Winter CSA Week #7

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the seventh week of Winter CSA, which will be delivered on 12/13/18 or 2/14/18 depending on your pick up location.

Green Cabbage – Blue Goose Farm
Turnips – Clarion River Organics
Sage – Crighton Farm
Eggs – Jarosinski/Keim Farm
Pea Shoots – Harmony Grove Farm
Hydroponic Lettuce – Harmony Grove Farm
Idared Apples – Kistaco Farm
Sweet Potatoes – Riverbend Acres
Rutabagas – Tuscarora Organics Cooperative
Tomato Juice – Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance
Rolled Oats– Weatherbury Farm

Gluten Free and Vegan Shares will receive Apple Cider from Kistaco Farm in place of rolled oats and eggs.

 


Green Cabbage

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

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.

Recipe: Balsamic & Honey Roasted Cabbage SteaksThai Cabbage Salad, Vegan Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

 

Turnips

Grower: Clarion Rive Organics

Store: Refrigerate the roots unwashed in a plastic bag. They should keep for anywhere from1 week to 2 weeks in the fridge, depending on your refrigerator. To freeze, wash, peel, slice and place in pot of water that just covers them.

 

Recipe: Turnip FriesMashed Turnips, Herb Roasted Turnip and Sweet Potato Skillet

 

 

Sage

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: To store, simply wrap the sage leaves in paper towels and put them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Make sure to use the leaves within four to five days. Fresh leaves that are covered in olive oil can be stored for much longer in the refrigerator, about three weeks.

 

Recipe: Roasted Potatoes with Sage and Garlic, Sage and Pumpkin Biscuits, Sage and Walnut Pesto

 

 

Pastured Eggs

Grower: Jaroskinski/Keim Farm

Store: Eggs should not be stored on the refrigerator door, but in the main body of the refrigerator to ensure that they keep a consistent and cool temperature.

Recipe: Scrambled Egg MuffinsBreakfast Tostada, Mexican Frittata

 

 

 

Hydroponic Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: Leave the heads intact and unwashed until you use them. Then, place them in the crisper drawer in your fridge with some paper towels.They’ll absorb any excess moisture, so your lettuce doesn’t spoil prematurely.  Lettuce bruises easily, so be careful not to shove other foods up against it. Using a storage container is better than a bag, which can end up squished against other items.

 

 

Pea Shoots

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: Use your pea shoots quickly — within a day or two. Wrap them in a paper towel and place them in an open plastic bag (3) in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to use them, gently wash and discard any large stems.

 

Recipe: Garlic Pea ShootsLemon Risotto with Pea ShootsPea Shoot Salad

 

Idared Apples

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store:  Keep them cool. The ideal storage temperature is 30 to 35 degrees F. with 90 to 95 percent relative humidity. If you don’t have a lot of apples, the refrigerator is a good option. Place them in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag with holes in it or cover the apples with a damp paper towel.

Recipe: Cinnamon Apple Chips

 

 

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 CasseroleSweet Potato Fritters, Sweet Potato Fries

 

 

Rutabagas

Grower: Tuscarora Organics Cooperative

Store: Rutabagas will keep for months in a cool storage place. They store well in plastic bags in a refrigerator or cold cellar. Keep rutabagas away from raw meat and meat juices to prevent cross contamination. Before peeling, wash rutabagas using cool or slightly warm water and a vegetable brush.

Recipe: Roasted Rutabaga with Maple Syrup and Thyme, Apple Rutabaga Soup, Baked Garlic & Herb Shoestring Rutabagas

 

 

Tomato Juice

Grower: Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store: Store in your pantry for 2 years!

Recipes: Slow Cooker Pumpkin and Turkey Chili, Tomato Bread, Tomato Juice Mac and Cheese

 

 

 

 

Rolled Oats

Grower: Weatherbury Farm

Store: Store in a cool place for several months.  Best when stored in refrigerator.

