Winter CSA Week #6

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the sixth week of Winter CSA, which will be delivered on 1/30/18 or 1/31/18 depending on your pick up location.

Onions/Shallots Blue Goose Farm/Crighton Farm
Grassfed Ground Beef* Clarion River Organics
French Fingerling Potatoes – Clarion River Organics
Gold Raw Milk Cheese – Hidden Hills Dairy
Broccoli Microgreens – Harmony Grove Farm
Hydroponic Lettuce – Harmony Grove Farm
Lois Jean’s Slow Simmered Pasta Sauce – Kistaco Farm
Golden Beets – Riverbend Acres
Daikon Radish/Purple Radishes – Riverbend Acres/Tuscarora Organics Cooperative
Crimini Mushrooms* – Tuscarora Organics Cooperative
Whole Wheat Bread Flour – Weatherbury Farm

Gluten Free Shares will receive Farmers Market Salsa and Garlic in place on Whole Wheat Bread Flour

Vegan Shares will receive Farmers Market Salsa, Garlic, and Crimini Mushrooms in place of cheese and ground beef.

*If you responded to the survey indicating you were a vegetarian you will receive crimini mushrooms in place of ground beef.

 


Onions/Shallots

Grower: Blue Goose Farm/Crighton 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

Recipe: Roasted Shallots and PotatoesCaramelized Onion Quesadilla, 5 Minute French Onion  Soup

 

Grassfed Ground Beef

Grower: Clarion Rive Organics

Store: The ground beef will come frozen, put it in your freezer if you do not want to eat it right away.  To defrost place in your refrigerator for a day, until completely thawed.

 

Recipe: One Pot PastaQuick Beef Chili, Slow Cooker Bolognese

 

 

French Fingerling Potatoes

Grower: Clarion River Organics

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.

 

Recipe: Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Garlic & Parmesan Fingerling  Potatoes

 

 

Gold Raw Milk Cheese 

Grower: Jaroskinski/Crighton/Keim Farm

Store: This cheese is made only in the summer months when the cows are on pasture to capture the natural golden color of the grass. Aged 5-8 months, this cheese works equally well on a cheese tray, baked in a casserole or paired with fruit. As “gouda” as it gets!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Broccoli 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: Broccoli Microgreens Salad, Cooking with Microgreens, Mushroom and Microgreen Omelet

 

Lois Jean’s Slow Simmered Pasta Sauce

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store:  Store in your pantry for up to a year! Ingredients: Fresh Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Fresh Peppers, Sugar, Fresh Onions, Fresh Garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt, Spices.  Made with tomatoes grown at Kistaco Farm!

Recipe: 50 things to make with Pasta Sauce

 

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.

Recipe: Roasted Golden Beets with Rosemary and Garlic, Golden Beets and Brussels Sprouts, Golden Beet Salad

 

 

Daikon Radishes/Purple Radishes

Grower: Riverbend Acres/Tuscarora Organics Cooperative

Store: Daikon is quite perishable, so if serving it raw try to use it within 4 days of purchase. If cooking daikon, it can be stored up about a week. Keep it in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.  Keep purple radishes in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer, use within a week.

Recipe: Daikon Radish SaladBraised Daikon Radishes, Roasted Radishes with Brown Butter

 

 

Crimini Mushrooms

Grower: Tuscarora Organics Cooperative

Store: They’ll stay fresh for 5-7 days if you keep them refrigerated. Store bulk mushroomsin a paper bag in the refrigerator..

Recipes: Sauteed Crimini Mushrooms, Easy Roasted Mushrooms, Mashed Potatoes with Crimini Mushrooms

 

Whole Wheat Bread Flour

Grower: Weatherbury Farm

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

Recipe: One Hour Whole Wheat Bread, Soft and Fluffy Dinner Rolls

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter CSA Week #4

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the third week of Winter CSA, which will be delivered on 1/2/18 or 1/3/18 depending on your pick up location.

Onions Blue Goose Farm
Spaghetti Squash  Blue Goose Farm
Parmesan Style Cheese – Broadrun Farms
Celeriac – Clarion River Organics
Pea Shoots – Crighton Farm
Hydroponic Lettuce – Harmony Grove
Stayman Winesap Apples – Kistaco Farm
Chopped Tomatoes – Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance
Sweet Potatoes – Riverbend Acres
Maple Syrup – Weeping Willow Farm

Vegan shares will receive apple cider in place of cheese

This week’s shares are Gluten Free

 

 


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

Recipe: Roasted OnionsBaked Blooming Onion, 7 Ways to Cook with Onions

 

Spaghetti Squash

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

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

 

Recipe: Parmesan Baked Spaghetti SquashItalian Baked Spaghetti Squash, Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

 

 

Parmesan Style Cheese

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: Store in the refrigerator.

This Parmesan is made with pasteurized 100% grass fed Jersey milk.

This full flavored craft has a tangy finish and a rich texture. Excellent on salads and highly recommended grated for pasta dishes, spaghetti sauces, pasta fillings, salads, and pizza.

100 % GRASS FED RAW MILK NON-GMO NO PESTICIDES NO HORMONES FARM FRESH ORGANIC

 

 

Celeriac

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Refrigerate unwashed, covered for up to a week.

Recipe: Herb Baked CeleriacSmashed Celeriac, Maple Bacon Roasted Apples and Celeriac

 

 

 

 

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: Crighton 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: Stir Fried Pea Shoots, Pasta with Pea Shoots, Pea Shoot Salad

 

Stayman Winesap 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: Apple CrispSouthern Skillet Fried Apples,  German Apple Pancakes

 

 

Chopped Tomatoes

Grower: Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

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

Recipe: Tomato and Garlic Pasta, Black Bean Soup, Sunday Sauce

 

 

 

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

 

 

Maple Syrup

Grower: Weeping Willow

Store: Store maple syrup in the refrigerator for up to a year.

Recipes: Cornbread Muffins with Maple Butter, Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Sryup

 

 

 

 

 

April 12 – CABIN FEVER – Week #2

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

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

2# Carrots, Tuscarora Organic Growers Coop (OG)
Hydroponic Lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm
1/4# Scallions, Crighton Farm
3# Red Potatoes, Weeping Willow/Blue Goose Farm
Tomatillo Salsa, Penns Corner Farm Alliance
Root A: Parsnips, Tuscarora Organic Growers Coop
Root B: Turnips, Tuscarora Organic Growers Coop
2oz Easter Bear, Bedillions Honey Farm
(VEGAN ONLY) Mixed Greens, Puckerbrush Farm
G = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

Egg shares are from John Keim

Cheese shares will receive Curds and Chèvre from Riverview Dairy

**This week’s VEGAN shares will receive Mixed Greens from Puckerbrush Farm.  All shares are GLUTEN FREE!


2013 Harvest Share CSA Share Week #2, June 12th

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Welcome to week #2 of the Harvest Share!

This will be the first week for Even bi-weekly members.  There are lots of details to getting started so please be sure to look over the list below:

1.  Egg shares are only for members that have purchased them.  Please look on the sign-in sheet at your pick up location to see if you have singed up for eggs if you can’t remember.  If you do have an egg share there will be an egg carton in a cooler bag with your name on it!  Eggs will not be inside the CSA share boxes.

2.  Tote bags will be delivered this week on June 5/6th for Harvest share members that purchased them.  The sign in sheet will indicate if you purchased one.  Look for the bag with your name on the tag.

3.  You will receive a pick-up reminder email from us the evening before your CSA day.  Please note this email contains your host’s contact information and address in addition to an updated link to our blog.

4.  PLEASE remember to either leave your empty box behind or return it the following week.

5.  We have 2 Routes this year: Asparagus and Zucchini.  When you scroll down to see what will be in your box be sure you are looking at the correct route.

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Cheese Please…

YoungCalf518This week our CSA boxes will have Ivory Lace cheese from Hidden Hills Dairy! Hidden Hills has been a member of PCFA since 2007, and produces 7 varieties of raw cow’s milk cheeses.  Located in central Pennsylvania, Lori & Rex Sollenberger produce all of their cheese from their heard of Jersey cows.

Ivory Lace is a havarti style cheese. It is semi-soft,smooth and mellow .  It pairs well with fruit, and is great on sandwiches!

