Week #24

Dear CSA Member

This is the last delivery for the 2016 season.  

It has been a beautiful and mild fall.  All the leaves on the trees have just about fallen.  We are now turning towards the bare tree limbs of Winter!   Before you know it the fields will be blanketed with white glistening snow.

We would like to thank everyone who was a member this season and a special thank you to the CSA site coordinators.  It has been a wonderful season and we are looking forward the the next!  The 2017 season is now open and you are able to log into your CSA Member Account from the farm website home page and place your 2017 CSA share order.  We do appreciate early sign ups as most of our purchasing for the next season happens in December.  We will be holding the 2016 prices until January 1st.  There is a three pay option available again for 2017 which breaks down the share payment over three months time.  

We just planted our garlic crop for 2017.  The seed is the garlic that was grown this year.  Each head is split into cloves and the cloves planted.  Each clove will become a garlic head next season. The cloves overwinter in the field to sprout in the spring.  The cycle continues.  

This week your shares will be heavy.  You will be getting Winter Squash, Carrots, Beets and large Radishes!  These items are perfect for a warm fall feast!  You will also be getting sage this week that is beautiful and a great garnish for any fall recipe! (Pairs Very well with Turkey) 

Marketplace items are available with many vegetables, fruit in bulk, coffee, chocolate, honey and maple.  Place an order for great gift giving this season.  Please order by 3PMthe day before your CSA delivery to make sure we can fill your order to be delivered with the last CSA shares.

We wish everyone a Happy & Healthy winter!  

Enjoy the Harvest and Thank you again for being a CSA member.

Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #23

 

Dear CSA Member

 

We have seen our first snow fall last week and hit a record high of 80 degrees the next!  The weather has been so unpredictable lately but, we have been staying a steady 50 degrees this past few days and 30 - 40 degrees at night.  We have been taking full advantage of the nice days to get the fields cleaned and organized for the winter months.  

 

This week you will be receiving heavy fall crops carrots, turnips, beets and winter squash along with hearty fall greens.  As the weather gets a little cooler the color of the greens will deepen. (especially the kale and collards)  As the color deepens the flavor becomes sweeter.  Below is a recipe for a delicious fall kale soup.  

http://www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes/kale/287-portuguese-kale-soup

 

Popcorn did very well this year! You will be getting popcorn for the first time this week in your CSA shares. The popcorn has been drying in the greenhouse. The heat and dry conditions in the greenhouse is perfect to dry the popcorn.  Below are the directions for popping the pop corn. 

 

  1. Take the kernels from the cob (by twisting both hands on the cob the kernels will fall off)
  2. Use 1/2 cup of kernels for a large bowl of pop corn
  3. Add 1tbl. of oil to large pot with lid. 
  4. Add popcorn and cover (do not lift cover until all of the popcorn is popped.  If you lift the lid the popcorn will not pop!)

5.  Add butter, salt or your favorite and Enjoy. 

 

There is only one more CSA delivery left after this week.  If you are interested Marketplace items are available with many vegetables, fruit in bulk, coffee, chocolate, honey and maple.  Place an order for great gift giving this season.     http://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace 

 

Enjoy the harvest.

Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #22

Dear CSA Member,

A cold and blustery day today after we have had our first snow fall of the season. (4 inches)  Enough to water the garden.  New this week is celeriac.  Many members might remember it from past seasons.  But if you don’t Celeriac is a close relative to celery except it is grown for its roots rather then its stalk.  Celeriac is ready for harvest after a few light frost in early fall.  Celeriac can be used in soups, stews or even eaten raw as a salad.  Below is a link with some Farm Favorite Celeriac recipes.  

Celeriac Recipes- https://www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes/celeriac  

This week on the Online Marketplace there are Apples, Kale, Collards, Shallots and Carrots available in bulk if you are interested.  We only have 2 more deliveries after this week.  These items are great for freezing during the winter months!  The Online Marketplace also offers local honey and maple syrup along with other items such as, organic coffee and chocolate.  These items sell out quick this time of year.  Order soon to ensure you can get the products you would like.  

We have taken our yearly photo.  It is bitter sweet as we near the end of the season.  I have posted a photo of our 2016 Farm Crew on the farm Facebook page and Farm website Farm News page:  https://www.stoneledge.farm/on-the-farm/farm-blog.  Take a look.

Enjoy the bountiful harvest.  

Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

This week is a coffee share week. 

Week #21

 

Dear CSA Member,

The weather has been going from one extreme to the next.  We had frost last week and this week we broke a record high of 85 degrees.  Today we getting some much needed rain and the plants are soaking it all up!  This week your share will be full of Beautiful greens Red and Green Leaf Lettuces, Mustard Greens and Boc Choi.   Along with, heavy root crops Carrots, Potatoes, Beets and Radishes.  The radish greens are beautiful with a peppery taste.  The Radish Greens can be added to a salad or cooked as a side dish.  They can even made into Radish Pesto!  Click below for a Radish Leaf Pesto recipe.

http://www.food.com/recipe/radish-leaf-radish-top-pesto-435728

This week the PS-11 third graders came and visited the farm.  We have posted pictures on the Stoneledge Farm Blog on our website. https://www.stoneledge.farm/on-the-farm/farm-blog  It was a great day and, the third graders had a great time helping harvest the carrots!  

As we near the end of the season please place your orders for honey, maple, coffee and chocolate if you are interested.  (stock is limited this time of year)  The products are all from small family farms, farmers that we know and help support with the Marketplace.  They make great holiday gifts and you might want to stock up for the long cold days ahead as well.  There are many bulk amounts of vegetables and fruit available as well. 

Enjoy the bounty of the harvest.

Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

Week #20

Dear CSA Member,

It’s beginning to feel more and more like fall!  The leaves are changing quickly as we get closer to the peak of the fall foliage.  We have had brisk mornings down into the 30s.  (cold enough for some frost pockets)  The hearty fall crops use this to their advantage to keep the soil moist with no rain in the forecast.  This week you will be getting more salad ingredients!  The mustard and Mizuna greens are beautiful and really add a nice color to a fresh salad.  You can add the radishes for even more color!  Mustard greens can be added to a salad or they can be cooked.  If you steam the mustard greens it will take away some of the bitterness that these greens have.  When cooked it tastes very similar to collard greens.  

This week you will be getting Brussels Sprouts.  Below is information on how to prepare the Brussels Sports.  

  1. Use a paring knife to separate the sprout from the stalk.  
  2. Trim the base of each sprout close to the bottom but, not too close that the sprout starts to   come apart.

3.  Peel away and discard any browning or blemished leaves. 

4.  You are now ready to cook the Brussels Sprouts.

Don’t forget to stock up on local honey and local maple syrup for the winter.  The Stoneledge Farm Online Marketplace offers these items.  The online marketplace also offers organic coffee, chocolate and cocoa.  These items make great gifts for the holiday season.  Fruit and vegetables are available in bulk(Great for freezing, baking or canning) This week we have Collard Greens, Red Russian Kale,  Lacinato Kale, Apples and Pears available in bulk.  To order these items from the Online Marketplace go tohttp://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace  sign in and place your order.  Your Marketplace Order will be delivered with your CSA share. 

Enjoy the fall and bounty of the harvest.

Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #19

Dear CSA Member

Another dry week as we continue on into the fall season.  We have been working hard to tend to the garden during this extended drought and, with no rain in the forecast it has been challenging.  New this week are turnips.  The turnip greens are beautiful and make for a great side dish.  Turnip greens are very similar to collards and can be prepared the same way.  Their slightly bitter flavor is delicious!    

Braised Turnip Greens  

Shallot and Garlic Turnip Greens

This week you will also be getting Lettuce!  Yes, it in finally back!  You can get your salad spinners back out and fill your fridge with some delicious salad ingredients.  Tropicana Lettuce, Arugula, Mizuna, Radishes and Sweet Peppers!  You will also be getting Petit Rouge Cabbage a small variety of red cabbage.  This cabbage can be eaten raw or cooked.

Red Cabbage Slaw  

Don’t Forget!  Stoneledge Farm Online Marketplace items are available.  https://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace  There are bulk quantities of vegetables and fruit.  Currently on the Marketplace are kale and collards (great for freezing) bulk apples and pears. (great for sauces and butters)  We also offer local maple syrup, local honey, Stoneledge Farm coffee and chocolate.  If you are interested in these items you can order them through your account https://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace and your order will be delivered with your CSA shares.  

How do I order from the Online Marketplace?

Go to https://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace

Click on Member Login

Click on 2016 Marketplace

 

Enjoy the harvest.

Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #18

Dear CSA Members,

This weeks newsletter is an update on the progress and harvests from Pete jr. 

The seasons are continuing to change with a cool bite to the air this morning.  As the summer crops begin to fade the fresh fall greens take their place bringing new life to the fields.  The dry weather has continued throughout the entire growing season bringing with it challenges as well as some benefits (not working in the rain and mud). The fungal diseases that can often reduce many crop yields during the summer months was not a major concern with the overall lack of precipitation.  

The majority of our plants are started by hand in the greenhouses and then transplanted into the fields to give them a much needed head start. During this period the transplants need constant moisture to help establish the plants. This was a major struggle from early spring until last week when we finished the last transplants for the season.  Fortunately we have a great staff of excellent farmers who efficiently continued to irrigate our tender crops while conserving water throughout the summer months.

The past several days have been very rewarding with high yields of winter squash, pop corn, carrots and sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes are a crop that we are just learning how to produce in high quantities. The process starts in the winter by ordering organic sweet potato “slips” from a farm in Georgia. The timing must be perfect to ship the slips from Georgia to New York. These tender shoots only can survive for a day or two and need to be planted and watered immediately upon arrival in June. This season we prepared a section of the field with hills of soil prior to the slips arrival.  Keeping the rows hilled, weeded and fertilized throughout the season paid off with the best quality sweet potato harvest we have ever had. These slips are expensive but with high yields it is all worth it.  Now that we have dialed in the needs of this crop we will double our order for next season and hopefully retain the same results. 

We have acres of fall greens coming on strong. Lettuce, radishes, mizuna, mustard, arugula and more will soon return to bring some fresh salads to the fridge! We have an abundance of hardy brassica greens that will continue through the remainder of the year.  Potatoes, carrots, beets, winter squash and many more root crops will add some bulk to the weekly harvest. Things are looking good for the fall! 

I hope that everyone has enjoyed the season so far and is feeling the healthy benefits of eating our fresh organic produce. Thank you for all your support and loyalty to our Farm. 

Pete for everyone at Stoneledge Farm 

 

Week #17

Dear CSA Member,

We have begun the first week of fall!  Cool mornings and warm sunny days, a perfect way to start the fall season.  These are also the ingredients needed for maximum fall color on our native trees.  New this week are cylindra beets.  They are large beets with astrong sweet flavor and a deep red color.  The cylinda beets are easy to peel and slice because of their long shape.  They taste great boiled or even roasted.  Below is a recipe for roasted beets and maple walnut salad.  (a farm favorite)  This week you will also be getting winter squash.  It is that time of year!  The winter squash can also be boiled or placed in the oven for 45 min at 350 degrees.  (covered)  By adding maple syrup to the winter squash it will make a warm delicious fall side dish.  

If you need maple syrup the Stoneledge Farm online marketplace offers maple syrup along with vegetables and fruit in bulk, Local Honey, Coffee and Chocolate.  This week there are mac apples, Italian Prune Plums and Green Bartlett Pears in bulk.  Great for freezing, making sauces, butters or even a pie!

The Maple syrup labeling system has changed since last year.  The labeling system is Grade A Dark with Robust Taste (the old Grade A)  and Grade A Very Dark and a Very Strong Taste (the old grade B)  The Grade A dark with robust taste is a lighter syrup that was bottled earlier in the season.  Grade A Very dark with Very strong taste was bottled later in the season.  Most people prefer the Darker syrup for cooking and baking but is great for a table syrup as well.

Enjoy this beautiful warm fall!

How do I order from the Marketplace?

-https://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace/about-market-place

-Click Member Login

-Select your Items

Roasted Beets and Maple Walnut Salad- (you can substitute the Kale with Spinach) 

Red Cabbage Recipe

 

Enjoy the Harvest!

Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #16

Dear CSA Member,

We are finally breaking the brutally hot temperatures!  It is beginning to feel like fall.  The shares will start to feel heavier as the hearty crops of fall will fill the shares.  

We are continuing to harvest as well as prepare the fields for winter.  Cover crop seeds have been planted (rye and oats) and are growing beautifully.  The seeds have to be planted and then rolled over again to make sure the seeds are covered completely by the soil.  Planting the cover crops takes time but has to be done to protect the ground from snow and frost.  

New this week is Butternut Winter Squash.  Our favorite way to cook it here on the farm is baked with maple syrup!  Directions below.

  • Cut the Butternut Squash is half and clean out the middle.  (scoop out the pulp with a spoon)
  • Lay in a 1in. baking dish and add 1/2 tsp. butter to each half butternut squash. 
  • Pour 1 tbl. of maple syrup in each half of butternut squash.
  • Cover butternut squash with tin foil and bake for 40 min. 
  • Let cool for 10min. and Enjoy!

This week you will also be getting Sage, white potatoes and carrots.  These three items pair really well together.

You will also be getting Habanero Peppers this week.  They are Extremely, Extremely HOT!  Please, take at your own risk.

Enjoy The Harvest!

Candice For Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

Week #14

Dear CSA Member,

It has been a beautiful start to September.  Warm days and cool nights.  Saturday was exceptional and a great day for the farm visit. Thank you to everyone who came to the farm.  It was a lovely day!

The schedule is a bit mixed up this week with the holiday Monday but your shares are coming finally on Thursday.  We have spent the past three days harvesting the Butternut Squash.  The butternut squash is absolutely beautiful.  The squash is harvested from the field and brought to be laid in long rows in the greenhouses.  The air and warmth allows for the winter squash to cure and will become ready for your CSA share.   

(We are still picking for this weeks share and we will send you an update on Tuesday.)

Enjoy the harvest.

Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

WEEK #13

Dear CSA Member

Moving into fall and you will see the difference starting to show in your CSA shares.  There are still summer time vegetables: Tomatoes and Peppers and Eggplant.  With a new fall crop of gold beets.  Each week the farm moves slowly with the seasons.

September 3 is the annual Fall Farm Festival from 11:30-3.  If you are using GPS please use 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451.  There are also directions on the farm website, “Contact Us” tab.  Use the Physical Address.  Come and meet your farmers, walk the fields where your vegetables are grown.  At 12 we will gather for lunch.  The farm will provide pulled pork with rolls and also a vegetarian stew, roast corn, portobello mushrooms, fresh fruit and coffee.  We ask members to bring a dish to share to help round out the lunch offerings and their own place setting.

There will be wagon rides, walks around the farm, I Spy game for kids and Scarecrow making.  You can pick a bouquet of flowers and help dig carrots to take home.   If you would like to take flowers home, please bring your own scissors and something that will keep the flowers until you get home.  Wet paper towels or newspapers in a plastic bag will usually do the trick.  No pets, please.

If you are traveling from NYC you might be interested in the bus that Chelsea CSA is sponsoring:

Bus Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/travel-to-stoneledge-farm-annual-fall-farm-festival-tickets-27257110752 

Saturday, September 3, 2015, 11:30am - 3:00pm

This event covers travel between NYC and the farm. We will be getting a bus or a van depending on registration.

The Chelsea CSA is arranging transportation to the farm and back for this event. Tickets are $5 per person and will help cover the cost of the bus rental. If you prefer to drive yourself, parking is available and you do not need to register here.

 

Adults and children are $5.

TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE

We will make one bathroom stop on the way up to the farm and one on the return trip. There is a port-a-potty at the farm. Bring a hat and sunscreen. Remember to wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. The ride is about 120 miles and take 2 ½ hrs hours to get there. Plan to arrive back around 6 pm.

Day of contact will be announced shortly.

Other local farms and businesses that will be attending:

The Stoneledge Farm Marketplace items will be available during the Farm Visit.  We will have coffee by the lb., chocolate and maple syrup for sale. 

