2015 Spring CSA Share Week #2

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

A Route

Z Route

2# idared apples, Kistaco Farm

1/2 gallon apple cider, Kistaco Farm

8 oz. honey, Bedillion Honey Farm

8 oz. honey, Bedillion Honey Farm

arugula or spinach, Nu Way Farm

spinach, Nu Way Farm

1 dozen eggs, Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

1# onions, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

1# onions, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

1# mixed color carrots, Tucaraora Organic Growers (OG)

1# mixed color carrots, Tucaraora Organic Growers (OG)

pea shoots, Pucker Brush Farm

microgreens, Crighton Farm


**Vegan members will receive pac choi in place of the honey and eggs.


 Click HERE to check your delivery route


 

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Idared Apples

Kistaco Farm 

Store:  In refrigerator

Recipe:  Apple Cinnamon Muffins

 

 

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Apple Cider

Kistaco Farm

Store:  In refrigerator

 

 

 

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Honey

Bedillion Honey Farm

Store:  Keep honey in your pantry, it does not require refrigeration.

 

 

 

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Nu Way Farm

Store:  Keep arugula in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  Augula and Apple Salad, Egg, Arugula and Herb Tartine

 

 

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Spinach

Nu Way Farm

Store:  Keep spinach in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  Easy Sauteed Spinach

 

 

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Eggs

Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

Store:  In refrigerator

 

 

 

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Hydroponic Lettuce

Harmony Grove Farm

Store:  Keep lettuce in the refrigerator. Place in a sealed plastic bag to prevent wilting.

 

 

 

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Blue Goose Farm

Store:  Keep onions in a cool, dark place with plenty of air circulation.

 

 

 

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Mixed Color Carrots

Tuscarora Organic Growers

Store:  Keep carrots in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

 

 

 

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Pea Shoots

Pucker Brush Farm

Store:  Keep unwashed pea shoots in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Wash before eating.

Recipe:  Balsamic Salad with Arugula, Pea Shoots and Parmesan

 

 

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Microgreens

Crighton Farm

Store:  Keep unwashed microgreens in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Wash before eating.

Uses:  Magical Microgreens and How to Use Them

 

 

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Pac Choi

Crighton Farm

Store: Keep pac choi in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

 

 

 

 

2015 Spring CSA Share Week #1

Welcome to Penn’s Corner’s 2015 Spring CSA Share!  We are excited for the start of this new CSA season and we’re looking forward to lots of fresh, delicious, locally grown food.  Please consult this blog regularly for important information about your shares, links to recipes, and announcements.

 

This year we have two delivery routes: A and Z.  We will use these routes to indicate to our members what items will be in their CSA shares during any particular week.  You will see this application in “This Week’s Harvest” below.  We will do our very best to be sure that each route gets its fair share of everything.  You have been assigned a route based on your pickup location.  CLICK HERE to see if your pickup location is part of the A Route or Z Route.

If you ordered a tote bag when you signed up for your share, it will be at your pickup location on the day of your first delivery.  Please look for one with your name on the tag.  Please take a tote bag ONLY if you have purchased one.  We suggest washing these bags in cold and not drying them as they are cotton and may shrink a bit.

In addition to produce shares we also deliver flower shares to our pickup locations.  Please take a flower share ONLY if you have purchased one.  Flowers will be labeled with members’ names.  Please take only the flowers labeled with your name. Do not take the entire box.  Your share type will be indicated on the sign-in sheet located at your pickup site.  Please refer to the sign-in sheet if you are unsure of what type of share you purchased.

Vegan and gluten free shares will be found in white CSA boxes and marked as vegan or gluten free.  Please take a VEGAN or GLUTEN FREE share only if you have signed up for one.  The pickup sheet will indicate what type of share you are signed up for.  Let us know if any changes need to be made.

