Winter CSA Week #4


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




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.





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







2014 Spring CSA Share Week #1, April 16th

Our value added products can now be found on the shelves at the East End Co-Op! photo by Matt Griffin of Bearded Studios

After what seemed like one of the longest, coldest winters in the history of Pittsburgh we are beyond excited to start a new Spring CSA season!  Despite the recent cold temperatures, David Yoder of Nu Way Farm tells us he’s got radishes, spinach, watercress, arugula and green onions coming along at his farm.  We can’t wait to see what else our growers will send our way this spring!  Please note that we rely heavily on our blog to convey information to our members.  Check it weekly to stay informed and to check out the great recipes!

You will note that this year we have two delivery routes: A and Z.  We will use these names to indicate to our members what items will be in their CSA share on any particular week.  You will see this application in our Harvest List below.  We will do our very best to be sure that each route gets its fair share of everything.  Although this week both boxes are the same, that won’t be the case as we move through the season.

If you ordered a tote bag when you signed up for your share it will be at your pick up location on April 16th.  Please look for one with your name on the tag.  Please take a tote bag ONLY if you have purchased one.  If you did not order a bag but would like one please email Karlin and we can send it for you next week.  We suggest washing these bags in cold and not drying them as they are cotton and may shrink a bit.

This week will be our first flower share delivery.  Please take a flower share ONLY if you have purchased one.  Your share type will be indicated on the sign-in sheet located at your pickup site.  Please refer to the sign-in sheet if you are unsure of what type of share you purchased.

Vegan and gluten free shares will be found in white CSA boxes and marked as vegan or gluten free.  Please do not take a VEGAN or GLUTEN FREE share unless you have signed up for one.  The pick up sheet will indicate what type of share you are signed up for.  Let us know if any changes need to be made.

***There are no items containing gluten in this week’s share so members who have ordered a gluten free share can take a regular, brown CSA box.

*** The Penn’s Corner Farmers and Staff welcome you to the 2014 CSA season!  We love hearing your feedback and are always available to answer questions or be of assistance.

flower seedlings at Goose Creek Gardens

first CSA flower share from Goose Creek Gardens


A Route Pick Up Locations

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

Z Route Pick Up Locations

Highland Park- Jackson, Highland Park- Union Project, Fox Chapel, North Side- Children’s Museum, North Side, B Gourmet, Ross Township, Franklin Park, Bradford Woods, Restaurant ECHO, Westinghouse- Cranberry, Google, East End Brewing, Lawrenceville- Butcher on Butler, Lawrenceville- 39th St, 4 moms, Strip District- Marty’s Market, Direct Energy, Downtown- Gulf Tower,  PNC One, Highmark,  South Side, Branding Brand, Eat ‘n Park Hospitality, Edgewood Train Station, Regent Square- East End Ave, Oakland- Apple, Schenley Farms, Oakdale, Indiana



A Share

~ hydroponic bibb lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

~ pea shoots, Crighton’s Farm

~ 1.5# watermelon radishes, Clarion River Organics, OG

~ 3# braeburn apples, Dawson’s Orchards

~ 3# red potatoes, Clarion River Organics, OG

~ tomatillo salsa, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

~ Forbes cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

Z Share

~ hydroponic bibb lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

~ pea shoots, Crighton’s Farm

~ 1.5# watermelon radishes, Clarion River Organics, OG

~ 3# braeburn apples, Dawson’s Orchards

~ 3# red potatoes, Clarion River Organics, OG

~ tomatillo salsa, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

~ Forbes cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

~Vegans will receive parsley, sage and kailaan in place of the cheese.  Kailaan is sometimes referred to as white flower broccoli.  The entire plant is edible (stems, leaves and flowers).

OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown


Crash Hot Potatoes    Crash-Hot-Potatoes

from The Pioneer Woman


  • 12 whole New Potatoes (or Other Small Round Potatoes)
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • Rosemary (or Other Herbs Of Choice) Optional


Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in as many potatoes as you wish to make and cook them until they are fork-tender. On a sheet pan, generously drizzle olive oil. Place tender potatoes on the cookie sheet leaving plenty of room between each potato. With a potato masher, gently press down each potato until it slightly mashes, rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and mash again. Brush the tops of each crushed potato generously with more olive oil. Sprinkle potatoes with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and fresh chopped rosemary (or chives or thyme or whatever herb you have available.) Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.


pea shoots

Not sure what to do with pea shoots?  Check out this blog post from Food 52 which includes a great recipe for a

Pea Shoot and Arugula Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette


  • Juice and zest of one small Meyer lemon
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups pea shoots
  • cups baby or wild arugula (substitute your bibb lettuce!)
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and zest, vinegar, honey and salt and pepper. Slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly to emulsify. Set aside.
  2. Wash and dry the pea shoots and arugula. If you’re using mature arugula, roughly chop it into bite-sized pieces. Put all of the greens in a large bowl.
  3. Add about half the dressing, toss gently and taste. If necessary, add more dressing, salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


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

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