Asparagus Route Pick Up Locations

Penn’s Corner Hamilton Ave Warehouse, Monroeville, Churchill, Green Tree, Dormont, Mt. Lebanon- Briarwood, Whitehall, Mt. Lebanon- Woodhaven, Mt. Lebanon- Eden’s Market, Bridgeville, Greenfield, Sq Hill- Forward Ave, Sq Hill- Bartlett, Point Breeze, Chatham University, Sq Hill- Fair Oaks, Shadyside, Friendship, Scott

Zucchini Pick Up Locations

Highland Park- Jackson, Highland Park- Union Project, Morningside, Fox Chapel, Lawrenceville, Marty’s Market, North Side- Children’s Museum, North Side, B Gourmet, Avalon, Cranberry-Westinghouse, Bellevue, Ross Twsp, North Park- RAW Training, Bradford Woods, Restaurant ECHO, Google, Oakland- Apple, Oakland- The Porch, Schenley Farms, Downtown- Gulf Tower, Highmark, PNC One, South Side, Steelers Training Center, Eat n Park Hospitality, Animal Nature, Edgewood, Regent Square, East End Brewing, Oakdale, Indiana, Franklin Park

Bi-Weekly Member Info

Odd week pick-up dates: June 5 & 19, July 3, 17 & 31, August 14 & 28, September 11 & 25, October 9 & 23, November 6.

Even week pick-up dates:  June 12 & 26, July 10 & 24, August 7 & 21, September 4 & 18, October 2, 16 & 30, November 13

This is an EVEN week.

If you are an Even Bi-weekly Share member please look for your tote bag if you ordered one.

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

Asparagus Share

canned tomatoes, PCFA

1# crimini mushrooms, Wild Purveyors

1/2# green onions, Nu Way Farm

1/3# spinach, Nu Way Farm

romaine head lettuce, Clarion River Organics, OG

thyme, Goose Creek Gardens, CNG

1/3# lettuce, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

1/3# Ivory Lace cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

 

Zucchini Share

canned tomatoes, PCFA

1# crimini mushrooms, Wild Purveyors

1/2# green onions, Nu Way Farm

1/3# spinach, Nu Way Farm

red butterhead lettuce, Clarion River Organics, OG

thyme, Goose Creek Gardens, CNG

1/3# lettuce, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

1/3# Ivory Lace cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

**Vegans will be getting purslane and endive instead of cheese in their boxes.

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Pasta w/ mushroom, thyme, and tomato ragu

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 14-ounce canned tomatoes, drained and chopped, juices reserved
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 12 ounces pasta, such as fettuccine
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated cheese (you can you parmesan or your ivory lace!)
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, garlic and thyme. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are browned and release their juices, 7 to 8 minutes.
  3. Uncover, add wine and cook until reduced to a glaze, 4 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and their juices. Adjust heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and toss with mushroom sauce. Topped with grated cheese.

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Spinach Salad 3611769621_e169fe9fbb

  • 3 whole eggs
  • 7 slices thick cut, peppered bacon
  • 1 whole red onion, small
  • 1 package mushrooms
  • 8 ounces, weight baby spinach, washed dried
  • 3 tablespoons reserved bacon grease
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 dash salt

Cook eggs: cover with water, bring to a boil, then turn off heat and allow to sit in water for 20 minutes. Drain off water and add ice on top of eggs.

Fry bacon until crispy/chewy. Remove to a paper towel.

Remove 3 tablespoons grease and set aside.

Add 2 additional tablespoons of grease to a separate skillet over medium heat.

Slice red onions very thinly, then add to skillet. Cook slowly until onions are caramelized and reduced. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Slice mushrooms and add them to the same skillet. Cook slowly until caramelized and brown. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Chop bacon.

Peel and slice eggs.

Make hot bacon dressing: Add 3 tablespoons bacon grease, vinegar, sugar, and Dijon to a small saucepan or skillet over medium-low heat. Whisk mixture together and heat thoroughly.

Add spinach to a large bowl. Arrange onions, mushrooms, and bacon on top. Pour hot dressing over the top; toss to combine.
Arrange eggs over the top and serve.

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Grilled Green Onionscebollitas

  • 8 green onions, root end and tips trimmed
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Drizzle the green onions with the olive oil and season with the salt and pepper. Place the green onions on the grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure even browning. This is a delicious early summer side dish. Enjoy!

Check out the Penn’s Corner  page for great recipe ideas!

Click here for some more recipe ideas from our pinterest page!  If you have favorite recipes online, please let us know so we can add them to our Pinterest page.   Contact csa@pennscorner.com with the links!

2013 Spring CSA Share Week #2, April 17th

Spring has most certainly sprung!

Warmer temperatures and a few sunny days here and there are moving things right along.  While all of our farmers are staying plenty busy it’s important for us all to remember that we are off to a slow start this year.  Bill Foulk at Clubhouse Gardens thinks that his green garlic will be ready in about 2 weeks.  That’s three weeks later than his first harvest last year.  David at Nu Way Farm called me two weeks ago in duress because, as he put it, “the ramps aren’t even peeking out of the ground yet!”.  Thankfully, that has changed since he called with that news but we are still a few weeks behind last year.  All things told, last year was wonky in its own way (hotter and drier).

Perhaps that’s the true lesson here; every year is its own special animal.  If we are committed to eating seasonally then we must be willing to embrace the unpredictable nature of weather.  Things grow when they have the right conditions to do so, and not a moment before.  While our spring shares might not have a ton of greens in them this week, future weeks’ will-  when the conditions are right. Thanks for supporting the Penn’s Corner Farms!

New Penn's Corner truck fleet!

New Penn’s Corner truck fleet!

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Asparagus Route Pick Up Locations

Penn’s Corner Hamilton Ave Warehouse, Monroeville, Churchill, Green Tree, Dormont, Mt. Lebanon- Briarwood, Whitehall, Mt. Lebanon- Woodhaven, Mt. Lebanon- Eden’s Market, Bridgeville, Greenfield, Sq Hill- Forward Ave, Sq Hill- Bartlett, Point Breeze, Chatham University, Sq Hill- Fair Oaks, Shadyside, Friendship

Zucchini Pick Up Locations

Highland Park- Jackson, Highland Park- Union Project, Morningside, Fox Chapel, Lawrenceville, North Side- Children’s Museum, North Side, B Gourmet, Bellevue, Ross Twsp, North Park- RAW Training, Bradford Woods, Restaurant ECHO, Google, Oakland- Apple, Oakland- The Porch, Schenley Farms, Downtown- Gulf Tower, Highmark, PNC One, South Side, Steelers Training Center, Eat n Park Hospitality, Edgewood, Regent Square, East End Brewing, Oakdale, Indiana

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

Asparagus Share

~ 1/3# Boltonfeta cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

~ 1# black beans, Clarion River Organics, OG

~ 3# white potatoes, Blue Goose Gardens, CNG

~ fresh chives or tarragon, Goose Creek Gardens, CNG

~ cornmeal, Clarion River Organics, OG

~ 1# cirmini mushrooms, Wild Purveyors

~ 3# Braeburn apples, Dawson’s Orchards

Zucchini Share

~ 1/3# Boltonfeta cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

~ 1# black beans, Clarion River Organics, OG

~ 3# white potatoes, Blue Goose Gardens, CNG

~ fresh chives or tarragon, Goose Creek Gardens, CNG

~ cornmeal, Clarion River Organics, OG

~ 1# cirmini mushrooms, Wild Purveyors

~ 3# Braeburn apples, Dawson’s Orchards

OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

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Simon Huntley is the owner of Small Farm Central.  Penn’s Corner uses Small Farm’s  CSA member software  and they administer our website.  And… he’s a great cook!

Simon’s Signature Refried Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1lb dry pinto beans (or black beans)
  • 1 large onion, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 3 stocks of celery (optional), roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp crushed cumin (for best flavor, crush whole cumin seeds in the mortar and pestle) or 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped (could use your chives here!)
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Process

  1. Cover beans with cold water and soak 6 hours or more (or use your preferred bean soaking method).
  2. Strain the beans from the soaking water and add enough fresh, cold water to your pot to cover the beans with 1-2 inches of water.
  3. Bring the beans to a boil. While the beans are coming to a boil, roughly chop the onion, garlic, and celery and add to the bean water.
  4. Allow beans to boil for 5-10 minutes, then lower the heat to a simmer and cover.
  5. After about an hour and the beans have begun to soften, add one tablespoon of salt (or to taste).
  6. Turn off the heat once the beans are very soft (usually takes 1.5-2 hours on low simmer).
  7. Often I’ll eat some of the beans at this point and then refry the next day.
  8. To refry the beans, melt the butter in a large skillet and then transfer the cooked beans to the skillet and bring to a boil. Allow the beans to boil the cooking liquid away until it reaches a pretty thick consistency. While the beans are boiling, use a potato masher to mash some of the beans (but not all! I like my refried beans a little bit chunky). Near the end of the refrying, when the beans are thick, you will need to stir often to keep the beans from burning on the bottom.
  9. When thick consistency is reached, add the cumin or cilantro and taste for salt.

Eat beans on tortillas, in nachos, or in any mexican dish that uses refried beans!

It is my habit to make 2lbs of dry beans and freeze 1 or 2 quarts of the cooked beans before refrying. Then I can pull the frozen beans out in a week or two for another round of delicious beans!

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Polenta Without Fear

Yield 4 servings

Time 25 minutes

For creamy, soft, mouth-filling polenta, stir in butter and Parmesan — the more the better. If you want something more flavorful but still a little austere, add herbs, like marjoram or thyme, along with a handful of parsley or basil, and a couple of tablespoons of good extra virgin olive oil. For polenta firm enough to grill, broil or sauté, cook it until the creaminess is gone and it starts to pull away from the sides of the pot, then turn it out onto a plate or a board and let it cool until firm.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk (preferably whole milk)
  • Salt
  • 1 cup coarse cornmeal, preferably stone-ground
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup or more freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, to taste, optional
Method

1. Bring milk to a boil with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and add a large pinch of salt. Adjust heat so liquid simmers. Add cornmeal in a steady stream, whisking as you do to prevent lumps. When it has all been added, let mixture return to a boil, then turn heat to low. Polenta should be just barely simmering.
2. Cook, stirring occasionally and being sure to scrape sides and bottom of pan, for 15 to 20 minutes, until mixture is creamy and cornmeal tastes cooked. If mixture becomes too thick, whisk in some water, about 1/2 cup at a time.
3. Taste and season polenta as necessary with salt and pepper. Take pan off stove, stir in the butter or oil and the cheese if you are using it, and serve, passing more cheese at the table if you like.

Source: The New York Times

To add to this simple and fantastic dish saute your mushrooms in olive oil (add a little white wine if you have it) along with salt and pepper.  You can simply spoon the mushrooms over the polenta and enjoy it or you can put the polenta in a baking dish and top it with the sauteed mushrooms and some of your favorite cheese and broil until golden and bubbly. 

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Check out the Penn’s Corner  page for great recipe ideas!

Click here for some more potato recipe ideas from our radish pinterest page!  If you have favorite recipes online, please let us know so we can add them to our Pinterest page.   Contact csa@pennscorner.com with the links!

2012/13 Winter Share, November 28th (#1)

Welcome to the 2012/13 Winter CSA Season!

Deliveries will be made on the following dates.  Please mark your calendars!  December 12th, January 2nd, January 16th, January 30th, February 13th, February 27th, March 13th and March 27th.  If ever deliveries are not able to be made due to driving conditions we will be sure to email you and to schedule a make up day as soon as possible.

Please remember to return your empty CSA box to your pick up location or to transfer your share to a bag on the day of delivery and leave your empty box behind.

We hope that you enjoy your winter share and the Holiday Season.

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

 

~ Hubbard, Castilla OR Butternut squash, Becarri’s Farm or Pucker Brush Farm CNG

~ radish microgreens, Pucker Brush Farm CNG

~ rosemary, Crighton’s Farm

~ 1.5# carrots, Blue Goose Farm CNG

~ 1/2# pac choi, Clarion River Organics OG

~ 1/4# salad mix, Goose Creek Gardens CNG

~1# watermelon radish, Clarion River Organics OG

~ 1/2# Vates kale, Nu Way Farm

~ Meadowbelle aged goat cheese, River View Dairy

~ 2# fuji apples, Kistaco Farm

OG- Certified Organic                                         CNG- Certified Natural Grown
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Butternut Squash Casserole

Serves 8 to 10 people
3 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3/4″ pieces (about 6 cups) (or other winter squash)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the pan (you could easily reduce this by at least half)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 large yellow onions, trimmed, peeled and chopped (about 3 cups)
1 cup milk (I used 1%)
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (toasted if you want, I didn’t toast them)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or pecans, toasted (optional)
2 cups coarsely grated cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)
1 bunch of spinach or kale, washed (add to the same water as the squash in step 2 during the last minute of boiling)

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Place 3 quarts water in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the squash to the water, return to a boil, and cook for 6 minutes. The squash will turn a deeper orange. Drain it and set aside.

3. Melt the butter in the stockpot and add the oil. Add the onions and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent and limp, about 8 minutes, stirring to prevent browning. Add the warm squash and the milk, eggs, thyme, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, 1/8 cup pumpkin seeds and 1 1/3 cups cheese. Blend with a wooden spoon or spatula until the ingredients are well combined.

