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

 

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Fall CSA – Week of November 16

Thank you thank you thank you for participating in Penn’s Corner’s Fall CSA! Your membership at Penn’s Corner directly supports Western Pennsylvania farmers and helps build a stronger regional food system! If you would like to give us feedback on your CSA experience, you will see a post-CSA survey in your e-mail inbox in a few weeks. We would love your input so that we can continue improving our service!

We have extended our sign-ups for Thankgiving turkeys until this Thursday, November 17th at 5pm! The birds are free-range, pastured, antibiotic- and hormone-free and range from 14-21 lbs at $4.46/lb. For more info, check out our blog post or read more on our website here. We are happy to be supporting local farmers using sustainable and humane practices!

Also, keep in mind that our Winter CSA sign-ups are still open until midnight on November 20th. We hope to continue bringing local goods to you and your family through the off-season!

From all of us at Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance: thanks again!

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

A Route Z Route
2 lbs butternut squash, River View Dairy 2 bulbs garlic, Clubhouse Gardens
1 head hydroponic bibb lettuce, Harmony Grove 2 lbs butternut squash, River View Dairy or Blue Goose Farm
Half pint maple syrup, Weeping Willow Farm 8 oz chevre*, River View Dairy
8 oz. chevre*, River View Dairy Half pint maple syrup, Weeping Willow Farm
1 lb leeks, Blue Goose Farm 1 lb beets, Nu Way Farm
3/4 lb large kale, Nu Way Farm 3/4 lb lacinato kale, Nu Way Farm
1 lb watermelon radishes, Clarion River Organics Mixed winter squash or celeriac, Pucker Brush Farm or Clarion River Organics
3 lbs braeburn apples, Dawson’s Orchard 2 lbs stayman winesap apples, Kistaco Farm
*Bok choy for vegans, Blackberry Meadows *Bok choy for vegans, Blackberry Meadows

If you are unsure of your delivery route, click HERE.

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown


Butternut Squash

Grower: River View Dairy

Store: You’ll see best storage results when you stash squash in a cool, dry spot away from ripening fruits like apples and pears. Butternuts can be stored for 2-3 months.

Recipe: Caramelized Onion & Butternut Squash Crustless Quiche, Orzo with Butternut Squash, Spinach & Blue Cheese, Creamy Vegan Butternut Linguini with Fried Sage

Leeks

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Refrigerate in plastic bag; do not wash until ready to use.

Recipe: Dairy-Free Creamy Vegetable Leek Soup, Crispy Potato-Leek Kugel, Corn & Leek Fritters with Herbed Yogurt

 

 

Beets

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: To keep the beets dry, store them and the leaves, unwashed, in separate plastic bags in the vegetable drawer.

Recipe: Winter Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing, Pumpkin Polenta with Roasted Beets, Roasted Green Bean with Beets, Feta & Walnuts

 

Bok Choy

Grower: Blackberry Meadows

Store: Store your bok choy in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator — unwashed and in a perforated plastic bag. When you do use it, remember that its cluster of stalks hides dirt, so wash it well.

Recipe: Asian Shiitake Mushrooms & Bok Choy, One Pot Veggie & Soba Noodle Soup, Spicy Peanut Tofu & Bok Choy Rice Bowl

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: Gut Healing Vegetable Stock, Garlic & Thyme Quinoa Patties, Garlic, Rosemary & Chili Almonds

Watermelon Radishes

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Store radishes in a plastic bag in the crisper of the refrigerator and they should keep for at least a week. If your radishes have leaves attached, it is best to remove them, as they tend to leach moisture from the root.

Recipe: Watermelon Radish, Orange & Goat Cheese Salad, Ahi Tuna Salad with Watermelon Radish & Snap Peas, Vegan Freekah & Turmeric Salad with Watermelon Radish

Braeburn or Stayman Winesap Apples

Grower: Dawson’s Orchard or Kistaco Farm

Store: Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag.

Recipe: Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf, Apple & Gouda Grilled Cheese, Jewish Apple Cake, Apple-Bourbon Country-Style Pork Ribs, Brown Sugar Baked Apples

Winter Squash Medley

Grower: Pucker Brush Farm

Store: You’ll see best storage results when you stash squash in a cool, dry spot away from ripening fruits like apples and pears. Depending on the squash, they can be stored for 1-3 months.

Recipe: Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash, Spicy Butternut Lentil Stew, Cheesy Chicken Pesto Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

 

Celeriac

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Celeriac or celery root stores well and for a long time if it is kept in a dark and cool space. Kept loosely wrapped in plastic in the fridge it will last up to several weeks, even longer if it was freshly harvested.

