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

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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

2014 Winter CSA Share Week #1, December 4th

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Welcome to the first week of the Winter Share!

We are excited to start off our 2013/2014 winter CSA share! This is a bi-weekly share for all members. In addition to fresh produce you will also occasionally receive honey, eggs, cider, grains, and cheese. If you were a member for the harvest season please return any boxes you still have. If you ordered a tote bag please don’t forget to grab it when you come for your box, and as always please be respectful of the host location.

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

OG- certified organic          CNG- certified naturally grown

dozen eggs, Heritage Farm

pea shoots, Pucker Brush Farm, CNG

2# sweet potatoes, Sunny Meadow Farm

hydroponic bib lettuce, Harmony Grove

1# black radishes, Nu Way Farm 

1/3# lettuce mix, Goose Creek Gardens, CNG

8oz. honey, Bedillion Honey Farm

1/2 # shallots, Crighton’s Farm

2# D’Anjou pears, Dawson’s Orchard

carrot bunch OR beets, Nu Way Farm

1# brussel sprouts, Clarion River Organics, OG

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Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

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  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Halve the sweet potatoes lengthwise and cut each half into 3 long spears. Place them on a sheet pan and toss with the olive oil. Spread the potatoes in one layer. Combine the brown sugar, salt, and pepper and sprinkle on the potatoes. Bake for 15 minutes and then turn with a spatula. Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Sprinkle lightly with salt and serve hot.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/baked-sweet-potato-fries-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

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Black Radish Salad

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  • 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 black radishes (weighing about one half pound each) peeled and trimmed
  • One small shallot, sliced paper-thin
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fine sea salt

1. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the lemon juice and the mustard,then slowly whisk in the olive oil into the mixture until it emulsifies.

2. Grate the radish on a grater with small holes. Add the grated radish and the shallot to the vinaigrette and toss so that all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Season with salt. Serve immediately.

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Honey Dressing

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  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice with the lemon zest, honey and thyme. Whisk in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

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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!

Winter Share #3 January 17th

Our 2012 CSA sign up is open!  Click here to reserve your share now. 

This year members that pay in full by check by the end of February receive an early sign up discount.  Also, we have finally gotten a lovely Penn’s Corner grocery tote printed.  CSA members can purchase the $12 bag at the discounted rate of $10.  If you would like one just email karlin at csa@pennscorner.com.  We can deliver them to CSA pick up locations.

Penn’s Corner farmers and staff are gearing up to attend the 21st annual Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Farming for the Future conference.  The PASA conference is one of the most inspiring events that we attend all year.  Sharing notes and the company of the amazing cast of characters in the sustainable agriculture community of Pennsylvania is just the kind of charge that we need in February to build up proper steam for the coming spring.  Our hope this year, as always, is that we bring back knowledge and inspiration that we can harness to improve the service that we provide to you.

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THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

Tuesday

~3# sweet potatoes, Pucker Brush Farm, CNG

~pea shoots,Pucker Brush Farm, CNG

~ 1# Chinese red or white radishes, Clarion River Organics, OG

~1 dozen free range eggs, Clarion River Organics

~1# carrots, Clarion River Organics, OG

~ 1# red onions, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

~ head green cabbage, Blue Goose Farm, CNG

~ micro greens/baby lettuce mix, Crighton’s Farm

~ 3# Fuji apples, Dawson’s Orchards

~ 1/2# Buttercup cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy

OG- Certified Organic                                         CNG- Certified Natural Grown                                                 
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Braised Green Cabbage with Onions, Carrots, and a Poached Egg

Adapted from All About Braising, by Molly Stevens

This recipe is simple and what comes of it is perfect winter, comfort food.  Enjoy!  Skip the egg if you like.

1 medium head green cabbage, about 2 pounds
1 large yellow onion, sliced into rough 1/3-inch slices
1 large carrot, sliced into ¼-inch rounds
¼ cup good-quality chicken stock, or water
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 egg, poached

Salt to taste

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and position a rack in the middle of the oven.

Peel off and discard from the cabbage any bruised or messy outer leaves. Give the cabbage a quick rinse under cool water, and dry it lightly. Cut it into 8 wedges, and trim away some of the woody core, leaving enough to hold each wedge intact. Arrange the wedges in a 9 x 13 baking dish. They may overlap a little, but you want them to lie in a single—if crowded—layer. If they don’t fit nicely into the dish, remove one wedge and set it aside for later use in a quick sauté, salad, or soup.

Scatter the onion and carrot over the cabbage, and pour the stock and oil over the whole mess. Season with a couple pinches of coarse salt, a couple grinds of the pepper mill, and the red pepper flakes. Cover the dish tightly with foil, and slide it into the oven. Cook the vegetables for 1 hour; then remove the dish from the oven and gently turn the cabbage wedges. If the dish seems at all dry, add a couple tablespoons of water. Cover the dish, and return it to the oven to cook until the vegetables are very tender, about an hour more.

When the cabbage is completely tender, remove the foil over the baking dish, turn the oven up to 400 degrees, and continue cooking until the vegetables begin to brown lightly on their edges, another 15 or so minutes.

Serve warm, topped with a poached egg and sprinkled with plenty of good, flaky salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Note: The cabbage keeps well in the fridge for a few days, sealed in an airtight container.

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Penn’s Corner Farm Stand is Year-Round 

Interested in supplementing your CSA with even more great local food?? Penn’s Corner has pre-order, online Farm Stands have many of the same great products that appear in your CSA each, plus more!  With pickup locations in Squirrel Hill, Mt. Lebanon and Lawrenceville, anyone is welcome to place an order.  Our Farm Stands run year round and offer a variety

of farm-fresh items including produce, meats, cheeses, bread, mushrooms, pasta and more. Check out our Farm Stands here!

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Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

The baking times are approximate; it depends on how thick you cut the wedges or rounds of sweet potatoes. Try to cut them evenly so they all cook at about the same rate. For best browning results bake only one sheet at a time. Why the sugar? To help with the caramelization and to intensify the sweetness of the fries, but you can easily leave it out if you want.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, about 3 large ones
  • 1/4 cup olive or other vegetable oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp spice or spice combination of your choice: chipotle powder, smoked paprika, Chinese five-spice, pumpkin pie spice, garam masala, Cajun seasoning, etc.

Method

1 Preheat oven to 450°F. (For more crispiness, preheat your oven to 500°F.)

2 Peel the sweet potatoes and cut off the ends. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and then, if they are very long, in half crosswise. Cut each piece into wedges. Alternately, you can slice the peeled sweet potato into disks either with a mandoline or a sharp knife.

3 Put the sweet potatoes into a large bowl and add the oil. Mix well to combine. Sprinkle with salt, sugar and spices of your choice. Use your hands to mix well, so all pieces are coated with oil and spices.

4 Spread the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a baking sheet; the oil they are coated with should keep them from sticking to the pan. If you are trying to cut fat, reduce the oil to 2 Tbsp and use a non-stick coating on the baking sheet. (Note: a commenter has recommended putting them on a wire cooling rack on top of a baking sheet, so that the oven air circulates around the sweet potato pieces and you don’t have to turn them in the next step. Another commenter recommends preheating the baking sheet, to help the fries get crisp.)

5 Bake for a total of 25 to 30 minutes. After the first 15 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn over all of the sweet potato pieces. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until they are well browned. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: Serves 4-6 as a side dish.

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