2015 Summer Harvest CSA Share Week #13

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

A Route Z Route
mizuna, Nu Way Farm mizuna, Nu Way Farm
sun sugar tomatoes, Nu Way Farm yellow bartlett pears, Dawson’s Orchards
red onions, Clarion River Organics (OG) red onions, Clarion River Organics (OG)
heirloom tomatoes, Nu Way Farm hierloom tomatoes, Nu Way Farm/Weeping Willow Farm
eggplant, Blue Goose Garm (CNG) eggplant, Matthews Farm
sweet pepper medley, Crighton Farm prune plums, Dawson’s Orchards
rainbow chard, Blue Goose Farm green beans, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
nectarines, Kistaco red, orange, and yellow carmen peppers, Weeping Willow Farm


OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

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bartlettYellow Bartlett Pears

Grower:  Dawson’s Orchards

Store:  At room temperature and allow a few days to ripen.  This article has very helpful information about pears:  how to store and ripen pears   

Recipe: poached pear and brie salad  pear and gargonzola flatbread  roasted brussel sprouts and pairs

 

Mizuna Greens. Image shot 2000. Exact date unknown.Mizuna Greens

Grower:  Nu Way Farm  

Store: In a bag in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. 

Use: A mildly bitter and peppery green used in salads or lightly sauteed with olive oil.

Recipe: grilled tomato with feta and mizuna  mizuna salad with roasted cauliflower

Red_OnionRed Onions

Grower:  Clarion River Organics

Store:  Keep in a cool, dry, dark place with plenty of air movement. Do not store onions in plastic. Lack of ventilation will reduce their storage life. Refrigeration is only necessary when trying to extend the shelf life of sweet or mild onion varieties with high water content, but be sure to use a low humidity setting, they must be kept dry.

Recipe: chipotle grilled peppers and onions

eggplant-varietiesEggplant

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Keep eggplant in a cool spot, away from direct sunlight, and use it as soon as possible. You can place it in a vented bowl, but avoid sealing it in a plastic bag, which can increase decay.

Recipe: grilled eggplant with tomato and feta  eggplant “meatballs”  eggplant pizza

 

sunsugarcropSun Sugar Tomatoes

Grower:  Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep them cool, not cold.  When you refrigerate tomatoes, any ripening you want them to do will stop because of the cold.  Unless your tomatoes are very ripe and you’re going to eat them quickly, keep them out of the refrigerator. 

Recipe:  garlic roasted cherry tomatoes  cherry tomato and basil spread

 

heirloom_tomatoHeirloom Tomatoes

Grower: Nu Way Farm or Weeping Willow Farm

Store: At room temperature on a plate not in plastic, keep out of sunlight.  Keep in mind that storing in a refrigerator can make tomatoes mealy and the skin dry. If you find that your tomatoes are not yet ripe, let them ripen on your counter top for a few days.

Recipe: 15 heirloom tomato recipes

 

prune_plumPrune Plums

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store:  Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight to ripen.  Keep an eye on them as they can ripen quickly.

Recipe: plum crunch  plum almond gallete

nectarinesNectarines

Grower: Kistaco

Store: At room temperature until ripe.  Remove them from their plastic bag (if it doesn’t have ventilation holes) and keep them out of direct sunlight.  It takes about 3-4 days to ripen.  After ripe, store them in the refrigerator.

Recipe: summer tartines with basil, mozzarella and nectarines

 

greenbeans_sunshine_printGreen Beans

Grower:  Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

Store:  Store unwashed beans in a reusable container in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.  They should keep for 7-10 days.

Recipe: lemon garlic green beans

 

medium rainbow-chardChard

Grower: Nu Way

Store: Rinse and dry in a lettuce spinner.  Then wrap the chard in a paper towel or cloth and store in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.  

Recipe:  quinoa with chard, garlic and tomatoes

 

 

sweet peppersSweet Pepper Medley

Grower:  Crighton Farm

Store: Refrigerate peppers, unwashed, in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer. Keep them dry, as moisture will eventually cause them to rot.

Recipe:   basil goat cheese stuffed peppers  quinoa pepper salad  pepper relish

 

sweetcarmenCarmen Peppers

Grower:  Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  Refrigerate peppers, unwashed, in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer. Keep them dry, as moisture will eventually cause them to rot.

Recipe:  slow cooker stuffed peppers

2015 Summer Harvest CSA Share Week #12

Produce spotlight: Ground Cherries

ground_cherriesGround cherries are a somewhat obscure produce item that isn’t usually found in the grocery but can often be seen at farmer’s markets (or in your CSA box!).  They’re a small pale orange fruit wrapped in paper-like husks.  Their flavor is mild but tart and sweet.  It’s frequently  compared to a mix between a tomato and a pineapple.  They’re said to get their name because they fall to the ground when they are ripe.

Ground cherries have many nutritional benefits.  They’re high in niacin (vitamin B3), thiamin, vitamins A and C and beta-carotene.  They also contain pectin which makes them great for jams, and helps to regulate blood sugar.