Recipe: Rolled Oats, Peanut Butter Oat Bars, Apple Crisp

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter CSA Week #5

IMPORTANT: For our last CSA in January we will be including organic, grass-fed ground beef in the CSA from Clarion River Organics. We need to know how many of our CSA members are vegetarians so we can order enough items to supplement the beef for vegetarian boxes. Please fill out this form by January 24th indicating your dietary preferences. *PLEASE NOTE: IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE FROM YOU BY JANUARY 24TH WE WILL ASSUME YOU ARE NOT A VEGETARIAN AND YOU WILL RECEIVE GROUND BEEF AS A PART OF YOUR JANUARY 30/31ST CSA SHARE.

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the fifth week of Winter CSA, which will be delivered on 1/16/18 or 1/17/18 depending on your pick up location.

Cabbage Blue Goose Farm
Garlic  Blue Goose Farm
Watermelon Radishes – Clarion River Organics
Eggs – Jarosinski/Crighton/Keim Farm
Scallion Microgreens – Harmony Grove Farm
Hydroponic Lettuce – Harmony Grove Farm
Apple Butter – Kistaco Farm
Carrots – Riverbend Acres
Cornmeal/Polenta – Weatherbury Farm
Red Potatoes – Weeping Willow Farm

Vegan and Gluten Free shares will receive Butterkin Squash from Crighton Farm in place of eggs and cornmeal/polenta.

 


Cabbage

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

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.

Recipe: ColcannonRed Cabbage and Carrot Slaw, Mustard Glazed Cabbage

 

Spaghetti Squash

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Garlic bulbs can be kept in a mesh or wire basket, a small bowl with ventilation holes or even a paper bag. Do not store fresh garlic bulbs in plastic bags or sealed containers. This can cause mold and sprouting.

 

Recipe: Creamy Roasted Garlic Potato SoupSticky Garlic Chicken Bites, Garlic and Herb Gnocchi Salad

 

 

Watermelon Radishes

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Store in a moist towel/cloth bag or a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Enjoy radishes within 3-5 days. Watermelon radishes are edible all the way through– from skin to core. Scrub well before eating.

 

Recipe: Watermelon Radish & Cucumber Salad, Whole Wheat Pizza with Watermelon Radishes, Watermelon Radish and Arugula Salad

 

 

Pastured Eggs

Grower: Jaroskinski/Crighton/Keim Farm

Store: Eggs should not be stored on the refrigerator door, but in the main body of the refrigerator to ensure that they keep a consistent and cool temperature.

Recipe: Polenta with Goat Cheese & Fried EggsBreakfast Tostada, Mexican Frittata

 

 

 

 

Hydroponic Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: Leave the heads intact and unwashed until you use them. Then, place them in the crisper drawer in your fridge with some paper towels.They’ll absorb any excess moisture, so your lettuce doesn’t spoil prematurely.  Lettuce bruises easily, so be careful not to shove other foods up against it. Using a storage container is better than a bag, which can end up squished against other items.

 

 

Scallion Microgreens

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: Keep microgreens between damp paper towels, and make sure they are cold and covered in a resealable bag or container. Wrapped this way, they’ll last in the fridge for about a week.

Recipe: Pizza with Pistachios, Bacon, and Microgreens, Egg White Omelet with Microgreens, Pea Shoot Salad

 

Apple Butter

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store:  Store in your pantry for up to a year!

Recipe: Oatmeal and Apple Butter BarsApple Butter Pie,  Apple Butter Spice Cake

 

 

Carrots

Grower: Riverbend Acres

Store: Carrots can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month if stored properly. Cut off carrot greens, place carrots in a containers with lid and cover completely in water. Keep container in the refrigerator, changing the water ever 4-5 days.

Recipe: Roasted Carrots with Parsley and Thyme, Sweet Curry Carrots, Crisp Port0bello & Carrot Salad

 

 

Cornmeal/Polenta

Grower: Weatherbury Farm

Store: Store in pantry or refrigerator.

Recipe: Baked Polenta FriesCornbread Madeleines, Goat Cheese Polenta with Kale

 

 

 

Red Potatoes

Grower: Weeping Willow

Store: Store potatoes in a cool, well ventilated place. Colder temperatures lower than 50 degrees, such as in the refrigerator, cause a potato’s starch to convert to sugar, resulting in a sweet taste and discoloration when cooked.

