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.
September 12, 2015 from 11:30-3. Please use the 145 Garcia Lane, Leeds, NY 12451 address.
CSA Members, 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 , vegetarian stew, roast corn and 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. No pets please.
CSA Marketplace items for sale along with Heather Ridge Farm, Banana Moon Bakery, local Beekeeper.
Bus info from NYC
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.
The first potato harvest under the hot August sun. Earlier in the season photos of the flowers were posted. Now the harvest is ready.
Alan, Ramiro, Geo
Juan cultivating fall Kale
Loading the truck
Potatoes in crates
There are a limited number of 1/2 bushel boxes of Peaches available on the online CSA Marketplace. To order log into your CSA Member Account, select Marketplace and place the order.
Early morning looking across the fall crops to the Stoneledge Farm crew picking the CSA shares. It is still cool and there is dew on all the plants even though the temperatures will quickly rise. A brief rain leaves a rainbow across the creek.