2014 Harvest CSA Share Week #9

PFPCThe Pittsburgh Food Policy Council promotes an equitable and sustainable food system in Pittsburgh. Show them some love and join us on August 25th for No Menu Monday at Bar Marco! Chefs will be cooking up some incredible food sourced from Penn’s Corner.  Click HERE for more information and to make reservations.



 OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

A Route Z Route
1# leeks, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) 1# leeks, River View Farm
celery, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) red beets, Nu Way Farm
little baby flower watermelon, Clarion River Organics (O) peaches, Kistaco Farm**
1 pint sun sugar tomatoes, Nu Way Farm 1# tomatillos, Sunny Meadow Farm
Swiss chard, Nu Way Farm lettuce, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
2 green peppers, Clarion River Organics (O) 2 green peppers, Weeping Willow Farm
1# yellow beans, Clarion River Organics (O) 6 jalapenos, Clarion River Organics (O)
2# new gold potatoes, Clarion River Organics (O) 2# new red potatoes, Weeping Willow Farm
basil, chives or another selected herb, Blackberry Meadows (O) or Pucker Brush Farm (CNG)

**The extremely cold winter wiped out this year’s peach crop in western Pennsylvania so our growers have been working with out-of-state growers to fill the gap.  The peaches you will receive in this week’s share were purchased from a farm in West Virginia.



Blue Goose Farm or River View Farm

Store:  Place leeks in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.  They will stay fresh up to two weeks.

Recipe:  Artichoke, Leek and Potato Casserole





Blue Goose Farm

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






Hostetler Farm 

Store:  Cut the greens from the roots and store in separate plastic bags in the refrigerator.  The greens are edible and delicious.



 watermeloncropLittle Baby Flower Watermelon

Clarion River Organics

Store:  Whole watermelons may be stored outside the refrigerator in a cool, dark place.  Once cut, place plastic wrap over the cut edge and store remaining watermelon in the fridge for up to four days.





Kistaco Farm**

Store:  Peaches should be stored at room temperature until they have become fully ripe.  Once they have ripened they will stay fresh another week in the refrigerator.




Sun Sugar Tomatoes

Nu Way Farm

Store:  Keep tomatoes at room temperature, don’t store them in the refrigerator.  To learn more about why click HERE.






Sunny Meadow Farm 

Store:  Leave husks intact and store in the refrigerator.  Remove the husks and rinse tomatillos when you’re ready to use them.

Recipe:  Scrambled Eggs with Tomatillos





Swiss Chard

Nu Way Farm

Store:  Place dry, unwashed chard in an airtight plastic bag in your refrigerator.  If the chard begins to wilt, submerge the wilted greens in cold water and keep in the refrigerator overnight.





Blue Goose Farm

Store:  Keep lettuce in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.  If the lettuce is wet, place a paper towel in the bag to absorb some of the moisture.




Green Peppers

Clarion River Organics or Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  Keep peppers in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.  They should stay fresh for 1 – 2 weeks.



Yellow BeansBeans-yellow-waxcrop

Clarion River Organics

Store:  Place beans in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.





Clarion River Organics

Store:  Store jalapeños in a paper bag in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.  If you find that they are too spicy for your taste, remove the seeds and ribs before using them.  Wear nylon or latex gloves when chopping jalapeños to avoid burning your skin.

Recipe:  Jalapeño Cheddar Scones



New Potatoes

Clarion River Organics or Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  These freshly harvested potatoes should be kept in the refrigerator in a brown paper bag.





Basil or Chives

Blackberry Meadows, Pucker Brush Farm or River View Farm

Store:  To keep basil fresh, trim the stems and place it in a glass or jar of water, just like cut flowers.  Don’t refrigerate your basil, the delicate leaves may turn black.  Wrap chives loosely in plastic wrap or a plastic bag and place them in the warmest part of the refrigerator.



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