blueberries- 2 baskets
Tart Cherries- 1 basket
(Here is a refreshing summer drink recipe using Tart Cherries http://www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes/71-cherries )
Mushroom Share
White Button
Dear CSA Member
Each year at this time the farm undergoes our annual Organic Certification Inspection.  Records are diligently reviewed, our fields, equipment and all of the supplies inspected.  The farm has completed our annual inspection and certification.  It is a rigorous process  but we are proud to be able to display the USDA Organic logo.
The summer squash harvest this year has been abundant.  We have some great recipes on our website for summer squash and zucchini.  If you haven’t tried the zucchini chocolate cake recipe we highly recommend it!  It is delicious!  https://www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes/zucchini/340-chocolate-zucchini-bread  (When you pick up your share choose a large zucchini or golden glory summer squash for this recipe.)
If you have any summer squash or zucchini recipes that you would like to share with the farm for the website that would be great.  Your can e-mail them to info@stoneledge.farm
Marketplace Orders can be placed by logging into your CSA Member Account.  There is delicious organic, tree to bar dark chocolate from Grenada.  We visit the farmers and the chocolate maker and they are grateful for the support given by the CSA.
Please note: The order deadline for delivery of your Marketplace Order is by 1PM the day before your CSA delivery except for Mushroom orders must be received by the farm by Friday noon for delivery. Orders received after the deadline will be delivered the following CSA delivery week. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and reminder of your Marketplace order.
Enjoy the Harvest.
Stoneledge Farm

Week 6, Tuesday July 12

Summer Squash-4 each
Green Slicer Cucumber-2 each
Orient Express Eggplant-2
Oak Leaf Lettuce-1 head
Spinach-1 bunch
White Scallions-1 bunch
Caraflex Cabbage-1
Thyme-1 bunch
Boothby Cucumbers-4 each
Mushroom Share- Oyster
Fruit Share
Local Sweet Cherries-1 basket
Blueberries-1 basket

 

Dear CSA Member
Moving into summertime in the fields.  A new set of photos of the potato fields in bloom have been posted on the Farm News section of the farm website: https://www.stoneledgefarmny.com/on-the-farm/farm-blog and also on the farm FaceBook page.  Potatoes are beautiful when in bloom.  Take a look.
It is a summer time feeling share this week with the first of the Eggplant and cucumbers being harvested.  The cucumbers are gorgeous and summer squash is still abundant this week.  Everything looks delicious!
A reminder that the optional Shares: Mushrooms and Fruit are only to be picked up by those that have ordered them.  We want to make sure that everyone can pick up the shares that they have ordered.
Marketplace items are available each week: Vegetables in Bulk, Honey, Maple Syrup, Chocolate and Coffee.  To order log into your CSA Member Account from the farm website home page.  Please note: The order deadline for delivery of your Marketplace Order is by 1PM the day before your CSA delivery except for Mushroom orders must be received by the farm by Friday noon for delivery. Orders received after the deadline will be delivered the following CSA delivery week. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and reminder of your Marketplace order.
Enjoy the Vegetables and this wonderful Summer weather.
Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week 5, Tuesday July 5

-Mixed Summer Squash- 8 each
-Bright Lights Swiss Chard-1 bunch
-Red Scallions- 1 bunch
-Flat Leaf Parsley- 1 bunch
-Red Ace Beets- 1 bunch
-Escarole- 1 head
-Green Oak Leaf Lettuce- 1 head
-Caraflex Cabbage-1head
-Garlic Scapes- 4 each
Fruit Share-1 box of each
Local Blueberries- 1
Local Sweet Cherries- 1
Mushroom Share-Portobello
Dear CSA Member
Our garden is flourishing in the wonderful summer conditions we have had recently. The lack of moisture and warm dry conditions favor the up and coming heat loving summer produce. We are able to irrigate the crops which require more water while leaving others dry. Keeping the foliage of plants like tomatoes, potatoes, squash, cucumbers and sweet peppers dry is essential in preventing many diseases which can greatly reduce crop yields. We are certainly grateful for the stretch of seasonable weather we have had.
Walking through the fields and planning the coming weeks is always a weekly project Pete Jr. looks forward to. This morning the bees were hard at work throughout the fields pollinating the plentiful blossoms. Thousands of immature cucumbers, eggplant and peppers are appearing quickly. The greens are holding on strong and we still have a large variety of lettuce for the coming weeks. Herbs like parsley, dill and cilantro are quickly growing from seedlings into mature plants.
What a weekly harvest of Summer Squash.  The conditions have been perfect and the picking abundant.  This week you will be getting mixed varieties of summer squash and zucchini.  The farm website Recipes & Produce ID have great recipes and pictures for identification of the produce.  www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes
This week is the first Fruit Share delivery.  Please take fruit only if you have ordered this optional Fruit Share.  If you do not remember you can check your order by logging into your CSA Member Account.  Your CSA coordinators will have Fruit Share members on the sign in roster as well.  This week there are local Sweet Cherries and Blueberries.  The cherry crop this year is very sparse due to the late frost.  Fix Brothers (the local cherry orchard)  picked these delicious cherries just for our CSA.
 This is also a Coffee Share delivery week and if you have a Coffee Share you will receive a reminder e-mail.  Mushroom Shares are delivered every week and are Portobello Mushrooms this week.
The Online Marketplace will have bulk vegetables starting today.  The bulk vegetables are great for freezing for the winter or, if you are having a party.
Please note: The order deadline for delivery of your Marketplace Order is by 1PM the day before your CSA delivery except for Mushroom and Sweet Corn Orders. Mushroom and Sweet Corn orders must be received by the farm by Friday noon for delivery. Orders received after the deadline will be delivered the following CSA delivery week. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and reminder of your Marketplace order.
Enjoy the harvest.
Stoneledge Farm