When storing these tasty little gems, keep them in their husks and they will stay fresh for several weeks, as long as they’re in a cool place (50 degrees F).  You may not have to store them at all because they’re quite easy to pop right into your mouth!

sugar and cinnamon ground cherries

 

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

A Route Z Route
beets, River View Farm chard, Nu Way Farm
sweet corn, Blue Goose Farm sweet corn, Blue Goose Farm
spaghetti squash, Clarion River Organics (OG) peaches, Kistaco
heirloom tomatoes, Weeping Willow Farm heirloom tomatoes, Nu Way Farm
prune plums, Dawson’s Orchards garlic bulbs, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
juliette tomatoes, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) sun sugar tomatoes, Nu Way Farm
ground cherries, Sunny Meadow Farm sweet medley peppers, Crighton Farm
zucchini, Clarion River Organics (OG) zucchini, Weeping Willow Farm


OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

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peachessquarePeaches

Grower:  Kistaco

Store:  Place them on the counter (as long as it’s cool and not in direct sunlight) until they reach your desired ripeness.  After they ripen, store them in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  fresh peach salsa

 

mixedbeetsBeets

Grower:  River View Farm

Store: Remove beet greens, store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  roasted beet salad

 

 

sweetcorncropSweet Corn

Grower:  Blue Goose Farm 

Store:  Keep the husks on and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook it.

Recipe: roasted sweet corn and poblano pepper soup  chilli lime sweet corn salad

 

 

spaghetti-squashSpaghetti Squash

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: At room temperature.  After cutting, wrap in plastic and store in the refrigerator.

Preparation:  how to cook spaghetti squash

Recipe: 9 mouthwatering spaghetti squash recipes  how to cook spaghetti squash 3 ways

sunsugarcropSun Sugar Tomatoes

Grower:  Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep them cool, not cold.  When you refrigerate tomatoes, any ripening you want them to do will stop because of the cold.  Unless your tomatoes are very ripe and you’re going to eat them quickly, keep them out of the refrigerator. 

Recipe: braised zucchini and sun gold cherry tomatoes and basil

 

heirloom_tomatoHeirloom Tomatoes

Grower: Nu Way Farm or Weeping Willow Farm

Store: At room temperature on a plate not in plastic, keep out of sunlight.  Keep in mind that storing in a refrigerator can make tomatoes mealy and the skin dry. If you find that your tomatoes are not yet ripe, let them ripen on your counter top for a few days.

Recipe: heirloom tomato pie  classic heirloom tomato sauce

 

prune_plumPrune Plums

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store:  Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight to ripen.  Keep an eye on them as they can ripen quickly.

Recipe: plum crunch  plum almond gallete

julietJuliete Tomatoes

Grower:  Blue Goose Farm

Store: At room temperature on a plate not in plastic, keep out of sunlight.  Keep in mind that storing in a refrigerator can make tomatoes mealy. If you find that your tomatoes are not yet ripe, let them ripen on your counter top for a few days.

Recipe: roasted tomato sauce for the freezer

 

groundcherriesGround Cherries

Grower:  Sunny Meadow Farm

Store:  Keep them at room temperature in a basket without removing their husks. In a week or less, their color will deepen from light yellow to the warm apricot gold that signals ripeness. Store ground cherries in their husks. They will stay fresh for up to three months if placed in a mesh bag and kept in a cool place (50 degrees).  Remove the husks and rinse the fruits before preparing. Husked fruits keep in the refrigerator for five to seven days

Recipe:  5 ways to use ground cherries

ZucchiniZucchini

Grower: Clarion River Organics or Weeping Willow Farm

Store:   In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe: baked parmesan zucchini

 

 

GarlicBasketGarlic Bulbs

Grower:  Blue Goose Farm

Store: how to store garlic and onions

Recipe:  garlic herb butter  magic bug spray

 

 

medium rainbow-chardChard

Grower: Nu Way

Store: Rinse and dry in a lettuce spinner.  Then wrap the chard in a paper towel or cloth and store in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.  

Recipe:  quinoa with chard, garlic and tomatoes

 

 

sweet peppersSweet Medley Peppers

Grower:  Crighton Farm

Store: Refrigerate peppers, unwashed, in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer. Keep them dry, as moisture will eventually cause them to rot.

Recipe:   basil goat cheese stuffed peppers  quinoa pepper salad  pepper relish

 

 

2015 Summer Harvest CSA Share Week #11

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

A Route Z Route
zucchini,Weeping Willow Farm lettuce mix, Nu Way Farm
heirloom tomatoes, Nu Way Farm heirloom tomatoes**,Weeping Willow Farm
basil, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) carrots, River View Dairy
sun sugar tomatoes, Nu Way Farm leeks**, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) and Hostettler Farm
poblano peppers, Clarion River Organis (OG) fingerling potatoes, Hostetler Farm
tomatillo salsa, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance jalapeno peppers, Becarri Farm or Clarion River Organics (OG)
candy onions, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) field tomatoes, Kistaco Farm
peaches, Dawson’s Orchards tomatillos, Sunny Meadow Farm


OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

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peachessquarePeaches

Grower:  Dawson’s Orchards

Store:  Place them on the counter (as long as it’s cool and not in direct sunlight) until they reach your desired ripeness.  After they ripen, store them in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  grilled peach and goat cheese salad

 

leekscropLeeks** some members will receive apple butter in place of the leeks

Grower:  Hostetler Farm and Blue Goose Farm

Store: Fresh leeks should be stored unwashed and untrimmed in the refrigerator where they will keep fresh for between one and two weeks.  Wrapping them loosely in plastic bag will help them retain moisture.

