Oct
31
    
Posted (Steven) in News

There have been a number of CSA members that have inquired about how we are on the farm after the storm.  Everything here is fine as this area was spared most of the major impact of the storm.  We hope that everyone else is safe and that life can start to be put back in order.   We will be back delivering next week.

All my best,

Deborah


 
Oct
28
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Due to the trajectory of the storm it is not safe for the crew to make the 240 mile round trip drive from the farm to the city.  Next week’s share will include items from weeks 21 and week 22.

Deb writes, “The shares will be bulked up the following week to make up for the lost week.  We are putting into place our storm plan and we feel this is the best plan after lessons learned.  Crops at this time of the season are storage crops and we are very busy harvesting everything from the field. We will be back to our normal schedule the following week with a substantial share for the members.”


 
Oct
21
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Dear CSA Member,

Rain, rain, and more rain.  The fields are wet and muddy and so are we.  It seems fall has been making up for the lack of rain all summer.  The creeks are full again and the trees must be drinking in the moisture, but it makes for tough picking.  The updated farm Face Book page has photos of the farm during this wet fall weather.  There are also photos of Collards being picked for this week and the Pop Corn.  I have been keeping up with the changing weather and also the changing weeks by updating the photos weekly.  The Face Book site is https://www.facebook.com/StoneledgeFarm if you have not been to the site yet.

We are gleaning the fields, harvesting all of the crops that we can, and then discing the soil.  A cover crop of Winter Rye is seeded and the land is once again ready for winter.  The Winter Rye continues to grow even in the cold, the soil is never really resting.  Just because we can not see growth, there is more life and activity under the soil.

New this week is Pop Corn.  It is great to have Pop Corn to send to you.  Birds love the small seedlings as they emerge and learn just how to pluck them from the soil.   After a year of planting and then re-planting after birds ate every emerging plant, we stopped for the last couple of years.  The farm has grown and now we have fields that are closer to where we work on a daily basis.  Although the birds did take more than their fair share, we have a very good harvest for the CSA members as well.  To use fresh Pop Corn take the husk from the cob if it is still on.  Let the corn sit for two weeks in a dry spot.  We have been drying the corn in the greenhouse, but the moisture just does not fully leave until the corn is kept inside.  After a couple of weeks, take the kernels from the cob by pushing them off with your thumb.  Once you get a row going, the others will be easier to remove.  About 1/2 of the ear of corn is a good amount to pop at once.  Heat a pot with a cover and a dribbling of vegetable oil.  Add the kernels and cover.  You will hear the popping start and then slow.  Take from the heat, add butter and salt if you would like.  Fresh Pop Corn is just delicious.

Honey in a one pound jar is just perfect for holiday gifts for teachers, baby sitters, friends.  Maple Syrup is so sweet and such a treat.  Apple Sauce and Pear Sauce have only fruit with no other ingredients added.  The Fresh Salsa is really delicious.  The weeks are slipping by and we are already on week #20.  To place a Market Place order just log into your account from the farm website home page.  Your order will be delivered with the CSA shares.

Enjoy the fall, the rain and the vegetables.
Deborah
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm


 
Oct
21
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Full Vegetable Share
Potatoes – 2 pounds
Mizuna – 1 bunch – The Mizuna is very tender and sweeter than spring time planting.  Makes a great salad ingredient.
Garlic – 2
Collards – 1 bunch
Parsley – 1 bunch
Radish – 1 bunch
Celeriac – 1 head – if you have not tried Celeriac in a soup or stew I encourage you to give it a go.  The flavor is subtle and adds almost a Parsnip flavoring to the recipe.  Once you add Celeriac you will wonder how your soups will make it through the winter without it
Cabbage – 1 head
Pop Corn – 2 cobs

Fruit Share (in one bag)
Bosc Pears
Golden Delicious Apples
Spartan Apples

Just a note.  Some of the fruit has some imperfections from the difficult fruit growing season.  Two early hail storms completely destroyed many varieties and some were left with lasting nicks to their skin.  Local Fruit has been dear this year and we are doing our best to get a good selection each week.


 
Oct
14
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Dear CSA Member

This is the 19th CSA week.  Hearty vegetables are filling the share.  It has been very cold with a killing frost during the evening.  The hale and hearty remain.  Many of the leafy greens that survive frosts actually taste even better after a cold snap.

Carrots, beets and celeriac are pulled from the ground.  Washed, cubed and sprinkled with a little olive oil, the trio make great roasted root vegetables.  Cover with a bit of tin foil if you would like to cut down on the roasting time a bit.  Remove the foil near the end of the baking.

Garlic again this week.  Pulled from the ground in July, hung to cure in the barn and now perfect.

Butternut Winter Squash, probably one of the best tasting Winter Squash varieties.  The Butternut will keep if you can not use it right away.  Butternut is perfect with a touch of honey or maple from the farm.

If you would like to order Honey, Maple, Coffee from the online Market Place, just log into your account from the farm website home page.  Click on Market under the center photo and place the order.  Your order will be delivered with the CSA shares.  The weeks are slipping by and some sizes are getting in short supply.

The Face Book page was updated late last week and will be updated this Sunday.  Take a look.

Enjoy the beautiful fall and the vegetables.
Deborah
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm