Aug
31
    
Posted (Deb) in News

To all of our CSA members,

Thank you for your e-mails and messages of support and kindness.  We are all OK and will work through this.  Our homes are intact and there are actually vegetables left in the fields.  Very dirty, but there.  The water has all now receded and we are working through harvesting anything that we can.  There is a lot of work to be done and the support that the members have given is truly appreciated.  I will try to cover the main questions that members have raised.

Coming to help at the farm
Members have asked if they can come to the farm to help.  If you would like to, this Friday through Monday would be the time.  This is not a time for kids though.  If you are coming, please bring your own lunch and water.  Go to the 145 Garcia Lane Leeds address.  The directions are on the farm website under Contact Information.  You should call my cell phone when you get here so we know to look for you.  Either Peter or I will have the phone.  Editor’s note: the number will be provided to members via email.

What we are doing this Thursday-Monday September 1-5
We are trying to harvest all of the winter squash that remains.  All of the squash needs to be picked and then hand washed to remove the mud.  We will be putting it in the greenhouses and barns to dry.  We hope that this will save much of it but we just don’t know.  We started this today, Wednesday, and harvested the Delicata.  It looks OK.  Time will tell.

We also need to harvest the peppers.  The leaves that are  remaining on the plants are few and battered and the peppers that remain will get sun scald if they are not picked.  Again, we will need to wash them all, pack them in crates and put them in the cooler.  I don’t know about the tomatoes.  Peter would like to give harvesting the in tact red tomatoes and the green ones a try.  I guess we will need to see how they look come Saturday.  We won’t have time before then.

Possibly Friday we will start to harvest this weeks share.  It will be limited, but we know there are carrots, peppers, tomatillos, spinach or swiss chard, leeks.  Again, it is all dirty and will need to be washed.

The onions need to be crated.  We harvested them before the storm but the water was so high it ran through the barns and got the onions wet.  We have laid them out to dry and they need to be re-crated.

So if you would like to come and have transportation, you are very welcome.  Please do give us a call when you arrive or you might not be able to find us in the fields.

The Farm Festival
The Farm Festival scheduled for September 10 IS STILL ON.  Members have expressed a sincere interest in coming to the farm and we would love to be able to sit and have lunch with our extended family. This is a time for kids! I hope everyone understands that it is not the picture of Farm Festivals past.  We will have food, a tent, music and fellowship.  If you are coming, please bring a dish to share and also your place setting.  I will send more details as we get our thoughts together in the next couple of days.  We may have members come to the East Side of the farm entrance.  I will need to let you know about that as well.

Further Deliveries
We are going to continue on with the deliveries although the amount will not be what it was. We are trying our best and feel that we need to take things one day at a time.  If the season needs to be shortened, we will let you know as far in advance as we can.  Right now, our goal is to see 2011 though to the end.   The fruit farms were not affected like we were in Greene County. They are on the other side of the river and do not have the mountains surrounding them like us so the fruit shares are just the same.

We are really doing OK.  There are farms in Greene County that have lost all of their crops and do not have the support of a CSA community behind them.  Thank you again for being part of Stoneledge Farm.  I will keep you updated as the days go by.

Deborah



 
Aug
29
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Stoneledge Farm was hit pretty hard by the storm.  Thankfully Deb and Pete’s house is on high ground any everyone is safe.  But the fields took a big hit with over 10 inches of rain and severe flooding.  The National Guard is in the area clearing roads.  More information will be posted as things dry out and can be assessed.

This is what the farm usually looks like this time of year.

Stoneledge Farm

Stoneledge Farm - undated photo

This is a picture of the fields after Irene.  The picture is taken from a similar place, the angle is a little different.

Stoneledge Farm Fields, barn in the distance

Stoneledge Farm Fields after Hurricane Irene

This picture is zoomed in a bit for a closer view of the barn.

Stoneledge Farm after Hurricane Irene

Stoneledge Farm after Hurricane Irene

And here is a picture inside the barn as water rushes through.

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Aug
27
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Dear CSA Member,

Mother nature will be dictating our share this week.  The extreme weather that is coming our way has us scrambling.  The crops that would be damaged by the heavy rain and wind will be what we pick for this weeks’ delivery. We are calling all of our friends and neighbors to help with the harvest.

If the storm follows the path that they predict, we may have flooding in our fields.  The blessing of the creek for irrigation and sandy loam soil is also a huge challenge when severe rain moves in.  Some of the plants will withstand the water rising and then falling, some would be damaged.

Peppers will fill your share this week because in high water and wind, they fall from the plant and are ruined.  Peppers are very easy to freeze if you can’t use them all this week.  To freeze, wash, cut in pieces and put in a zip lock freezer bag.  Pop in the freezer and use as you need during the cold winter months.

We will be picking Cherry Tomatoes-they don’t stand a chance in the wind and rain.  A favorite with everyone and we hope that they survive another week.

Deborah, for everyone at Stoneledge Farm


 
Aug
27
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Full Vegetable Share
Cluster Tomatoes – 1 basket
Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes – 1 basket
Leeks – 1 bunch
Diablo Peppers – 3
Biscayne Peppers – 3
Carrots – 1 pound
Hot Peppers – 3 – if you like
Bell Eggplant – 1
Summer Savory – 1 bunch – almost dry.  If you would like to finish drying the bunch, hang up and you can use it later during the cold months

Fruit Share
White Peaches
Yellow Peaches
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