Jun
26
    
Posted (Lori) in News

Some bits of information to relay this week, followed by the Week 3 Message from Stoneledge and the list of vegetables in this week’s share.

KOHLRABI
We’re getting kohlrabi in our shares this week; it’s a lesser-known vegetable and one that looks like it  came from another planet. Debbie describes some uses in her message below, but I find that its best role is as a crudite. Just peel, slice and then dip, dunk, or spread. It’s crisp, holds its shape, and doesn’t have a strong taste of its own. If you want more elaborate recipes, there is a bunch of them here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/15/kohlrabi-recipes_n_1597114.html
and one that combines kohlrabi with blueberries and fennel here:
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/kohlrabi-fennel-and-blueberry-salad:

JUST FOOD’S GREAT CSA SMACKDOWN
The Great CSA Smackdown is a city-wide cooking competition for members of Just Food Network CSAs. The say,
“We are hoping to get people excited about showing off their creativity in using their CSA share and to bring people together within CSAs and from CSAs across the city.”  Last year, Yorkville CSA was one of eight groups that participated; member Dick Sandhaus won second place for his kale chips. You can see more details about the competition on the Just Food website Events page:
http://www.justfood.org/events/great-csa-smackdown
If you’re interested in participating, or if you’d like to coordinate Yorkville CSA’s entry, please email back.

SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL

We’ve been asked to publicize the premiere of a new documentary film, Symphony of the Soil, on July 11th at the IFC center in Manhattan. Director Deborah Koons Garcia will be giving a Q and A  with Dr. Ignacio Chapela (UC Berkeley) and Dr. Michael Hansen (Consumers Union).”The film inspires the understanding that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems, from climate change, to dead zones, to feeding an ever increasing world population. For more information: www.symphonyofthesoil.com

MESSAGE FROM STONELEDGE FARM

Dear CSA Member

I have been posting new photos on the farm facebook page.  You might like to take a look.  I try to keep them updated on a weekly basis and you can keep up with what is going on in the field and around the farm through the photos.

A week for salads.  The rain has been persistent and you will need to give the greens extra attention, but the cool, wet weather has kept the lettuces very tender and sweet tasting. Lettuces in all colors and shapes.  There is also Golden Purslane this week.  It is a succulent plant that adds a different taste and texture to a salad. Purslane is widely eaten in other countries and has just started to gain popularity in this country.  The lettuces will yield to the hot weather so enjoy the salads while the lettuces are abundant.

The first Spinach and Bright Lights Swiss Chard.  What a treat.   Garlic Scapes for the share this week as well.  Kohlrabi for the first time in many years.  The variety is Kossak which yields a larger Kohlrabi.  They look like they should be a root crop but really grow on top of the soil on a short stalk.  They can be eaten raw or cooked.  They taste a bit like broccoli stems.  Peel them, slice and add to a salad.  Or cube and roast.  The greens are edible as well.  Wash, slice and boil.

I wanted to make a note about the Fall Farm Festival.  Seems like a long time until September but mark your calendars.  This year the Fall Festival will be on September 7, the first Saturday in September.  Much more to come.

Marketplace orders can be placed by logging into your account and then selecting Marketplace on the upper menu bar.  Honey, Coffee by the pound, Maple Syrup and Mushrooms in larger quantities are all available for order.  The Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms are from a smaller mushroom farm, The Hill Farm, Wiltbank family.  They are just beautiful.  You might like to try them from the Marketplace.

Enjoy the Vegetables
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Red Sails Leaf Lettuce-1 head
Green Towers Romaine Lettuce-1 head
Butter Head Butter Crunch Lettuce-1 head
Encino Lettuce-1 head
Summer Spinach -1 bunch
Bright Lights Swiss Chard -1 bunch
Garlic Scapes-6 scapes
Golden Purslane -1 bunch
Kohlrabi-1bunch

Mushroom Shares
The Mushroom this week is Shiitake.  Please note that the Shiitake are a much more expensive mushroom so the quantity will be in keeping with the $4 price charged for the weekly Mushroom Share.