Recipes: Smashed Red Potatoes, Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes, Garlicky Red Potatoes

 

 

 

 

 

Winter CSA Week #3

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the third week of Winter CSA, which will be delivered on 12/12 or 12/13 depending on your pick up location.

Red Cabbage  Blue Goose Farm
Green Meat Radishes  Clarion River Organics
Ginger – Crighton Farm
Shallots – Crighton Farm
Granny Smith/Rome Apples – Dawson’s Orchards
Hydroponic Lettuce – Harmony Grove
Winter Squash* – Kistaco Farm/Matthews Farm
Chevre  – River View Dairy
Apple Butter  – Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance
Red Beets – Riverbend Acres
White Potatoes – Weeping Willow Farm

Vegan shares will receive rainbow carrots in place of chevre

This week’s shares are Gluten Free

*Shares will receive pie pumpkins, acorn squash, or butternut squash

 


Red Cabbage

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

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.

Recipe: Sauteed Red CabbageBraised Red Cabbage, Sweet and Sour German Cabbage

 

Green Meat Radishes

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer.

 

Recipe: Green Radish SaladGreen Radish Soup, Green Radish and Pork Rib Soup

 

 

Ginger

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: Store the whole, unpeeled ginger root in a resealable plastic bag, with the air pushed out, in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. If part of the ginger has been cut or peeled, be sure to blot it dry with a paper towel before storing.

Recipe: Fresh Ginger Cake, Ginger Cashew Chicken Curry, Hot Sausage and Cabbage Stir Fry

 

Shallots

Grower: Crighton Farm

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

Recipe: Caramelized ShallotsRoasted Potatoes and Shallots, Balsamic Roasted Shallots

 

 

 

Hydroponic Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: Leave the heads intact and unwashed until you use them. Then, place them in the crisper drawer in your fridge with some paper towels.They’ll absorb any excess moisture, so your lettuce doesn’t spoil prematurely.  Lettuce bruises easily, so be careful not to shove other foods up against it. Using a storage container is better than a bag, which can end up squished against other items.

 

 

Granny Smith/Rome Apples

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards 

Store: Keep them cool. The ideal storage temperature is 30 to 35 degrees F. with 90 to 95 percent relative humidity. If you don’t have a lot of apples, the refrigerator is a good option. Place them in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag with holes in it or cover the apples with a damp paper towel.

Granny Smith apples are a tart apple that are great for baking!  Throw them into your next apple pie!  Rome Apples are are also a great baking apple as their flesh holds up well when baking.  Try this recipe for baked apples for a warm winter treat!

 

 

Winter Squash

Members will recieve either pie pumpkins, butternut, or acorn squash.

Grower: Kistaco Farm/Matthew Farm

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

Recipe: Homemade Pumpkin  PureeSausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash,  Roasted Butternut Squash Soup 

 

 

Apple Butter

Grower: Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store: Store in your pantry for up to a year!

Recipe: Apple Butter Snickerdoodles, Bacon Biscuits with Apple Butter, Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter

 

 

 

Red Beets

Grower: Riverbend Acres

Store: Beet roots can be stored in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for 7-10 days.  You can either store them loose or in a plastic bag.

Recipe: Brown Sugar Glazed BeetsBeet Goat Cheese Tarts, Beet and Feta Burgers

 

 

White Potatoes

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Store potatoes in a cool, well ventilated place. Colder temperatures lower than 50 degrees, such as in the refrigerator, cause a potato’s starch to convert to sugar, resulting in a sweet taste and discoloration when cooked.

Recipes: Garlic Butter Potatoes, Garlic Smashed Potatoes

 

Golden Beets

Grower: Riverbend Acres

Store: Keep in fridge until the date on the package.  Chevre will still be good for a few days after the sell by date.

Recipes: Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese, Roasted Butternut with Goat Cheese, Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

 

 

 

Winter CSA Week #2

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the second week of Winter CSA, which will be delivered on 11/28 and 11/29 depending on your pick up location.

