Winter CSA Week 1

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the first week of Winter CSA, which will be delivered on 11/14 and 11/15 depending on your pick up location.

Carrot  Blue Goose Farm
Poblano Peppers  Clarion River Organics
Sweet Onions- Crighton Farm
D’Anjou Pears – Dawson’s Orchards
Hydroponic Lettuce – Harmony Grove
Buttercup Raw Milk Cheese – Hidden Hills Dairy
Acorn Squash – Kistaco Farm
Rutabaga – Nu Way Farm
Daikon Radish – Riverbend Acres
Unbleached Pastry Flour – Weatherbury Farm
Red Potatoes – Weeping Willow Farm

Vegan shares will receive Farmers Market Salsa and Garlic from Blue Goose Farm in place of cheese

Gluten Free shares will receive Farmers Market Salsa and Garlic from Blue Goose Farm in place of flour

 


Carrots

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Carrots can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month if stored properly. Cut off carrot greens, place carrots in a containers with lid and cover completely in water. Keep container in the refrigerator, changing the water ever 4-5 days.

Recipe: Carrot Cake Thumbprint CookiesRoasted Brown Butter Honey Carrots

 

Poblano Peppers

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Store in a paper bag in the vegetable crisper of refrigerator. To freeze: Slice or chop peppers, then place in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

Recipe: Vegan Stuffed Poblano Peppers, Chili Stuffed Poblano Peppers, Chili Verde

 

Sweet Onions

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: Sweet onions have a shorter shelf life than common varieties due to a higher water and sugar content. Thus, it’s important to store them properly. Ideally, sweet onions should be stored in a cool, dark, dry location and spread out for optimum air circulation. Most growers suggest placing onions in a clean pair of pantyhose, with knots tied in between each onion, then hung in a cool, dry place. Just snip off below each knot when you need one.  Stored properly, sweet onions should last in your pantry about ten days to two weeks.

Recipe: Roasted Sweet Onions, Caramelized Sweet Onions

D’Anjou Pears

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store: Unlike other fruits, pears ripen from the inside out so by the time they are soft on the outside, the inside flesh may be overripe and mealy.  Ripe pears should be stored in a refrigerator set at 35 to 45 degrees.  Leave unripe pears at room temperature in order to induce ripening.  To speed up the ripening process, place pears in a brown paper bag. This traps ethylene (a naturally occurring gas) which pears produce as they ripen.  You can also place pears next to bananas or avocados in order to ripen them. Just like pears, both fruits naturally release ethylene as they ripen.

Recipe: Harvest Pear CrispSpiced Anjou Pear Bread

Hydroponic Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: Leave the heads intact and unwashed until you use them. Then, place them in the crisper drawer in your fridge with some paper towels.They’ll absorb any excess moisture, so your lettuce doesn’t spoil prematurely.  Lettuce bruises easily, so be careful not to shove other foods up against it. Using a storage container is better than a bag, which can end up squished against other items.

 

 

Buttercup Raw Milk Cheese

Grower: Hidden Hills Dairy

This is a semi-soft, creamy, buttery tasting cheese.  Try some melted on your hamburger or baked potato!

 

 

 

Acorn Squash

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area for up to 1 month.

Recipe: Roasted Acorn SquashAcorn Squash with Kale and Sausage

 

 

 

Rutabaga

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Rutabagas will keep for months in a cool storage place. They store well in plastic bags in a refrigerator or cold cellar. Keep rutabagas away from raw meat and meat juices to prevent cross contamination. Before peeling, wash rutabagas using cool or slightly warm water and a vegetable brush.

Recipe: Roasted Rutabaga, Mashed Rutabaga with Sour Cream and Dill, Balsamic Roasted Rutabaga 

 

 

Daikon Radish

Grower: Riverbend Acres

Store: Daikon is quite perishable, so if serving it raw try to use it within 4 days of purchase. If cooking daikon, it can be stored up about a week. Keep it in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

Recipe: Chinese Braised Daikon RadishVietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon Radishes

 

Unbleached Pastry Flour

Grower: Weatherbury Farm

A very silky flour that makes excellent cakes  since it still has germ in the flour.  The germ actually contributes to the flavor of the cake.

Chocolate Cake

 

 

Red Potatoes

Grower: Weeping Willow

Store: Store potatoes in a cool, well ventilated place. Colder temperatures lower than 50 degrees, such as in the refrigerator, cause a potato’s starch to convert to sugar, resulting in a sweet taste and discoloration when cooked.

Recipes: Garlic Red Potatoes, Roasted Herbed Red Potatoes

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2017/18 Winter CSA

Welcome to Penn’s Corner Winter CSA!  

