2015 Spring CSA Share Week #7


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Value Added at Penn’s Corner

In 2012 Penn’s Corner began creating our own line of canned goods.  Each year there are always at least a few crops that our farmers do such a great job growing that they end up having way more than we can ever sell or use in our CSA.  In a lot of those cases, valuable produce goes unharvested. The idea behind beginning this endeavor was to find ways to use those items that are grown in excess of what we can sell in any given summer.  An added benefit is that we get to provide people with wholesome, Pennsylvania grown foods that they otherwise don’t have access to during the long winter and spring months.

We work with small, family-owned food processing companies that are in relative proximity to us in order to control the cost of each item.  We also very carefully choose the products and recipes to ensure that as many of the contents as possible come from Penn’s Corner farms.  There have been a few exceptions so far which include tomato paste and garlic.  While we have farms that grow both tomatoes and garlic we don’t have easy access to any food processors that are equipped to peel and chop garlic in the quantities required or process and cook tomatoes down into paste.  As we’ve heard it told, no one can compete with California on tomato paste!

In 2012 we canned Chopped Tomatoes and a Tomatillo Salsa and both were well received by our customers.  In 2013 we added Dilly Beans, a tomato based Farmers Market salsa and a Hot Pepper Jelly.  In 2013 between beans, tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, tomatillos and onions we canned a little more than 8 tons of produce. In 2014 we added applesauce and apple butter and processed closer to 20 tons of produce!  

In 2014 Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance applied for and was awarded a USDA Value Added Producer Grant. These funds are allowing us to redesign our product labels and expand the product line a bit in 2015. We look forward to sharing our new look with you!

 

 

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

A Route

Z Route

collard greens or green kale, Clarion River Organics (OG)

red russian kale, Clarion River Organics (OG)

apple cider, Kistaco Farm

1 dozen eggs, Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

1# oats, Weatherbury Farm (OG)

1# oats, Weatherbury Farm (OG)

green onions, Nu Way Farm

green onions, Nu Way Farm

hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

apple butter, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

farmers market salsa, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

parsley seedling, Pucker Brush Farm

Please take 1 seedling per share from your pickup location. They are included in your share but have not been packed in your CSA box.

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

**A Route gluten free members will receive broccoli raab greens in place of the oats. A Route vegan members can take a regular brown box this week.

**Z Route gluten free members will receive broccoli greens in place of the oats. Z Route vegan members will receive chopped tomatoes in place of the eggs.


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CollardscropCollard Greens

Clarion River Organics

Store:  Keep collards in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipes:  Kickin Collard Greens, Garlicky Collard Greens, Collard Green Wraps with Tofu and Thai Peanut Sauce, Lemony Collard Greens Pasta

 

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Green (Winterbore) Kale

Clarion River Organics

Store:  Keep kale in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe: Kale and Walnut Pesto 

 

 

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Red Russian Kale

Clarion River Organics

Store:  Keep kale in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe: Crispy Kale Chips, Fried Egg Kale Toast 

 

 

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Apple Cider

Kistaco Farm

Store:  In refrigerator

 

 

 

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Eggs

Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

Store:  In refrigerator

Recipe:  Garlicky Kale with Fried Eggs and Salsa, Scrambled Eggs with Kale and Mozzarella, Quick and Easy Egg Salad Sandwich

 

 

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Oats

Weatherbury Farm

Store:  In refrigerator

Recipe:  Apple Butter Baked Oatmeal, Mark Bittman’s Savory Oatmeal with Scallions and Soy Sauce

 

 

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Green Onions

Nu Way Farm

Store:  Keep green onions in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Uses:  Easy Green Onion Dip, 5 Ways to Use Up Your Scallions

 

 

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Hydroponic Lettuce

Harmomy Grove Farm

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

 

 

 

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Apple Butter

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening 

 

 

 

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Farmers Market Salsa

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening

 

 

 

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Parsley Seedling

Pucker Brush Farm

Tips for transplanting your parsley:  Parsley can be planted in a pot or a garden. It needs at least five hours of sun per day. Water in-ground parsley deeply once every week. Water container parsley whenever the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. Cut leaves from the outer portions of the plant whenever you need them. Leave the inner portions of the plant to mature.

 

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Broccoli Raab Greens

Grow Pittsburgh

Store:  Keep greens in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  White Beans with Broccoli Rabe and Lemon

 

 

broccoli greenssBroccoli Greens

Grow Pittsburgh

Store: Keep greens in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. 

Recipe:  Sauteed Broccoli Greens 

 

 

chopped tomatoes

Chopped Tomatoes

Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store:  Refrigerate after opening.

 

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