Posted (Deb) in Coffee, News

Dear CSA Member,

We have been working on a Coffee Project CSA Share to go along with our Vegetable and Fruit Shares for the 2009 CSA season. Information about the project and a downloadable form to add the Coffee Share are ready at the farm’s web site www.stoneledgefarmny.org, click on Coffee Share.

Pete and I had the opportunity to visit Guatemala this past winter and met Mayan families from the Lake Atitlan area that were harvesting coffee beans. We were moved by the determination, conditions and spirit of the families. When we returned home we were able to join with a non profit group, Farmer to Farmer, that is working to import coffee beans from these Mayan families of the Cafe’ Ana cooperative in San Lucas Toliman. The prices paid to the families are usually above fair trade levels, the beans are shade grown and picked by hand by families in the area. The coffee beans come into the US as green beans and we will have them roasted locally right before we deliver them to the CSA members that would like to purchase coffee shares.

For the first year we are only offering Whole Beans, Medium Roast in one pound bags. You can order up to four pounds of coffee per month and that amount will be delivered each month for our six months of CSA deliveries. The Coffee Shares will be delivered once a month with a Vegetable delivery. We thought that a Coffee Share would be a great way to support the Coffee Project while delivering a wonderful product to our CSA members.

There will be a limited amount of shares sold, so please sign up if you are interested in participating. This is a project that we are sincere in developing and supporting. Deborah, Stoneledge Farm

Posted (Member2Member) in Carnegie Hill CSA

Volunteering is a requirement for all Carnegie Hill members.  Working at the site is fun and you get to hang out with some very nice people.  Check your calendar from June 7 through November 24.  Just email info90@chycsa.org or fill in a space on the volunteer sheet at the membership desk.  Apart from producing the vegetables (Stoneledge does that), our CSA is totally run by members so please bring some patience and a sense of humor when you come to pick up.

There are  3 time slots:

1:30 – 3:30 PM

  • Set up tables
  • Unload vegetable crates
  • Divide half shares

3:30 – 5:30 PM

  • Sign in members
  • Maintain the tables

5:15 – 7:15 PM

  • Sign in members
  • Maintain the tables
  • Close down the site

Posted (Steven) in Yorkville CSA

At the Yorkville site volunteering is not mandatory but it is appreciated.  All the folks at the site are member/volunteers without whom the group would not exist.  Many members find volunteering to be the piece that really makes the CSA come together.  It’s a great way to meet people in the neighborhood.  We have a core group of regular volunteers to open and close the site so don’t worry about being left alone to do something you’ve never done before.  Jobs include:

Opening Shift  – 2:30 to 5:00
Tasks include

  • Setting up the tables
  • Helping unload the truck
  • Splitting up items for half shares
  • Checking in and assisting new members during pickup

Middle Shift – 4:30 to 6:30
Tasks include

  • Checking in and assisting new members during pickup
  • Replenishing items
  • Answering questions from passers-by

Closing Shift – 5:30 to 7:30
Tasks include

  • Checking in and assisting new members during pickup
  • Replenishing items
  • Answering questions from passers-by
  • Bring leftover items to the church kitchen
  • Put away tables and supplies
  • Clean the site

Other volunteering opportunities are available which can be done from home.  This can be anything from making phone calls to entering recipes on the website to helping arrange rideshares up to the farm.  Watch for postings and emails requesting volunteer work.

Posted (Member2Member) in Classifieds

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Posted (Steven) in News

Things To Do in Catskill

Apple Picking

Boehm’s Apple Barn – 233 County Route 26 – Climax, 12042 – (518) 731-6196 – Pick your own apples, seasonally fresh fruits and vegetables and apple products and baked goods.

Bulich’s Creekside Farm – Route 23B – Leeds, 12451 – (518)943-5739 – Wide selection of seasonal field-grown fruits.

Schnare’s Sunset Orchards – 1008 NYS Route 81 – Climax, 12042 – (518) 731-2255 – Wide variety of locally grown produce. U-Pick apples mid-Sept to end of October. On-premises cider mill. Cider donuts. Scenic view of mountain foliage.

Antiquing in Oak Hill

Take route 23 to 145 to 81; turn right onto 81 toward Greenville. Oak Hill has several good antique places and prices seem better than elsewhere. Other places to try are Saugerties (exit 20) or Hudson.

Leaf-Watching, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Local Events and Culture

North Lake/South Lake Park – take in a view of (or climb to) Kaaterskill Falls. Don’t take kids or squeamish adults – there’s an unprotected, deadly drop and a few people go over (accidentally) every year. Or ride down the Hudson and across Rip Van Winkle Bridge, you’ll get an awesome view of foliage and the river.

Devil’s Tombstone – Route 214, Hunter, NY 12442, (518) 688-7160. Natural rock formation resembles a large tombstone. More advanced trails for hiking.

Hunter Mountain – (518) 263-4223. Breathtaking views of the Northeast from the highest, longest chairlift in the Catskills.  www.huntermtn.com

Bailiwick Ranch / Catskill Equestrian (518) 678-5665 www.bailiwickranch.com. Castle Rd, Catskill, NY 12414 – Horseback riding.

Catskill Mountain Foundation – www.catskillmtn.org

Olana – home of Hudson River School Painter Frederick Church; about 20 minutes from farm, on other side of Hudson. Visit www.olana.org or call (518) 828-0135

Massacre Mansion – Take a guided tour through the scariest Haunted House. 7 pm – 11 pm at the Blackthorne Resort, 348 Sunside Rd., East Durham, NY518-634-2541.  www.massacremansion.com.

About 30 minutes south of Stoneledge.  Get off at exit 19 and follow signs.



Anyone who wants to spend a weekend upstate has plenty of options for lodging. Here are a few of the many choices:

Albergo Allegria -  www.albergousa.com
43 Route 296
Windham, NY 12496

Point Lookout Mountain Inn – www.pointlookoutinn.com
The Mohican Trail, Route 23
East Windham, NY 12439
734-3381 Open All Year

Stewart House – www.stewarthouse.com
2 North Water Street
Athens, NY 12015
945-1357 Open All Year

Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course – www.sunnyhill.com
Sunny Hill Rd.
Greenville, NY 12083

The Eggery Inn – www.eggeryinn.com
County Rd 16
Tannersville, NY 12485

Winter Clove Inn – www.winterclove.com
Winter Clove Rd.
Round Top, NY 12473