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for joining our 2017/18 Winter CSA Season!  Check this blog each Friday before a delivery to find out what items you can expect in the box!  Keep in mind that farming is unpredictable (especially in the Winter!) and items you receive might change from what we post on the blog.

Important Pick Up Information

We have streamlined our truck routes and therefore your pickup day/time may have changed from when you first signed up.  Please refer back to this post for pick up location information.  If you ever have a question or need to change your location email csa@pennscorner.com

Tuesday Deliveries

The following pick up locations will receive their boxes on Tuesdays throughout the Winter Season:

Amazon: 3:30-6pm

Market Street Grocery: 4:15pm – 7:30pm

MUS Law: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Eat ‘n Park Hospitality: 3pm – 7pm

Google: 2pm – 7pm

Lawrenceville: 12pm – 6pm

Monroeville: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

New Hazlett Theater: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

The Porch at Schenley: 3:30pm – 7:30pm

Shadyside Presbyterian Church: 3pm – 7pm

Stagioni: 3:30pm – 6pm

Society for Contemporary Craft: 2:30pm – 5pm

The days you will receive your Winter CSA if you pick up on Tuesdays are:

November 14th

November 28th

December 12th

January 2nd

January 16th

January 30th

February 13th

February 27th

March 13th

 

Wednesday Deliveries

The following pick up locations will receive their boxes on Wednesdays throughout the Winter Season:

UPCM Lemieux Sports Complex: 2pm – 8pm

East End Brewing: 4pm – 8pm

Frick Environmental Center: 11am – 5pm

Moon Township Municipal Building: 2pm – 7pm

Eden’s Market: 2pm – 6pm

Biddle’s Escape: 12pm – 8pm

B Gourmet: 1:30pm – 6pm

The Porch at Sienna: 12pm – 6pm

Union Project: 10am – 7:30pm

Lawrenceville: 10am-5pm

The days you will receive your Winter CSA if you pick up on Tuesdays are:

November 15th

November 29th

December 13th

January 3rd

January 17th

January 31st

February 14th

February 28th

March 14th

CSA Week #24 Preview

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the November 8th CSA, which is an even week share

Butternut Squash  Blue Goose Farm
Sweet Potato Fingerlings  Clarion River Organics
Parsley – Crighton Farm/Nu Way Farm
Braeburn Apples* – Dawson’s Orchards
Hydroponic Lettuce – Harmony Grove
Jonagold Apples* – Kistaco Farm
Cauliflower – Nu Way Farm
Arugula** – Riverbend Acres
Baby Red Kale** – Riverbend Acres
Maple Syrup – Weeping Willow Farm

*Members will receive either Braeburn or Jonagold Apples

**Members will receive either Arugula or Baby Red Kale from Riverbend Acres

Egg shares will receive eggs from Jarosinski Farm

Cheese shares will receive Feta Cheese from River View Dairy

**This week’s shares are Vegan and Gluten Free

 

 


Butternut Squash

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store:  Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area for up to 1 month.

Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut SquashParmesan Butternut Squash Gratin

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Fingerlings

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Avoid storing sweet potatoes in the refrigerator, which will produce a hard center and unpleasant taste. Instead, store your sweet potatoes in a cool, dry, well ventilated container. For best results, store them in a basement or root cellar away from strong heat sources. Your sweet potatoes can store for up to two weeks if stored properly.

Recipe: Sauteed Fingerling Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Fritters, Sweet Potato Fries

 

 

Parsley

Grower: Crighton Farm/Nu Way Farm

Store: Fill a jar or a water glass partially with water and place the stem ends of the herbs into the water in the jar. 4 If you are storing the herbs in the refrigerator, cover loosely with a plastic bag.

Recipe: Spaghetti with Parsley Pesto, Lemon and Parsley Fingerling Potatoes, Buttermilk Green Goddess Dressing

 

 

Braeburn/Jonagold Apples

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards/Kistaco Farm

Store: Keep them cool. The ideal storage temperature is 30 to 35 degrees F. with 90 to 95 percent relative humidity. If you don’t have a lot of apples, the refrigerator is a good option. Place them in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag with holes in it or cover the apples with a damp paper towel.

Recipe: Crispy Braeburn and Almond Sheet Tart, Apple Crisp with Oat Topping

 

 

Winter Squash

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Leave the heads intact and unwashed until you use them. Then, place them in the crisper drawer in your fridge with some paper towels.They’ll absorb any excess moisture, so your lettuce doesn’t spoil prematurely.  Lettuce bruises easily, so be careful not to shove other foods up against it. Using a storage container is better than a bag, which can end up squished against other items.

 

 

Cauliflower

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Store in a loosely sealed plastic bag, with a paper towel tucked in to absorb any excess moisture. Whole heads of cauliflower can be kept in a loosely sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for 4 to 7 days.

Recipe: Garlic Parmesan Roasted CauliflowerCauliflower Mac and Cheese

 

 

Arugula

Grower: Riverbend Acres

 

Store:  Store arugula in the refrigerator.  Rinse and dry the leaves, wrap in a paper towel and store in a plastic bag.

Recipe: Arugula PestoSpaghetti with Arugula, Apple Pecan Arugula Salad

 

 

 

Baby Red Kale

Grower: Riverbend Acres

Store: Store kale in the refrigerator, but in the coldest part of the fridge. Kale tends to get more and more bitter the longer it is left at room temperature, so keep it cool.  You can tightly wrap it in a paper towel and then place it in an air-tight bag

Recipe: Sauteed Kale with Smoked Paprika, Red Kale with Garlic and Lemon 

 

 

Maple Syrup

Grower: Weeping Willow

Store: Store maple syrup in the refrigerator for up to a year.

 

 

Summer CSA Week #23 Preview

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the November 1st CSA, which is an odd week share

Sweet Onions  Blue Goose Farm
Kale  Clarion River Organics
Leeks – Clarion River Organics/Grow Pittsburgh
D’anjou/Bosc Pears – Dawson’s Orchards
Winter Squash* – Crighton Farm/Kistaco Farm
Apple Cider – Kistaco Farm
Broccoli – Nu Way Farm
Sweet Potatoes – River Bend Acres
Cabbage – Weeping Willow Farm

*Members will receive spaghetti, acorn, or butternut squash

Egg shares will receive eggs from Keim Farm

Cheese shares will receive Allegheny Cheese from Hidden Hills Dairy

**This week’s shares are Vegan and Gluten Free

 

 


Leeks

Grower: Clarion River Organics/Grow Pittsburgh

Store:  Fresh leeks should be stored unwashed and untrimmed in the refrigerator, where they will keep fresh for 1 to 2 weeks. Keeping them in perforated or loosely wrapped plastic will help them to retain moisture.

Recipe: Buttered Leeks, Braised Leeks with Parmesan, Potato Leek Soup

 

Sweet Onions

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store:  Sweet onions have a shorter shelf life than common varieties due to a higher water and sugar content. Thus, it’s important to store them properly. Ideally, sweet onions should be stored in a cool, dark, dry location and spread out for optimum air circulation. Most growers suggest placing onions in a clean pair of pantyhose, with knots tied in between each onion, then hung in a cool, dry place. Just snip off below each knot when you need one.  Stored properly, sweet onions should last in your pantry about ten days to two weeks.

Recipe: Recipe: Roasted Balsamic Sweet OnionsGrilled Sweet Onions

Green Kale

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Store kale in the refrigerator, but in the coldest part of the fridge. Kale tends to get more and more bitter the longer it is left at room temperature, so keep it cool.  You can tightly wrap it in a paper towel and then place it in an air-tight bag

Recipe: Sauteed Kale, Spicy Kale & Ricotta Pie, Sesame Noodles with Broccoli and Kale

 

 

D’Anjou/Bosc Pears

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store: Unlike other fruits, pears ripen from the inside out so by the time they are soft on the outside, the inside flesh may be overripe and mealy.  Ripe pears should be stored in a refrigerator set at 35 to 45 degrees.  Leave unripe pears at room temperature in order to induce ripening.  To speed up the ripening process, place pears in a brown paper bag. This traps ethylene (a naturally occurring gas) which pears produce as they ripen.  You can also place pears next to bananas or avocados in order to ripen them. Just like pears, both fruits naturally release ethylene as they ripen.

Recipe: Harvest Pear Crisp, Spiced Anjou Pear Bread

 

Winter Squash

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area for up to 1 month.

Recipe: Roasted Spaghetti Squash, Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

 

 

 

Apple Cider

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store:  Store apple cider in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Recipe: Apple Cider Margarita, Apple Cider Donuts, Cinnamon Pear Tart

 

 

Broccoli

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store:  Consume fresh broccoli as soon as you can as it will not keep long. To store, mist the unwashed heads, wrap loosely in damp paper towels, and refrigerate. Use within 2 to 3 days. Do not store broccoli in a sealed container or plastic bag.

Recipe: Roasted Lemon BroccoliBroccoli Quinoa Salad, Broccoli & Cheese Quiche

 

 

 

Sweet Potatoes

Grower: Riverbend Acres

Store: Avoid storing sweet potatoes in the refrigerator, which will produce a hard center and unpleasant taste. Instead, store your sweet potatoes in a cool, dry, well ventilated container. For best results, store them in a basement or root cellar away from strong heat sources. Your sweet potatoes can store for up to two weeks if stored properly.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole, Sweet Potato Fritters, Sweet Potato Fries

 

 

Cabbage

Grower: Weeping Willow

Store: Keep it wrapped. Wrapping cabbage in plastic and storing it in the crisper section of your refrigerator limits its exposure to air flow, and thus reduces respiration and slows down spoilage. Just as importantly, plastic wrap keeps external moisture out, preventing mold and rot, while helping the cabbage to maintain its internal (cellular) moisture—without which, the cabbage leaves lose their firmness and begin to wilt.

Recipes: Beef & Cabbage Stir Fry, Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges

 

Summer CSA Week #22 Preview

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the October 25th CSA, which is an even week share

Leeks  Blue Goose Farm
Cauliflower  Clarion River Organics
Sweet Peppers* – Crighton Farm
D’anjou Pears – Dawson’s Orchards
Semi Hot Peppers* – Gid’s Produce
Gala Apples Kistaco Farm
Mizuna – Nu Way Farm
Red Beets – River Bend Acres
Arugula – River Bend Acres
Acorn Squash – Weeping Willow Farm

*Members will receive either sweet peppers or semi hot hungarian peppers.

Egg shares will receive eggs from Jarosinski Farm

Cheese shares will receive Parmesan Cheese from Broadrun Farms

**This week’s shares are Vegan and Gluten Free

 

 


Leeks

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store:  Fresh leeks should be stored unwashed and untrimmed in the refrigerator, where they will keep fresh for 1 to 2 weeks. Keeping them in perforated or loosely wrapped plastic will help them to retain moisture.

Recipe: Buttered Leeks, Braised Leeks with Parmesan, Potato Leek Soup

 

Cauliflower

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Store in a loosely sealed plastic bag, with a paper towel tucked in to absorb any excess moisture. Whole heads of cauliflower can be kept in a loosely sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for 4 to 7 days.

Recipe: Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower, Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

 

 

Peppers

Grower: Crighton Farm and Gid’s Produce

Store: Store the peppers in a tightly sealed plastic bag on the top shelf of the fridge (peppers store the best at between 45°F and 55°F). You can also freeze almost any kind of pepper for as long as a year; just seal them snugly in plastic bags. Frozen peppers will retain their flavor and heat, though their crunchy texture will be lost.

Recipe: Pickled Hot Peppers, Sweet Pepper Relish

 

D’Anjou Pears

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store: Unlike other fruits, pears ripen from the inside out so by the time they are soft on the outside, the inside flesh may be overripe and mealy.  Ripe pears should be stored in a refrigerator set at 35 to 45 degrees.  Leave unripe pears at room temperature in order to induce ripening.  To speed up the ripening process, place pears in a brown paper bag. This traps ethylene (a naturally occurring gas) which pears produce as they ripen.  You can also place pears next to bananas or avocados in order to ripen them. Just like pears, both fruits naturally release ethylene as they ripen.

Recipe: Harvest Pear Crisp, Spiced Anjou Pear Bread

 

Gala Apples

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Keep them cool. The ideal storage temperature is 30 to 35 degrees F. with 90 to 95 percent relative humidity. If you don’t have a lot of apples, the refrigerator is a good option. Place them in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag with holes in it or cover the apples with a damp paper towel.

Recipe: Sauteed Gala Appkes, Baked Apples with Cinnamon,

 

 

Mizuna

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store:  Mizuna will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Rinse and dry the leaves before refrigerating. Wrap them in a paper towel and store them in a plastic bag

Recipe: Mizuna Salad, Roasted Beet and Mizuna Salad, Sauteed Mizuna with Garlic

 

 

Arugula

Grower: River Bend Acres

Store:  Store arugula in the refrigerator.  Rinse and dry the leaves, wrap in a paper towel and store in a plastic bag.

Recipe: Arugula Pesto, Spaghetti with Arugula, Apple Pecan Arugula Salad

 

 

Red Beets

Grower: River Bend Acres

Store: Beet roots can be stored in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for 7-10 days.  You can either store them loose or in a plastic bag.

Recipe: Brown Sugar Glazed Beets, Beet Goat Cheese Tarts, Beet and Feta Burgers

 

 

Acorn Squash

Grower: Weeping Willow

Store: Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area for up to 1 month.

Recipes: Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar, Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash, Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

 

Summer CSA Week #21 Preview

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the October 18th CSA, which is an odd week share

Carrots  Blue Goose Farm
Celebration Squash  Clarion River Organics
Sweet Onions – Crighton Farm/Blue Goose Farm
Sweet Banana Peppers – Gid’s Produce
Hydroponic Lettuce – Harmony Grove Farm
Jonagold Apples Kistaco Farm
Red Radishes – Nu Way Farm
Daikon Radishes – Riverbend Acres
Red Potatoes – Weeping Willow

 

Egg shares will receive eggs from Keim Farm

Cheese shares will receive Old Gold Raw Milk Cheese from Hidden Hills Dairy

**This week’s shares are Vegan and Gluten Free

 

 


Carrots

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store:  Carrots can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month if stored properly. Cut off carrot greens, place carrots in a containers with lid and cover completely in water. Keep container in the refrigerator, changing the water ever 4-5 days.

Recipe: Carrot Pancakes, Carrot Coconut Soup, Curried Carrots

 

Celebration Squash

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area for up to 1 month.

Recipe: Roasted Maple Carnival Squash, Carnival Squash with Apples and Thyme

 

 

Sweet Onions

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: Sweet onions have a shorter shelf life than common varieties due to a higher water and sugar content. Thus, it’s important to store them properly. Ideally, sweet onions should be stored in a cool, dark, dry location and spread out for optimum air circulation. Most growers suggest placing onions in a clean pair of pantyhose, with knots tied in between each onion, then hung in a cool, dry place. Just snip off below each knot when you need one.  Stored properly, sweet onions should last in your pantry about ten days to two weeks.

Recipe: Roasted Balsamic Sweet Onions, Grilled Sweet Onions, Sweet Onion Soup

 

Sweet Banana Peppers

Grower: Gid’s Produce

Store: Store the peppers in a tightly sealed plastic bag on the top shelf of the fridge (peppers store the best at between 45°F and 55°F). You can also freeze almost any kind of pepper for as long as a year; just seal them snugly in plastic bags. Frozen peppers will retain their flavor and heat, though their crunchy texture will be lost.

Recipe: Pickled Banana Peppers, Stuffed Banana Peppers

 

Hydroponic Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: Leave the heads intact and unwashed until you use them. Then, place them in the crisper drawer in your fridge with some paper towels.They’ll absorb any excess moisture, so your lettuce doesn’t spoil prematurely.  Lettuce bruises easily, so be careful not to shove other foods up against it. Using a storage container is better than a bag, which can end up squished against other items.

 

 

 

Jonagold Apples

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Keep them cool. The ideal storage temperature is 30 to 35 degrees F. with 90 to 95 percent relative humidity. If you don’t have a lot of apples, the refrigerator is a good option. Place them in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag with holes in it or cover theapples with a damp paper towel.

Recipe: Traditional Apple Pie, Jonagold Apple Cake, Baked Apples

 

French Breakfast Radish

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store:  Store radishes in a plastic bag in the crisper of the refrigerator and they should keep for at least a week. If your radishes have leaves attached, it is best to remove them, as they tend to leach moisture from the root.

Recipe: Buttered Radishes with Poached Egg, French Breakfast Radishes on Toast

 

 

Daikon Radish

Grower: Riverbend Acres

Store: Daikon is quite perishable, so if serving it raw try to use it within 4 days of purchase. If cooking daikon, it can be stored up about a week. Keep it in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

Recipe: Chinese Braised Daikon Radish, Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon Radishes

 

Red Potatoes

Grower: Weeping Willow

Store: Store potatoes in a cool, well ventilated place. Colder temperatures lower than 50 degrees, such as in the refrigerator, cause a potato’s starch to convert to sugar, resulting in a sweet taste and discoloration when cooked.

Recipes: Garlic Red Potatoes, Roasted Herbed Red Potatoes

 

Summer CSA Week #20 Preview

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the October 11th CSA, which is an EVEN week share

Roma Tomatoes – Clarion River Organics
Kale – Clarion River Organics
Cortland Apples – Kistaco Farm
Red Cabbage – Blue Goose Farm
Pie Pumpkins – Matthews Farm
Tokyo Bekana greens – Nu Way Farm
French Breakfast Radishes – Nu Way Farm
Carmen Sweet Frying Peppers – Weeping Willow Farm
Thai Basil – Crighton’s Farm

 

Egg shares will receive eggs from Jarosinski farm

Cheese shares will receive dill and garlic goat cheese from River View Dairy

**This week’s shares are Vegan and Gluten Free