Recipe: Apple & Celeriac Soup, Garlic & Herb Celeriac Fries, Baked Celeriac Patties with Coriander & Mint

 

Bibb Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove

Store: Make sure the lettuce is dry and store it in an open bag in your refrigerator.

Recipe: 10 3-minute DIY Salad Dressing Recipes

 

 

Green Kale

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Store kale in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Wash as you’re using it. If it begins to wilt, give the ends a chop and place it in a container filled with luke warm water until the leaves are crisp. 

Recipe: Butternut & Kale Saute, Detox Kale Salad with Watermelon Radish, Apples & Almonds, Simple Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Chevre

Grower: River View Dairy

Store: Chevre will keep for up to 2 weeks once opened in the refrigerated. Keep covered once the package is opened.

Recipe: Kale Salad with Roasted Delicata, Cranberries & Chevre, GF Chocolate Cherry Chevre Cream Tarts, Baked Goat Cheese with Marinara & Crostini

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Fall CSA – Week of November 2

Happy November, friends of Penn’s Corner! We hope you are enjoying the crisp fall and all of the delicious fruits and vegetables of the season so far. Speaking of which, one of the most exciting fall products we offer is our Thanksgiving turkeys. We are proud to be able to offer free-range, pastured, antibiotic- and hormone-free birds from Schmucker Family Farm in Emlenton, PA. We have been sourcing turkeys from this member farm for the past 6 years now and consistently get rave reviews from our customers about the quality of these birds. Give thanks to a local farm this year by serving up one of these delicious turkeys for your friends and family!

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Turkeys roaming the orchard at Schmucker Family Farm

Product Details:

We are only offering one size this year, so all turkeys will be between 17 and 23 lbs, at $4.46/lb. The birds will be frozen upon pick-up and will include giblets. Please remember that these weights are our best guess. If you’d prefer one on the smaller or larger end of the weight range let us know and we will try to accommodate. Exact weights will be calculated upon pick-up.

Ordering & Pick-Up Information:

Orders for turkeys must be placed by November 10th. Email lydia@pennscorner.com with your desired pick-up location (see below) and then keep an eye out for a confirmation email, or give Lydia a call at 724-840-1672. 

Pick-up will be at either:

  • our Mt. Lebanon Farm Stand location (Bower Hill Community Church at 70 Moffett St) on Monday, November 21 from 4:30pm-6pm, or
  • Penn’s Corner facility in Lawrenceville (150 54th St.) on Tuesday, November 22 from 11am-6pm.

Thanks for your continued support of local food! Have a great week!

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

A Route Z Route
2 lb sweet potatoes, River View Dairy 2 lb red potatoes, Weeping Willow Farm
1/3 lb boltonfeta*, Hidden Hills Dairy 1 lb brussels sprouts, Clarion River Organics
1 jar apple butter, Penn’s Corner 1/3 lb boltonfeta*, Hidden Hills Dairy
2 lb anjou pears, Dawson’s Orchard 1/2 lb tatsoi or 3/4 lb green kale, Blackberry Meadows or Clarion River Organics
1 head hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove Half gallon apple cider, Kistaco Farm
3/4 lb rainbow chard, Nu Way Farm 1 lb leeks, Blue Goose Farm
4 lb green cabbage, Blue Goose Farm 1 lb carrots, River View Dairy or Hostetler Farm
1 lb brussels sprouts, Clarion River Organics 1 lb large salad turnips, Nu Way Farm
*1/3 lb arugula and 1 oz. sage for vegans, Blackberry Meadows or Pucker Brush Farm *1/3 lb arugula and 1 oz. sage for vegans, Blackberry Meadows or Pucker Brush Farm 

If you are unsure of your delivery route, click HERE.

***Due to unexpected product shortage, some members will be receiving a jar of Penn’s Corner Tomato Juice instead of cabbage, brussels sprouts, or pears. Apologies for the inconvenience!

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown


Tatsoi

Grower: Blackberry Meadows

Store:  Rinse and dry the leaves before refrigerating. Wrap them in a paper towel and store them in a plastic bag.

Recipe: Chilled Braised Tatsoi Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing, Winter Tatsoi Salad with Butternut “Croutons”, Stir-fried Tatsoi with Crispy Tofu and Sweet & Sour Sauce

 

Sweet Potatoes

Grower: River View Dairy

Store: If stored in cool dark area, sweet potatoes will last about 1 month. Store sweet potatoes in a loosely covered bag to allow for air circulation. Do not refrigerate raw sweet potatoes, as doing so can alter their taste and flavor during cooking.

Recipe: Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Apple-Smoked Bacon, Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwiches with Pesto, Apple & Kale

Boltonfeta

Grower: Hidden Hills Dairy

Store: Keep feta in its brine and it will last in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Recipe: Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries & Feta, Lemony Leeks with Chickpeas & Feta, Spicy Roasted Squash with Feta & Herbs

 

Green Cabbage

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Store in the refrigerator and 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 spoilage. Plastic wrap keeps external moisture out, preventing mold and rot, while helping the cabbage to maintain its internal moisture—without which, the cabbage leaves lose their firmness and begin to wilt.

Recipe: Indian Fried Cabbage with Peas, Thai Cashew Cabbage, Easy Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Leeks

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Refrigerate in plastic bag; do not wash until ready to use.

Recipe: Leek, Fennel, Apple & Walnut Soup with Turmeric, Kohlrabi & Leek Soup, Sauteed Cabbage & Leeks, Simple Slow-Roasted Leeks

 

Brussels Sprouts

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Store Brussels sprouts in a plastic bag in your refrigerator’s crisper, where they’ll keep for at least one week, if not a little longer.

Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts, Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts, Fall Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

 

Anjou Pears

Grower: Dawson’s Orchard

Store: Store at room temperature until ripe — to hasten ripening, place pears in a paper bag at room temperature. Once ripe, place pears in a plastic bag and refrigerate.

Recipe: Pear, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Roasted Beet & Pear Salad, Roasted Pear & Brussels Sprouts with Thyme & Hazelnuts

Arugula

Grower: Blackberry Meadows

Store: Rinse and dry the leaves before refrigerating. Line a plastic storage container with paper towels. Dump in the leaves in an even layer on top, add more leaves and cover until the box is full but not jam packed.

Recipe:  Arugula, Cranberry, Pecan & Feta Salad, Wilted Arugula Side, Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Rainbow Chard

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Do not wash Swiss chard before storing as the exposure to water encourages spoilage. Place chard in a plastic storage bag and wrap the bag tightly around the chard, squeezing out as much of the air from the bag as possible.

Recipe: Quinoa with Swiss Chard, Garlic & Tomatoes, Rainbow Chard Potato Chowder, Spicy Pickled Chard Stems, Orange Braised Rainbow Chard

Red Potatoes

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  New potatoes can be stored at room temperature, but because they have not been cured, they won’t last as long as regular potatoes — several days instead of several weeks. When refrigerated, the starch will begin to convert to sugar, so if they’re chilled for very long they’ll taste sweet.

Recipe: Crispy Potato Roast, Herb Roasted Potato & Arugula Salad, Oven-Roasted Beets & Potatoes

Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove

Store: Make sure the lettuce is dry and store it in an open bag in your refrigerator.

Recipe: 10 3-minute DIY Salad Dressing Recipes

 

 

Green Kale

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Store kale in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Wash as you’re using it. If it begins to wilt, give the ends a chop and place it in a container filled with luke warm water until the leaves are crisp. 

Recipe: Butternut & Kale Saute, Smoked Sausage, Potato & Kale Soup, Vegetarian Pumpkin & Kale Pasta Bake

 

Carrots

Grower: River View Dairy or Hostetler’s Farm

Store: Carrots will keep in the refrigerator washed, with the tops cut off for 2 to 4 weeks.

Recipe: Honey Sriracha Roasted Carrots, Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies, Roasted Carrots & Red Onions with Fennel & Mint

Turnips

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Cut the greens off and store in a cool spot.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Turnip, Kale & Lentil Soup, Roasted Potato & Turnip Mash, Balsamic Roasted Carrots & Turnips

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Fall CSA – Week of October 26

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

A Route Z Route
2 lb delicata squash, River View Dairy 2 lb anjou pears, Dawson’s Orchard
1 lb broccoli, Clarion River Organics 1 lb broccoli, Clarion River Organics
1 lb leeks, Clubhouse Gardens or River View Dairy 3/4 lb rainbow chard, Nu Way Farm
2 lb kohlrabi, Clarion River Organics 1 lb white beets, Sunny Meadow Farm
1 lb tatsoi, Nu Way Farm 1 head hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove
2 lb Mutsu/Crispin apples, Kistaco Farm 2 garlic bulbs, Blue Goose Farm or Crighton Farm
1 lb green carmen peppers, Weeping Willow Farm 2.5 lb pie pumpkin, Matthews Family Farm
8 oz. honey*, Bedillion Farm 1 lb fennel, Clarion River Organics
*for vegans, 3/4 lb large greens mix, Grow Pittsburgh

If you are unsure of your delivery route, click HERE.

*** OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown


Tatsoi

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store:  Rinse and dry the leaves before refrigerating. Wrap them in a paper towel and store them in a plastic bag

Recipe: Chilled Braised Tatsoi Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing, Winter Tatsoi Salad with Butternut “Croutons”, Stir-fried Tatsoi with Crispy Tofu and Sweet & Sour Sauce

 

Broccoli

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Keep your broccoli in a ventilated bag. Simply seal your broccoli in the bag, then poke numerous holes in the bag near the broccoli’s head to ensure good air flow. Keep the broccoli refrigerated.

Recipe: Vegan Apple Broccoli Salad, Sesame Noodles with Chicken & Broccoli, Chicken Broccoli Buddha Bowl

 

Green Carmen Peppers

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week.

Recipe: Copycat Chipotle Peppers & Onions, Green Pepper Rings, Butternut Squash Chili, Vegan & GF Vegetable Fritters

Delicata Squash

Grower: River View Dairy

Store: You’ll see best storage results when you stash squash in a cool, dry spot away from ripening fruits like apples and pears. Delicata Squash can be stored for 6 weeks.

Recipe: Spiced Lentil Soup with Roasted Beets & Delicata Squash, Maple-Glazed Roasted Delicata with Brussels Sprouts, Wild Rice, Lentil & Cranberry Stuffed Delicata, Spicy Roasted Squash with Feta & Herbs

Leeks

Grower: Clubhouse Gardens or River View Dairy

Store: Refrigerate in plastic bag; do not wash until ready to use.

Recipe: Bruschetta with Leeks, Goat Cheese & Bacon, Sauteed Cabbage & Leeks, Simple Slow-Roasted Leeks

 

 

Kohlrabi

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Cut off the leafy stalks (you can use the leaves as you would kale or collard greens; be sure to use them with a few days) and scrub the kohlrabi bulbs clean, wrap them loosely in plastic or a paper bag, and refrigerate them until you’re ready to use them. Fresh kohlrabi will last up to several weeks in the fridge.

Recipe: Simple Roasted Kohlrabi, Kohlrabi Salad with Cilantro & Lime, Kohlrabi & Leek Soup

Anjou Pears

Grower: Dawson’s Orchard

Store: Store at room temperature until ripe — to hasten ripening, place pears in a paper bag at room temperature. Once ripe, place pears in a plastic bag and refrigerate.

Recipe: Pear, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Baked Pears with Walnuts & Honey, Sauteed Pears with Bacon & Mustard Dressing

Mutsu/Crispin Apples

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag.

Recipe: Crispy Apple & Kohlrabi Salad, Apple Crumb Bars with Fresh Mutsu, Caramelized Apple Crepes, Crunchy Daikon & Mutsu Apple Salad

Rainbow Chard

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Do not wash Swiss chard before storing as the exposure to water encourages spoilage. Place chard in a plastic storage bag and wrap the bag tightly around the chard, squeezing out as much of the air from the bag as possible.

Recipe: Quinoa with Swiss Chard, Garlic & Tomatoes, Rainbow Chard Potato Chowder, Spicy Pickled Chard Stems, Orange Braised Rainbow Chard

White Beets

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: To keep the beets dry, store them and the leaves, unwashed, in separate plastic bags in the vegetable drawer.

Recipe: Roasted Beet & Pear Salad, Raw Citrus Beet Salad, Oven-Roasted Beets & Potatoes

 

Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove

Store: Make sure the lettuce is dry and store it in an open bag in your refrigerator.

Recipe: 10 3-minute DIY Salad Dressing Recipes

 

 

Garlic

Grower: Blue Goose Farm or Crighton 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: Artichoke & Roasted Garlic Dip, Vegan Forty Clove Broccoli & Chickpeas, Death by Garlic Penne Pasta

Pie Pumpkin

Grower: Matthews Family Farm

Store: You’ll see best storage results when you stash squash in a cool, dry spot away from ripening fruits like apples and pears. Pumpkins can be stored for 2-3 months.

