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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.

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:
and one that combines kohlrabi with blueberries and fennel here:

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:
If you’re interested in participating, or if you’d like to coordinate Yorkville CSA’s entry, please email back.


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


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

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
359 Ross Ruland Road
South Cairo, NY  12482

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