Heather Ridge Farm www.Heather-ridge-farm.com  will have pastured meat and poultry for sale along with fiber items, socks from their own flock of Dorset & Icelandic sheep and llama wool, beeswax candles . All meat is frozen, please bring a cooler if you would like to purchase meat or poultry. To view all of their products go to their website.  If you are interested in placing a larger meat order, please contact Heather Ridge at HeatherRidgeFarm@aol.com.  Eat local.  Stock up on meat and poultry by ordering from Heather Ridge Farm and pick up your order at the farm visit.

Banana Moon Bakery with their delicious baked treats will have cookies and pie for sale. https://www.facebook.com/BananaMoonBakingCompany/

Our local Beekeeper James McManus will have the observation hive and also honey for sale.  

Sophia Hernandez will be there with Mexican Textiles.  Wallets,  blankets and more from Mexico.

The Cairo Historical Society will be attending.  They will have a table set up with information on the history of Cairo.  

Hope to see you at the Fall Farm Festival.

Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

Week #12

Dear CSA Member

August and the hot weather continues as well as the Peppers, Cucumbers and Tomatoes.  New this week is Hot Peppers.  (Use with caution!)  

Using the cilantro, hot peppers and tomatoes you can make a delicious cold Pico De Gallo.  One of Stoneledge Farms favorites!  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/35304/pico-de-gallo/ 

This week you will be getting more celery!  Below is a great link for celery recipes if you are interested.  To freeze the celery leaves wash, chop and place in a bag to freeze.  Great for winter time.  (soups and stocks)  

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/07/celery-recipe-raw-braised_n_2536087.html

There will be one more week of the sweet corn available through the Online Marketplace.  https://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace  If you are interested the orders must be placed Friday by 12pm for that current weeks delivery.  The corn is local (Story’s Farm) and conventionally grown.  

Sweet Corn Directions

There are boxes of tomatoes available through the CSA online Marketplace.  The tomatoes in the bulk boxes are smaller, red and good for freezing, sauce or just eating.  To place an order log into your member account from the farm website home page and then select Marketplace.  Your order will be delivered with the CSA shares.

Vegetables in Bulk Directions

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Fall Farm Festival. The Fall Farm Festival will be held on the farm September 3rd from 11:30-3:00.  Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. There are directions on the farm website Contact Us tab https://www.stoneledgefarmny.com/contact-information or using your GPS.  It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, meet your farmers and walk the fields.  We have the grill hot and will have pork as well as grilled Sweet Corn and Portobello Mushrooms .  Kim and Mickael of Paradis to Go http://paradistogo.com will be manning the roaster and Kim will make a batch of Stoneledge Farm Vegetable Chili.  There will be fresh fruit, Stoneledge Farm Coffee and water.   We ask that members bring a dish to share so that lunch is a giant pot luck get together.  If possible, please bring your own place settings, utensils and cup.   No pets, please.  

I will need to send an updated list tomorrow.

Enjoy the harvest.

Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm.

Week #11

Dear CSA Member,

Welcome to August!  Hot Hot Hot!  This summer we have be experiencing a severe drought but our pepper harvest has been exceptional.  This week you will be receiving a couple different types of peppers.  Many of them are heirloom varieties.  (will be noted below)  The coloring of the peppers are absolutely beautiful!    

New this week are Edamame Beans!  (Soy Beans)  Another crop that has done well in these weather conditions.  When preparing the edamame for eating separate the pod from the stalk and rinse.  The Edamame can be steamed or boiled.  When cooked you pop the bean out of the shell and eat only the bean.  Below is a simple and tasty recipe you can use.

Directions

Separate the pods from the stalks. Place bean pods in a large bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt, rub vigorously, and let stand 15 minutes. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil, add the beans and boil over high heat for 5 to 6 minutes. (For a firmer bean, decrease the cooking time.) Don't cover the pot or the beans will lose their bright green color. When ready, drain beans and serve hot or at room temperature. To eat as finger food, serve the beans in baskets or bowls. Squeeze the pods with your fingers to press the beans into your mouth and discard the pods.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Fall Farm Festival. The Fall Farm Festival will be held on the farm September 3rd from 11:30-3:00.  Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. There are directions on the farm website Contact Us tab https://www.stoneledgefarmny.com/contact-information or using your GPS.  It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, meet your farmers and walk the fields.  We have the grill hot and will have pork as well as grilled Sweet Corn and Portobello Mushrooms .  Kim and Mickael of Paradis to Go http://paradistogo.com will be manning the roaster and Kim will make a batch of Stoneledge Farm Vegetable Chili.  There will be fresh fruit, Stoneledge Farm Coffee and water.   We ask that members bring a dish to share so that lunch is a giant pot luck get together.  If possible, please bring your own place settings, utensils and cup.   No pets, please.  

Week #10

Dear CSA Member

August is here!  Where did July go?  It has been very dry and the tomatoes have done well.  The tomato plants have been tied up in a “basket weave” of twine to keep the tomatoes off the ground.  Stakes are pounded into the row every other plant and then twine is wound down the row around one stake and then to the back of the next.  Twine is then reversed on the row so that the tomato plant is held between the strands.  The tomatoes have better air circulation and the leaves and fruit are off of the ground.  

The onion harvest was great this season.  Last weeks Summer Shallots were tender and sweet.  This week you will receive Red Wing Red Onions.  The onions are harvested when their tops start to decline and the outer skin of the bulb is starting to thicken and dry.  The onions are pulled, crated and then laid in long rows in the greenhouses on the benches to dry.  Air and warmth allow the skins to finish drying and the onions are now ready for distribution for your CSA share.  

We hope that you will mark your calendar with the upcoming Fall Farm Festival.  The Fall Farm Festival will be held on the farm September 3rd from 11:30-3:00.  Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. There are directions on the farm website Contact Us tab https://www.stoneledgefarmny.com/contact-information or using your GPS.  It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, meet your farmers and walk the fields.  We have the grill hot and will have pork as well as grilled Sweet Corn and Portobello Mushrooms .  Kim and Mickael of Paradis to Go http://paradistogo.com will be manning the roaster and Kim will make a batch of Stoneledge Farm Vegetable Chili.  There will be fresh fruit, Stoneledge Farm Coffee and water.   We ask that members bring a dish to share so that lunch is a giant pot luck get together.  If possible, please bring your own place settings, utensils and cup.   No pets, please.  

Our neighbors from Heather Ridge Farm www.Heather-ridge-farm.com and Banana Moon Bakery https://www.facebook.com/BananaMoonBakingCompany/app_228910107186452 will be at the Festival with their products for purchase.  For special orders from Banana Moon please contact Banana Moon Directly bananamoonbaking@gmail.com.  If you are interested in placing a larger meat order, please contact Heather Ridge at HeatherRidgeFarm@aol.com.  Stock up on meat and poultry by ordering from Heather Ridge Farm and pick up your order at the farm visit.  Eat local.   Stoneledge Farm Marketplace products: Coffee, Chocolate, Honey and Maple will be available for sale at the Festival.  

There are flowers to pick and take home from the flower garden.  If you would like to take flowers home, please bring your own scissors and something that will keep the flowers until you get home.  Wet paper towels or newspapers in a plastic bag will usually do the trick.  There will be an “I Spy” game for kids of all ages as well as scarecrow making!  

It is really a great day to visit Stoneledge Farm and everyone who grows your vegetables.  Please make a note on your calendar and come to the farm

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to the farm.   Hope to see you at the farm.  

For more information about outdoor activities please check out:

http://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/

http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/  

Use the West of the Hudson search.

Hudson Valley Hiking Guide (www.trails.com)

For information about the wineries in the Hudson Valley Region go to: www.hudsonvalleywinecountry.org/

Enjoy the harvest

Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Far

 

Week #9

 

Dear CSA Member

 

No doubt that summer is here.  Heat and humidity make it a challenge to work outside.  We start early in the morning but still need to work into the heat of the day.  The summer plants love the weather, though and it is just what is needed for sweet tasting Peppers, Eggplant and Cucumbers.

 

This is a Coffee Share delivery week for members with an optional Coffee Share.  Fruit Share will be Early Mac Apples, Strawberries & Blueberries.  