***There are no gluten free substitutions in this week’s share so gluten free members can take a regular, brown CSA box. 

 

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

A Route

Z Route

kale, Schmucker Family Farm, OG

kale, Schmucker Family Farm, OG

microgreens, Crighton Farm

salanova lettuce, Crighton Farm

braeburn apples, Dawson’s Orchards

braeburn apples, Dawson’s Orchards**

Buttercup cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

Buttercup cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

white mushrooms, Tuscarora Organic Growers (OG)

white mushrooms, Tuscarora Organic Growers (OG)

russet potatoes, Weeping Willow Farm

russet potatoes, Weeping Willow Farm

hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

**Some members will receive apple butter in place of the apples 

**Vegan members will receive pac choi or spinach in place of the cheese**

Some member’s shares will include a complimentary copy of Edible Allegheny.


 Click HERE to check your delivery route


 

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Kale – You’ll notice that some of the kale in this week’s share contains edible seed heads. For more info about this delicious part of the plant click HERE.

Store:  Place dry, unwashed kale in an airtight plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.  If you notice that the kale is wet, pat dry before storage or place a paper towel around the kale inside the bag.

Recipe: Kale Salad with Sauteed Apples, Twice-Baked Potatoes with Kale

 

microgreens

Microgreens

Crighton Farm

Store:  Place unwashed microgreens in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Wash before eating.

Uses:  Toss your microgreens into salads or use them to top sandwiches or pizza.

 

 

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Salanova Lettuce Blend

Crighton Farm

Store:  Place dry, unwashed lettuce in an airtight plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.  If you notice that the lettuce is wet, spin dry in a salad spinner before storage or place a paper towel around the lettuce inside the bag.

Recipe: 50 Salad Dressing recipes 

 

braeburncropBraeburn Apples

Dawson’s Orchards

Store:  In refrigerator

Recipe: Simple Gluten-Free Apple Crisp 

 

 

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Buttercup Cheese 

Hidden Hills Dairy

Store:  In refrigerator

Uses:  Buttercup is a semi-soft creamy, buttery tasting cheese. It’s delicious as a snack and it melts beautifully. Try some on a burger or baked potato.

 

 

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White Mushrooms

Tuscarora Organic Growers

Store:  In refrigerator

Recipe:  Kale, Mushroom and Cheddar Bake

 

 

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Russet Potatoes

Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  Keep potatoes in a cool, dark place with plenty of air circulation away from garlic, shallots and onions. 

Recipe:  Roasted Russet Wedges with Balsamic and Rosemary

 

 

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Hydroponic Lettuce

Harmony Grove Farm

Store:  Keep lettuce in the refrigerator. Place in a sealed plastic bag to prevent wilting.

 

 

 

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Pac Choi

Crighton Farm

Store: Keep pac choi in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  Stir-fried Pak Choi 

 

 

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Spinach

Schmucker Farmily Farm

Store:  Keep spinach in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

 

2014-15 Winter CSA Share Week #9 – FINAL WINTER SHARE

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

 OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

 Our 2014-15 Winter CSA is coming to a close. Thank you for hanging with Penn’s Corner during the coldest part of the year!  Winter Share members are at the heart and soul of the concept of CSA by sticking with their farmers when things are most scarce, adapting to some repetition, and enjoying what the land around us has provided.  We deeply appreciate our Winter Share members and hope to see you again soon!

1 dozen eggs, Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

1# cipollini onions or 1# carrots, River View Farm (OG)

2 heads hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

1/2 gallon apple cider, Kistaco Farm

1# black beans, Weatherbury Farm (OG)

Meadowbelle cheese, River View Dairy**

chopped tomatoes, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

tomatillo salsa, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

**Due to a shortage of cheese some members will receive applesauce and rhubarb jam instead. We sincerely apologize for the last minute substitution.

Vegan members will receive salanova lettuce and apple butter in place of the eggs and cheese

Gluten free members will receive salanova lettuce in place of the black beans


eggsEggs

Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

Storage:  In refrigerator

 

 

 

 

cipollini-onionsCipollini Onions (they may be red or white)

River View Farm

Storage:  Keep onions in a cool, dark place with plenty of air circulation.

