Oct
31
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Dear CSA Member,

This year has been the year of Winter Squash.  The heat and dry weather were just what the sensitive plants needed to ward off disease that usually saps their strength and also takes a toll on the Winter Squash harvest.  Abundant sunshine and dry weather are an organic farmers friend when it comes to disease prevention in the fields.  Not something we can control, only something we take advantage of when it comes our way.

If you have been a member for a couple of years you will have been part of the harvest of abundance of some crops and the lack of others.  It is not that we plant more or less of any of the crops from year to year, it is the way the plants grow with the weather conditions that season.

Last year it never stopped raining and so many of our crops were ruined by the wet weather.  The greens loved the cold and wet and the kale and collards were gigantic.  This season the drought of the summer made growing greens a challenge.  We certainly have plenty of greens for your share, but to pick one share now takes a couple of plants where last year one plant more than enough for a share.  We have Winter Squash every week this fall and more pumpkins than we have ever had.  Last season we hardly harvested enough usable Winter Squash for a week and I don’t think a single pumpkin made it out of the fields. The weather dictates which crops will rise to the top each season.  It is part of the partnership and what “sharing in the harvest” is all about.

We have saved the Butternut Winter Squash for the end of the season.  I think it is the best and it holds well into the fall.  I will put the Winter Squash Bread recipe that my neighbor gave me years ago on the farm website under the Farm Blog section.  She will be 94 this year and is still making bread.

New are the Purple Globe Turnips with Greens.  It is like getting two vegetables in one.  Take the greens from the turnips and cook them like you would Mustard Greens.  They are spicy and tangy.  Cook the turnips separately for another meal.

As I wrote last week, we are sold out of Maple Syrup.  A casualty of the spring time weather.  Not as much sap was able to be harvested and so the supply was low.  Dave hopes for a better 2011 season.  We still have Honey and Coffee by the pound if you would like to place an order.  Please do so soon because we are nearing the end of our season.  Just go to the farm website, click on Honey or Coffee and download the form, fill it in, mail it with payment and your order will be delivered the next week.  I will send a reminder e-mail when your order is delivered.

Enjoy the Vegetables-
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm


 
Oct
31
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Full Vegetable Share
Lacinato Kale – 1 bunch – some call it Dinosaur Kale
Collards – 1 bunch
Garlic – 1
Bolero Carrots – 1 pound
Red Ace Beets – 1 pound
Butternut Winter Squash – 1
Purple Globe Turnip with Greens – 1 bunch
Mint – 1 bunch

Fruit Share
Bosc Pears
Stamen Winesap Apples
Golden Delicious Apples


 
Oct
26
    
Posted (Steven) in News

This week’s newsletter includes a recipe for braised winter squash.

Carnegie Newsletter 21


 
Oct
25
    
Posted (Steven) in News
Dear CSA Member,
The Garlic Circle, or maybe it is a Garlic Spiral, is making it’s last turn around 2010.  This week garlic bulbs will be distributed in your share.
The garlic story is such an interesting one and I’m not sure if we are now at the beginning or the end.  Garlic Scapes, the twisty green garlic seed heads, were one of the first vegetables in your share last spring.  We remove the scapes to force the plant to send more energy to the bulb and not into making a seed head.  The bulb has continued to grow throughout the springtime into summer and we harvested the bulbs in July.  The bulbs have been hanging in the barn on the rafters curing and drying.  We took about 1/3 of the harvest to separate the bulb head into individual cloves to plant as next years crop.  Each clove will produce a head next season.
The seed garlic has just been planted and will send out some roots and bed down for the winter.  Next spring the scapes will once again emerge and fill your share.
The garlic bulbs that are remaining in the barn are for the CSA shares.  The heads are a bit smaller than last season due to the lack of rain all summer and the taste is great.
We have been saving our garlic seed for many, many years and it is now a mutation of the original stock which was Russian Red and German White.  You will see the slight red tinge on the bulb which is from the Russian Red.  Russian was always smaller but more robust and it seems that over the years it has slowly become the dominant garlic.
What a wonderful vegetable.
Enjoy the Vegetables and Fruit-
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 
Oct
25
    
Posted (Steven) in News
Full Vegetable Share
Red Ace Beets – 1 pound
Bolero Carrots – 1 pound
Red Russian Kale – 1 bunch
Curly Parsley – 1 bunch
Carnival Winter Squash – 2
Ironsides Pumpkin – 1 – these are very sturdy and will hold throughout the fall
Garlic – 1
Hot Peppers if you like
Cabbage – 1

Fruit
Bosc Pears
Mutsu Apples
Fuji Apples

Mutsu – green, good for fresh eating and also cooking
Fuji – the best eating apples.  Will hold in the refrigerator until spring if you are getting too many apples and want to keep some for later