Stoneledge Farm LLC
info@stoneledgefarmny.org
www.stoneledgefarmny.org
359 Ross Ruland Road
South Cairo, NY  12482


 
Jun
17
    
Posted (Lori) in News

Dear CSA Member

Rain and more rain.  You will see the difference in the size of the greens that come to you with all the moisture.  Many of the same vegetables as last week we harvest for your shares.  There are three heads of different types of Lettuce this week.  The fresh lettuce is such a treat after the long winter.  I know lettuce is available every season from the grocery store, but we just picked this for you and I think you can taste the difference.

Things will be a bit muddier this week.  We have been struggling with the rain.  We do give everything a rinse but you will need to give the greens a good wash.  I find the best way is to cut the leaves from the stem, wash in a bowl of water, repeat.  There is nothing better than a salad spinner to finish the job.

Many members asked about adding a Mushroom Share.  This is the first time we have offered the Mushroom Share and so we thought a second signup for Mushroom Shares would be helpful.  The signup for the Mushroom Shares for those that would like to add a Mushroom Share is online. The Mushrooms will then start for this sign up on Week #3.  To add a Mushroom Share log into your CSA Member Account from the farm website home page, click on Member Login under the center photo.  Log in and then select CSA Shares on the upper left menu bar and then add the Mushroom Share.  If you have any questions, please send an e-mail and I will be back in touch.  Mushroom Shares will need to be ordered by Friday the 21st.

Marketplace orders are also added by logging into your account and then selecting Marketplace on the upper menu bar.  Honey, Coffee by the pound, Maple Syrup and Mushrooms in larger quantities are all available for order.  The Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms are from a smaller mushroom farm, The Hill Farm, Wiltbank family.  They are just beautiful.  You might like to try them from the Marketplace.

Enjoy the vegetables.

Deborah

For everyone at Stoneledge Farm.

THIS WEEK’S SHARE

Boc Choi-1 head

Chinese Cabbage-1 head.  If you used the Chinese Cabbage last week in a stir fry, try slicing the Chinese Cabbage finely and use fresh as a Slaw.  There is a good Cole Slaw recipe on the farm website, Recipe section under Cabbage.

Red Sails Lettuce-1 head

Romaine Lettuce-1 head

Buttercrunch Lettuce-1 head

Mustard-1 bunch

Mizuna-1 bunch

Sorrell-1 bunch.  This is a lemony tasting, little bit sour green.  Use with Chicken.

Sage with Flowers-1 bunch  The whole thing is edible.

Garlic Scapes-6 scapes

Mushroom Shares-Portobello-The Mushroom Share this week is still for the members that originally signed up.  The New Mushroom Share members will start next week.

The Mushroom this week is Portobello.  The Bulich Mushroom farmers info: Portobellos are a large mushroom and the fresh picked Portobellos have the root end still attached.  It has some of the soil still attached the root.  Cut the root off and clean the mushroom.  If you are going to use them right away it is OK to rinse and then pat dry.  If you are not, brush the excess soil away and store in the paper bag.  Portobellos are very meaty and are great brushed with balsamic vinegar and grilled.  Remove the stem and slice.  The stem is a bit woodier and will not cook as quickly as the cap.  If you are grilling the cap it will only take a couple of minutes on each side.  Grill the smooth side first and finish with the gill side.

Stoneledge Farm LLC

info@stoneledgefarmny.org

www.stoneledgefarmny.org

359 Ross Ruland Road

South Cairo, NY  12482

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Jun
10
    
Posted (Lori) in News

HOW TO TURN A HEAD OF LETTUCE INTO A MAIN DISH

I’m sure everyone knows how to make a salad, but in the coming weeks we’re going to be inundated with lettuces and greens and pretty little side salads are not going to be enough to use them up. Over the years, I’ve come up with ways to use my lettuce, with just a few extra ingredients, as a main dish. To call it a main dish, I need it to:

–Supply me with a reasonable amount of protein. I’m not a nutritionist—and if any of our nutritionist-members want to correct me, please do—but from what I’ve read, I think I need about 45 grams of protein a day. Spread over three to five small meals a day, my main dish salad has to have 10-15 grams of protein in it. The three cups of torn lettuce in my salad supply about 2.5 grams of protein, so I need at least 8, and up to 12 or 13 more grams of protein. The amounts of protein listed below are rough averages.

