Aug
30
    
Posted (Deb) in News

Dear CSA Member,

By far, this season has been the most challenging we have ever faced.  It seems that each week, just as we think things are finally quieting down, Mother Nature throws another unexpected twist our way.   We are not alone, though.  Every farmer in this Catskill Mountain, Hudson Valley region has been struggling along, vegetable, fruit and even the farms that make and sell hay.

Part of the balance that farming holds is the promise of next season.  We are already making plans for next year.  We will be investigating high tunnels for early tomato production.  Some of the vegetable trials this year have worked out well and we will incorporate them into our regular crop plan.  We are interested in hearing from members as well if there are other crops or varieties that you would like us to consider.

This season moves along week to week and we are thankful for the many crops that have been so productive even with all of the harsh conditions.  The peppers have been outstanding.  They will again be plentiful in your share.  I won’t try to separate all of the different varieties out, but send a mix and a total you should take.

The cold and wet have moved some of the fall greens to an earlier harvest date for us.  This week Collards will be in your share.  I have tried them and they are delicious. The Carrots are sweet and the Opal Basil just beautiful.

I have written  a brief description of the farm visit and have posted it on the farm web site, Upcoming Events link.  We have just found out that Jimmy of the Capital City Coffee Roasters will be coming and brewing some of our Farmer to Farmer coffee for members to enjoy.   We are really looking forward to seeing everyone at the farm.

Enjoy the vegetables-Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm


 
Aug
30
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Vegetable Share (full share)
Carrots – 1 bunch

Cabbage – 1 head

Sweet Peppers – 5

Hot Peppers – take them if you like.  They are easy to freeze to use this winter.  Cut, put in zip lock freezer bags and pop in the freezer.  When you are making that big pot of chili this winter, they will be welcome.

Collards – 1 bunch

Opal Basil – 1 bunch

Garlic Chive Blossoms – 1 bunch - These are an edible flower with a very strong garlic flavor.

Eggplant
90th street – 1  Italian
88th Street – 1 Italian
74th Street – 1 Louisiana Long Green and 2 Round Orange Brazilian

Fruit Share
this is the last week for the peaches, nectarines and donuts
1 bag Nectarines, Peaches
1 box of Donut Peaches and Pluot Plums


 
Aug
30
    
Posted (Steven) in News

9/11 Update
Hello everyone.  The farm trip is on for tomorrow.  Weatherman is calling for overcast skies for tomorrow but no rain.    I have heard it is raining in the city, but right now it is dry here.

We are getting all set up now for the farm visit and are looking forward to seeing everyone.  We will eat around 12 and have a walk around the fields 11:30 or so and again after eating.  Please bring your place setting and a dish to share.  We will have the pork and corn on the cob on the roaster.

The tractors are hooked up to the potato digger and carrot digger.  The other tractor has the hay wagon hooked for rides around the fields. Walt and Bernadette from the River Garden, Jim from Capital City Roasters, Jim Hyland from Winter Sun Farms, Dave Cammer from Bear Creek Maple will have flowers, coffee, winter share info and maple and honey on display.  All will also be available for members to purchase and take home as well.

Looking forward to the day.  Deb

Farm Visit

The Farm Visit is scheduled for September 12 from 11 – 3.   This will be the only remaining chance to come see the farm and meet the farmers during the 2009 season.

Directions
Take NYS Thruway to Exit 21, Catskill. After the tollbooth, go a short distance and make a right hand turn onto Rt. 23 B. Follow Rt. 23 B for about 3-4 miles until you come to the intersection of Rt. 23 B and County Route 67. Make a right and go over the bridge. Make your first right onto Garcia Lane ( about 1/4 mile) and follow Garcia Lane all the way to the end-keep going on the dirt road to the two gray barns. You’re there!

Arranging Transportation
Do you have a car and want passengers to help share expenses (or just want some company)?  Do you really want to see the farm but need a ride?  Would you rent a car if you could count on other members to chip in for the rental and gas?  Please add comments to this posting if you are looking for transportation or if you have a car and can take passengers.  In past years members have rented vehicles and shared expenses to travel up to the farm.