Recipes:  Roasted Cipollini Onions

 

 


bibb lettucecropHydroponic Lettuce

Harmony Grove Farm

Storage:  Keep lettuce in the refrigerator.  Place in a sealed plastic bag to prevent wilting.

 

 

 

ciderApple Cider

Kistaco Farm

Store:  In refrigerator

Recipe:  Whole Wheat Apple Cider Pancakes 

 

 

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Black Beans

Weatherbury Farm

Store:  Keep beans in a cool, dry place.

Recipe:  Black Bean Soup

 

  

 

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Meadowbelle Cheese

River View Dairy

Store:  In refrigerator

 

 

 

 

chopped tomatoesChopped Tomatoes

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening.

Recipe:  Baked Ranchero Eggs 

 

 

 

tomatillo salsaTomatillo Salsa

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening

 

  

 

 

 

2014-15 Winter CSA Share Week #8

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

 OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

 

3# braeburn apples, Dawson’s Orchards

 baby turnips, Tuscarora Organic Growers (OG)

2# white onions, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

sauerkraut, Clarion River Organics (OG)

hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

1# celeriac, River View Farm (OG)

maple syrup, Weeping Willow Farm

dilly beans, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

2# red potatoes, Blue Goose Farm

1/2# Buttercup cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

honey puffed spelt, Clarion River Organics

**Vegan members will receive radishes and apple butter as a substitute for the cheese. Vegan and gluten free members will receive rhubarb jam as a substitute for the honey puffed spelt**

 

braeburncropBraeburn Apples

Dawson’s Orchards

Store:  In refrigerator

 

 

 

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Baby TurnipsBaby Turnips

Tuscarora Organic Growers

Store:  In a plastic bag in the refrigerator

Recipe:  Glazed Turnips    

 

 

 

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Blue Goose Farm

Storage:  Keep onions in a cool, dark place with plenty of air circulation.      

 

 

 

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Clarion River Organics

Store:  Refrigerate after opening.

Recipe:  Sauerkraut and Apples

 

 

 

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Hydroponic Lettuce

Harmony Grove Farm

Store:  Keep lettuce in the refrigerator.  Place in a sealed plastic bag to prevent wilting.     

 

 

 

celeriac Celeriac

River View Farm

Store:  Keep in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  Celery Root and Potato Mash

 

 

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syrupMaple Syrup

Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Refrigerate after opening.    

 

 

 

*
dillyDilly Beans Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening

Uses:  Dilly beans are a delicious snack. Try chopping some up and adding them to egg salad or tuna salad. They make a great garnish for a bloody Mary.

 

 

 

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Blue Goose Farm

Store:  Keep potatoes in a cool, dark place with plenty of air circulation away from onions, shallots and garlic.

 

 

 

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Hidden Hills Dairy

Store:  In refrigerator

 

 

 

IMG_7527 Honey Puffed Spelt

Clarion River Organics

Store:  In pantry

Uses:  Honey puffed spelt is a tasty cereal or snack.   

2014-15 Winter CSA Share Week #7

Throughout this long, cold winter we’ve been able to include beautiful fresh lettuce in every CSA box thanks to the hard work of Monty and Akemi Hoffman of Harmony Grove Farm.  Some of the Penn’s Corner staff had the opportunity to visit their farm last week and it felt much like traveling to a tropical oasis, despite the large accumulation of snow on the ground.  Take a look at some of the incredible sights.

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

 OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

 

green cabbage, Blue Goose Farm

2# carrots, River View Farm (OG)

1/3# feta cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

2# red potatoes, Weeping Willow Farm 

hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

applesauce, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

1 dozen eggs, Jubilee Hilltop Ranch 

1# rolled oats, Weatherbury Farm (OG)

strawberry jam, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

**Gluten free members will receive chopped tomatoes in place of the oats and vegan members will receive chopped tomatoes and tomatillo salsa in place of the eggs and cheese** 

 

CabbageGreen Cabbage

Blue Goose Farm

Storage:  Keep cabbage in the refrigerator.  Wrap with plastic to prolong freshness.

Recipe:  15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage

 

 

 

carrotscropCarrots

River View Farm

Storage:  Keep carrots in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Recipes:  Spicy Maple Glazed Carrots

 

 


boltonfetaFeta Cheese

Hidden Hills Dairy

Storage:  In refrigerator 

Recipe:  Baked Shrimp in Tomato Feta Sauce, Scrambled Eggs with Feta and Avocado

 

 


newpotatoesRed Potatoes

Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  Store potatoes in a cool, dark place with plenty of air circulation.  Keep them away from onions, garlic and shallots.

Recipe:  Colcannon 

 

 

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Hydroponic Lettuce

Harmony Grove Farm

Store:  Keep lettuce in the refrigerator.  Place in a sealed plastic bag to prevent wilting.

 

  

 

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Applesauce

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening.

Recipe:  Applesauce Oatmeal Bundt Cake

 

 


eggsEggs

Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

Store: In refrigerator

 

 

 

 

IMG_7471Rolled Oats

Weatherbury Farm

Store:  In refrigerator

Recipe:  Baked Oatmeal (Frozen berries work really well in this recipe)

 

  

 

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Strawberry Jam

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening

Recipe:  Whisk together 2 teaspoons strawberry jam, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 3 tablespoons olive oil and salt and pepper for a super simple salad dressing.  

 

 

 

 

 

February 28th, 2015 is National CSA Signup Day

On February 28th, we are joining with CSA farmers from across the country to celebrate National CSA Sign-up Day. This is an important time of year for us to get new members signed up because we are in the process of making the investments that will result in a successful harvest many months from now.

The CSA model is an important model to support our farms. Laura, who runs First Root Farm in Concord, Mass. put it eloquently: “The CSA model was what allowed me to start my own farm business at age 23. Without the sale of CSA shares, I would not have been able to buy seeds, potting soil, fertilizer, or anything else. Six years later, my business is still going strong. Access to capital in the off-season; the meaningful connections between farmers and CSA members; the sense of ownership and pride members feel about their CSA farms–all these things add up to healthy farms, businesses, and communities. The CSA model is good for everybody,”

So thank you for your support on this and throughout the year. It is so important for us and we are thankful to you!

To celebrate National CSA Sign-up Day, we are offering a $10 discount on all shares when you sign up on February 28th. Use coupon code NATIONALCSADAY to get the discount.

To sign up for our CSA, click HERE.

-Thanks so much from the Farmers and Staff of Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Penn’s Corner is hiring! We’re looking for a full-time Wholesale Assistant.

2/19/2015—For immediate release:

Penn’s Corner is looking to hire a full-time Wholesale Assistant.

This exciting and newly created position is unique because it combines office and driving/warehouse responsibilities. The first major area of responsibility will be to work directly with the General Manager to accomplish the day-to-day aspects of the wholesale business with restaurants and other accounts. The second primary responsibility will be to drive several truck routes per week while also helping out with CSA packing and other warehouse responsibilities.

The ideal candidate will be friendly, charismatic, detail-oriented, organized, motivated, and willing to perform physical work. Previous job experiences with restaurants are an asset. Skills in online software management, customer service, and basic accounting are a must. A background in graphic design, marketing, sales, and/or sustainable agriculture would be beneficial in this position.

Applicants must be willing to pitch in with a variety of tasks in both the office, warehouse, and outside of our facility. Must be able to repeatedly lift at least 50 pounds, have a valid driver’s license, and reliable transportation to our facility in Larimer. Experience driving non-CDL box trucks is preferred but not essential.

This job is a great opportunity to work with local farmers, build relationships with Pittsburgh’s best restaurants, and connect with all of our loyal customers. Our tight-knit staff works closely together. We look forward to adding the next member of our team.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to info@pennscorner.com. Include information about when you could begin working in this position. Applications will be accepted until Thursday March 5, 2015 with the intent to hire shortly thereafter. Please inquire regarding the compensation for this hourly position.