2015 Summer Harvest CSA Share Week #2


This week’s featured farm is Nu Way Farm

David Yoder, the farmer at Nu Way Farm, has been growing produce for Penn’s Corner on his Mercer County farm since 2007. He grows a huge variety of produce for our CSA including greens, lettuces, radishes, beets, turnips, tomatoes, potatoes and rhubarb. He has grown the gourmet lettuce mix and rainbow chard you’ll find in your shares this week.

The tomato plant pictured below is special for Nu Way Farm because of its hardy nature and ability to withstand the trials of the growing season.  David has been cultivating the seed for the last four years for this reason and is very satisfied with his crop.  He suggested that our members would enjoy seeing the “fruit” of his labor and so we’re proud to share it with you today on the blog.

With appreciation and gratitude, Nu Way Farm thanks you for your support of Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance.

David Yoder's featured tomato plant.  He specifically requested that we share the story of this plant with our members.

David Yoder’s featured tomato plant. He specifically requested that we share the story of this plant with our members.

David Yoder leading the way to explain his crops and share their stories.

David Yoder leading the way to explain his crops and share their stories.

Rows of hand weeded baby bibb lettuce from Nu Way Farm.

Rows of hand weeded baby bibb lettuce from Nu Way Farm.

 

 

This week’s featured food is chard

garden-chardWe’re in the midst of greens season so for the next few weeks you’ll likely find a lot of greens and lettuce in your shares (never fear, it won’t be like this forever!).

One of the greens included this week is chard, a nutritional powerhouse. It’s full of vitamins A, C and K and also contains significant amounts of magnesium, potassium, iron and fiber. Chard can help regulate blood sugar, boost your immune system and improve digestion.

Chard is sometimes referred to as Swiss chard and sometimes called rainbow chard, depending on the color of the stems. The leaves taste like a cross between spinach and beet greens. They’re delicate and slightly bitter. The stems are crunchy and sweeter than the leaves, reminiscent of pac choi stems. Chard is versatile and can be eaten raw, steamed, sauteed, boiled or baked into chips. Chard pairs extremely well with both garlic and chèvre (fresh goat cheese). Here are a few recipes to consider:

Garlic Scape and Swiss Chard Pesto

Sauteed Swiss Chard (use some of your garlic scapes in place of the garlic)

Pizza Bianca with Goat Cheese and Greens

Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese Quiche

 

 

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

Many of our growers have experienced extreme amounts of rainfall over the past two days. As a result, some of the lettuce, chard and kale is quite wet. When you get your share please take a moment to examine all of your greens and, if necessary, dry them in a salad spinner or place a few paper towels in the bags to absorb the moisture.  As always, if something doesn’t meet your standards, please email us at csa@pennscorner.com.

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Z Route

strawberries, Sunny Meadow Farm or Weeping Willow Farm

strawberries, Hostetler Farm

gourmet lettuce mix, Nu Way Farm

gourmet lettuce mix or baby bibb lettuce, Nu Way Farm

chard, Nu Way Farm

chard, Nu Way Farm

2 green carmen peppers and/or sweet hungarian wax peppers, Weeping Willow Farm 

salad turnips, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

lacinato kale, Clarion River Organics (CRO)

red russian kale, Clarion River Organics (OG)

garlic scapes, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

garlic scapes, Clubhouse Gardens or Crighton Farm

crispino or romaine lettuce, River View Farm (OG)

crispino or romaine lettuce, River View Farm (OG)

chèvre, River View Dairy

chèvre, River View Dairy

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

**Vegan members will receive tomatillo salsa and rhubarb jam in place of the chèvre. If you have purchased a vegan share please take a white box.

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Strawberries

Sunny Meadow Farm, Weeping Willow Farm or Hostetler Farm

Store:  Strawberries are extremely perishable. Store them in the refrigerator and use them as quickly as possible.

Recipe:  strawberry cornmeal griddle cakes

 

 

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Gourmet Lettuce Blend

Nu Way Farm

Store:  Place dry, unwashed lettuce in an airtight plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.  If you notice that the lettuce is wet, spin dry in a salad spinner before storage or place a paper towel around the lettuce inside the bag.

 

 

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Rainbow Chard

Nu Way Farm

Store:  Keep chard in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

 

 

 

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Green Carmen Peppers

Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  Keep peppers in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Uses:  Carmen peppers and Hungarian wax peppers are deliciously sweet. Chop them and add them to salads, toss them into scrambled eggs or omelets or slice them and eat them with your favorite dip.

 

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Sweet Hungarian Wax Peppers

Weeping Willow Farm

Store:   Keep peppers in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

 

 

 

white lady turnipsSalad Turnips 

Blue Goose Farm

Store:  To keep your turnips fresh for as long as possible, separate your turnips from their greens and store them in separate plastic bags in your refrigerator. Don’t throw away your greens, they’re delicious too!

Recipe:  Turnips with Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese and Sesame

 

Lacinato Kale (aka Tuscan or dinosaur kale)

Clarion River Organics

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

Recipe:  Lacinato Kale Salad, Sauteed Kale with Garlic (use your scapes)

 

 

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Red Russian Kale

Clarion River Organics

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

Recipe:  baked kale chips

 

 

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Garlic Scapes

Blue Goose Farm, Clubhouse Gardens or Crighton Farm

Store:  Keep garlic scapes in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Recipe: Creamy Garlic Scapes Salad Dressing, Garlic Scape Vinaigrette, Garlic Scape Carbonara

 

 

crispino lettuce

Crispino Lettuce

River View Farm

Store:   Keep lettuce in a plastic bag in your refrigerator. If you notice that it’s wet place a paper towel in the bag to absorb some of the moisture.

 

 

 

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Romaine Lettuce

River View Farm

Store:  Keep lettuce in a plastic bag in your refrigerator. If you notice that it’s wet place a paper towel in the bag to absorb some of the moisture.

 

 

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Chèvre

River View Dairy

Store:  In refrigerator

Recipe: Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad, scrambled egg toast,

 

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