A note about adding comments.  The first time you add a comment it needs to be approved before it is actually posted.  This stops the website from devolving into a forum for ads and other automatically generated spam.  Once your comments are approved you will be able to make subsequent postings without needing further approvals.

Message from the Farm
Here is what Deb wrote in her Week 12 newsletter:

We continue to make plans for the Farm Visit, September 12 from 11-3.  I hope you will be able to make the trip to visit for the day.  Please bring a dish to share, your own place setting and take some time just to enjoy being at the farm, meeting other CSA members, and meeting all the people that grow your food.  The roaster will be stated early in the morning and we will have pork and sweet corn.  We re planning on digging some potatoes and carrots for members to pick up,  Walks around the fields to see how your vegetables are being raised and tractor rides on the wagon are planned.

Each year we invite other farmers that are involved with the CS or are local to participate as well.  This year Jim Hyland of Winter Sun Farms, Bernadette and Walt of The River Garden, Dave Cammer of Bearkill Maple products will be attending.

See http://www.stoneledgefarmny.org/events/

More Info on Lodging and Things To Do
We have some info for folks who are looking to spend a little more time upstate.    See our Greene County Resources page.


 
Aug
25
    
Posted (Member2Member) in Events

Carnegie Hill member Pilar Maez dances with the highly acclaimed Calpulli Mexican Dance Company which has performances coming up on September 19 & 20 as part of Queens Theatre in the Park.  The performance will be on the main stage of the Claire Shulman Playhouse.  Here’s the description:

New York City’s own Calpulli Mexican Dance Co. returns to Queens Theatre
after a sold out run in 2008. With the flowing feathers of the
Aztecs, signature rhythms of the Mariachi, and elegant dresses from the
Gulf Coast, Calpulli brings vibrancy to these rich traditions in Queens.
For only two performances, the company will showcase its live music with
dance repertoire and new pieces developed for its recent spring tour.

Visit http://www.queenstheatre.org/web/frontends/event/1/0/77?CAKEPHP=f721666c4637c7200d216a5783769f36 for ticket information.


 
Aug
23
    
Posted (Deb) in News

Dear CSA Member,

First off, my letter A just stopped working on my keyboard.   I will put this message through spell check, copy and paste a letter A where it is needed, but may miss a couple.  No time today to go get a new key board but I never realized how often the letter is used.

This is  a wonderful week of peppers.  They come in all colors and shapes.  Hope you can find  a good recipe to stuff them, fry them, or just cut them up and eat them raw. We continue to make plans for the Farm Visit, September 12 from 11-3.  I hope you will be able to make the trip to visit for the day.  Please bring a dish to share, your own place setting and take some time just to enjoy being at the farm, meeting other CSA members, and meeting all the people that grow your food.  The roaster will be stated early in the morning and we will have pork and sweet corn.  We re planning on digging some potatoes and carrots for members to pick up,  Walks around the fields to see how your vegetables are being raised and tractor rides on the wagon are planned.

Each year we invite other farmers that are involved with the CSA or are local to participate as well.  This year Jim Hyland of Winter Sun Farms, Bernadette and Walt of The River Garden, Dave Cammer of Bearkill Maple products will be attending. I have asked each to write a short piece as an introduction.  This week Jim Hyland writes:

Winter Sun Farms and the Winter Share
Four years ago, as a local Hudson Valley CSA member, I started to freeze the excess of my own share so I could eat healthy local vegetables in the winter. A conversation with my farmer about excess produce during the harvest sparked the idea that not only would other CSA members enjoy local produce in the winter, but that a Winter CSA full of frozen local produce would be a boost to the farms. Today the share includes frozen vegetables and fruit, but also root crops and greenhouse pea shoots. The quality is great, because only farms like Stoneledge grow for us.

Last year our membership grew to over 800 shares with seven NYC CSA’s, including Chelsea. A special thanks to Dore Nash for bringing WSF to Chelsea and introducing me to Deb, Pete and Stoneledge Farm. I will be at the September 12 Farm Visit to answer questions and show off the share. This year I should have enough shares to add four new NYC sites.  For more information visit www.WinterSunFarms.com or contact me at jim@wintersunfarms.com.

Thanks, Jim  845-255-1699

Enjoy the vegetables and the fruit-Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm