Week #11Dear CSA Member
It seems that every year there is a vegetable of the season that just simply produces more than we could have imagined. A couple of years ago it was the beets. This year it looks like it will be carrots. Carrots always amaze me but this year they have grown incredibly well. Pete and I have wanted to move aside slowly so the next generation could move in and Peter and Arliss now have the complete responsibility of all our production and harvest. They also do all of the driving to distribute the shares. A lot on young shoulders. They say the amazing carrot production is due to their superior management of the garden so confidence is not in short supply. Not sure, but there are a lot of carrots. The seed of the carrot is so light and the plants take so long to germinate that it is a constant battle keeping the weeds under control and the feathery leaves of the carrots growing. What a grand reward when we start to dig them.
What about the onions this season? They are the sweetest and largest we have ever grown. Try slicing them and roasting them. Just delicious. Peppers are so plentiful and the flavor is very good. Of course, the carrots and with the rain and cooler temperatures, there is still Summer Spinach. Everything balances out in the end.
The tomatoes are plentiful although you may find that some have a green or yellow top. Just too much rain and cool and not enough heat and sun. But there are tomatoes and there is nothing like a tomato slice with a basil leaf sprinkled with salt. The Sun Gold Cherries continue on and just can not be beat for their flavor. Savor the summer flavors.
1. To place orders for Honduran Dark Roast Cloud Forest Coffee, Guatemalan Highlands Cafe Roast Coffee, Honey, Maple, Stoneledge Farm Dill PIckles, log into your account at CSA Locations on the farm website www.stoneledgefarmny.org. Your order will be delivered with the CSA shares. If you have questions or trouble logging in, just send an e-mail to email@example.com. We will have coffee, honey, maple and pickles for sale the day of the Farm Festival as well.
2. Mark your calendar for the Farm Festival September 10, 11-3. Please bring your own place setting (plate, silverware, cup) and a side dish to share. There will be local pork and sweet corn on the grill, local fresh fruit and we have water and also coffee available.
We have just heard that Solar Punch, a solar powered eco-rock band, and members of the Sustainable Hastings CSA, will be performing at the Farm Festival. You can learn more about their mission and message at www.solarpunch.org. To hear some of their originals http://www.solarpunch.org/solarpunch/MUSIC_%26_VIDEO.html .
Carol Clement from Heather Ridge Farm will also be at the Farm Festival once again with her grass fed meat and poultry products. She also has socks from her llama and sheep fiber, soap and candles. I am placing a copy of her order form on the farm website on the Farm Blog. You can download the PDF and place a pre-order if you would like. Or you can pick up items at the Farm Festival. If you order or would like to purchase meat and poultry, please bring a cooler with ice. There is a country store near the farm and you can also pick up ice there. The meat is all frozen. You can find out more about Heather Ridge Farm at www.Heather-ridge-farm.com.
3. Brenna is gathering recipes for the website. If you have a recipe you would like to share, please send it to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. With all of the carrots coming, dig out your favorites using carrots and other root crops.
Enjoy the Vegetables
Deborah, for everyone at Stoneledge Farm
Pete, Peter, Arliss and Brenna