Farmer’s Note, week 12

NOTE: THIS WEEK’S DELIVERY MAY NEED TO BE POSTPONED UNTIL TUESDAY DUE TO THE HURRICANE. CHECK BACK HERE OR LOOK FOR AN E-MAIL FROM MILES FOR CONFIRMATION EITHER WAY.
Week #12
Dear CSA Member
This week is going to be difficult to predict.  We don’t know if we will be able to get into the city on Monday due to road and bridge closings so check the farm website www.stoneledgefarmny.org, Farm Blog and also on the Calendar on Monday.  I will post if we are going to make the delivery, or if it will be postponed until another day this week.
Mother nature will be dictating our share this week.  The extreme weather that is coming our way has us scrambling.  The crops that would be damaged by the heavy rain and wind will be what we pick for this week’s delivery. We are calling all of our friends and neighbors to help with the harvest.
If the storm follows the path that they predict, we may have flooding in our fields.  The blessing of the creek for irrigation and sandy loam soil is also a huge challenge when severe rain moves in.  Some of the plants will withstand the water rising and then falling, some would be damaged.
Peppers will fill your share this week because in high water and wind, they fall from the plant and are ruined.  Peppers are very easy to freeze if you can’t use them all this week.  To freeze, wash, cut in pieces and put in a zip lock freezer bag.  Pop in the freezer and use as you need during the cold winter months.
We will be picking Cherry Tomatoes-they don’t stand a chance in the wind and rain.  A favorite with everyone and we hope that they survive another week.  There will also be a Cluster Tomato that is bright red and great fresh eating.
So, please check the farm website for updates on this weeks delivery.
NEXT WEEK-September 5th-there will not be a CSA delivery on Monday due to the holiday and sites in NYC being closed.  The delivery will be September 6, Tuesday at the same time as the usual delivery.
Deborah, for everyone at Stoneledge Farm
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