Summer CSA – Week of September 14


This week, A Route gets to break into the fall with delicata squash and McIntosh apples, and Z Route gets our first taste of yellow Bartlett pears! There are a lot of recipes to get excited about this week. If you haven’t yet followed us on Pinterest, it is one of the best ways to browse the recipes we post here weekly. Each recipe is copied to its corresponding board, so you can easily search by item. If you cook up any favorites, feel free to share in the comments below each post or tag @pennscorner on Instagram or Twitter! We love seeing what kind of magic our members make with their boxes!

*Note for Z Route: The two different kinds of peppers in your share look quite similar, but the HOT ones are long and skinny. The sweet ones look more like bell peppers. If you have a doubt, take a little nibble and you will be able to tell!

A Route Z Route
1 lb green beans, Hostetler Farm 3/4 lb chard, Nu Way Farm
2 delicata squash, River View Dairy (OG) 1 lb beets, Hostetler Farm
3/4 lb chard, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) 2 lb yellow Bartlett pears, Dawson’s Orchard
3 lb green cabbage, Blue Goose Farm 4 carmen peppers, Weeping Willow Farm*
1.5 lbs heirloom tomatoes, Nu Way Farm or Weeping Willow Farm 1 pint sun sugar tomatoes, Nu Way Farm
1 pint sun sugar tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, Nu Way Farm or Grow Pittsburgh 1 lb eggplant medley, Crighton Farm
2 lb McIntosh apples, Kistaco Farm 1 lb hot banana peppers, Matthews Family Farm*
2 oz basil, Blue Goose Farm 1 pint ground cherries, Clarion River Organics (OG)
   1 candy onion, Clarion River Organics (OG)

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*** OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

Green Cabbage

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store:  Store in the refrigerator and keep it wrapped. Wrapping cabbage in plastic and storing it in the crisper section of your refrigerator limits its exposure to air flow, and thus reduces spoilage. Plastic wrap keeps external moisture out, preventing mold and rot, while helping the cabbage to maintain its internal moisture—without which, the cabbage leaves lose their firmness and begin to wilt.

Recipe: Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing, Cabbage with Bacon & Roasted Potatoes, Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges

sunsugarcropSun Sugar Tomatoes

Grower: Nu Way Farm or Grow Pittsburgh

Store: Store on your counter at room temperature with the stem side down out of direct sunlight.  They’ll last longer and taste better than storing them in the refrigerator.  Refrigerating tomatoes changes both their taste and texture because it damages the membranes inside the fruit walls and changes the chemical structure.

Recipe: Grilled Cherry Tomato Bruschetta, Tomato Herb Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese, Quick Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

greenbeans_sunshine_printGreen Beans

Grower: Hostetler Farm

Store: Store unwashed fresh beans in a reusable container or plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper. Whole beans stored this way should keep for about seven days. Freezing Green Beans: Rinse your green beans in cool water and then drain. Cut the ends of the beans off and then cut the beans to whatever length you prefer.

Recipe: Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries with Sriracha Dip, Healthy Kung Pao Chicken with Green Beans, Chinese Dry-Fried Green Beans

heirloom_tomatoHeirloom Tomatoes

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm or Nu Way Farm

Store: At room temperature on a plate not in plastic, keep out of sunlight.  Keep in mind that storing in a refrigerator can make tomatoes mealy and the skin dry. If you find that your tomatoes are not yet ripe, let them ripen on your counter top for a few days.

Recipe: Roasted Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes, Mediterranean Fresh Herbs & Tomato SaladHeirloom Tomato & Ricotta Tart, Heirloom Tomato Salad with Cucumber & Onion


Grower: A Route – Blue Goose Farm; Z Route – Nu Way Farm

Store: Do not wash Swiss chard before storing as the exposure to water encourages spoilage. Place chard in a plastic storage bag and wrap the bag tightly around the chard, squeezing out as much of the air from the bag as possible.

Recipe: Sweet Thai Chicken Swiss Chard Wraps, Swiss Chard Pesto, Heirloom Tomato & Swiss Chard Eggs Benedict

Delicata Squash

Grower: River View Dairy

Store: Although its storage life is a little shorter than hard skinned varieties of winter squash, Delicata can be stored for about 6 weeks at room temp in a cool, dry area. Avoid refrigerating.

Recipe: Warm Kale & Delicata Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Roasted Delicata Squash & Quinoa Salad, Chipotle Black Bean Stuffed Delicata


Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: You can keep basil fresh for up to two weeks by placing the branches in a vase (first, give the ends a trim) and keeping them on the counter out of the sun. This method is ideal when you’re likely to be using it frequently for cooking throughout the following week or so.

Recipe: Basil Garlic Aioli, Garden Fresh Bruschetta, Basil Chimichurri


Grower: Hostetler Farm

Store: To keep the beets dry, store them and the leaves, unwashed, in separate plastic bags in the vegetable drawer

Recipe: The Best Beet & Avocado Salad, Rainbow Dragon Bowl with Shredded Beets, Carrots & Cabbage, Roasted Beets & Green with Goat Cheese Crostini


McIntosh Apples

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag.

Recipe: Chicken & Apples in Honey Mustard Sauce, Cupcake Tin Apple Pies, Israeli Couscous & Apple Salad

sweetcarmenCarmen Peppers

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week.

Recipe: Pickled Sweet Peppers, Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables, Sweet Pepper Chicken Nachos, Grilled Eggplant & Pepper Pizza

Yellow Bartlett Pears

Grower: Dawson’s Orchard

Store: Store at room temperature until ripe — to hasten ripening, place pears in a paper bag at room temperature. Once ripe, place pears in a plastic bag and refrigerate.

Recipe: Pear Custard Pie, Pear & Basil Lemonade, Brown Butter Pear Bars

Hot Banana Peppers

Grower: Matthews Family Farm

Store: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week.

Recipe: Quick Pickled Jalapeno Slices, Baked Stuffed Jalapenos, Hot Pepper Mustard

ground_cherriesGround Cherries

Grower: Clarion River Organics 

Store: Remove the husks and rinse the fruits before preparing. Husked fruits keep in the refrigerator for five to seven days. To freeze ground cherries, simply spread the husked, washed fruits on a rimmed cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. Once they’re hard, package them in plastic bags.

Recipe: Ground Cherry Vinaigrette, Cherry Tomato & Ground Cherry Salsa, 10-minute Ground Cherry Coffee Cake

Eggplant Medley

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: If you don’t intend to eat the eggplant within 2 days, it should be refrigerated. To refrigerate, wrap in a paper towel and place in a reusable container or perforated plastic bag in the crisper section of your refrigerator for use within 5 – 7 days.

Recipe: Eggplant with Yogurt & Tomato Relish, Smoky Baba Ghanoush, 3 Turkish Eggplant Specialties

Candy Onions

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Candy onions are not cured and therefore must be stored in the refrigerator.

Recipe: Homestyle Sausage & Potatoes with Garlic & Onions, Baked Salmon, Sweet Candy Onion & Brown Sugar Mandarin Glaze, Candy French Onion Soup with GF Flaxseed Croutons













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