4. Spread the mixture evenly in a 9×13″ baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 cup pumpkin seeds and 2/3 cup cheese. Bake 15 minutes more. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

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Meadowbelle

With a distinctly acidic flavor, this is a firm cheese with a supple texture.  The solid, natural crust forms over the 4 to 6 month curing process.  River View Dairy hopes that you enjoy it!

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Penn’s Corner Farm Stand is Year-Round

Spinach, kale, cider, squash, apples, holiday ham and much more currently available! Penn’s Corner has Farm Stand locations in Squirrel Hill, Mt. Lebanon, the North Side and Lawrenceville.  Our Farm Stands run year round and offer a variety of farm-fresh items including produce, meats, cheeses, bread, pasta and more.  Check out our Farm Stands here!

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Sweet Pickled Onion Watermelon Radish Salad

vegan, makes 4 cups

1 large watermelon radish, sliced into thin rounds
1 small white onion, sliced into thin rounds
1/3 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper (fresh ground)
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
splash of rice wine vinegar (optional – adds an extra layer of tart-sweetness)

Directions:

1. Slice your onion and radish. Place in a large mixing bowl.

2. Add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl – toss well.

3. Place in fridge to chill overnight.

4. Serve!

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2012 CSA Harvest Share Week #20, October 17th

Bill Foulk sent us some recent photos of plantings at Clubhouse Gardens.  He is experimenting with trying to grow “spring” garlic in  the fall.  Hopefully you will find some in your CSA boxes in a few weeks!

Cloves ready to plant!

‘Spring” garlic in fall?

Nice, neat rows.

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Each week we will ask you to review the contents of the previous week’s box.

We very much appreciate your taking this short survey as it helps us in a number of ways!

If you are on the Asparagus route please click here. Zucchini members can click here.

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

Asparagus Share

~ curly parsley, Crighton’s Farm

~ 1/4# pac choi, Clarion River Organics, OG

~ spaghetti squash, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

~ 2# Jonagold apples, Kistaco Farm

~ French breakfast radishes, Ny Way Farm

~ 1/3# arugula, Nu Way Farm

~ 1# leeks, Hostetler’s Farm or Blue Goose Farm, CNG

~ 1/4# mixed mustard greens, Clarion River Organics, OG

~ 8 oz honey, Bedillions Farm

Zucchini Share

~ fresh herb, Pucker Brush Farm, CNG

~ 1/4# mustard greens, Clarion River Organics, OG

~ 2# mitsu/crispin apples

~ French breakfast radishes, Ny Way Farm

~ 1/3# arugula, Nu Way Farm

~ 6 jalapenos, Matthew’s Farm

~ 2# red onions, Crighton’s Farm

~ red savoy cabbage, Weeping Willow Farm

~ 1# loose chioggia beets, Nu Way Farm

OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

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Balsamic-Glazed Chickpeas and Mustard Greens

I’d say this fits into the category of warm dinner salads, but you could serve it as a side dish to up to four people.

10 ounces mustard greens (if you don’t have enough mustard greens throw in whatever else you have on hand)
1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
4-6 tablespoons vegetable broth, divided
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon agave nectar or sugar (or use honey!)
1 cup cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Remove any large stems from the greens and discard. Tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces.

In a deep pot or wok, sauté the onion in a tablespoon or two of vegetable broth until mostly faded to pink, about 4 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and red pepper and another tablespoon of broth and cook, stirring, for another minute. Add the mustard greens, 2 tablespoons of broth, and cook, stirring, until greens are wilted but still bright green, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the salt, if using. Remove greens and onions from pan with a slotted spoon and place in a serving dish, leaving any liquid in pan.

Add the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and agave or sugar to the liquid in the pan (if there is no liquid, add 2 tablespoons of broth). Add the chickpeas and cook, stirring, over medium heat until the liquid is reduced by about half. Spoon the chickpeas over the greens and drizzle the sauce over all.

Serve warm, with additional balsamic vinegar at the table.

Servings: 2

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Shredded Salad

Shred a half of a cabbage head, a few beets and some of your greens. A food processor makes this easy and fast but you can shred with a cheese grater if you don’t have a food processor.

Mix them all together and toss with salt, pepper, olive oil and either lemon juice or balsamic vinegar.

This hearty salad stores really well in the refrigerator for a couple of days and gets better over time as the flavors meld.