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. 

2014-15 Winter CSA Share Week #6

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

 OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

 

1/2 gallon apple cider, Kistaco Farm

2# sweet potatoes, River View Farm (OG)

1/2# chèvre, River View Farm

8 oz. honey, Bedillion Honey Farm 

hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

2# rutabagas, Tuscarora Organic Growers (OG)

2# white onions, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

hot pepper jelly, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

1# watermelon radishes, Clarion River Organics (OG)

farmer’s market salsa, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

**Vegan members will receive Bloody Mary Mix in place of the chèvre and honey**


ciderApple Cider

Kistaco Farm

Storage:  In refrigerator

Recipe:  Chai Spiced Apple Cider 

 

 


sweet-potatoesSweet Potatoes

River View Farm

Storage:  Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark place with plenty of air circulation.  Do not store near onions, shallots or garlic.  Use within one week.

Recipes:  Baked Sweet Potato with Goat CheeseSweet Potato Biscuits with Honey Goat Cheese Butter , Crash Hot Sweet Potatoes

 

chevrecropChèvre

River View Farm

Storage:  In refrigerator or freezer

Recipe:  Baked Goat Cheese with Fire Roasted Tomatoes (try this with your Penn’s Corner chopped tomatoes if you still have them) 

 

 

honeybearHoney

Bedillion Honey Farm

Store:  In pantry

 

 

 

bibb lettucecrop

Hydroponic Lettuce

Harmony Grove Farm

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

 

  

 

rutabaga

Rutabagas

Tuscarora Organic Growers

Store:  Keep rutabagas in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Recipe:  Rutabaga Chipotle Soup, Breakfast Rutabaga Röti

 

 


White-OnionWhite Onions

Blue Goose Farm

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

 

 

 

 
pepperjellycropHot Pepper Jelly

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening

Uses:  Seven Super Ways to Spice Up Your Life with Pepper Jelly

  

 

greenmeat

Green Meat Radishes

Clarion River Organics

Store:  Keep radishes in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Recipe: Winter Radish Salad

 

 


farmersmarketsalsaFarmer’s Market Salsa

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening.

 

 

 

 

2014-15 Winter CSA Share Week #5

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

 OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

 

1 dozen eggs, Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

blue potatoes, Clarion River Organics (OG)

red onions, Clarion River Organics (OG)

polenta or cornmeal, Weatherbury Farm (OG)

hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

parsnips, Tuscarora Organic Growers (OG)

braeburn apples, Dawson’s Orchards

chopped tomatoes, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Ivory Lace cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

honey puffed corn, Clarion River Organics OR dilly beans, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

**Gluten free members will receive butternut squash, sunchokes and green meat radishes in place of the cornmeal and honey puffed corn.**

**Vegan members will receive butternut squash, sunchokes, green meat radishes and applesauce in place of the eggs, cheese and honey puffed corn.** 


eggsEggs

Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

Storage:  In refrigerator

 

 

 


blue_potatoes_organicBlue Potatoes

Clarion River Organics

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

 

 

 

Red_OnionRed Onions

Clarion River Organics

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

 

 

 

polentaPolenta or Cornmeal

Weatherbury Farm

Store:  In refrigerator or freezer

Recipes:  Creamy Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms, Spoon Bread

 

 

bibb lettucecrop

Hydroponic Lettuce

Harmony Grove Farm

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

 

  

 

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Parnsnips

Tuscarora Organic Growers

Store:  Keep parsnips in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Recipe:  Apple and Parsnip Soup, Parsnip Latkes with Horseradish and Dill, Baked Parsnip Fries 

 

 

braeburncropBraeburn Apples

Dawson’s Orchards

Store:  In refrigerator

 

 

 

chopped tomatoes

Chopped Tomatoes

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening

Recipe:  Vegetarian Black Bean Chili 

  

 

ivory lace

Ivory Lace Cheese (Havarti-style cheese)

Hidden Hills Dairy

Store:  In refrigerator

 

 

 

hpcHoney Puffed Corn

Clarion River Organics

Store:  In pantry in an airtight container

Uses:  Honey puffed corn is a delicious snack or cereal.

Ingredients:  Organic corn, honey, coconut oil

 

 

 

Spoon Bread

from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

Ingredients:
3/4 cup fine stone-ground white or yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
salt and freshly milled white pepper if savory
4 tbs. butter, cut into chunks
4 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup of milk
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter a 2-quart souffle or other baking dish. Stir the cornmeal, baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon salt together, then add the butter and pour 1 1/2 cups boiling water over all. Stir to break up any lumps, then let stand until the butter is melted. Add the eggs and milk, pour into the baking dish, and bake until puffed, golden and set, 45-50 minutes. Serve hot.
Cheese and Chile Spoon Bread  Stir 1/3 to 1/2 cup chopped roasted green chiles into the batter and scatter 1/2 cup finely grated Muenster or Jack cheese over the top before baking.
 
Spoon Bread with Condiments  This is a great way to enjoy spoon bread for brunch or supper.  Arrange a variety of condiments in little bowls:  salsas, chopped cilantro and chopped scallion; diced jalapeño chile or chopped roasted green chile; grated Jack or Muenster or crumbled goat cheese.  Serve the bread with a large spoon to make a neat mound, then let each person scatter condiments over the top.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-15 Winter CSA Share Week #4

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

 OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

 

green cabbage, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

candy onions, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

apple cider, Kistaco Farm

black beans, Weatherbury Farm (OG)

hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

ginger, Crighton Farm or strawberry jam, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

pea shoots, Crighton Farm

beets, River View Farm (OG)

maple syrup, Weeping Willow Farm

apple butter, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

 

CabbageGreen Cabbage

Blue Goose Farm

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

Recipe:  Cabbage and Ginger Soup

 

 

candy-onion_5Candy Onions

Blue Goose Farm

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

 

 

 


ciderApple Cider

Kistaco Farm

Storage:  In refrigerator

 

 

 


Black-BeanscropBlack Beans

Weatherbury Farm

Store:  Keep beans in a cool, dry place.

Recipe:  Refried Black Beans

 

 

bibb lettucecrop

Hydroponic Lettuce

Harmony Grove Farm

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

 

  

 

ginger

Ginger

Crighton Farm

Store:  Place ginger in a zip-top bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

 

 

 


pea_shoots_864Pea Shoots

Crighton Farm

Store:  Keep pea shoots in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Uses:  Toss into salads, add to stir-fries or use to brighten pasta dishes.

 

 


beets-trimmedBeets

River View Farm

Store:  Keep beets in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Recipe:  Beets in Vinaigrette

  

 

syrup

Maple Syrup

Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  Refrigerate after opening.

Recipe:  Cinnamon Maple Caramel Popcorn

 

 

 


applebutterpcfaApple Butter

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening.

 

 

 

 

2014-15 Winter CSA Share Week #3

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

 OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

 

1 dozen eggs, Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

winter squash, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

2# red potatoes, Clarion River Organics (OG)

2# rome apples, Dawson’s Orchards

hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

1/2# shallots, Crighton Farm

2# carrots, River View Farm (OG)

1# watermelon radishes, Clarion River Organics (OG)

1/2# Temptation cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

rhubarb jam, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

tomatillo salsa, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

**Vegan members will receive dilly beans in place of the eggs and gourmet greens in place of the cheese**

*Please remember to take a vegan box ONLY if you have signed up for a vegan share* 

 

 

eggsEggs

Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

Storage:  Keep eggs refrigerated.

 

 

 


wintersquashWinter Squash

Blue Goose Farm

Storage:  Squash stores best in a cool, dry place, not in the refrigerator.

Uses:  We’ve included quite a variety of winter squash in this week’s share.  Click HERE for a guide which will help you identify the squash you received and figure out the best way to use it.

 

newpotatoesRed Potatoes

Clarion River Organics

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

Recipe:  Roasted Potatoes with Shallots 

 

 

romeapplesRome Apples

Dawson’s Orchards

Store:  Keep apples in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

 

 

 

bibb lettucecrop

Hydroponic Lettuce

Harmony Grove Farm

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

 

  

 

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Shallots

Crighton’s Farm

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

Recipe:   Shallot Vinaigrette 

 

 

carrotscropCarrots

River View Farm

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

 

 

 

watermelonradishcropWatermelon Radishes

Clarion River Organics

Store:  Store radishes in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Recipe:  Sauteed Radishes with Mint

  

 

temptation

Temptation Cheese

Hidden Hills Dairy

Store:  In refrigerator.  Please note – the date on your cheese is not the sell-by date, but rather the date at which the cheese began aging.  

 

 

 

rhubarb jamRhubarb Jam

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening.

Uses:   Eat with biscuits or toast, stir into yogurt or try a peanut butter and rhubarb jam sandwich.

 

 

tomatillo salsa

Tomatillo Salsa

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening.

Uses:  Tomatillo salsa is delicious with tortilla chips but also pairs well with fish, chicken and even scrambled eggs.