Summer CSA Week #23 Preview


This is for the November 1st CSA, which is an odd week share

Sweet Onions  Blue Goose Farm
Kale  Clarion River Organics
Leeks – Clarion River Organics/Grow Pittsburgh
D’anjou/Bosc Pears – Dawson’s Orchards
Winter Squash* – Crighton Farm/Kistaco Farm
Apple Cider – Kistaco Farm
Broccoli – Nu Way Farm
Sweet Potatoes – River Bend Acres
Cabbage – Weeping Willow Farm

*Members will receive spaghetti, acorn, or butternut squash

Egg shares will receive eggs from Keim Farm

Cheese shares will receive Allegheny Cheese from Hidden Hills Dairy

**This week’s shares are Vegan and Gluten Free




Grower: Clarion River Organics/Grow Pittsburgh

Store:  Fresh leeks should be stored unwashed and untrimmed in the refrigerator, where they will keep fresh for 1 to 2 weeks. Keeping them in perforated or loosely wrapped plastic will help them to retain moisture.

Recipe: Buttered Leeks, Braised Leeks with Parmesan, Potato Leek Soup


Sweet Onions

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store:  Sweet onions have a shorter shelf life than common varieties due to a higher water and sugar content. Thus, it’s important to store them properly. Ideally, sweet onions should be stored in a cool, dark, dry location and spread out for optimum air circulation. Most growers suggest placing onions in a clean pair of pantyhose, with knots tied in between each onion, then hung in a cool, dry place. Just snip off below each knot when you need one.  Stored properly, sweet onions should last in your pantry about ten days to two weeks.

Recipe: Recipe: Roasted Balsamic Sweet OnionsGrilled Sweet Onions

Green Kale

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Store kale in the refrigerator, but in the coldest part of the fridge. Kale tends to get more and more bitter the longer it is left at room temperature, so keep it cool.  You can tightly wrap it in a paper towel and then place it in an air-tight bag

Recipe: Sauteed Kale, Spicy Kale & Ricotta Pie, Sesame Noodles with Broccoli and Kale



D’Anjou/Bosc Pears

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store: Unlike other fruits, pears ripen from the inside out so by the time they are soft on the outside, the inside flesh may be overripe and mealy.  Ripe pears should be stored in a refrigerator set at 35 to 45 degrees.  Leave unripe pears at room temperature in order to induce ripening.  To speed up the ripening process, place pears in a brown paper bag. This traps ethylene (a naturally occurring gas) which pears produce as they ripen.  You can also place pears next to bananas or avocados in order to ripen them. Just like pears, both fruits naturally release ethylene as they ripen.

Recipe: Harvest Pear Crisp, Spiced Anjou Pear Bread


Winter Squash

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area for up to 1 month.

Recipe: Roasted Spaghetti Squash, Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash




Apple Cider

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store:  Store apple cider in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Recipe: Apple Cider Margarita, Apple Cider Donuts, Cinnamon Pear Tart




Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store:  Consume fresh broccoli as soon as you can as it will not keep long. To store, mist the unwashed heads, wrap loosely in damp paper towels, and refrigerate. Use within 2 to 3 days. Do not store broccoli in a sealed container or plastic bag.

Recipe: Roasted Lemon BroccoliBroccoli Quinoa Salad, Broccoli & Cheese Quiche




Sweet Potatoes

Grower: Riverbend Acres

Store: Avoid storing sweet potatoes in the refrigerator, which will produce a hard center and unpleasant taste. Instead, store your sweet potatoes in a cool, dry, well ventilated container. For best results, store them in a basement or root cellar away from strong heat sources. Your sweet potatoes can store for up to two weeks if stored properly.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole, Sweet Potato Fritters, Sweet Potato Fries




Grower: Weeping Willow

Store: 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 respiration and slows down spoilage. Just as importantly, plastic wrap keeps external moisture out, preventing mold and rot, while helping the cabbage to maintain its internal (cellular) moisture—without which, the cabbage leaves lose their firmness and begin to wilt.

Recipes: Beef & Cabbage Stir Fry, Garlic Roasted Cabbage Wedges



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