Mushroom Share will be Crimini Mushrooms.

 

As always, the online Marketplace is open for weekly orders.  I will send a reminder e-mail if you place a Marketplace order.  This week some of the items on the Marketplace will be basil, blueberries and eggplant.  All great items for freezing!

 

Please make a note on your calendar, September 3  from 11:30 to 3:00 is the annual Fall Farm Festival.  The farm provides Pulled Pork with Rolls, Vegetarian Chili, Sweet Corn and Portobello Mushrooms from the grill and fresh Fruit.  We ask that members bring a dish to share to round out the luncheon. A great day to visit the farm that grows your CSA share.  More to come.

 

Enjoy the summer and the harvest.

 

Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #8

Dear CSA Member

It is a very busy time of year.  Tiding up the fields, spring time crop land tilled and replanted with Kale, Collards and fall vegetables.  Planting new crops to take over as others finish their seasonal harvests.  The endless cultivation of weeds that just do not give up.  Harvest for the weekly CSA shares.  

The summer squash is still in full force and you will be receiving quit a lot in your share again this week.  (Share some with your friends and neighbors!)  I have attached some links with great summer squash recipes.

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-baked-summer-squash-recipes-from-the-kitchn-60018

https://delishably.com/baked-goods/Summer-Squash-Bread-Recipe

http://healthyrecipesblogs.com/2014/07/23/yellow-squash-fritters/

We have no early spring tree fruit this year due to the late spring frost that damaged the buds on the trees.  We have been dependent on berries and cherries that fortunately did very well this year.  Try these Blueberry Sweet Summer Treats! 

http://www.tastebook.com/blog/blueberry-recipes-healthy-summer-desserts/

The Mushroom Share this week will be Shiitake.

We have vegetables in bulk available on the Online Marketplace great for freezing.  If you would like to order Coffee, Chocolate, Honey or Maple please log into your CSA Member Account from the farm website home page and place the order.  We will deliver the orders with the CSA shares. https://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace 

Please note: The order deadline for delivery of your Marketplace Order is by 1PM the day before your CSA delivery except for Mushroom orders must be received by the farm by Friday noon for delivery. Orders received after the deadline will be delivered the following CSA delivery week. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and reminder of your Marketplace order.

Summer time.  It is great.

Enjoy the harvest.

Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #7

Dear CSA Member

Each year at this time the farm undergoes our annual Organic Certification Inspection.  Records are diligently reviewed, our fields, equipment and all of the supplies inspected.  The farm has completed our annual inspection and certification.  It is a rigorous processbut we are proud to be able to display the USDA Organic logo.  

The summer squash harvest this year has been abundant.  We have some great recipes on our website for summer squash and zucchini.  If you haven't tried the zucchini chocolate cake recipe we highly recommend it!  It is delicious!  https://www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes/zucchini/340-chocolate-zucchini-bread  (When you pick up your share choose a large zucchini or golden glory summer squash for this recipe.)  

If you have any summer squash or zucchini recipes that you would like to share with the farm for the website that would be great.  Your can e-mail them to info@stoneledge.farm  

Marketplace Orders can be placed by logging into your CSA Member Account.  There is delicious organic, tree to bar dark chocolate from Grenada.  We visit the farmers and the chocolate maker and they are grateful for the support given by the CSA.  

Please note: The order deadline for delivery of your Marketplace Order is by 1PM the day before your CSA delivery except for Mushroom orders must be received by the farm by Friday noon for delivery. Orders received after the deadline will be delivered the following CSA delivery week. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and reminder of your Marketplace order. 

Enjoy the Harvest.

Stoneledge Farm

Week #6

Dear CSA Member

Moving into summertime in the fields.  A new set of photos of the potato fields in bloom have been posted on the Farm News section of the farm website: https://www.stoneledgefarmny.com/on-the-farm/farm-blog and also on the farm FaceBook page.  Potatoes are beautiful when in bloom.  Take a look.

It is a summer time feeling share this week with the first of the Oriental Express Eggplant and cucumbers being harvested.  There are a couple different varieties of cucumbers and summer squash this week.  Everything looks delicious!

A reminder that the optional Shares: Mushrooms and Fruit are only to be picked up by those that have ordered them.  We want to make sure that everyone can pick up the shares that they have ordered.

Marketplace items are available each week: Vegetables in Bulk, Honey, Maple Syrup, Chocolate and Coffee.  To order log into your CSA Member Account from the farm website home page.  Please note: The order deadline for delivery of your Marketplace Order is by 1PM the day before your CSA delivery except for Mushroom orders must be received by the farm by Friday noon for delivery. Orders received after the deadline will be delivered the following CSA delivery week. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and reminder of your Marketplace order.

Enjoy the Vegetables and this wonderful Summer weather.

Candice for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

Week #5

Dear CSA Member

Our garden is flourishing in the wonderful summer conditions we have had recently. The lack of moisture and warm dry conditions favor the up and coming heat loving summer produce. We are able to irrigate the crops which require more water while leaving others dry. Keeping the foliage of plants like tomatoes, potatoes, squash, cucumbers and sweet peppers dry is essential in preventing many diseases which can greatly reduce crop yields. We are certainly grateful for the stretch of seasonable weather we have had.  

Walking through the fields and planning the coming weeks is always a weekly project Pete Jr. looks forward to. This morning the bees were hard at work throughout the fields pollinating the plentiful blossoms. Thousands of immature cucumbers, eggplant and peppers are appearing quickly. The greens are holding on strong and we still have a large variety of lettuce for the coming weeks. Herbs like parsley, dill and cilantro are quickly growing from seedlings into mature plants. 

What a weekly harvest of Summer Squash.  The conditions have been perfect and the picking abundant.  This week you will be getting mixed varieties of summer squash and zucchini.  The farm website Recipes & Produce ID have great recipes and pictures for identification of the produce.  www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes 

This week is the first Fruit Share delivery.  Please take fruit only if you have ordered this optional Fruit Share.  If you do not remember you can check your order by logging into your CSA Member Account.  Your CSA coordinators will have Fruit Share members on the sign in roster as well.  This week there are local Sweet Cherries and Blueberries.  The cherry crop this year is very sparse due to the late frost.  Fix Brothers (the local cherry orchard)  picked these delicious cherries just for our CSA.     

 This is also a Coffee Share delivery week and if you have a Coffee Share you will receive a reminder e-mail.  Mushroom Shares are delivered every week and are Portobello Mushrooms this week.

Please note: The order deadline for delivery of your Marketplace Order is by 1PM the day before your CSA delivery except for Mushroom and Sweet Corn Orders. Mushroom and Sweet Corn orders must be received by the farm by Friday noon for delivery. Orders received after the deadline will be delivered the following CSA delivery week. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and reminder of your Marketplace order.

Enjoy the harvest.

Stoneledge Farm

Week #4

Dear CSA Member

June has been hot and dry but perfect for Sugar Snap Peas.  New this week is Sugar Snap Peas.  They are so delicious!  Sugar Snap Peas can be eaten raw (our favorite way to eat them) or cooked.  To string the pod pinch the stem and pull the string down toward the other end to remove the stem and the string.  Eat the whole pod.  The entire pea is edible.

Here is a simple and delicious way to cook the sugar snap pease. http://www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes/67-sugar-snap-peas

Early Caraflex Cabbage is an early, pointed cabbage variety that is also an Heirloom seed variety.  The Cabbage is sweet and makes delicious slaw.  For Cole Slaw recipes go to the farm website Recipe & Produce ID section.  http://www.stoneledge.farm/csa-program/recipes/cabbage

This week you will also be getting Natcha Escarole.  It is a slightly bitter green that is excellent with white beans.  The Lettuces are still abundant and glorious.  (Don’t put away the salad spinner!)  Romaine Lettuce, Red Leaf and Butter- Crunch will be in the share this week.

Summer Savory tastes great with almost anything.  It goes well with many vegetables and is great to make a dressing or marinade.  You can add Summer Savory to your slaw using the Caraflex Cabbage this week. 

Marketplace items are available weekly.  Mushroom Share this week is Shiitake Mushrooms.

Enjoy the Harvest.

Everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #3 - 2016

Dear CSA Member

This is a very busy time on the farm.  The harvest is now well underway but there are greenhouses full of seedlings needing to be transplanted for fall. Weeds are trying to make a hold and there is constant cultivation to keep them under control. It is hard to keep up with all that needs to be done day to day.  It is also a wonderful time of year when months of work which was started in February is ready for harvest.  

This is salad season.  It comes and goes quickly so enjoy the greens of spring.  The Romaine can be grilled, Lettuce Soup recipe is on the farm website and if you are invited to dinner or a party, volunteer to bring the salad!  This week the lettuces are beautiful.  The lettuce is mature but still sweet and tender.  Frisee Endive is new this week.  Finely serrated leaves are great in a salad.  

Summer Spinach is a staple on the farm and the first delivery will come in your share this week.  

It seems a bit early but you may like to make a note on your calendar that the Fall Farm Festival will be held September3 this year.  It is a great day to share with family and other CSA members on the farm.

The CSA Marketplace is open and you can log into your CSA Member Account to order Honey, Maple Syrup, Coffee and Chocolate.   Mushrooms are also available weekly from the Marketplace.  Mushroom orders must be received by Friday 11 AM .  All of the products that we offer on the Marketplace are grown or produced on small family farms.  Support family farmers locally, in Central America and Grenada with your Marketplace order.  http://www.stoneledge.farm/marketplace 

*Please note that the labels for the Maple Industry have changed.

Formally Grade A is now- Maple Syrup Grade ADark Color Robust Taste

Formally Grade B is now- Maple Syrup Grade A Very Dark Color Strong Taste

Same syrup, different labeling system

 

Enjoy the Harvest

Stoneledge Farm

Week #24

Dear CSA Member

This is the last delivery for the 2015 season. A bittersweet time as we have been working so hard all year to grow, harvest and deliver CSA shares. Now that the last delivery is upon us, we are grateful for a bountiful season, the members who have been part of the CSA, the CSA Coordinators that manage the CSA sites, the sponsor sites and their staff where the distribution occurs each week, the crew on the farm that work so very hard.   We thank everyone who was a member this season and a special thank you to the CSA site coordinators and site hosts.  

We are already planning and planting for the 2016 season. Once the 2016 is set to order log into your CSA Member Account from the farm website home page and place your 2016 CSA share order. As a current member you have a CSA Member Account so you do not need to create a new one.   We will be sending an e-mail once the 2016 is set up on line which should be within the week.  Early sign upsare appreciated as most of our purchasing for the next season happens in December. It seems that CSA continues to grow in popularity and early sign up also secures your shares for the next season. There will be the three pay option available again for 2016 which breaks down the share payment over three months time.   If you have any questions please send an e-mail to the farm at info@stoneledge.farm and we will respond quickly.

Marketplace items are available with many vegetables, fruit in bulk, coffee, chocolate, honey and maple.  Place an order for great gift giving this season.  Please order by Sunday 3PM to make sure we can fill your order to be delivered with the last CSA shares.

Enjoy the bountiful harvest.  Thank you again for being a CSA member.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #23

Dear CSA Member

It has been a beautiful fall.  The leaves have been spectacular.  The Oaks are always the last to color and last night many of them fell.  There is a blanket of leaves.  

The season is nearing an end with only one week remaining after this delivery.  Your bag will be full of all that the late season has to offer.  Garlic, Shallots, Scallions. Such great oniony crops this year.  We just planted our garlic crop for 2016.  The seed is the garlic that was grown this year.  Each head is split into cloves and the cloves planted.  Each clove will become a garlic head next season. The cloves overwinter in the field to sprout in the spring.  The cycle continues.

Popcorn for the first time this season.  The popcorn has been drying in the greenhouse. The heat and dry conditions are perfect to dry the corn. You can leave the pop corn to dry a bit more in a warm, dry spot.  To make fresh pop corn take the kernels from the cob.  The first row is the hardest.  The others will be easier as there is room on the cob.  Using about 1/2 cup of kernels for a large bowl of pop corn, heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a large pan with a lid.  On medium high heat add the pop corn and cover.  As the corn heats the moisture in the kernel explodes.  Add butter, salt or your favorite and enjoy.

Marketplace items are available with many vegetables, fruit in bulk, coffee, chocolate, honey and maple.  Place an order for great gift giving this season.

Enjoy the bountiful harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

Week #22

THIS IS A COFFEE SHARE DELIVERY WEEK.

Dear CSA Member

Week #22 already.  This season is nearly finished.  There will be two more deliveries after this week.  We hope to have the 2016 season open for sign up late in November and we will send you an e-mail.  It seems that CSA keeps growing each year.  We started with our CSA deliveries almost 20 years ago now.  Our first site was the Carnegie Hill CSA and there are still first and second season members who are on the Core Group working away each week as we deliver the shares after 20 seasons.  Members who were just starting families now have children in college as 20 years has passed. Friendships have formed. The CSA has become a fixture in the community as the truck pulls up each week and crates and crates of produce are unloaded. Our own family has grown up and now our son who was only a little kid, picking and helping pack shares each week now is in charge of the farming operations.  A legacy of community commitment and community support for each other and our farm.  

This week there are Sweet Potatoes.  Members have asked for them and we decided to try growing them this season.  They are a crop that we will probably not grow again next season because they just do not grow as large as we would like and they take ages to harvest.   Many are small but are tasty.  

Beautiful greens:  Red Russian Kale, Lettuces, Mustard Greens, Mizuna.  Heavy root crops of Carrots, and Purple Globe Top Tuniips.  Butternut Winter Squash and Shallots that have both grown exceptionally well this season.  

Many vegetables and fruit are available for bulk order through the online CSA Marketplace.  Coffee, Organic Dark Chocolate, Maple Syrup and Honey available as well.  With only a couple of deliveries left it is a good idea to order soon for holiday gift giving.  

I have posted a photo of our 2015 Farm Crew on the farm website Farm News page:  https://www.stoneledge.farm/on-the-farm/farm-blog.  Take a look.

Enjoy the bountiful harvest.  

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

It is a little early for some of the amounts and I will need to send an updated list on Sunday after harvest.

Week #21

Dear CSA Member

It has been really cold with temperatures in the 20’s the other night but the sun is shining today and the leaves on the trees are magnificent.   This week there are a number of different vegetables in you CSA share.  Brussels Sprouts on the stalk, Celeriac, Fall Turnips along with Potatoes, Lettuces which survived the frost, Boc Choi, Onions and Butternut.  Your bags will be heavy as we move into the end of the CSA season.  The fall vegetables after being touched with frost have an even sweeter flavor.  

The Brussels Sprouts need to be cut from the stalk, any damaged outer leaves removed, rinsed.   The men move through the field with heavy knives cutting the top leaves from the plant and then cutting through the stem.  The stalk is sturdy and very hard to cut. The sprouts will keep for a long time in a plastic bag or other storage container in the refrigerator.

Celeriac or Celery Root has the flavor of celery and can be used in any soup or stew or in a variety of salads or cooked.  There are recipes on the farm website, Recipe section.

Please visit the farm website Farm News to see the students of PS 11 visiting the farm and helping pick up potatoes.  There is also more information about Daikon Radish included with last weeks news.  

We are nearing the end of the season so please place your orders for honey, maple, coffee and chocolate if you are interested.  The products are all from small family farms, farmers that we know and help support with the Marketplace.  They make great holiday gifts and you might want to stock up for the long cold days ahead as well.  There are many bulk amounts of vegetables and fruit available as well. 

Enjoy the bounty of the harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

October 16, 2015 - Week #20

Week #20

 

Dear CSA Member

Perfect fall weather and perfect fall crops this week in the CSA shares.  New photos on the farm website, Farm News, https://www.stoneledge.farm/on-the-farm/farm-blog .  The daikon patch seemed to be at the edge of the rainbow.  Beautiful sun and clouds across the Catskill Mountains with our fields in the foreground.  Take a look.

Daikon, Beets with Greens, Butternut Winter Squash, Red Onions, Potatoes, fall Lettuces, Red Cherriette Radishes, Mizuna and Red Mustard.   A treat to have a fresh lettuce salad once again.  The fall planting of lettuces, Mizuna and Mustard are always milder and sweet tasting.  Chop the Mustard and Mizuna and try adding to your salad.  The beets are two vegetables in one bunch.  Use the greens separately and then the root.  

