Nov
18
    
Posted (Steven) in News
Dear CSA member
This is the last delivery of the 2012 CSA season.  It is a time to reflect and give thanks.
The fields have produced so much this season.   Starting with the earliest plantings of tender greens for spring time salads, to the hearty kale and carrots that can withstand the cold, late fall weather.   It is grey and cold now out side but the fields are green with Winter Rye.  Taking a rest, but never really asleep.   It is amazing to be part of.
The partnership between farm and community is also amazing and we are thankful to be a part.   We are grateful for your support of local, organic agriculture, for being part of our farm and your community through your CSA membership..  A special thank you to the coordinators and volunteers that work week after week to organize the local CSA sites and membership.
Keep warm this winter and enjoy the vegetables.  We’ll see you in the spring.
Happy Thanksgiving
Deborah
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Dear CSA member

This is the last delivery of the 2012 CSA season.  It is a time to reflect and give thanks.

The fields have produced so much this season.   Starting with the earliest plantings of tender greens for spring time salads, to the hearty kale and carrots that can withstand the cold, late fall weather.   It is grey and cold now out side but the fields are green with Winter Rye.  Taking a rest, but never really asleep.   It is amazing to be part of.

The partnership between farm and community is also amazing and we are thankful to be a part.   We are grateful for your support of local, organic agriculture, for being part of our farm and your community through your CSA membership.  A special thank you to the coordinators and volunteers that work week after week to organize the local CSA sites and membership.

Keep warm this winter and enjoy the vegetables.  We’ll see you in the spring.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Deborah
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm


 
Nov
18
    
Posted (Steven) in News
Beets-1 pound
Carrots-2 pounds
Red Russian Kale-1 bunch
Garlic-2 bulbs
Potatoes-2 pounds
Turnips with greens-1 bunch
Radish-1 bunch
Parsley-1 bunch
Dill-1 bunch
Fruit Share
1 bag of  Golden Delicious Apples,Fuji Apples,  Bosc Pears

Full Vegetable Share
Beets – 1 pound
Carrots – 2 pounds
Red Russian Kale – 1 bunch
Garlic – 2 bulbs
Potatoes – 2 pounds
Turnips with greens – 1 bunch
Radish – 1 bunch
Parsley – 1 bunch
Dill – 1 bunch

Fruit Share
Golden Delicious Apples
Fuji Apples
Bosc Pears


 
Nov
11
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Dear CSA member

We are nearly finished with the 2012 CSA season.  There will be one more delivery after this week and we are filling your share with delicious fall vegetables.  Soup, stew, pot pies  home made with the fall share will warm you body and soul.

If you have any last minute Market Place orders, please log in and place your order soon.  There is nothing like the sweet taste of honey or maple on a bowl of oatmeal in the morning along with a delicious cup of organic, fair trade coffee.  I love breakfast!

Our fields are green with Winter Rye as each space is tilled and seeded as we finish picking the crops.  The Rye is like a beautiful, growing blanket that covers the soil over the winter months.

We planted the garlic for 2013 during last week.  It has been so wet and the weather so warm that we could not plant it before this. We did not want to plant the garlic and take a chance that the warmth would encourage the cloves to grow.  Last week the weather turned cold and winter like.  The wind was howling and it was cold and it was time to plant the garlic.  The garlic cloves are now under the soil and will pass the winter months in the field.  Next spring, they will be some of the first plants to break through the soil.  The circle of garlic.  The garlic that was not saved to use as seed has been coming in your share and will again this week.

Our CSA groups depend on the donation of space by religious organizations, community centers and even the homes of CSA Coordinators  for distribution.  Two of the Stoneledge Farm CSA sites  were severely damaged during the storm.  They were so damaged that they are no longer able to host the CSA pickup.  Coordinators at both of the sites opened their homes and the CSA distribution continues at both Southport CSA and Locust Point CSA.

The Southport CSA holds their distribution at the Trinity Church in Southport.   The Nursery School and the Undercroft where the CSA distribution is held will need to be rebuilt as they were destroyed by the storm.  The broilers and heating systems were also destroyed.  If you would like to donate towards the rebuilding effort, donations can be mailed to Trinity Church, 651 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT  06890 and please put “Sandy Relief” in the memo.

Keep warm and enjoy the vegetables.
Deborah
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm


 
Nov
11
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Full Vegetable Share
Beets – 2 pounds
Carrots – 1 pound
Brussels Sprouts – 2 stalks
Lacinato Kale – 1 bunch
Garlic – 2 bulbs
Sage – 1 bunch
Boc Choi – 1 bunch
Potatoes – 2 pounds
Celeriac – 1 head
Turnips with greens – 1 bunch
Pop Corn – 2 cobs – let this dry for 2 weeks or so.  The pop corn that was sent earlier will be dry enough now to pop.  The color of the kernels gets a little more intense and they look drier.  Pick the kernels from the cob, heat up about 1 TBS of vegetable oil in a pot with a lid.  Put in the kernels and wait for the popping to start.  Add butter and salt to taste.  Fresh pop corn is addictive and delicious.

Fruit Share
Winesap Stamen Apples
Golden Delicious Apples
Bosc Pears

Locally Produced Apple Cider


 
Nov
04
    
Posted (Steven) in News

Dear CSA Member

After the storm and many people in the region are still trying to figure how to best manage.  The farm was spared and we will be resuming deliveries this week.  It rained only a bit and there was one windy night.  As we get ready to make this weeks’ delivery, we hope that you also have been able to weather the storm.

The Vegetable Share this week is very large.  The Fruit Share will be substantial for the remaining weeks.  Our delivery truck will be packed full.  This is also the Coffee Share delivery for November.  Two more weeks of delivery after this, so if there are Market Place items you would like to order, please do so soon.

Richard Sandhaus, BetterCheaperSlower web based daily info, has made a wonderful recipe using beets and radish.  To view the recipe go to www.BetterCheaperSlower.com/CrunchyFallSalad for the recipe, photos and details.  There is also a delicious Beet Cake Recipe on the farm website, recipe link.  I tried the Beet Cake recipe and substituted 1 cup of grated carrot, 1 grated apple and 1 cup grated beet in place of 2 cups beets.  I think the recipe may even be able to use more than 2 cups of grated vegetables but I have not tried out this theory, yet.

New this week are Turnips with Greens.  The Turnip Greens are spicy, mustardy tasting greens and should be removed from the turnip and cooked separately.  Also new are Brussels Sprouts.  They are just delicious.  Cut the sprout from the stalk, remove any off colored outer leaves and rinse.  Steam or sauté.  There are a few crew members that thought they did not like Brussels Sprouts until they tried them fresh.

The Face Book photos are updated on Sunday.

Enjoy the vegetables.
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm