Spring CSA – Week of May 18

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

 

A Route Z Route
red potatoes, Blue Goose Farm spelt flour,*** Weatherbury Farm (OG)
Rome apples, Dawson’s Orchards Rome apples, Dawson’s Orchards
watercress, Nu Way Farm half pint syrup, Sunny Meadow Farm
pea shoots, Grow Pittsburgh  pac choi, Clarion River Organics (OG)
green onions, Nu Way Farm green onions, Nu Way Farm
salanova or romaine lettuce, Grow Pittsburgh/Clarion River Organics (OG) parsley seedling, Puckerbrush Farm
green meat radishes, Clarion River Organics (OG) hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm
tomatillo salsa, Penn’s Corner  

*** OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown  

*** Z Route gluten free members will receive Penn’s Corner dilly beans.



redpotatoesRed Potatoes

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: In a cool dark place.

Recipe:  Loaded Twice Baked PotatoesPan Fried Red PotatoesHerby Spring Potato Salad

 

salanovaSalanova Lettuce

Grower: Grow Pittsburgh or Clarion River Organics (OG)

Store: Refrigerate

Recipe: Miso Lemon VinaigretteMaple Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

 

200906-r-watercress-saladWatercress

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Refrigerate after opening.

Recipe: Watercress SoupWatercress Namul, Watercress Salad

 

 

Spelt -- whole grain and unbleached spelt flourUnbleached Spelt Flour

Grower: Weatherbury Farm

Store: Refrigerate

Recipe: Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies, Spelt Strawberry MuffinsDouble Chocolate Chip Spelt Cookies

 

 

romeapples Rome Apples

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer. 

Note: These apples will likely be best if you cook with them.

Recipe: Creamy Cinnamon Apple OatmealBaked Apples with Apricot GlazeSkillet Baked Apples

 

syrupHalf Pint Syrup

Grower: Sunny Meadow Farm

Store: Keep refrigerated.

Recipe: Skillet Maple-Mustard Chicken

 

 

pea_shoots_864Pea Shoots

Grower: Grow Pittsburgh 

Store: Keep covered and store in the crisper drawer.

Recipe: Chinese Stir Fried Pea Shoots, Roasted Potatoes with Pea Shoots

 

 

pac-choiPac Choi

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer.

Recipe: Easy Fried Rice5 Ways to Eat Pac Choi, Soy Glazed Bok Choy

 

 

greenonionsGreen Onions

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer. 

Recipe: 5 Ways to Use Up a Bunch of ScallionsGreen Onion Pancake

 

parsleyParsley Seedling

Grower: Pucker Brush Farm

 

 

 

 

 

greenmeatGreen Meat Radishes

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer.

Recipe: Celery Radish PickleHow to Roast Radishes, Creamy Cucumber Radish

 

 

bibb lettucecropHydroponic Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer. 

 

 

 

tomatillo salsa Tomatillo Salsa

Grower: Penn’s Corner

Store: Refrigerate after opening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring CSA – Week of May 11

Farm to Food Bank

Farm to Food Bank Value Add FamilyJoin Penn’s Corner and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in our Farm to Food Bank Drive during the month of May!  Visit our Online Storefront and select from our value added items to purchase as a donation to the Food Bank, or contact lydia@pennscorner.com to make your donation.  

Chose from the following nutritious and locally grown and processed items to donate to the Food Bank:

Apple Sauce
Apple Butter
Red Salsa
Tomatillo Salsa
Chopped Tomatoes
Strawberry Jam
Rhubarb Jam
Hot Pepper Jelly

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

 

A Route Z Route
lacinato kale or salanova lettuce, Clarion River Organics/Chrighton Farm 1 dozen eggs,*** Jubilee Hilltop Ranch
watercress, Nu Way Farm watercress, Nu Way Farm
half pint maple syrup, Weeping Willow Farm green garlic, Clubhouse Gardens
unbleached spelt flour,*** Weatherbury Farm lacinato kale, Clarion River Organics (OG)
pac choi, Clarion River Organics (OG) ramps, Raber Farm ***Members will receive tomatillo salsa in place of ramps. 
rhubarb, Sunny Meadow or Nu Way Farm rhubarb, Sunny Meadow Farm
strawberry jam, Penn’s Corner strawberry jam, Penn’s Corner

*** OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown  

*** A Route gluten free members will receive dilly beans.

*** Z route vegan members will receive tomato juice. 



lacinato kaleLacinato Kale

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Refrigerate. 

Recipe:  Spicy Sautéed Kale and ChickpeasShredded Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Lemon DressingKale Salad with Lemon Miso VinaigretteMelt in Your Mouth Kale Salad

 

salanovaSalanova Lettuce

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: Refrigerate

Recipe: Miso Lemon Vinaigrette

 

 

200906-r-watercress-saladWatercress

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Refrigerate after opening.

Recipe: Kale and Watercress PestoBeet and Watercress Salad with Farm EggsRecipes That Show You How Watercress Is Supposed To Be Eaten

 

 

Spelt -- whole grain and unbleached spelt flourUnbleached Spelt Flour

Grower: Weatherbury Farm

Store: Refrigerate

Recipe: Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies, Spelt Strawberry MuffinsDouble Chocolate Chip Spelt Cookies

 

 

pac-choi Pac Choy

Grower: Clarion River Organics 

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer. 

Recipe: Stir Fried Bok Choy

 

 

Farm-fresh-local-eggs-POST1 dozen eggs

Grower: Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

Store: Refrigreate

Recipe: Bacon Gouda and Spinach FritataRamps n Eggs Biscuit Sandwiches

rhubarbcropRhubarb

Grower: Sunny Meadow Farm or Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep covered and store in the crisper drawer.

Recipe: Rhubarb ButterRhubarb Strawberry Smoothie

 

 

strawberryjampcfaStrawberry Jam

Grower: Penn’s Corner

Store: Refrigerate after opening.  

Recipe: 

 

 

Spring CSA – Week of May 4

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

 

A Route Z Route
green onions, Nu Way Farm green onions, Nu Way Farm
boltonfeta,*** Hidden Hills Dairy boltonfeta,*** Hidden Hills Dairy
hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm
apple butter, Penn’s Corner applesauce, Penn’s Corner
chopped tomatoes, Penn’s Corner chopped tomatoes, Penn’s Corner
1 dozen eggs,*** Jubilee Hilltop Ranch spinach, Nu Way Farm
green garlic, Clubhouse Gardens red potatoes, Blue Goose Farm

*** OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown  

*** A route vegan members will receive carrots and sage.

*** Z route vegan members will receive rhubarb jam.



greenonions2cropGreen Onions

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Refrigerate. 

Recipe:  Breakfast Stuffed Peppers

 

 

boltonfetaBoltonfeta

Grower: Hidden Hills Dairy

Store: Refrigerate

Recipe: Spinach Stuffed Chicken

 

 

applebutterpcfaApple Butter

Grower: Penn’s Corner

Store: Refrigerate after opening.

Recipe: 

 

appleproductsApplesauce

Grower: Penn’s Corner

Store: Refrigerate

Recipe: Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookie

 

 

bibb lettucecrop Hydroponic Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: In the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. If the roots begin to look dry, add some water to help them stay moist.

Recipe: 

 

 

chopped tomatoesChopped Tomatoes

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Refrigerate after opening.

Recipe: Balsamic Chicken with Spinach

 

 

Farm-fresh-local-eggs-POST1 dozen eggs

Grower: Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

Store: Refrigreate

Recipe: Bacon Gouda and Spinach Fritata

 

carrotscropCarrots

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Keep covered and store in the crisper drawer.

Recipe: Carrot, Apple, Spinach Smoothie

 

 

spinach2Spinach

Grower: Clubhouse Gardens

Store: Keep covered and store in the crisper drawer.

Recipe: Spinach Pesto Nut Free

 

 

 

rhubarb jamRhubarb Jam

Grower: Penn’s Corner

Store: Refrigerate after opening.  

Recipe: 

 

 

greengarlic3Green Garlic

Grower: Clubhouse Gardens

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer. 

Recipe: Green Garlic Recipes What It Is and How to Store It, Green Garlic Toast

 

 

redpotatoesRed Potatoes

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Keep in a cool, dark place.

Recipe: Salty Herb Smashed Potatoes

 

 

 

Spring CSA – Week of April 27

CSA Share notes for A Route members:

Potato Notes: Please store the red potatoes from Blue Goose Farm in the refrigerator. They may begin to sprout because they have not been sprayed or “gassed” to prevent sprouting like grocery store potatoes often are.

Kale Notes: You may notice that the kale has tender flowering tops on them. Fear not, they’re safe to eat and quite delicious. This article gives the rundown on what they are and how to prepare them. 

“When you think of how that hardy kale plant has been producing its super nutritious (and super popular) leaves all soggy winter long, it’s especially remarkable (maybe even miraculous) that the tiny little yellow blossoms that show up in early spring are so sweet. Raab is a tangible, edible sign that not only has the kale (or broccoli or what have you) “overwintered” and survived into spring, but so have we.”

Summer Harvest CSA Share sign ups are open!

 

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

 

A Route Z Route
red potatoes, Blue Goose Farm green garlic, Clubhouse Gardens
chevre,*** River View Dairy chevre,*** River View Dairy
hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm
apple cider, Kistaco Farm apple cider, Kistaco Farm
kale, Nu Way Farm carrots, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
ramps, Nu Way Farm salanova lettuce or bok choy, Crighton Farm
hot pepper jelly, Penn’s Corner hot pepper jelly, Penn’s Corner

***OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown  

*** All vegan members will receive edible flowers (OG) and mesclun.



redpotatoesRed Potatoes

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Refrigerate. 

Recipe: Warm Potato Salad with Goat Cheese, Mini Potato Pancakes with Green Garlic Chives

 

mesclun_mixMesclun Mix

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Refrigerate

Recipe: Field Greens SaladLemon Shallot VinaigretteFrench Vinaigrette

 

 

chevrecropChevre

Grower: River View Dairy

Store: Refrigerate

Recipe: Chicken with Goat Cheese VinaigaretteRaspberry Goat Cheese Swirl Brownies

 

 

PB1313H_spiced-hot-apple-cider-recipe_s4x3_lgApple Cider

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Refrigerate

Recipe: 

 

bibb lettucecrop Hydroponic Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: In the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. If the roots begin to look dry, add some water to help them stay moist.

Recipe: 5 Minute Honey Mustard VinaigretteCrunchy romaine salad with garlicky buttermilk, goat cheese and fresh dill dressing

 

 

rampsRamps

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. 

Recipe: Spring Vegetable Minestrone and Wild Ramp PestoGnocchi with Ramp Butter and Parmesan Cheese

 

Kale-VatesBlueCurledScotsKale

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep covered and store in the crisper drawer.

Recipe: Black Rice Beet Kale SaladKale Salad with Avocado Tahini Dressing

 

 

carrotscropCarrots

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Keep covered and store in the crisper drawer.

Recipe: Vegan Carrot Kale and Tomato Linguini

 

 

Green-Garlic-480x320Green Garlic

Grower: Clubhouse Gardens

Store: Keep covered and store in the crisper drawer.

Recipe: I Tried Green Garlic for the First Time and this is What I Made

 

 

salanovaSalanova Lettuce

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: Refrigerate

Recipe: 

 

bokchoyBok Choy

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer. 

Recipe: Easy Vegetarian PhoFish Tacos with Bok Choy and Peppers

 

 

pepperjellycropHot Pepper Jelly

Grower: Penn’s Corner

Store: Refrigerate after opening.  

Recipe: Pepper Jelly Goat Cheese CakesSpicy Cheese Thumbprints with Goat Cheese and Pepper Jelly

Ramp Season – What’s all the fuss about?

rampsSpring has arrived and that means the superstar of the season, the ramp, has taken its place at center stage. You’ve certainly seen these guys in our CSA box, on the online farm stand and at your favorite restaurants around town.  

What are ramps?

Ramps are a wild onion that grow in the U.S. and Canada during the spring. They slightly resemble a scallion but are a little smaller and have broad leaves. Their flavor is a pungent mix of onion and garlic. They thrive along the hills and forest floors and have been doing so for quite a long time

Why so popular?

