Jul
08
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Dear CSA Member

The heat and sunshine have been relentless.  It is summer.  Thankfully we have a irrigation pond that is spring fed with the precious resource.  With out irrigation, the crops would have been exhausted in the heat.  It is the endless challenge that we face each season trying to work along side Mother Nature as best we can as farmers.

FARM WORK VISIT HARVESTING GARLIC JULY 13 10-3
This upcoming Friday, July 13th, we are inviting members to come and help harvest the garlic for the first Work Visit.  It will be hot and it is not the best time for small children and dogs to visit the farm.  We will be working in the sun and if Friday follows our weather pattern, it will be sunny and very hot.  Bring a lunch and plenty to drink along with a hat, gloves if you do not want to smell like garlic and sunscreen.  We start early in the fields but for members 10-3 is the time frame to help harvest garlic.  We have a portable toilet but you might want to stop at the last rest stop, Malden, before exiting at Thruway Exit 21, Catskill.

If you are planning on coming to help, please use the West Farm Address 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address.  You will find a map and directions on the farm website, Contact and Directions link.  If you coming to help, please send an e-mail to the farm in case there are any last minute changes.  The address is info@stoneledgefarmny.org.  I will also post any changes on the Farm Blog portion of the website.

New this week are Red Currants.  A fruit, but this year we have a good crop and there is a basket for each share.  They are a tart berry that will make a fabulous sauce a bit like cranberry.  Take the berries from the sting-stalk and add a little water to cook them until soft.  A food mill works best to crush the cooked berries and remove the skins and seeds.  A beautiful red juice is left.  Add sugar to taste and bring to a boil.  Continue gently boiling until  a thickened sauce starts to form.  Remove from the heat and cool.  You really need to watch the sauce as it cooks.  Some people like to eat currants fresh and they are a beautiful bit of color added to a salad.

Baby Red Ace Beets with the greens are also in your share.  The beets are small and should cook along with the greens.  If the bunch you take has larger beets, they should be removed from the greens and cooked first.  Don’t throw out the greens.  They are nutritious and delicious.

The Scallions are young and tender and the greens are as tasty as the white bulb.  With such young scallions you will be able to use the entire scallion.

Parsley is the herb this week.  So packed with flavor.  If you happen to have any remaining, chop and put in a freezer bag.  Pop in the freezer for use later.

THIS IS THE FIRST FRUIT SHARE DELIVERY FOR MEMBERS THAT HAVE PRE-ORDERED A FRUIT SHARE.

COFFEE SHARE MEMBERS WILL ALSO RECEIVE THEIR MONTHLY COFFEE SHARE.

Enjoy the Vegetables
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm



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