–Taste good.  The lettuces we get in our CSA shares are tastier than average—but I still need more taste and texture to make me happy.

–Fill me up. A bowl of lettuce is not going to keep me going until the next meal; I need to add something more filling.

Here are some of the things I add to my 3 cups of chopped or torn greens (I use lettuce, sometimes greens like mizuna or mustard greens, spinach or arugula when we get it, and herbs.

Beans and peas: lot of protein—average is about 8 grams per half cup. My favorite is the chickpea. Soybeans have the most, 14 grams in a half-cup. Agata & Valentina sells roasted soybeans that are crunchy and delicious.

Nuts and seeds: again, protein-packed. Almonds have 7 grams of protein in one-quarter of a cup. Toasting them for just a minute makes them taste even better.

Cheese—crumbled feta or chevre, shaved parmesan or dry jack, chunks of cheddar, shredded mozzarella—or any of the many interesting and yummy cheeses available through Lewis Waite Farms or in local stores. Cheeses average 7 grams per ounce.

Tofu—absorbs salad dressings, sort of like manna. And has lots of protein.

Animal protein—for non-vegetarians, just an ounce or two of grilled, roasted, or any other preparation of meat, poultry, or fish. Flaked salmon and strips of grilled chicken are two of the easiest additions. Leftover coldcuts—smoked turkey, roast beef, and ham, for example—are also easy and get rid of little bits of food that might otherwise go to waste. Leftover barbecued chicken or spicy sausage add strong flavor as well as protein. Chopped or sliced hardboiled eggs are also good.

Grains—A half-cup of carbs often makes the difference between hunger and satisfaction. Rice, quinoa, couscous, pasta, as well as lesser-known grains like faro, wheatberries, barley (look at Lewis Waite’s grain list for other choices)—are both interesting and filling.

Other vegetables and fruits—Tomatoes, of course, though they are usually not in our shares the same weeks as lettuce. But any raw or cooked vegetables go a long way in making a salad a main dish. Fruits—dried, cooked, or fresh—are also nice.

Salty things—olives, capers, and anchovies add a unique flavor

Dressings—You’ll find a nice batch of dressing in Recipes from America’s Small Farms, on pages 54-55 as well as throughout the book. Dressings add interesting flavors, and if they’re full of dairy (buttermilk, bleu cheese or protein-based ingredients (such as tahini or peanut butter), they also contribute significant protein.

THE SAME FOR GREENS

We’re also going to get a lot of cooking greens over the next few weeks. There are several methods for preparing greens listed in Recipes from America’s Small Farms (pages 42-43). The same additions will turn them into main dishes.

Do you have other additions, delicious dressings, or favorite combinations?  Please post in the comments below. Or, if you’d like to create your own article—on any appropriate topic—send It to me and I’ll post it.

Lori


 
Jun
10
    
Posted (Lori) in News

CSA Member Message: Week #1

Dear CSA Member:

The first delivery has finally arrived.  The activity level around the farm increased by 100 fold today as we started picking. Each season is new all over and we are full of anticipation and excitement as we start.

The greens are very nice this spring.  It was rather cold for a long spell and the greens just loved the weather.  Your share is overflowing with greens.   We transplant all of our early greens and cover them immediately with floating row covers.  It is a sheet that covers the plants and keeps most of the insect pests out and allows the sunshine and rain to go in. You will find some holes in the leaves of the early greens.  The row cover does a good job but some of the insect pests find their way to the plants despite our best efforts.