Recipe:  pan seared salmon with creamy leeks

 

basilchivescropBasil – If you notice a black powdery substance on the underside of your basil simply wash it off, it should not affect the quality or taste.

Grower:  Blue Goose Farm 

Store: The Best Way to Keep Basil Fresh

Recipe: basil lemonade  basil lime cocktail

 

 

poblanoPoblano Peppers

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Place peppers in a paper bag and store in the crisper drawer.

Recipe: poblano stuffed peppers

 

 

sunsugarcropSun Sugar Tomatoes

Grower:  Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep them cool, not cold.  When you refrigerate tomatoes, any ripening you want them to do will stop because of the cold.  Unless your tomatoes are very ripe and you’re going to eat them quickly, keep them out of the refrigerator. 

Recipe: cherry tomato and basil angel hair pasta

 

heirloom_tomatoHeirloom Tomatoes** some members will receive chopped tomatoes in place of the heirlooms

Grower: Nu Way Farm or Weeping Willow Farm

Store: At room temperature on a plate not in plastic, keep out of sunlight.  Keep in mind that storing in a refrigerator can make tomatoes mealy and the skin dry. If you find that your tomatoes are not yet ripe, let them ripen on your counter top for a few days.

Recipe: heirloom summer herb frittata

lettuceLettuce Mix

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store:  Wrap greens in a dry paper towel and place in plastic bag in the fridge.  The paper towel will absorb any excess moisture that makes the lettuce rot and will keep it fresher for much longer.

 

carrotsCarrots

Grower:  River View Dairy

Store:  Refrigerate and keep them in a plastic bag.

Recipe: carrot potato leek soup 

 

 

FingerlingPotatoesFingerling Potatoes

Grower:  Hostetler Farm

Store:  Store in a cool, dark place with good ventilation.

Recipe:  herb roasted potatoes  warm mustard and herb fingerling potato salad  lemon kale pesto-roasted fingerling potatoes

 

 

candy_onionsCandy Onions

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store:   In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe: red russian kale and onion squares

 

 

jalapenocropJalapeno Peppers

Grower:  Becarri Farm and Clarion River Organics (OG)

Store:  In a paper bag in the vegetable crisper in your refrigerator

Recipe:  deep fried jalapeno slices

 

 

tomatoescropField Tomatoes

Grower: Kistaco

Store: At room temperature on a plate not in plastic, keep out of sunlight.  Keep in mind that storing in a refrigerator can make tomatoes mealy and the skin dry. If you find that your tomatoes are not yet ripe, let them ripen on your counter top for a few days.

Recipe:  

tomatilloscropTomatillos

Grower:  Sunny Meadow Farm

Store:  Store briefly at room temperature or refrigerate in a paper bag.  Be sure to remove the husks before cooking.

Recipe:  easy salsa verde

 

2015 Summer Harvest CSA Share Week #10

 Farm Feature: Carolyn McQuiston from Dawson’s Orchards

carolyn_scott_dawsons_orchardsFor the Farm Feature this week, we spoke with the owner of Dawson’s Orchards, Carolyn McQuiston. They’re located on 45 acres of land in rural Enon Valley, PA.  Dawson’s Orchards has lovingly grown the sweet blueberries and some of the juicy peaches you’ve received in your CSA share this summer. In addition to blueberries and peaches, they also grow apples, pears, nectarines, and other berries.

 

trees_dawsons_ochardsblossoms_dawsons_orchardsCarolyn is a second-generation farmer who took over for her parents, George and Janet Dawson, after their death. Carolyn and her husband Scott are now continuing on the family business that has been going strong since 1946! Carolyn is the youngest of four siblings, but she is the only one who carried on the family business – her two brothers became ministers and her sister owns a Christmas tree farm nearby.