Candy Onions  Blue Goose Farm
Garlic  Blue Goose Farm
Sweet Potatoes – Clarion River Orgaics
Winter Squash – Crighton Farm
Braeburn Apples – Dawson’s Orchards
Hydroponic Lettuce – Harmony Grove
Apple Cider – Kistaco Farm
Eggs – Keim/Jarosinski Farm
Green Cabbage – Nu Way Farm
Watermelon Radishes – Nu Way Farm
Golden Beets – Riverbend Acres
Carrots – Weeping Willow Farm

Vegan shares will receive Penn’s Corner Applesauce in place of eggs.

This week’s shares are Gluten Free

 


Candy 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: Caramelized OnionsCandy Onion Rings

 

Garlic

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Garlic bulbs can be kept in a mesh or wire basket, a small bowl with ventilation holes or even a paper bag. Do not store fresh garlic bulbs in plastic bags or sealed containers. This can cause mold and sprouting.

Recipe: Roasted Garlic Potato Soup, Garlic Parmesan Popovers, Garlic and Rosemary Hummus

 

Sweet Potatoes

Grower: Clarion River Organics

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: Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Baked Sweet Potatoes

 

Winter Squash

Grower: Crighton Farm

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

Recipe: Roasted Spaghetti SquashCinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

 

 

Hydroponic Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: Leave the heads intact and unwashed until you use them. Then, place them in the crisper drawer in your fridge with some paper towels.They’ll absorb any excess moisture, so your lettuce doesn’t spoil prematurely.  Lettuce bruises easily, so be careful not to shove other foods up against it. Using a storage container is better than a bag, which can end up squished against other items.

 

Braeburn Apples

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards 

Store: Keep them cool. The ideal storage temperature is 30 to 35 degrees F. with 90 to 95 percent relative humidity. If you don’t have a lot of apples, the refrigerator is a good option. Place them in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag with holes in it or cover the apples with a damp paper towel.

Braeburn’s are an all purpose apple, they are crisp and sweet, perfect for eating as is, but are also good in baking pies!

 

Apple Cider

Grower: Kistaco Farm

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

Recipe: Apple Cider MargaritaApple Cider Donuts, Cinnamon Pear Tart

 

Eggs

Grower: Jarosinksi/Keim Farm

Store: Eggs should not be stored on the refrigerator door, but in the main body of the refrigerator to ensure that they keep a consistent and cool temperature.

Check out 50 things to do with eggs for recipes and ideas! 

Green Cabbage

Grower: Nu Way Farm

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

 

Watermelon Radishes

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Store in a moist towel/cloth bag or a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Enjoy radishes within 3-5 days. Watermelon radishes are edible all the way through– from skin to core. Scrub well before eating.

Recipes: Roasted Watermelon Radishes, Pickled Watermelon Radishes 

 

Golden Beets

Grower: Riverbend Acres

Store: Beet roots can be stored in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for 7-10 days.  You can either store them loose or in a plastic bag.

Recipes: Lemon Herb Roasted Beets, Golden Beets and Brussels Sprouts

 

Carrots

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  Carrots can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month if stored properly. Cut off carrot greens, place carrots in a containers with lid and cover completely in water. Keep container in the refrigerator, changing the water ever 4-5 days.

Recipe: Carrot PancakesCarrot Coconut SoupCurried Carrots

Summer CSA Week #23 Preview

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

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

 

 


Leeks

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

 

 

Broccoli

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

 

 

Cabbage

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

 

April 5 – CABIN FEVER – Week #1

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

Check out the harvest for the upcoming week below!           CLICK THOSE TAGS  ^^^^^^^ For Recipes!