We have been adding Daikon recipes to the website Recipe section .  If you have a favorite please send it to the farm so we can share your recipe as well.  

Many items have been added to the CSA online Marketplace for bulk orders.  The beekeeper has just delivered freshly drawn honey in 2 pound jars.  He was not sure just how much he would be able to gather but there was a very good supply.  The fall honey is dark and rich.

Enjoy the bounty.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

October 12, 2015

Hello Members - Week #19 update

An updated list follows.  There are also bulk quantities of vegetables and new this week is a limited number of broccoli, along with kale, collards, apples and pears.  Taking a jar of home made apple sauce from the self is a treat during the winter. Kale is easily frozen and makes a great addition to a winter time nutritional shake.  To freeze kale for winter nutritional shakes just wash, chop, stuff cupcake tins and freeze.  Once the kale is frozen pop the cubes into a freezer bag.  You can also freeze kale loose in freezer bags and then take what you need.  Collards can be frozen the same way. When you are mixing a shake add a cube or a handful of frozen greens for an nutritional winter time boost.

Week #19

Dear CSA Member

Fall is here with the trees starting to show the beauty of their fall colors.  The fall crops that we planted late this summer are starting to come into their season as well.  Boc choi this week and the fall seeding of Mustard Green along with Collards, Butternut, Leeks, Sage and Carrots.  There are new recipes on the farm website Recipe section that feature many of the vegetables in this weeks share.

Market place items are great for holiday gift giving and do see out as we move into the last weeks of the CSA season.  There are also bulk quantities of vegetables, apples and pears.  If there is something you would like in bulk please send me an e-mail.  

Enjoy the fall and bounty of the harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

October 3, 2015

Week #18

Dear CSA Member

Rain by the bucketful this past week.  There was a deficit rain in the overall rainfall this year to date going into the week and now a surplus.  Over 7 inches of rain.   The rain gauge records up to 6 inches and the water was pouring over the edges at 6 inches so we do not know exactly how much rain we did receive.  The ground was so dry from months of no rain that the water quickly was soaked into the parched soil.  Very cool weather after the rain and the fall greens are looking wonderful.  

Boc Choi, Deadon Cabbage, Butternut Winter Squash, Potatoes and Onions.  Heavy fall vegetables that will fill your CSA shares.  Try fresh cabbage sliced thinly on your lunch time sandwich in place of lettuce.  Butternut Winter Squash can be used in any recipe calling for Winter Squash or Pumpkin with an even richer flavor.  Potatoes are probably filling your vegetable drawer in your refrigerator and will keep into the winter if you do not use them up each week.  Try a pinch of freshly ground Nutmeg in your mashed potatoes or Potato Gratin.

The chipmunks are frantic running from Oak tree to Oak tree picking up the acorns that have fallen, storing them away for winter. We are fortunate that we have warm kitchens and full refrigerators going into the cold winter months.

Enjoy the harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

September 25th, 2015

Week #17

Dear CSA Member

Butternut Winter Squash was picked a month ago and has been curing in the heat of the greenhouses to develop the deep orange color and sweet, dense flavor.  The variety is a smaller Butternut that is a bit easier to handle and has exceptional flavor.  Winter Squash differs from Summer Squash in that the squash is mature with a hardened skin.  You can use Butternut in any recipe calling for Winter Squash or Pumpkin.  All the same family and you will find that the Butternut has a better texture and flavor than most pumpkins.

Lacinato Kale or Tuscano Kale or Dinosaur Kale.  All the same kale with many different names.  Lacinato Kale is a long, thin leaved kale with a slightly blueish tint to the leaves.  A favorite for use fresh in Kale Salad.

The weeks are slipping by and you may like to stock up on honey and maple going into the winter.  Both will keep and be a treat during the cold before we start our CSA deliveries once again next June.  The Marketplace stock does start to run low toward the end of the season so please place your orders early to make sure you receive the products you would like.

Enjoy this beautiful fall and the bountiful harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

September 19, 2015

Week #16

Dear CSA Member,

Warm and sunny.  A welcome week as September moves along.  The Farm Visit was such a wonderful gathering of CSA Members and families.  Thank you to everyone that made the trip to the farm.  

Fall vegetables in abundance:  Potatoes, Shallots, Kale, Cabbage and Radish.  Shares start to feel heavier as the hearty crops of fall fill the shares.  The very last picking of Eggplant, Peppers and Tomatillos.  We try to harvest everything we can for your CSA shares.  

There are bulk quantities of Gala, Macintosh and Fuji Apples available through the online CSA Marketplace along with delicious Maple Syrup that comes in Grade A Regular and Grade B Dark.  The Grade B Dark Syrup is good for cooking or if you like a stronger flavored Maple Syrup.   To order through the Marketplace log into your CSA Member Account from the farm website home page.  

Enjoy this beautiful early fall weather and the harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

September 14, 2015

Week #15

 

Dear CSA Member

We just made the CSA share delivery yesterday but will be back on the regular schedule again next week and your list follows.

First of the Winter Squash.  The variety is Butternut and they are a delicious, small Butternut variety.  Butternut Winter Squash is wonderful with a drizzle of Maple Syrup added during baking.  To bake Winter Squash cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds.  The seed cavity makes a perfect hollow for the Maple Syrup.  Bake until tender and enjoy.  You can order Maple Syrup from the online CSA Marketplace if you are interested and the order will be delivered with your CSA shares.

Beautiful Red Potatoes.  The skins are a rosy pink color and are wonderful cooked with the skins.  Green Beans one more time along with the summertime tomatoes and peppers.  

Enjoy the harvest.

Deborah

for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

September 8th, 2015

WEEK #14

Dear CSA Member

The schedule is a bit mixed up this week with the holiday Monday but your shares are coming finally on Thursday.  We are harvesting all of the summer time crops, cleaning the fields and so you will have nice ripe tomatoes, peppers and eggplant again this week.   The summer time crops will soon come to an end.  Enjoy them while they last.

September 12 is the annual Fall Farm Festival from 11:30-3.  If you are using GPS please use 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451.  There are also directions on the farm website, “Contact Us” tab.  Use the Physical Address  Come and meet your farmers, walk the fields where your vegetables are grown.  At 12 we will gather for lunch.  The farm will provide pulled pork with rolls and also a vegetarian stew, roast corn, portobello mushrooms, fresh fruit and coffee.  We ask members to bring a dish to share to help round out the lunch offerings and their own place setting.

There will be wagon rides, walks around the farm, pick a bouquet of flowers and help dig potatoes to take home.   If you would like to take flowers home, please bring your own scissors and something that will keep the flowers until you get home.  Wet paper towels or newspapers in a plastic bag will usually do the trick.  No pets, please.

If you are traveling from NYC you might be interested in the bus that Chelsea CSA is sponsoring:

Bus Info:

The Chelsea CSA is chartering a bus from NYC to the farm and back for the Fall Farm Festival on Saturday 9/12. Bus tickets are $5 per person and will help defray the cost of the bus rental.

Tickets can be purchased here: http://stoneledgefarmvisit2015.eventbrite.com

Transportation will leave from the Hudson Guild Elliott Center (441 West 26 St) at 8:30 am SHARP! Please arrive NO LATER THAN 8:15 am, or you will miss the bus. We will begin boarding at 8 am in front of the Center. Plan to arrive back in the city around 6 pm. Kids are welcome. Tickets are first-come first-served and are non-refundable.

Questions about the trip should be directed at events@chelseacsa.org. Day of contact is Laura, 908-866-1272.

Other local farms and businesses that will be attending:

Heather Ridge Farm www.Heather-ridge-farm.com  will have pastured meat and poultry for sale along with fiber items, socks from their own flock of Dorset & Icelandic sheep and llama wool, beeswax candles . All meat is frozen, please bring a cooler if you would like to purchase meat or poultry. To view all of their products go to their website.  If you are interested in placing a larger meat order, please contact Heather Ridge at HeatherRidgeFarm@aol.com.  Eat local.  Stock up on meat and poultry by ordering from Heather Ridge Farm and pick up your order at the farm visit.

