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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.


Ellen on September 1st, 2011 at 7:09 am #

This epitomizes the CSA relationship. We share both the bounty and the risk, although you certainly bear the lion’s share of the burden. Thanks for the update, Deb, and as always, for the vegetables.

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