I find the best way to wash greens is to remove the leaves from the stem end and give them a cold water bath.  You may want to repeat and then spin dry in a Salad Spinner.  Plastic bags work fine to keep the greens fresh.  The most tender greens should be used first as you work your way through your share.

Please remember to pickup any optional shares that you have ordered.  Mushrooms Shares will be delivered each week and Coffee Shares the first of each month.  If you placed a Marketplace order, your order will be delivered with the Vegetable Shares. You can check your orders by logging into your CSA Member account from the farm website home page.  Click on CSA Member Login under the center photo.  The My Account link has all of your order information.  We are also sending a tote bag with each Standard Vegetable Share.  Hope you like them.

Welcome 2013.

Deborah

for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Rhubarb-1 bunch.  There is a really good recipe on the farm website Recipe section for Spring Rhubarb Cake.

Boc Choi-1 bunch

Chinese Cabbage-1 head

Red Leaf Lettuce-1 head

Romaine Lettuce-1 head

Spring Kale-1 bunch

Garlic Chives-1 bunch

Mustard Greens-1 bunch

Mizuna-1 bunch

Oregano-1 bunch

Garlic Chives-1 bunch

Mushroom Share this week: Cremini
Stoneledge Farm LLC

info@stoneledgefarmny.org

www.stoneledgefarmny.org

359 Ross Ruland Road

South Cairo, NY  12482

LIKE us at https://www.facebook.com/StoneledgeFarm

own post on any subject, just send it to me and I’ll post.


 
Jun
05
    
Posted (Lori) in News

Where: Church of the Epiphany, 74th and York. Usually on the 74th Street side. Inside the vestibule on 74th if it rains. On York Avenue if construction blocks 74th.

When: Tuesday, June 11, 3:30-7 pm (but we might not be fully ready until 4).

What: Vegetable, Mushroom and Coffee shares; if you haven’t ordered your coffee or mushroom shares yet and you want to add them, do it by Friday, June 7. Log onto your account at www.stoneledgefarmny.com and follow prompts. Remember that vegetable shares are light and leafy for the first few weeks and become more substantial after that.

MESSAGE FROM OUR FARMER, DEBORAH KAVAKOS FROM STONELEDGE FARM:


Dear CSA Member

The start of the CSA delivery season is coming quickly now.  We have been working toward this day since last December and it is with great satisfaction that we can finally harvest your share. Farming is patience and commitment. Seeds planted months ago, tended daily are now ready to yield a harvest. Tuesday CSA sites on June 11.

The Marketplace is now open for weekly orders if you are interested.  To place a Marketplace order for Maple, Honey, Coffee by the pound or Mushrooms, please log into your account by selecting CSA Member Login under the center photo on the farm website home page.  Orders will be delivered with the  CSA delivery and can be placed up to the day before delivery except for Mushrooms.  We must have Mushroom orders from the Marketplace by Friday at 11 AM so we can notify the Mushroom farm.

For members with Optional Mushroom and or Coffee Shares, the Mushroom and Coffee Shares will be delivered with the first CSA delivery.  Mushroom Shares will be delivered each week and Coffee Shares once a month at the beginning of the month.  Please make sure that you pick up all of the shares you have ordered.  If you don’t remember what your compete order is for this season, log into your CSA Member account and click on My Account.

If you would like to add an optional share of Mushrooms, Coffee or Fruit, please log into your CSA Member account from the farm website home page and add the shares.  Optional Coffee and Mushroom Shares can be added until the Friday before your first CSA delivery.  Fruit Shares can be added until the second week in June.

We are looking forward to a great CSA season.  If you have any questions, please send an e-mail and I will be back in touch.  We have been posting photos on the farm Face Book page over the winter and spring time.  Take a look.

To a bountiful CSA season.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm.

Stoneledge Farm LLC

info@stoneledgefarmny.org

www.stoneledgefarmny.org

359 Ross Ruland Road

South Cairo, NY  12482

LIKE us at https://www.facebook.com/StoneledgeFarm