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!


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!


Winter CSA – Final Week March 29th

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

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

 

3# Rome Apples, Kistaco Farm
Hydroponic Lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm
2# Carrots, Tuscarora Organic Growers Co-op (OG)
3# white Potatoes, Blue Goose Farm
1 Dozen Brown Eggs, Jubilee Hilltop Ranch/JK Farm
1/2# Cowbelle Cheddar, Riverview Dairy
Apple Butter, Penns Corner Farm Alliance
2# Green Meat Radishes, Clarion River Organics (OG)
1/2# Shallots, Clarion River Organics (OG)
1# Buckwheat Flour, Weatherbury Farms (OG)

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

**This week’s VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE share will substitute a generous variety of mixed micro greens, garlic, cabbage, sweet potatoes and/or Pea Shoots. VEGAN Shares will also include chives!


 romeapples 3# Rome Apples

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Room Temperature

 bibb lettucecrop
Hydroponic Lettuce
Grower: Harmony Grove Farm
Store: Refrigerate in a plastic bag. 
carrots 2# Carrots

Grower: Tuscarora Organic Growers Co-op (OG)

Store: Refrigerate

 russet-potatoes 3# white Potatoes

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Cool dark place

  1 Dozen Eggs

Grower: Jubilee Hilltop Ranch/JK Farm

Store: Keep Refrigerated

River View_cowbelle 1/2# cowbelle cheddar

Grower: Riverview Dairy

Store: Keep refrigerated

 applebutterpcfa Apple Butter

Grower: Penns Corner Farm Alliance

Store: Refrigerate after opening

greenmeat 2# Green Meat Radishes

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Refrigerate

shallots 1/2# Shallots

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Refrigerate

IMG_8851 1# Buckwheat Flour

Grower: Weatherbury Farm

Store: Refrigerate

Winter CSA – Week of March 15th

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

Check out the harvest for the upcoming week below!

1/2 Gallon Apple Cider, Kistaco Farm
hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm
Gourmet Greens mix, Tuscarora Organic Growers Co-op (OG)
3# red Potatoes, Weeping Willow Farm
1 Dozen Brown Eggs, Jubilee Hilltop Ranch
8 oz Wildflower Honey, Bedillion Honey Farm
Farmer’s Market Salsa, Penns Corner Farm Alliance
2# Sweet Potatoes, Tuscarora Organic Growers Co-op (OG)

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

**This week’s VEGAN share will substitute Big Bag of spring greens for the eggs and honey.

**This week’s GLUTEN-FREE share will have no substitutions.


  80z Wildflower Honey

Grower: Bedillion Honey Farm

Store: Room Temperature

 bibb lettucecrop
Hydroponic Lettuce
Grower: Harmony Grove Farm
Store: Refrigerate in a plastic bag. 
  1/2 Gallon Apple Cider

Grower: Kistaco

Store: Refrigerate

  3# red Potatoes

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Cool dark place

  1 Dozen Eggs

Grower: Jubilee Hilltop Ranch

Store: Keep Refrigerated

  Gourmet Green Mix

Grower: Tuscarora Organic Growers Co-op

Store: Keep refrigerated

  Farmers Market Salsa

Grower: Penns Corner Farm Alliance

Store: Refrigerate after opening

  2# Sweet Potatoes

Grower: Tuscarora Organic Growers Co-op

Store: Refrigerate

Winter CSA – Week of March 1st

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

Check out the harvest for the upcoming week below!

80z Maple Syrup, Weeping Willow Farm
hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm
3# Rome Apples, Dawson’s Orchard
3# white Potatoes, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
1# rolled Oats, Weatherbury Farm (OG)
1/3# White Gold Cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy
Chopped Tomatoes, Penns Corner Farm Alliance
2# Watermelon Radishes, Clarion River Organics (OG)

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

**This week’s VEGAN share will substitute 2oz Pea Shoots for the cheese.

**This week’s GLUTEN-FREE share will have 2 bulbs of Garlic from Riverview for the Oats.


 syrup 80z Maple Syrup

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Refrigerate after opening

 bibb lettucecrop
Hydroponic Lettuce
Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: Refrigerate in a plastic bag.

 

 idared 3# Rome Apples

Grower: Dawson’s Orchard

Store: Refrigerate

 russetpotatoescrop 3# white Potatoes

Grower: Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

Store: Cool dark place

 RolledOats 1# rolled Oats

Grower: Weatherbury Farm (OG)

Store: 

 Gouda Gold 1/3# White Gold Cheese

Grower: Hidden Hills Dairy

Store: Keep refrigerated

 chopped tomatoes Chopped Tomatoes

Grower: Penns Corner Farm Alliance

Store: Refrigerate after opening

 watermelonradishcrop 2# Watermelon Radishes

Grower: Clarion River Organics (OG)

Store: Refrigerate

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

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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

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

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

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Crash Hot Potatoes    Crash-Hot-Potatoes

from The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

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.

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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.

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

Click here for some more radish 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!

2014 Winter CSA Share #7, March 5th

amy Meet Amy!

We are very happy to have added a new staff member to our small Hamilton Avenue office.  Our new office assistant, Amy Pasterak will be pitching in with general office responsibilities and will be lending a hand on some CSA related tasks such as the blog, box packing and some customer service matters.

Amy has a host of organizational skills that we are looking forward to putting to good use and she is extremely passionate about food, farming and supporting her local economy.  She’s a darn fine baker too!  She can be contacted at amy@pennscorner.com.

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

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

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

hydroponic bibb lettuce, Harmony Grove Farm

1 1/2# watermelon radishes, Clarion River Organics, OG

1 1/2# onions, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

Buttercup cheese,  Hidden Hills Dairy

canned tomatoes, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

3# red potatoes, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

sauerkraut, Clarion River Organics, OG

honey puffed spelt, Clarion River Organics, OG

1/2 gallon apple cider, Kistaco Farm

* vegan shares will have ginger and tomatillo salsa in place of cheese and honey puffed spelt

*gluten-free shares will have microgreens in place of the honey puffed spelt

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Watermelon Radish Chips

Watermelon radish chips

from In Erika’s Kitchen

Ingredients
  • 4-6 cups grapeseed or canola oil, for deep frying
  • 1 pound watermelon radishes, scrubbed well (do not peel)
  •  sea salt
Instructions
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil to 325 degrees (a deep-fry thermometer clipped to the side of the pan is a helpful tool).  You want the oil to be a few inches deep, with plenty of room for things to bubble up without spilling over as you drop in the chips.  While the oil is heating, slice the watermelon radishes thinly.  If your knife skills are good enough to do this by hand, that’s great.  Mine are not, so I use a hand-held mandoline.  Line a plate with several layers of paper towel.  Test the temperature of the oil by adding one slice of radish to the pot.  It should bubble aggressively and be golden brown in less than a minute.  If this is the case, remove the test chip and flip it onto the paper towel to drain.  Add a handful of chips, making sure to separate them as they go into the pot so they don’t stick together.  Turn them over as the edges brown, then take them out and drain them on the paper towel.  Continue in a similar fashion until all the chips are used up.  Sprinkle them with a tiny bit of salt every few batches, but be careful not to overdo it.  You want to salt them when they’re hot.  Serve immediately.

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Spanish Roasted Potatoes with Tomato Sauce

spanish-potatoes-brecipe from Simply Recipes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, or other waxy potato (peeled or un-peeled, your choice), cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine (can substitute stock)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • A 14-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

METHOD

1 Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss the potatoes with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and salt well. Arrange in one layer in a casserole pan or rimmed baking tray and roast until browned, about 50 minutes.

2 While the potatoes are roasting, make the sauce. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium pot set over medium-high heat. Sauté the chopped onions, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes, or until they begin to brown on the edges. Add the garlic and sauté another 2 minutes.

3 Add the white wine to the pan and turn the heat to high. Boil on a high boil until the wine is reduced by half, then add the tomato paste and stir to combine. Add the crushed tomatoes, Tabasco sauce, salt, sugar and smoked paprika. Stir well and reduce the heat to a bare simmer. Let the sauce cook slowly while the potatoes roast. If you want, you can use a blender or an immersion blender to purée the sauce until smooth.

4 When the potatoes are well browned, toss with the tomato sauce and return to the casserole pan. Continue to roast until the tomato sauce dries out a bit on the potatoes and caramelizes, about 10 minutes.

Serve with the remaining tomato sauce as an appetizer or side dish.

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sauerkraut-in-a-jar5+ Things to  Make With Sauerkraut

Other Than a Reuben

From Martyna Angell of Wholesome Cook

Here are 5 6 sauerkraut recipes (plus a couple of extras) which are just as unique and delicious as the Reuben, solving the dilemma of what to do with sauerkraut forever. Enjoy, because sauerkraut and most other fermented vegetables are really good for you.

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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!