2013 Harvest CSA Share Week #17, September 25th


Welcome to week #17 of the Harvest Share!

***We still have spots open for the winter CSA! You can use this link to sign up now! ***



What are Ground Cherries?

Ground cherries, (A.K.A. husk cherries, ground tomatoes, winter cherries, and strawberry tomatoes) can come off as a very confusing produce item. These delicious little golden orbs loosely covered in a lantern-like shell are a very exciting item in our fall CSA boxes. Are ground cherries new to you? Here’s some more info about them…

These little gems are in the same genus as tomatillos (Physalis philadelphica)—hence the similar papery husk—and the same family as tomatoes. Ground cherries taste slightly sweet and tropical, with a texture that’s somewhere between a tomato and a grape. According to this article, their common name comes from the fact that the fruit falls to the ground when it is ripe. The guy at our local farmstand called them “ground tomatoes,” and a bit of online research turns up many other names: “husk cherries,” “winter cherries,” “strawberry tomatoes.” Some sources also call them Cape gooseberries, but from what I can tell, those are slightly different (Physalis peruviana).

Well, whatever they are, I like them.

Ground cherries are very versatile, suitable in both sweet and savory dishes. You can just unwrap the fruits and eat them raw, like cherry tomatoes (which is what I’ve been doing), but here are some other recipe ideas:

1. Puree them into a salsa verde, or chop them in into this ground cherry salsa.

2. Bake a ground cherry pieupside-down cake, or a husk cherry and plum tart.

3. Layer halved ground cherries with fresh tomatoes and basil for an easy appetizer.

4. Make a simple salad from greens, ground cherries and goat cheese, or get a little more complex with husk cherry Waldorf salad.

5. Ground cherry jam is “easy peasy,” we hear.

You can read more of this article HERE. 


Asparagus Route Pick Up Locations

Monroeville, Churchill, Green Tree, Dormont, Mt. Lebanon- Briarwood, Whitehall, Mt. Lebanon- Woodhaven, Mt. Lebanon- Eden’s Market, Bridgeville, Greenfield, Sq Hill- Forward Ave, Sq Hill- Bartlett, Chatham University, Sq Hill- Fair Oaks, Shadyside, Friendship, Scott

Zucchini Pick Up Locations

Highland Park- Jackson, Highland Park- Union Project, Morningside, Fox Chapel, Lawrenceville, Marty’s Market, North Side- Children’s Museum, North Side, B Gourmet, Avalon, Cranberry-Westinghouse, Bellevue, Ross Twsp, North Park- RAW Training, Bradford Woods, Restaurant ECHO, Google, Oakland- Apple, Oakland- The Porch, Schenley Farms, Downtown- Gulf Tower, Highmark, PNC One, South Side, Steelers Training Center, Eat n Park Hospitality, Animal Nature, Edgewood, Regent Square, Point Breeze, East End Brewing, Oakdale, Indiana, Franklin Park

Bi-Weekly Member Info

Odd week pick-up dates:  September 25, October 9 & 23, November 6.

Even week pick-up dates:  October 2, 16 & 30, November 13

*dates in bold include Flower share deliveries

This is an ODD week.

This is the 8th and final ODD Flower share delivery.



OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

Asparagus Route

2# honeycrisp apples, Kistaco Farms

pint ground cherries, Clarion River Organics, OG

watermelon, Beccari’s Farm OR Weeping Willow Farm

1 bulb garlic, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

1/3# arugula, Nu Way Farm

1# daikon radishes, Nu Way Farm

swiss chard, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

1# leeks, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

beets, Nu Way Farm 

Zucchini Route

Italian eggplant, Matthew’s Family Farm

2# anjou pears, Dawson’s Orchard

pint ground cherries, Clarion River Organics, OG

2 garlic bulbs, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

green cabbage head, Blue Goose OR Weeping Willow Farm

1/3# mixed lettuce, Nu Way Farm

1/2# spinach, Nu Way Farm

beet bunch, Sunny Meadow Farm 

rosemary, Goose Creek Gardens 


Ground Cherry and Goat Cheese Salad


  • 1 pound field greens, washed
  • 1/2 pound husk cherries (or however many you have)
  • 4 ounces herbed goat cheese
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp basalmic vinegar
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

1. Wash lettuce, remove cherries from their husks, and wash. Dry.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
3. Mix together lettuce, husk cherries, and dressing.
4. Top salad with chunks of goat cheese.


Japanese-Style Potato Salad w/ Daikon and Cucumber


  • Dressing
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion


    • 2 3/4 pounds russet potatoes (about 4 very large), peeled, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
    • 1 2-inch-long piece daikon (Japanese white radish),* peeled, halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices
    • 1 large carrot, peeled, cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds
    • 8 large escarole leaves, torn into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 cup very thinly sliced red onion
    • 1 cup very thinly sliced white onion
    • 3/4 cup thinly sliced peeled Japanese cucumber or half-rounds of peeled English hothouse cucumber
    • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
    • 1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper
  1. Whisk first 6 ingredients in small bowl. Mix in celery and onion. Season with salt. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)
  2. Steam potatoes until tender, about 12 minutes. Transfer potatoes to large bowl; mash coarsely. Steam daikon and carrot until tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl. Mix 1 1/2 cups dressing into mashed potatoes. Cool to barely lukewarm.
  3. Gently mix daikon, carrot, and remaining vegetables into potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.


Quinoa w/ Eggplant and Cabbage


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3/4 to 1 lb eggplant, cubed
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 2 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the eggplant cubes in a bowl, drizzle with a small amount of vegetable oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Arrange in a single layer on the baking sheet and roast for 8 to 12 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. Thoroughly rinse the quinoa with cold water in a fine mesh strainer. Place the quinoa and broth in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until all the water is absorbed, about 12 minutes. Drizzle with sesame oil, fluff with a fork and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet or wok heat 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the eggs and scramble until cooked through. Stir into the cooked quinoa.
  4. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and increase the heat to high. Add the onion and garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute. Quickly stir in the sriracha, then add the cabbage. Stir-fry until the cabbage is crisp-tender, another 2 minutes.
  5. Add a little more oil to the pan if needed, then add the quinoa-egg mixture. Continue to stir-fry for another minute. Add the soy sauce, toss to combine, then add the eggplant and cilantro. Mix well, drizzle with a little additional sesame oil and serve.


Check out the Penn’s Corner  page for great recipe ideas!

Click here for some more recipe ideas from our pinterest page!  If you have favorite recipes online, please let us know so we can add them to our Pinterest page.   Contact csa@pennscorner.com with the links!

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