Banana Moon Bakery with their delicious baked treats will have cookies and pie for sale.

Our local Beekeeper James McManus will have the observation hive and also honey for sale.  

Stoneledge Farm Marketplace items will be available as well during the Farm Visit.  

Hope to see you at the Fall Farm Festival this upcoming Saturday.  If you have any questions please send an e-mail to the farm and we will be back in touch.

Enjoy the harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

August 30, 2015

WEEK #13

Dear CSA Member

Moving into fall and you will see the difference starting to show in your CSA shares.  There are still summer time vegetables: Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant with new fall crops of Kale and Leeks.  Each week the farm moves slowly with the seasons.

September 12 is the annual Fall Farm Festival from 11:30-3.  If you are using GPS please use 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451.  There are also directions on the farm website, “Contact Us” tab.  Use the Physical AddressCome and meet your farmers, walk the fields where your vegetables are grown.  At 12 we will gather for lunch.  The farm will provide pulled pork with rolls and also a vegetarian stew, roast corn, portobello mushrooms, fresh fruit and coffee.  We ask members to bring a dish to share to help round out the lunch offerings and their own place setting.

There will be wagon rides, walks around the farm, pick a bouquet of flowers and help dig carrots to take home.   If you would like to take flowers home, please bring your own scissors and something that will keep the flowers until you get home.  Wet paper towels or newspapers in a plastic bag will usually do the trick.  No pets, please.

Other local farms and businesses that will be attending:

Heather Ridge Farm www.Heather-ridge-farm.com  will have pastured meat and poultry for sale along with fiber items, socks from their own flock of Dorset & Icelandic sheep and llama wool, beeswax candles . All meat is frozen, please bring a cooler if you would like to purchase meat or poultry. To view all of their products go to their website.  If you are interested in placing a larger meat order, please contact Heather Ridge at HeatherRidgeFarm@aol.com.  Eat local.  Stock up on meat and poultry by ordering from Heather Ridge Farm and pick up your order at the farm visit.

Banana Moon Bakery with their delicious baked treats will have cookies and pie for sale.

Our local Beekeeper James McManus will have the observation hive and also honey for sale.  

Stoneledge Farm Marketplace items will be available as well during the Farm Visit.  

If you are traveling from NYC you might be interested in the bus that Chelsea CSA is sponsoring:

Bus Info:

The Chelsea CSA is chartering a bus from NYC to the farm and back for the Fall Farm Festival on Saturday 9/12. Bus tickets are $5 per person and will help defray the cost of the bus rental.

Tickets can be purchased here: http://stoneledgefarmvisit2015.eventbrite.com

Transportation will leave from the Hudson Guild Elliott Center (441 West 26 St) at 8:30 am SHARP! Please arrive NO LATER THAN 8:15 am, or you will miss the bus. We will begin boarding at 8 am in front of the Center. Plan to arrive back in the city around 6 pm. Kids are welcome. Tickets are first-come first-served and are non-refundable.

Questions about the trip should be directed at events@chelseacsa.org. Day of contact is Laura, 908-866-1272.

Hope to see you at the Fall Farm Festival.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

August 22, 2015

Dear CSA Member

August and the hot weather continues as well as the Peppers, Tomatoes, Tomatillos and Eggplant.  New this week are Potatoes.  Freshly dug and just delicious.  There are new photos posted on the Farm News section of the farm website.  Take a look.

Please mark your calendar for the upcoming Fall Farm Festival. 

SEPTEMBER 12, 2015 11:30 AM -  3:00PM  145 GARCIA LANE LEEDS, NY  12451  Come and meet your farmers, walk the fields where your vegetables are grown or enjoy a wagon ride.  Please bring a dish to share and your own place setting.  Pork, Sweet Corn and Portobello Mushrooms from the grill, Vegetarian Chili, fresh Fruit, Coffee and Water will be available.

Pick a bouquet of flowers to take home.    Local agriculture products available for sale as well as Stoneledge Farm Marketplace items.  We hope you will be able to make it.

Enjoy the harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm.

 

August 15, 2015

Dear CSA Member

What beautiful summer weather.  Hot and sunny, just enough rain to keep things growing.  Tomatoes, Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers and Onions.  A wonderful summer time share.  

New this week is Fararo Cabbage.  A larger round head ofgreen cabbage to make summer time salads now that the lettuce is gone until fall.  

Toma Verde Tomatillos for the first time this season.  Tomatillos, also known as Mexican husk tomato.  Not a tomato but in the same family, tomatillos can be eaten raw or cooked and are the main ingredient in Salsa Verde.  There are good Tomatillo recipes on the farm website.  Select The Farm tab and then Recipes.

Enjoy the harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

August 8, 2015

Dear CSA Member

August and the tomatoes are finally ripening. It seems that tomatoes across the region have taken their time ripening this season.  The early season wet and cold weather are not the most favorable growing conditions for tomatoes but the month of July was dry and the tomatoes have done well.  The tomato plants have been tied up in a “basket weave” of twine to keep the tomatoes off the ground.  Stakes are pounded into the row every other plant and then twine is wound down the row around one stake and then to the back of the next.  Twine is then reversed on the row so that the tomato plant is held between the strands.  The tomatoes have better air circulation and the leaves and fruit are off of the ground.  

The onion harvest was great this season and they are the best looking and tasting onions we have grown in years.  Last weeks’ Shallots are included in this overall onion family harvest.  This week you will receive White Sedona Onions.  The onions are harvested when their tops start to decline and the outer skin of the bulb is starting to thicken and dry.  The onions are pulled, crated and then laid in long rows in the greenhouses on the benches to dry.  Air and warmth allow the skins to finish drying and the onions are now ready for distribution for your CSA share.  

We hope that you will mark your calendar with the upcoming Fall Farm Festival.  The Fall Farm Festival will be held on the farm September 12 from 11:30-3:00.  Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address. There are directions on the farm website Contact Us tab https://www.stoneledgefarmny.com/contact-information or using your GPS.  It is a great day to come to the farm and see how your vegetables are grown, meet your farmers and walk the fields.  We have the grill hot and will have pork as well as grilled Sweet Corn and Portobello Mushrooms .  Kim and Mickael of Paradis to Go http://paradistogo.com will be manning the roaster and Kim will make a batch of Stoneledge Farm Vegetable Chili.  There will be fresh fruit, Stoneledge Farm Coffee and water.   We ask that members bring a dish to share so that lunch is a giant pot luck get together.  If possible, please bring your own place settings, utensils and cup.   No pets, please.  

Our neighbors from Heather Ridge Farm www.Heather-ridge-farm.com and Banana Moon Bakery https://www.facebook.com/BananaMoonBakingCompany/app_228910107186452 will be at the Festival with their products for purchase.  If you are interested in placing a larger meat order, please contact Heather Ridge at HeatherRidgeFarm@aol.com.  Stock up on meat and poultry by ordering from Heather Ridge Farm and pick up your order at the farm visit.  Eat local.   Stoneledge Farm Marketplace products: Coffee, Chocolate, Honey and Maple will be available for sale at the Festival.  

There are flowers to pick and take home from the flower garden.  If you would like to take flowers home, please bring your own scissors and something that will keep the flowers until you get home.  Wet paper towels or newspapers in a plastic bag will usually do the trick.  

It is really a great day to visit Stoneledge Farm and everyone who grows your vegetables.  Please make a note on your calendar and come to the farm

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to the farm.   Hope to see you at the farm.  

For more information about outdoor activities please check out:

http://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/

http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/  

Use the West of the Hudson search.

Hudson Valley Hiking Guide (www.trails.com)

For information about the wineries in the Hudson Valley Region go to: www.hudsonvalleywinecountry.org/

Enjoy the harvest

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

August 1st, 2015

Dear CSA Member

No doubt that summer is here.  Heat and humidity make it a challenge to work outside.  We start early in the morning but still need to work into the heat of the day.  The summer plants love the weather, though and it is just what is needed for sweet tasting Peppers, Eggplant and Cucumbers.  This week Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes, a member favorite.