1/2 Gallon Apple Cider, Kistaco Farm
Hydroponic Lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm
Green Onion Tops, Crighton Farm
3# Gold Potatoes, Clarion River Organics (OG)
Chopped Tomatoes, Penns Corner Farm Alliance
Root A: Watermelon Radish, Clarion River Organics (OG)
Root B: Garlic Bulb, Riverview Dairy
Greens A: Red Cabbage, Blue Goose Farm
Greens B: Mixed Greens, Puckerbrush Farm
Snapdragon, The Bloomery

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

Egg shares are from Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

Cheese shares will receive Temptation from Hidden Hills Dairy

**This week’s shares are ALL VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE!


2014 Winter CSA Share #6, February 19th

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It’s the middle of winter and while it’s hard to imagine anything growing in what seems to be the frozen tundra of Pittsburgh, now is the time to start thinking about your spring gardening plans!  If you’re new to gardening or you’d just like to hone your green thumb, check out Grow Pittsburgh’s FREE Garden Workshop Series.   They offer lots of fantastic classes covering a variety of topics including starting your own seedlings, building raised beds and gardening with kids.

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Please return your empty box from the last pick-up!

Remaining Winter Share delivery dates are as follows:  March 5 & 19, and April 2.

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

pea shoots, Crighton’s Farm

2# carrots, Tuscarora Organic Growers, OG

green cabbage, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

hydroponic bibb lettuce, Harmony Grove

Old Gold cheese,  Hidden Hills Dairy

farmer’s market salsa, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

2 garlic bulbs, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

Bloody Mary mix, Clarion River Organics

1# popcorn, Hostetler Farm and Troyer Farm

2# mutsu/crispin apples, Kistaco Farm

1/2 pint maple syrup, Sunny Meadow Farm

* vegan shares will have hot shoestring peppers from Clarion River Organics in place of the cheese

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IMG_1924-1024x682Caramelized Cabbage and Onion Soup

from the Brazen Kitchen
Did you know you could caramelize cabbage?  Me neither!  This is a great recipe to use up some of those winter root veggies, especially if you still have some onions and potatoes kicking around.  If you’re not a fan of almond milk, you can substitute regular milk, or leave it out altogether.

1 small green cabbage
3 T olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups sliced onions
2 medium carrots
2 medium stalks celery
1 medium russet potato
5 cups basic light vegetable broth
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2-3 T chopped fresh dill (or 1 T dried)
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375. Cut cabbage into wedges; remove core and slice wedges thinly crosswise.
2. Toss sliced cabbage with half the olive oil and 1/2 tsp salt. Spread on baking sheet.
3. Roast cabbage for 30-40 minutes, turning occasionally with spatula.
4. Heat remaining oil in a nonstick pan. Add sliced onion and cook on low heat until golden brown. This will also take about 30-40 minutes.
5. Clean and finely dice carrots, celery, and potato. Combine all vegetables in soup pot with broth and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
6. Add roasted cabbage and caramelized onions. Simmer another 15 minutes.
7. Stir in almond milk and dill; adjust salt and pepper.
8. Serve.

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Maple Pecan Popcorn

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recipe from Soulemama

The Makings:
8 cups or so cooked popcorn
1/2 cup real Maple Syrup
1 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)

The Method:
Cook the popcorn in your preferred style. For this combination of flavors, coconut oil is clearly the favorite base from which to start. (I can’t eat coconut, but everyone else happily can, so it’s a bit of a treat to for them to get that flavor around here and this is the perfect place to do so.) I simply coat the bottom of a heavy stock pot with coconut oil, add the kernels and pop it. You’ll want as few extra unpopped kernels as you can get for this one (they’ll stick to the popped corn with the syrup), so don’t put too many kernels in to start.

Meanwhile…
Chop the nuts. Roast until they’re toasty smelling and just beginning to brown. I do it in a cast iron pan on the stovetop, but you can also put them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 375 for 5 to 10 minutes (watch it closely!). Set aside.

On the stovetop, bring maple syrup to a boil in a small saucepan. Lower the heat and continue to cook until it’s 236 degrees. It won’t take long – five minutes maybe.

Drizzle the syrup over your bowl of popped popcorn. Using an oiled spoon, stir to coat the popcorn, and add the nuts quickly.

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What else can you do with Bloody Mary Mix?

Who knew Bloody Mary Mix was so versatile?

Check out this blog post from The Kitchn:

10 Things To Do With Bloody Mary Mix.

You can use it to make appetizers, soups, salad dressings or even as a marinade.

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