Farmer’s Note, week 2

What’s In the Bag
Week #2
Dear CSA Member
This time of year is one of the busiest for us.  We are still planting transplants for the fall harvest, weeds are growing like crazy, the harvest has begun in earnest.
The lettuces are coming on just beautifully and will fill your share this week.  The lettuces we grow are high in flavor but more tender than what you might find at your local grocery so you do need to handle them with care.  We have had a lot of very heavy rain and so all of the greens are more soiled than we like to send.  The soil splashes up and gets lodged between the leaves at the base of the plant.  We do a quick dip and rinse of the greens to get the field heat off and some of the soil, but you need to wash them well at home.  If you don’t have a salad spinner I would suggest investing or borrowing one. I never had a salad spinner until last season and what a difference.
We have found that the best way to wash the greens is to cut the leaves off at the base.  Soak in a sink or bowl of water.  Drain and re-wash.  The salad spinner will get the excess water from lettuces and the other greens.  Give the greens a spin and then store in the vegetable drawer in your refrigerator.  Some members have e-mailed that they like to wrap the greens in paper towels, others like to store in plastic or vegetable bags.  They will also store in the salad spinner if you have the room in the refrigerator.  A very ingenious member also e-mailed that she saves the rinse water and uses it to water her plants.  All that good organic soil shouldn’t go to waste.
If you have a Vegetable Share and would still like to add a Fruit Share, please do by logging into your account on the farm website.  Place the order for the Fruit Share and it will be added to your Vegetable Share order.  Fruit Shares start the 5th delivery and we will allow Fruit Share sign ups until the week before the Fruit Shares begin.
Coffee, Honey and Maple can also be ordered by logging into your account on the farm web site.  We will be delivering the orders each week with the CSA shares.  If you have a question about logging into your account, please send an e-mail to the farm.  The deadline for ordering for shipment with the weeks CSA delivery is:
Deadline for CSA with a Monday delivery: Sunday before noon.
Deadline for CSA with a Tuesday delivery: Monday before noon.
Deadline for CSA with a Wednesday delivery: Tuesday before noon.
Brenna is busy adding recipes to the Recipe page on the farm website www.stoneledgefarmny.org .  Thank you to all of the members that have e-mailed her with recipe suggestions and also ideas for the Recipe page.  If you have a great recipe idea or a suggestion, please send her an e-mail at stoneledgefarm2@gmail.com.
Enjoy the Vegetables
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm
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