New this week are Shallots.  A fine crop of Shallots this season.  We had very good sizedtransplants that continued to grow well once we planted them in the field even in the dry conditions in May and the wet conditions of June.  Shallots are somewhat ofa mix of flavors between an onion and garlic.  They are also sometimes known as eschallots.

This is a Coffee Share delivery week for members with an optional Coffee Share.  Fruit Share will be Peaches and Nectarines.  Mushroom Share will be Oyster Mushrooms.

As always, the online Marketplace is open for weekly orders.  I will send a reminder e-mail if you place a Marketplace order.

Enjoy the summer and the harvest.

 

Please make a note on your calendar, September 12  from 11:30 to 3:00 is the annual  Fall Farm Festival.  The farm provides Pulled Pork with Rolls, Sweet Corn and Portobello Mushrooms from the grill and fresh Fruit.  We ask that members bring a dish to share to round out the luncheon. A great day to visit the farm that grows your CSA share.   More to come.

 

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

July 24th, 2015

Dear CSA Member

It is a very busy time of year.  Tiding up the fields, spring time crop land tilled and replanted with Kale, Collards and fall vegetables.  Planting new crops to take over as others finish their seasonal harvests.  The endless cultivation of weeds that just do not give up.  Harvest for the weekly CSA shares.  

There are still Summer Squash although the numbers are limited this week as we move to a new patch.  Eggplant is starting to produce and this week we should have Green Beans.  

Green Basil, Scallions, Bright Lights Swiss Chard and Lettuce.  I thought the lettuce was finished a couple of weeks ago but we started so many plantings this spring time and with all the cool rainy weather earlier this summer, the lettuce continues.  One more week of Celery.  The Celery is dark, juicy and sweet.  What Celery should really taste like.  

Fruit Share this week will be White Peaches and Yellow Nectarines.  Mushroom Share is Shiitake.

If you would like to order Coffee, Chocolate, Honey or Maple please log into your CSA Member Account from the farm website home page and place the order.  We will deliver the orders with the CSA shares.

Summer time.  It is great. Enjoy the harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

July 18th, 2015

Dear CSA Member

Each year at this time the farm undergoes our annual Organic Certification Inspection.  Records are diligently reviewed, our fields, equipment and all of the supplies inspected.  The farm has completed our annual inspection and certification.  It is a rigorous processbut we are proud to be able to display the USDA Organic logo.  

The share this week has some new and different vegetables.  Real Celery, Fennel, Eggplant, Cilantro and Cabbage.  The Celery is dark green and has a strong flavor.  The leaves are very flavorful as well and if you do not use them now, wash, chop and put in a zip lock bag to be stored in your freezer.  When you are making soup as the weather cools, the Celery greens will be a wonderful addition.

Fennel has a sweet anise taste andcan be cooked or eaten raw. There is a delicious Fennel and Tomato Soup recipe on the farm website Recipe section.  

Marketplace Orders can be placed by logging into your CSA Member Account.  There is delicious organic, tree to bar dark chocolate from Grenada.  We visit the farmers and the chocolate maker and they are grateful for the support given by the CSA.  

This week Fruit Share is Yellow Peaches and Sugar Plums.  The Mushroom Share is White Button.

Enjoy the Harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

July 11th, 2015

Dear CSA Member

Moving into summertime in the fields.  A new set of photos of the potato fields in bloom have been posted on  the Farm New section of the farm website: https://www.stoneledgefarmny.com/on-the-farm/farm-blog.  Potatoes are beautiful when in bloom.  Take a look.

The spring time vegetables are nearly gone with only a week left of lettuce.  The fields where the spring vegetables were planted has been disced and fall vegetables planted for harvest later.  

A reminder that the optional Shares: Mushrooms and Fruit are only to be picked up by those that have ordered them.  We want to make sure that everyone can pick up the shares that they have ordered.

Marketplace items are available each week: Honey, Maple Syrup, Chocolate and Coffee.  To order log into your CSA Member Account from the farm website home page.

Enjoy the Vegetables and this wonderful Summer weather.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

July 4th, 2015

Dear CSA Member

It has rained 23 out of 30 days in June.  Greens love the cold and wet and the Cabbage, Lettuces and Escarole are beautiful.  The Kohlrabi is huge and Spinach green and sweet.  Scallions are perfect from the white root to the green tip.  

Sugar Snap peas are a favorite but due to the extreme rainy and cold conditions the Sugar Snap peas crop has failed.  There are just some conditions that certain plants can not withstand.  We are planting the Sugar Snap peas again and hope to have a crop for fall harvest.  We have not planted peas for fall so we will need to see how it all works out but want to try.  

This week is the first Fruit Share delivery.  Please take fruit only if you have ordered this optional Fruit Share.  If you do not remember you can check your order by logging into your CSA Member Account.  Your CSA coordinators will have Fruit Share members on the sign in roster as well.  This week there are local Sweet Cherries and Blueberries.  

This is also a Coffee Share delivery week and if you have a Coffee Share you will receive a reminder e-mail.  Mushroom Shares  are Portobello Mushrooms this week.

Marketplace orders can be placed up to the day before your shares are delivered.  To order from the Marketplace log into your CSA Member Account.  

Enjoy the harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

June 27th, 2015

Dear CSA Member

It has been a cool and very rainy June.  Complete opposite to the very dry and warm May.  With the rain and cool temperatures come beautiful greens. White Russian Kale has been enjoying the weather.  Almost like growing in thefall.  Natcha Escarole is a slightly bitter green that is excellent with white beans.   Lettuces are still abundant and glorious.   

New this week is Cabbage.  Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage is an early, pointed cabbage variety that is also an Heirloom seed variety.  The Cabbage is sweet and makes delicious slaw.  An easy and delicious Cole Slaw recipe on the farm website Recipe section.  The Recipe collection can be found under The Farm tab. 

Kohlrabi, Red Kolibri, is the bulb shaped vegetable with leaves at the top.  The leaves and the bulb are edible.  Kohlrabi can be used fresh or cooked.  The bulb tastes a bit like the stem of a broccoli.

Marketplace items are available weekly.  Mushroom Share this week is Oyster Mushrooms.

PS 11 3rd Grade Students visited the farm in May.  We have received very nice thank you cards from the students.  One student wrote a poem that we have included on the Farm News on the farm websitewww.stoneledge.farm

Enjoy the Harvest.

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

 

June 20th

Dear CSA Member

This is a very busy time on the farm.  The harvest is now well underway but there are greenhouses full of seedlings needing to be transplanted for fall. Weeds are trying to make a hold and there is constant cultivation to keep them under control. It is hard to keep up with all that needs to be done day to day.  It is also a wonderful time of year when months of work which was started in February is ready for harvest.  

This is salad season.  It comes and goes quickly so enjoy the greens of spring.  The Romaine can be grilled, Lettuce Soup recipe is on the farm website and if you are invited to dinner or a party, volunteer to bring the salad!  This week the lettuces are beautiful.  The lettuce is mature but still sweet and tender.  There are three different varieties: Romaine, Red Tide, and Buttercrunch. An addition to the salad is also Frisee Endive.  Small very serrated leaves that are wonderful cut finely and added to a fresh salad.   Red lettuces are always more tender so handle carefully.  

Cylindra Beets with greens are a new addition to our varieties this year.  They are a longer, thin beet a cylinder of beet.  We started them early in the greenhouse to get an earlier harvest.  The greens are as good as the beets.  Remove the greens and cook separately as the cooking time is much shorter than the root.  The roots will also keep longer in your refrigerator.  If the roots on the bunch you take home are small the entire beet green and roots can be cooked at once.  Most of the beets have a bit of size to them though. 

Summer Spinach is a staple on the farm and the first delivery will come in your share this week.  You could cook with the Beet Greens if you like.

It seems a bit early but you may like to make a note on your calendar that the Fall Farm Festival will be help September 12 this year.  It is a great day to share with family and other CSA members on the farm.

Marketplace items Honey, Maple, Coffee, Organic Dark Chocolate can be ordered any time up to the day before your CSA delivery and will be delivered with your CSA shares.  We just received the Organic Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder from Grenada which is delicious. 

Enjoy the Harvest

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm