2015 Summer Harvest CSA Share Week #4

This week’s featured farm is Blue Goose Farm:

Blue Goose Farm

Scott and Chrissy Farabaugh own and operate Blue Goose Farm located in Nicktown, Pennsylvania.  Their property is about 150 acres with 10-12 of those devoted to growing vegetables.  The rest of the land is for hay and small grains to support their livestock.

Working the land is certainly in Scott’s heritage.  He grew up on a farm and his ancestors for many generations have been involved in agriculture.  Traditionally, his family raised livestock, grains, rye and potatoes.  However, Scott decided to forge a new path and ventured into growing vegetables.  The farm Scott grew up on required a significant investment in capital to keep it running successfully, which can potentially leave farms swimming in massive debt.  This wasn’t the way for Mr. Farabaugh.  His farm is small enough that he can do most chores by hand without needing to rely on expensive pieces of machinery (forcing him into debt) to keep the farm going.  He’s very proud to say that he and his wife own and operate their farm debt free.  This is a big reason why he sleeps peacefully at night.

Being small enough to do the work by hand may save vast sums of money but it does require a daunting amount of physical labor.  Scott often feels that Blue Goose Farm isn’t quite small enough to justify doing everything by hand and isn’t big enough to invest in expensive machinery.  This setup is a recipe for long days on the farm.  Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, Scott is able to indulge in one of his favorite hobbies, reading nonfiction books.  While he’s in the tractor or weeding the fields, Scott enjoys listening to biographies, expanding his mind while keeping up with the farm work.

The Farabaugh family believe in leaving the world a better place than they found it.  All of their vegetables are grown with organic methods and are certified through CNG (Certified Naturally Grown).  Their use of crop rotation and organic amendments increases the health of the soil and the food it produces for future generations.

There is an extensive list of produce coming from Blue Goose Farm such as green onions, basil, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, kale, green onions, garlic scapes, lettuce, peppers, and potatoes, just to name of few.  This week in your share you’ll find green onions and lettuce from the Farabaughs.

The 7 Farabaugh siblings spend many hours exploring and helping out at Blue Goose Farm.
The 7 Farabaugh siblings spend many hours exploring and helping out at Blue Goose Farm.

Mr. Farabaugh’s favorite thing about farming is the satisfaction of picking the very first radish or strawberry.  He feels there is something very special about taking a seed and turning it into a beautiful vegetable which will nourish the community.  Seeing a huge pile of zucchini or potatoes is immensely gratifying to Scott.

As always, thank you for supporting local farms by choosing your Penn’s Corner CSA share.




This week’s featured food is collard greens!

CollardscropThe ladies of MIX Salad Concept have generously provided their recipe for a collard green wrap including a savory balsamic dressing!  MIX provides healthy and delicious lunchtime meals to time-crunched professionals in Pittsburgh. They source local ingredients to give each specially crafted salad the freshest ingredients available.

Collard greens are nutrient power houses!  Just 2 cups of collard greens supplies over 30% your Daily Value of Magnesium, 30% your Daily Value of Vitamin C, and well over 100% your Daily Value of Vitamin K.  When incorporated into daily meals, collard greens’ (and other green leafy vegetables) many nutrients work together to help lower blood pressure, increase immunity, support healthy bones, and in some cases even improve insulin resistance!

MIX was recently featured in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for their salad creations.

MIX Salad Zesty Tomato Collard Wrap

1 large Collard green, rinsed
1/2 c wild rice, cooked
1/3 c sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp feta cheese
2 tbsp kalamata olives, chopped
Savory Balsamic Vinaigrette (combine: (1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp fresh oregano, dash of cracked black pepper)
Lay collard green flat and shave off the thickest part of the stem with a knife to make it easier to roll up all your ingredients. Place all ingredients on the collard green and drizzle with Savory Balsamic Vinaigrette and gently wrap up similar to the way you would wrap a tortilla-based burrito. Enjoy




A Route

Z Route

collard greens, Clarion River Organics (OG)

collard greens, Kistaco Farm

cherry belle radishes, Nu Way Farm

cherry belle radishes, Nu Way Farm

zucchini, Weeping Willow Farm

zucchini, Weeping Willow Farm

yellow or light green zucchini, River View Farm (OG)

yellow or light green zucchini, River View Farm (OG)

red or green leaf lettuce, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

red romaine lettuce, River View Farm (OG)

salad turnips, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

green carmen peppers, Weeping Willow Farm

green onions, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

green onions, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

bok choy, Blackberry Meadows (OG) or kohlrabi, River View Farm (OG)

savoy cabbage, Clarion River Organics (OG)

Buttercup cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

Buttercup cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

**Vegan members will receive lambs quarters and apple butter in place of the cheese.**

HERE to check your delivery route



CollardscropCollard Greens

Clarion River Organics or Kistaco Farm

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

Recipe:  collard green coleslaw stuffed collard greens




cherryBelleRadishCherry Belle Radishes

Nu Way Farm

Store:  To keep your radishes fresh for as long as possible, separate your radishes from their greens and store them in separate plastic bags in your refrigerator.

Recipe: roasted radishes cinnamon sugar radish chips





Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  In refrigerator

Recipe: roasted zucchini with garlic double chocolate zucchini bread



yellow zucchiniYellow or Light Green Zucchini

River View Farm

Store:  In refrigerator

Recipe: layered ratatouille


Red Romaine LettuceRed 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.

Recipe:  grilled romaine with bacon



Red or Green Leaf Lettucelettuce_red_leaf

Blue Goose Farm

Store:   Refrigerate after opening.




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: 31 ways to use your CSA vegetables


greencarmencropGreen Carmen Peppers

Weeping Willow Farm

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

Uses: Carmen 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.



greenonions2cropGreen Onions

Blue Goose Farm

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




bokchoyBok Choy

Blackberry Meadows

Store: Keep bok choy in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe: sauteed ginger bok choy

Note:  You’ll notice small holes in the leaves of your bok choy which means that flea beetles have gotten to it, a common problem with organic farming. While it may not look as pretty, the holes are harmless and we hope you enjoy the taste. As always, if something doesn’t measure up to your standards please let us know.




River View Farm

Store: Cut off leaves, wrap them in a damp paper towel and place in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.  The bulb can be refrigerator for several weeks.

Recipe:  5 Tasty Ways to Prepare Kohlrabi kohlrabi homefries kohlrabi salad


savoycropSavoy Cabbage

Clarion River Organics

Recipe: sauteed cabbage




buttercupButtercup Cheese

Hidden Hills Dairy

Use:  This is a semi-soft, creamy, smooth, buttery tasting cheese.  Try some melted on your hamburger or baked potato today!




lambsquartersLambs Quarters

Pucker Brush Farm

Store:  In a plastic bag in the refrigerator

Uses:  5 Ways to Enjoy Lambs Quarters

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