Their return every year marks the first sign of life after a long, cold, frozen, winter (think dusty potatoes… so many potatoes). The anticipation of those delicate leaves peeking through the ground, combined with length of time they’re in season, is the perfect recipe for creating a veggie we can all swoon over. 

Typically, they’re foraged which also adds to the fun and adventure of the ramp. This video from Mario Batali beautifully details the process of bringing ramps from the forest to our plates.

Ramp mania!

ramp milkshakePenn’s Corner CSA member, Joyce, is a ramp enthusiast and attends festivals celebrating  the beloved plant with her family. They dine on ramp chilli hot dogs, ramp hamburgers, ramp bread and even ramp MILKSHAKES (she said they taste best with vanilla ice cream). 

 

 

ramp hot dogIt doesn’t matter your level of culinary expertise, there’s a ramp recipe for everyone. We have a stockpile of recipes on our Pinterest board and plucked a few out for the blog. Give them a try!

 

Are you a ramp enthusiast? Let us know in the comments section! 

Spring CSA – Week of April 20

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

A Route Z Route
applesauce, Penn’s Corner apple butter, Penn’s Corner
hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm
mesclun mix or bok choy, Nu Way Farm or Crighton Farm ramps, Nu Way Farm
honey,*** Bedillion Farm honey,*** Bedillion Farm
green garlic, Clubhouse Gardens 1 dozen eggs,*** Jubilee Hilltop Ranch
polenta or cornmeal,*** Weatherbury Farm cornmeal,*** Weatherbury Farm
cherry belle radishes, Nu Way Farm cherry belle radishes, Nu Way Farm

***OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown  

*** A Route vegan and gluten freen members will receive tomatillo salsa.

*** Z Route vegan members will receive tomatillo salsa and lettuce and gluten free members will receive tomatillo salsa.



appleproductsApple Sauce

Grower: Penn’s Corner

Store: Refrigerate after opening.

Recipe: Applesauce Overnight OatmealApplesauce MuffinsApple Sauce Carrot Muffins

 

 

mesclun_mixMesclun Mix

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Refrigerate

Recipe: Field Greens SaladLemon Shallot VinaigretteFrench Vinaigrette

 

 

bokchoyBok Choy

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer.

Recipe: Bok Choy Mushroom Stir FrySpicy Roasted Bok ChoyChicken and Bok Choy Stir Fry

 

 

8 oz honeyHoney

Grower: Bedillion Honey Farm

Store: Keep in a cool dry place.

Recipe: Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

 

bibb lettucecrop Hydroponic Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: In the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. If the roots begin to look dry, add some water to help them stay moist.

Recipe: 5 Minute Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

 

 

rampsRamps

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. 

Recipe: Caramelized Ramps with Browned ButterSpinach Ramp PestoRamp Spaghetti CarbonaraRamps KimchiWhite Cheddar Grits with Grilled Rampsswiss chard stem + ramp spring rolls with miso green goddess dipping sauce

cornmealCornmeal

Grower: Weatherbury Farm

Store: Keep refrigerated. 

Recipe: Honey Cornmeal RecipeSpoon BreadCornmeal Griddle Cakes22 Ways to Make the Most of Cornmeal

 

 

polenta

Polenta

Grower: Penn’s Corner

Store: Refrigerate after opening

Recipe: Sweet Buttered Polenta Pancakes with Summer Berries, Breakfast Polenta with Wild Ramps and Mushrooms

 

 

applebutterpcfaApple Butter

Grower: Penn’s Corner

Store: Refrigerate after opening

Recipe: This is great on toast!

 

 

Farm-fresh-local-eggs-POSTEggs

Grower: Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

Store: Refrigerate

Recipe: Poached Egg Over Spinach Polenta with Crispy Mushroom

 

cherryBelleRadishCherry Belle Radish Bunch

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer. 

Recipe: Radish leaf pesto with green garlic and pumpkin seedsPea Shoot and Radish Salad

 

 

Green-Garlic-480x320Green Garlic

Grower: Clubhouse Gardens

Store: Keep green garlic covered in the crisper drawer. 

Recipe: Spring Garlic and Radish Top SoupGreen Garlic Pesto

 

Spring CSA – Week of April 13

Welcome to the 2016 CSA season!

Woohooo! Let’s get the 2016 CSA season started! The team just finished packing the first share and they look wonderful. You can see a brief video here if you’re curious.

Quick News:

We’ve partnered with Executive Chef Kevin Hermann from The Porch at Schenley to give you recipe cards in your share EVERY WEEK! He has crafted a unique recipe for each share. We would love to see your creations! If you happen to post them on the social medias, be sure to tag us or send us an email with your feedback. 

Speaking of posting on the social medias, we’re going to be announcing a fun contest tomorrow! Hint: we’re giving away a winter CSA share! Make sure to watch your inbox for the details about how to enter.  

green garlic

The green garlic patch at Clubhouse Gardens under 5 inches of snow! Picture taken 4/10/2016.

Finally, there’s one piece of unfortunate news this week. We had planned to include garlic greens in the Z Route but Mother Nature threw us for a loop over the weekend. Our grower, Bill Foulk from Clubhouse Gardens, received about 5 inches of snow and wasn’t able to harvest as much as we had originally planned. He gave it his best shot, digging until midnight Friday night with a headlamp but unfortunately couldn’t fill the order. 

Thank you, thank you for supporting our farmers. We truly appreciate you and look forward to bringing you the best produce from our farms!

 

 

 

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

A Route Z Route
Rome apples, Dawson’s Orchard Rome apples, Dawson’s Orchard
1 dozen eggs,*** Jubilee Hilltop Ranch russet potatoes, Sunny Meadow Farm
russet potatoes, Sunny Meadow Farm carrots, Blue Goose Farm
carrots, Blue Goose Farm hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm
ramps, Nu Way Farm salsa, Penn’s Corner
kale, Nu Way Farm kale, Nu Way Farm
Temptation Cheese,*** Hidden Hills Dairy Dropped the Ball Cheese,*** Hidden Hills Dairy

 

***OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown 

*** Z Route vegan members will receive bok choy.

*** A Route vegan members will receive bok choy and rhubarb jam.



romeapplesRome Apples

Grower: Dawson’s Orchard

Store: Refrigerate 

Recipe: Baked ApplesWarm Cinnamon Apples

 

 

eggs21 Dozen Eggs

Grower: Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

Store: Refrigerate

Recipe: Ramp Egg PizzaLoaded Vegetable Spring QuicheLeek, Asparagus and Ramp Quiche

 

 

russet-potatoesRusset Potatoes

Grower: Sunny Meadow Farm

Store: Keep in a cool dark place. 

Recipe: Easy Chicken Pot Pie Potato SkinsVegan Mashed Potatoes with Garlicky Kale

 

 

carrotsCarrots

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Keep them covered in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

Recipe: Easy Carrot Parsley SaladSpring Detox Salad

 

bibb lettucecrop Hydroponic Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: In the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. If the roots begin to look dry, add some water to help them stay moist.

Recipe: Spring Salad RecipesMore Than 40 Salads For Those Who Feel Meh About Lettuce

 

 

rampsRamps

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. 

Recipe: Caramelized Ramps with Browned ButterSpinach Ramp PestoRamp Spaghetti CarbonaraRamps KimchiWhite Cheddar Grits with Grilled Ramps

 

Kale-VatesBlueCurledScotsKale

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer. You can always freshen up your greens by giving them a fresh cut at the stem and placing them in luke warm water for a few hours.

Recipe: Chicken Thighs with Morel Ramp and Kale Cream SauceKale salad with Smoky Tahini DressingThe Hippie Bowl with Quinoa, Carrot, Fennel, Kale, Svocado and Sauerkraut

 

farmersmarketsalsaSalsa

Grower: Penn’s Corner

Store: Refrigerate after opening

Recipe: 

 

 

hiddenhillscowsDropped the Ball Cheese

Grower: Hidden Hills Dairy

Store: Refrigerate

 

 

Hiddenhills cow

Temptation Cheese

Grower: Hidden Hills Dairy

Store: Refrigerate