Week 4, June 28

Cabbage-1 head  Early Caraflex is a pointed, heirloom variety.
Sugar Snap Peas- 1lb
Summer Savory-1 bunch
Beets- 1 bunch
White Scallions- 1 bunch
Natcha Escarole-1 head
Romaine Lettuce-1 head 
Red Tide Lettuce-1 head
Butter-Crunch Lettuce-1 head
Mushroom Share-Shiitake Mushrooms
June has been hot and dry but perfect for Sugar Snap Peas.  New this week is Sugar Snap Peas.  They are so delicious!  Sugar Snap Peas can be eaten raw (our favorite way to eat them) or cooked.  To string the pod pinch the stem and pull the string down toward the other end to remove the stem and the string.  Eat the whole pod.  The entire pea is edible.
Here is a simple and delicious way to cook the sugar snap peas. http://www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes/67-sugar-snap-peas
Early Caraflex Cabbage is an early, pointed cabbage variety that is also an Heirloom seed variety.  The Cabbage is sweet and makes delicious slaw.  For Cole Slaw recipes go to the farm website Recipe & Produce ID section.  http://www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes/cabbage
This week you will also be getting Natcha Escarole.  It is a slightly bitter green that is excellent with white beans.  The Lettuces are still abundant and glorious.  (Don’t put away the salad spinner!)  Romaine Lettuce, Red Leaf and Butter- Crunch will be in the share this week.
Summer Savory tastes great with almost anything.  It goes well with many vegetables and is great to make a dressing or marinade.  You can add Summer Savory to your slaw using the Caraflex Cabbage this week.
Marketplace items are available weekly.  Mushroom Share this week is Shiitake Mushrooms.
Enjoy the Harvest.
Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week 2, Tuesday June 14, 2016

Cherriette Radish- 1 Bunch
Boc Choi- 1 Head
Tropicana Lettuce- 1 Head
Red Romaine Lettuce- 1 Head
Kohlrabi- 1 Bunch
Muzuna- 1 bunch
Swiss Chard- 1 Bunch
Garlic Scapes- 4 each
Golden Goldberg Purslane- 1 Bunch
Mushroom Share-  Oyster
A note about the Mushroom Shares.  The Mushroom Share consists of 5 different varieties of Mushrooms during the season, one variety per week. Some varieties are much more expensive than others and so the amount in the share will depend on the variety and expense of the mushrooms.
 
Stoneledge Farm LLC
info@stoneledge.farm
www.stoneledge.farm
359 Ross Ruland Road
South Cairo, NY  12482

 

Dear CSA Member

Refrigerators will be full of greens this week.  Tropicana and Romaine Lettuce, Muzuna and a new salad ingredient Purslane.  Purslane can be eaten raw in a salad or cooked.  Purslane has a mild, slightly lemony flavor.  It tastes great in a salad with a citrus vinaigrette, toasted walnuts and goat cheese.  Or,  you can briefly sauté purslane in butter and softened shallots or onions, and add to an omelet or frittata.  All of the greens are given a rinse right after we pick them but they will need a wash at home. With rain over the last week and the soil splashes between the leaves.  I have found it works well to wash greens by cutting the stem portion off, giving the leaves a good rinse in a bowl or sink full of water, drain and rinse again, spin dry.  The lettuces will keep for at least a week in the salad spinner if you have enough room in your refrigerator or in a plastic bag or container.  Some members re-use the rinse water to water their plants.
The greens on the kohlrabi are plentiful and should be cut off and used as a separate vegetable.  Kohlrabi greens can be cooked just like collard greens or kale.  They can also be eaten raw by tossing into a salad.
The Bright Lights Swiss Chard looks just beautiful.  The multicolored stems of yellow, reds, oranges adorn the Bright Lights Swiss Chard.  Oriental Greens and Red Mustard Greens are delicious served with Locust Point CSA’s Spicy Peanut Sauce.  The recipe for Spicy Peanut Sauce can be found on the farm Recipe and Produce ID section under Sauces.
Garlic Scapes are the green pig tail looking stem.  The scape is the immature seed head of the garlic plant that we remove to send more growing energy to the bulb below the soil.  The scape grows from the center of the above ground portion of the garlic plant.  Garlic Scapes have the same flavor and use as the garlic bulb.  Delicious Garlic Scape Pesto is easy to make found on the farm Recipe and Produce ID section under Garlic heading or use your favorite pesto recipe substituting the basil for scapes.
Enjoy the Harvest
Candice
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

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