Carolyn spent her childhood growing up on the farm and has now lived almost her entire life there. Spending her life on the farm has given her a rich understanding of what it means to grow food for a living. In addition to the practical experience learned on the farm, as a young adult she majored in Horticulture at Penn State and then took the knowledge gained there and applied it into running day-to-day operations at Dawson’s Orchards once she came back.

packing_house_dawsons_orchardsCarolyn’s day at the orchard seems to vary depending on the season. For instance, in the winter she’s often packing and shipping apples or pruning trees when the weather is nice enough; in the spring she continues pruning and does frost-control; in the summer all sorts of fruit picking happens and that means it also needs to be packed up for sale; and in the fall – their busiest season – it’s all about picking and packing apples. In addition to the hands-on farm work, Carolyn does a lot of the bookkeeping herself, with some help from her daughter. She also heads up communication with her salesman and other growers, schedules employees, and keeps up with all the paperwork needed to ensure everything runs smoothly.

peach_dawsons_orchardsOut of all the tasks Carolyn does, she says she feels most at home when she’s packing fruit. However, she mentioned that she does enjoy the variety and mixture of duties that her job provides, rather than having to do the same thing over and over again. Carolyn says that there is a lot of input and human labor necessary in order to produce their fruit. There is pruning to do, pest control, watching out for frost, picking a tree often multiple times, and praying for good weather. Even after all that it’s still not guaranteed that the crop will be good that year! It’s one thing she’s noticed her staff being surprised about and that she feels others will likely be surprised to learn too.

 

weddding_dawsons_orchardsMost of the sales Dawson’s Orchards does are wholesale. That means they’re typically shipping out boxes of produce but not interacting with their customers on a daily basis. But Carolyn mentioned the overwhelming support she received when they sold at a local farmer’s market recently. At the end of the day, she feels good about being able to provide healthy and nutritious fresh food to the public, and the appreciation she’s shown from her customers makes it all the more worth it for her.

Thanks again for supporting local farmers through your Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance CSA. Our farmers work incredibly hard to provide delicious fruits and vegetables for us – and you! Let’s all take some time to thank our farmers for everything they do. We think they deserve it!!

 

 

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

A Route Z Route
peaches, Dawsons Orchards peaches, Kistaco
heirloom tomato mix, Nu Way Farm heirloom tomato mix, Nu Way Farm
leeks, Hostettler Farm sun sugar tomatoes, Nu Way Farm
sweet corn, Matthews Family Farm sweet corn, Matthews Family Farm
green bell peppers, Weeping Willow Farm green carmen peppers, Weeping Willow Farm
rainbow chard, Nu Way Farm rainbow chard, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
eggplant, Matthews Family Farm candy onions, Weeping WIllow Farm/Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
new red potatoes, Weeping Willow Farm yellow beans, Clarion River Organics (OG)


OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

Click HERE to check your delivery route



peachessquarePeaches

Grower:  Kistaco Farm

Store:  Place them on the counter (as long as it’s cool and not in direct sunlight) until they reach your desired ripeness.  After they ripen, store them in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  peach salsa  easy peach icecream

 

leekscropLeeks

Grower:  Hostetler Farm 

Store: Fresh leeks should be stored unwashed and untrimmed in the refrigerator where they will keep fresh for between one and two weeks.  Wrapping them loosely in plastic bag will help them retain moisture.

Recipe:  potato leek soup

 

medium rainbow-chardRainbow Chard

Grower:  River View Farm 

Store: Keep in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

Recipe: swiss chard pesto

 

 

sweetcorncropSweet Corn

Grower: Blue Goose Farm and Matthews Farm

Store: Keep the husks on and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook it.

Recipe: roasted corn and zucchini salad  summer corn chowder  sweet honey corn bread

 

 

sunsugarcropSun Sugar Tomatoes

Grower:  Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep them cool, not cold.  When you refrigerate tomatoes, any ripening you want them to do will stop because of the cold.  Unless your tomatoes are very ripe and you’re going to eat them quickly, keep them out of the refrigerator. 

Recipe: marinated cherry tomato salad

 

heirloom_tomatoHeirloom Tomatoes

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: At room temperature on a plate not in plastic, keep out of sunlight.  Keep in mind that storing in a refrigerator can make tomatoes mealy and the skin dry. If you find that your tomatoes are not yet ripe, let them ripen on your counter top for a few days.

Recipe: roasted tomato soup

 

Beans-yellow-waxcropYellow Beans

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: In a plastic bag in the refrigerator

Recipe: miso potato salad with wax beans  

 

 

sweetcarmenCarmen Peppers  

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe: grilled barbecue vegetables in foil

 

 

greenpeppersGreen Bell Peppers

Grower:  Clarion River Organics

Store:  Refrigerate and keep them in a plastic bag.

Recipe: chicken fajita stuffed peppers

 

 

eggplant-varietiesEggplant

Grower:  Matthews Family Farm

Store:  Keep in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator

Recipe:  balsamic grilled eggplant

 

 

candy_onionsCandy Onions

Grower:  Weeping Willow Farm or Blue Goose Farm

Store:   In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  squash and onions

 

 

newpotatoesNew Red Potatoes

Grower:  Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  Store at room temperature out of heat or sun, if you plan to eat them quickly. New potatoes are not cured so they will not last as long as other potatoes (a few days vs. a few weeks). For longer storage keep them in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  potato salad and green beans

2015 Summer Harvest CSA Share Week #9

Farm Feature:  Beccari’s Farm

pete_beccari“If you’re an alcoholic they can cure you, but if you’re a ‘farmaholic’ there is no cure.” – Pete Beccari

For this week’s Farm Feature, we spoke with Pete Beccari. Along with his wife Jan, Pete runs Beccari’s Farm and Market in Oakdale, PA. Pete is a third-generation farmer and his family has been farming the same land for roughly 130 years. Their farm market has also been in business in the same location for 53 years. The Beccaris joined Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance in 2007. Though he grew up on the farm, Pete didn’t intentionally set out to become a farmer once he grew up. He acquired a degree in business retail management and also worked as a mechanic. However, after being laid off from work a number of times, he decided return and revive the family business and has now been running the farm for 35 years. He feels that he was called back to the farm and likes to say that: “If you’re an alcoholic they can cure you, but if you’re a ‘farmaholic’ there is no cure.”

beccari_farm_peach_treeThe Beccaris grow a wide range of produce, including sweet corn, tomatoes, zucchini, beans, peppers, pumpkins, apples, and peaches. Pete says that he doesn’t have a typical day on the farm, since his work constantly changes depending both on the time of year and the circumstances that come up on a daily basis. However, out of all of the many tasks he performs on the farm, his favorite thing to do is to pick beans. “It’s probably my most favorite thing on earth,” he says, noting that it’ s something he’s been doing since he was a boy and is at once both peaceful and fun. No matter what he’s doing on a particular day, being a farmer is always long and hard work. Pete’s day typically begins at 5 or 5:30 in the morning and goes until 9 at night, seven days a week. While he takes care of all the farm work, his wife Jan does the farm’s bookkeeping in addition to working a full time job outside of the farm. When he’s not working on the farm, he enjoys building Street Rod cars and he does carpentry and house repair in the winter once the farm work has slowed.

Pete says that he’s often surprised to see how far removed the general public is from an understanding of agriculture and seasonality. In a world where nearly every type of fruit and vegetable can be purchased in the grocery store year-round, Pete says he’s constantly educating customers in the market about when things are available locally. He says that they’ll often ask for sweet corn in June before the season has started, or for strawberries in August when they’re no longer available. However, he also says that customers who buy produce from their market will often remark how fresh tasting and juicy everything is. Therefore, though it’s not available year-round, the impeccable flavor and quality of the fruits and vegetables far makes up for them only being available for a short time each year.

Through your purchase of a Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance CSA, you are able to experience the bounty of what Southwestern Pennsylvania can produce and are taking part in eating seasonally. You are also helping to support the livelihoods of local farmers such as the Beccari’s and preserving the vitality of the local economy. Thank you again. We hope you enjoy this week’s CSA share!

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

 

 A Route  Z Route
 beets, Hostetler Farm  carrots or beets, River View Farm
 green carmen & sweet hungarian peppers, Weeping Willow Farm  new red potatoes, Nu Way Farm
 sweet corn, Blue Goose Farm and Matthews Farm  sweet corn, Matthews Farm
 sun sugar tomatoes, Ny Way Farm  heirloom tomatoes, Weeping Willow Farm or sun sugar tomatoes, Nu Way Farm
peaches, Kistaco Farm  peaches, Dawsons Orchards
 hot peppers or jalapeno peppers, Beccarri Farm or Clarion River Organics (OG)  green peppers, Clarion River Organics (OG)
 tomatillos, Sunny Meadow Farm  tomatillos, Sunny Meadow Farm
 green beans, Beccarri Farm or Blue Goose Farm (CNG)  green cabbage, Weeping Willow Farm
 garlic, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

Click HERE to check your delivery route



white_peachesPeaches

Grower:  Kistaco Farm

Store:  Place them on the counter (as long as it’s cool and not in direct sunlight) until they reach your desired ripeness.  After they ripen, store them in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  strawberry peach sangria  5-minute peach frozen yogurt  grilled white peaches

 

mixedbeetsBeets

Grower:  Hostetler Farm or River View Farm

Store: Remove beet greens, store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  raw citrus beets

 

 

 

carrotsCarrots

Grower:  River View Farm 

Store: Keep in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Recipe: spicy thai kale and carrot salad  asian kale salad with peanut dressing  beet and carrot bake  carrot slaw with cranberries

 

sweetcorncropSweet Corn

Grower: Blue Goose Farm and Matthews Farm

Store: Keep the husks on and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook it.

Recipe: Mexican chopped salad

 

 

newpotatoesNew Red Potatoes

Growers:  Nu Way Farm

Store: Store at room temperature out of heat or sun, if you plan to eat them quickly. New potatoes are not cured so they will not last as long as other potatoes (a few days vs. a few weeks). For longer storage keep them in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  potato and green bean salad

 

sunsugarcropSun Sugar Tomatoes

Grower:  Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep them cool, not cold.  When you refrigerate tomatoes, any ripening you want them to do will stop because of the cold.  Unless your tomatoes are very ripe and you’re going to eat them quickly, keep them out of the refrigerator. 

Recipe: marinated cherry tomato salad

 

 

GarlicBasketGarlic Bulbs

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Keep in a cool dry place.  Garlic does best at 60 degrees F.  

Recipe:  how to roast garlic

 

 

heirloom_tomatoHeirloom Tomatoes

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: At room temperature on a plate not in plastic, keep out of sunlight.  Keep in mind that storing in a refrigerator can make tomatoes mealy and the skin dry. If you find that your tomatoes are not yet ripe, let them ripen on your counter top for a few days.

Recipe: heirloom tomato, avocado and burrata salad on grilled garlic toast.

greenbeans_sunshine_printGreen Beans

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: In a plastic bag in the refrigerator

Recipe: garlic lemon green beans  classic green beans

 

sweetcarmenCarmen Peppers  

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe: grilled barbecue vegetables in foil

 

 

sweethungarianpepperSweet Hungarian Peppers

Grower:  Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  veggie chorizo stuffed peppers  oven roasted sweet peppers

 

greenpeppersGreen Peppers

Grower:  Clarion River Organics

Store:  Refrigerate and keep them in a plastic bag.

Recipe: stuffed green peppers  breakfast stuffed peppers

 

 

hotpeppermedleyHot peppers

Grower: Beccari Farm

Store:  In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  pickled hot peppers

 

 

jalapenocropJalapeno Peppers

GrowerClarion River Organics

Store:   In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  chilled tomato gazpacho

 

 

tomatilloscropTomatillos

Grower: Sunny Meadow Farm

Store:  Store briefly at room temperature or refrigerate in a paper bag.  Be sure to remove the husks before cooking,

Recipe:  tomatillo salsa verde  roasted tomatillo chicken casserole

 

 

Shredded Green Cabbage Salad with Lemon and GarlicGreeen Cabbage

Grower:  Weeping Willow Farm

Recipe: Asian Chicken and Cabbage Salad  cabbage salsa  tangy collard and cabbage slaw

 

2015 Summer Harvest CSA Share Week #8

Fresh from our awesome Chefs!  Tips and recipes for your CSA share.

Did you know that in addition to our farm share CSA boxes, Penn’s Corner delivers produce, eggs, beef and pork to restaurants in Pittsburgh?  We work with many talented chefs and want to share their wisdom, tricks, and recipes with you!

We know it can be daunting to think of ways to use your greens and veggies so last week we packed up our CSA share and met up with chef Justin Lubecki in the Franktuary kitchen.   He generously gave us helpful tips for getting through a CSA box and a few recipes that we’ll be sharing with you this week and next.  Don’t miss the sweet corn ice cream recipe!

Justin’s recommendations for getting through your CSA share:

  1. Roast all of the thick vegetables and braise all of the greens.  It’s a relatively quick process (30 minutes) and it prolongs the life of your produce.  Your produce becomes conveniently ready to use and slows the process of going bad.
  2. Quite often the ingredients that are in season tend to taste great together so you can be a little fearless when combining your share.  Think:  beets and kohlrabi or kale, carrots, zucchini and onion.
  3. Appreciate eating vegetables in season and the particular character of their variety. Treat them all with just oil, salt, pepper, and a little vinegar, in this case lemon, to bring out their natural flavors and not mask them under heavy seasoning.
Roasted beet salad
Justin’s mom instilled the benefits of eating seasonally in him as a child which has carried over to his work preparing food.  She loves beets and so does he!  A refreshing preparation option that’s suited well for a summer evening is to combine warm roasted elements with cool fresh lettuce.  We really think you’ll enjoy this beet salad recipe!
CSA veggies:
  • tricolored beets, greens removed, sliced thin
  • kohlrabi, sliced slightly thicker than beets
  • head lettuce

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Instructions:

  • Keeping beets and kohlrabi separate, toss with a Tbs olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Roast at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes depending on thickness of the cut. They should be cooked with some possible color on the outside but still have a fresh bite in the center.
  • After taking out the roasted vegetables toss in a bowl with tsp lemon juice, or squeeze it straight from the lemon!
  • Wash and cut lettuce to desired size.
  • Top with beets and kohlrabi.
  • Add any pickled vegetables you might have, toasted nuts, and soft cheese like goat cheese if you desire.
  • Finish with a drizzle of olive oil, another squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper
Sweet Corn Ice Cream and Blueberry Syrup
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This picture does not do the ice cream justice!

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2c milk
  • 1c heavy cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2-3 ears of corn, shucked and kernels cut away from the cob
  • 1/2c sugar
  • pinch salt
Instructions:
  • Place milk, heavy cream,  and corn kernels in a small pot and bring to a simmer for 10min.
  • Remove from heat and strain out kernels.
  • Whisk egg yolks and 1/2c sugar together in a bowl.
  • Whisk egg mixture gradually into hot mixture until well combined.
  • Return the hot mixture to low heat for 1 minute until the custard coats the back of a spoon.
  • Strain through a fine sieve.
  • Cool custard thoroughly before following manufacturer’s directions with your ice cream machine.

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If you don’t have an ice cream machine, this mixture works well as sweet corn nog. Add a splash of corn whiskey!
Blueberry Sauce Instructions:
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  • Heat a handful of blueberries, 1/4c sugar, 1/4c water, and a pinch of salt in a small pan over medium heat.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • Cook until the blueberries have broken down and you have a nice thick syrup.
  • Cool before adding to your ice cream.

If you enjoy fresh local produce (we know you do!), kind and friendly people, thoughtful libations, and delicious food, stop in and say hello to Justin and the team at Franktuary!

Thank you to Justin for sharing his tips and recipes!

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

 A Route  Z Route
 peaches, Dawson’s Orchards  peaches or plums, Kistaco Farm
 heirloom tomatoes, Weeping Willow Farm  garlic bulbs, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) ***some  members will receive applesauce in place of the garlic***  Due to the amount of rain we received this season, the garlic does not look as we had hoped.  Please refrigerate and use it quickly.
 green tomatoes, Nu Way Farm ***some members will receive tomatillo salsa in place of the green tomatoes***  green tomatoes, Nu Way Farm
 green kale, Clarion River Organics (OG)  chard, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
 carrots, River View Farm  green beans, Nu Way Farm
 zucchini, Weeping Willow or Blue Goose (CNG)  carmen and hungarian peppers, Weepng Willow Farm
 candy onions, Crighton Farm  spaghetti squash, CRO ***some members will receive tomatillo salsa in place of squash***
 bibb lettuce, Nu Way Farm  leeks or lettuce, Blue Goose Farm or River View Farm

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

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peachessquarePeaches

Grower:  Dawson’s Orchards or Kistaco

Store:  Place them on the counter until they reach your desired ripeness.  After they ripen, store them in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  grilled balsamic peaches  how to freeze peaches  grilled pork chops and spicy grilled peaches  peach tea

 

 

heirloom_tomatoHeirloom Tomatoes

Grower:  Weeping Willow Farm 

Store: On the counter top.  Storing tomatoes below 41 degrees can make them mushy.

Recipe:  15 gorgeous heirloom tomato recipes

 

 

green-tomatoescropGreen Tomatoes

Grower:  Nu Way Farm

Store: Avoid putting tomatoes in the refrigerator 

Recipe: fried green tomato grilled cheese  spicy green tomato BLT

 

 

kalegreenredGreen Kale

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store:  how to store leafy greens

Recipe: kale and quinoa salad

 

carrotsCarrots

Grower:  River View Farm 

Store: Keep in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Recipe: spicy thai kale and carrot salad  asian kale salad with peanut dressing  beet and carrot bake

 

ZucchiniZucchini

Grower: Weeping Willow or Blue Goose Farm

Store: keep in a plastic bag in the refrigerator

Recipe: chicken and tomato stuffed zucchini

 

 

bibb lettucecropBibb Lettuce

Growers:  Nu Way Farm

Store: Wash, dry (in a salad spinner), wrap in paper towel or cloth and store in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

Recipe:  http://addapinch.com/cooking/chicken-fajita-lettuce-wraps-recipe/

 

Prune-Plums-Custom-1024x682Methley Plums

Grower:  Kistaco Farm”

Store: 

Recipe: summer fruit crostata 

 

GarlicBasketGarlic Bulbs

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Keep in a cool dry place.  Garlic does best at 60 degrees F.  Due to the significant amount of rain we received this year, the garlic doesn’t look is good as we would like.  Please refrigerate it and use quickly.

Recipe:  how to roast garlic

 

 

medium rainbow-chardChard 

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Keep in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

Recipe: garlicky swiss chard and chick peas

 

 

greenbeans_sunshine_printGreen Beans

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: In a plastic bag in the refrigerator

Recipe: garlic lemon green beans

 

sweetcarmenCarmen Peppers  

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe: grilled barbecue vegetables in foil

 

 

sweethungarianpepperSweet Hungarian Peppers

Grower:  Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  veggie chorizo stuffed peppers  oven roasted sweet peppers

 

spaghetti-squashSpaghetti Squash

Grower:  Clarion River Organics

Store:  At room temperature.  After cutting, wrap in plastic and store in the refrigerator.

Preparation:   how to cook spaghetti squash  

Recipe:  spaghetti squash caprese bake

 

candy_onionsCandy Onions

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store:  In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

 

 

 

leekscropLeeks

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store:  Fresh leeks should be stored unwashed and untrimmed in the refrigerator where they will keep fresh for between one and two weeks.  Wrapping them loosely in plastic bag will help them retain moisture.

Recipe:  buttered leeks  braised leeks

 

2015 Summer Harvest CSA Share Week #7

Farm Feature:  Hostetler Farm

For this week’s blog feature we spoke with Linda Hostetler of Hostetler Farm. Based in Cochranton, PA – roughly 80 miles north of Pittsburgh – Joe and Linda Hostetler, along with their seven children, have been supplying fresh produce to Penn’s Corner since 2008. Linda says that they found out about Penn’s Corner through fellow farmer David Yoder of Nu Way Farm. Though they had always grown their own produce for their family, they had never sold any of it before joining Penn’s Corner. However, one year they had more strawberries and rhubarb than their family could consume by itself. That’s when David Yoder recommended joining Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance as a way to make some money selling their extra produce.

Today, Hostetler Farm grows a variety of produce, with strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb being their main fruit crops and carrots, beans, potatoes, beets and onions being the main vegetables. In addition to growing fresh produce for Penn’s Corner, Joe Hostetler and two of his sons run a logging business, which keeps the family busy. Linda says that her favorite task on the farm is picking strawberries and raspberries, which she finds relaxing compared to the other demanding tasks that are often required of her.

Being a small, family-run farm means being vulnerable to weather conditions that are out of your control – something the Hostetlers understand too well. Linda said that the heavy rainfall we’ve experienced this summer has damaged some of their crops. For instance, they lost most of their beans (though they replanted a second crop last week!) and their potato crop is down to at least one quarter of its original size. So far, she says, the beets and carrots are doing the best out of everything at surviving the turbulent and unpredictable weather we’ve been experiencing and they’re doing their best to manage despite the unpredictable weather.

Though tending to the farm is hard work, the Hostetlers do get off of the farm once in a while. Linda says that they recently went canoeing at French Allegheny Creek and they have plans to travel to Holmes County in Ohio for a family birthday coming up. The only time they can’t get away from the farm, she says, is during strawberry season. Since strawberries are so perishable, they can’t bear to be away for even a day or they might risk their entire crop.

The Hostetlers want to thank you for supporting their farm through your purchase of a Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance CSA. We also want to thank you for supporting us and all of the amazing farmers who work hard every day to grow your produce. We hope you are loving your fresh, local food this summer!

 

 

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

 A Route  Z Route
 blueberries, Dawson’s Orchards  blueberries, Dawson’s Orchards
 green beans, NuWay or Baccari Farm  candy onions, Crighton Farm **some members will receive dilly beans in place of the onions**
 sweet corn, Clarion River Organics (OG)  sweet corn, Clarion River Organics (CRO)
 new red potatoes, Nu Way Farm  yellow zucchini, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
 arugula, Nu Way Farm  arugula, Nu Way Farm
 cucumbers, Weeping Willow Farm  carrots or kohlrabi, Hostetler Farm/River View Farm
 parsley, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)  beet bunch, River View Farm
 lettuce head, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)  lettuce head, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

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candy_onionsCandy Onions

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: The crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

Recipe: bbq candy sweet onions bbq onion steaks with honey mustard

 

 

blueberriesBlueberries

Grower:  Dawson’s Orchards 

Store: It’s best not to wash the berries before storing them in the refrigerator as the moisture will promote spoilage.  For best results, wash them when you’re ready to use them.

Recipe:  50+ blueberry recipes  

fparsleycropParsley

Grower:  Blue Goose Farm

Store: Loosely wrap parsley with a paper towel and keep it in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Recipe: parmesan parsley potatoes

 

 

cucumberscropCucumber 

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  In refrigerator

Recipe:  cucumber lime cilantro salad 

 

 

ArugulaArugula

Grower:  Nu Way Farm 

Store: Wrap parsley loosely in a paper towel or cloth and store it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe: arugula potato salad  

 

 

mixed color carrotsCarrots

Grower: Hostetler Farm or River View Farm

Store: separate carrots from their greens and store separately.  Hold on to the green tops and use them for pesto (see recipe below).  Keep carrots and carrot tops in the refrigerator.

Recipe: carrot ribbons with carrot top pesto

 

sweetcorncropSweet Corn – Organic corn is very challenging to grow you may find that this corn doesn’t look like the corn you would find in a grocery store. Give it a try, we think it’s delicious!

Growers:  Clarion River Organics

Store: Keep the husks on and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook it. 

Recipe: grilled sweet corn 5 ways  perfect grilled sweet corn  mini sweet corn fritters

 

kohlrabiKohlrabi

Grower:  Hostetler Farm or Nu Way Farm

Store: cut off the leafy stalks (and use as you would kale or collard greens) from the bulb as would beets and carrots. Wash the bulb, wrap it loosely and store in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

Recipe: Thai inspired kohlrabi slaw

greenbeans_sunshine_printGreen Beans

Grower: Beccari’s Farm/Nu Way Farm

Store:  in a plastic bag, unwashed in the refrigerator crisper

Recipe: southern style green beans  

 

mixedbeetsBeets

Grower: River View Farm

Store: Before refrigerating, separate the beets from the leaves. To keep the beets dry, store them and the leaves, unwashed, in separate plastic bags in the vegetable drawer.

Recipe: roasted beets with balsamic glaze

 

newpotatoesNew Red Potatoes

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Store at room temperature out of heat or sun, if you plan to eat them quickly. New potatoes are not cured so they will not last as long as other potatoes (a few days vs. a few weeks). For longer storage keep them in the refrigerator.

Recipe: red, white, and blue potato salad  

 

yellow zucchiniYellow Zucchini  

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store:  keep in the refrigerator

Recipe:  crispy baked zucchini cake

 

Lettuce

Grower:  Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

Recipe:  BLT bowl