Recipe: Savory Pumpkin Pizza, Vegetarian Pumpkin & Kale Pasta Bake, Pumpkin Hummus

Fennel

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Similar to carrots, if you’re storing fennel in the fridge, you’ll want to separate the stalks from the bulb and store the two parts separately in plastic bags. For a non-plastic option, try storing fennel upright in a cup of water on the counter. Here is a tutorial on how to cut fennel!

Recipe: Pickled Fennel Citrus Salad, Roasted Carrots & Red Onions with Fennel & Mint, Leek, Fennel, Apple & Walnut Soup with Turmeric

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Summer CSA – Week of October 5

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

A Route Z Route
1/3 lb braising mix or 1 lb bok choy, Nu Way or Blackberry Meadows (OG) 2 lbs Bosc or Anjou pears, Dawson’s Orchard
1/2 gallon apple cider, Kistaco Farm 2 bulbs garlic, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
Hot pepper medley or carmen peppers, Crighton Farm or Weeping Willow Farm 1 lb leeks, Clubhouse Gardens
1 lb leeks, Nu Way Farm 1/3 lb mizuna, Nu Way Farm
1 jar dilly beans, Penn’s Corner 1/3 lb gourmet salad mix, Grow Pittsburgh
1 lb carrots, River View Dairy (OG) 2 lbs blue potatoes, Clarion River Organics (OG)
2 lbs sweet potatoes, River View Dairy (OG) Hot pepper medley, Crighton Farm
1 jar apple butter, Penn’s Corner

If you are unsure of your delivery route, click HERE.

*** OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown


Braising Mix or Mizuna

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store:  Rinse and dry the leaves before refrigerating. Wrap them in a paper towel and store them in a plastic bag

Recipe: Braised Greens Tacos, Creamy Polenta with Braised Greens & Poached Eggs, African Braised Greens with Tomatoes

 

Leeks

Grower: Nu Way Farm or Clubhouse Gardens

Store: Refrigerate in plastic bag; do not wash until ready to use.

Recipe: Black-Eyed Peas with Leeks, 30-Minute Creamy Mushroom & Leek Chicken, Artichoke & Leek Frittata

 

 

Sweet Potatoes

Grower: River View Dairy (OG)

Store: If stored in cool dark area, sweet potatoes will last about 1 month. Store sweet potatoes in a loosely covered bag to allow for air circulation. Do not refrigerate raw sweet potatoes, as doing so can alter their taste and flavor during cooking.

Recipe: Caramelized Sweet Potato & Apple Hash Browns, Skinny Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, Carnitas Sweet Potato Hash with Green Sriracha

Carrots

Grower: River View Dairy (OG)

Store: Remove carrot greens from the carrots and store in a bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

Recipe: Easy Thai Carrot Soup, Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs, Classic Carrot Salad

Garlic

Grower: Blue Goose Farm (CNG)

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 Garlic Parmesan Mushrooms, Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic, Garlic Herb Butternut Squash

Gourmet Salad Mix

Grower: Grow Pittsburgh

Store: Line a plastic storage container with paper towels, dump the lettuce in an even layer on top, and cover it with another layer of paper towels before locking down the lid. Leave some space so the lettuce isn’t jam packed.

Recipe: Vegan Green Goddess Dressing, The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette, Mixed Greens with Pears, Walnuts & Dried Cranberries

Hot Pepper Medley

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week.

Recipe: Super Easy Hot Pepper Jelly, How to Make Hot Pepper Chili Oil, Hot and Sweet Triple Pepper Pizza

Anjou or Bosc Pears

Grower: Dawson’s Orchard

Store: Store at room temperature until ripe — to hasten ripening, place pears in a paper bag at room temperature. Once ripe, place pears in a plastic bag and refrigerate.

Recipe: Roasted Beet, Pear & Walnut Salad, Easy Pear Butter, Brown Butter Upside-Down Pear Cake

 

sweetcarmenCarmen Peppers

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week.

Recipe: Sweet Pepper Jelly, Easy Pepper Steak, Crockpot Sweet Chili Pineapple Chicken

Blue Potatoes

Grower: Clarion River Organics (OG)

Store: New potatoes can be stored at room temperature, but because they have not been cured, they won’t last as long as regular potatoes — several days instead of several weeks. When refrigerated, the starch will begin to convert to sugar, so if they’re chilled for very long they’ll taste sweet.

Recipe: Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion, and Potato Hash, Southwest Roasted Potato Salad, Roasted Potato Cups with Loaded Guacamole

bokchoy

Bok Choy

Grower: Blackberry Meadows (OG)

Store: Store your bok choy in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator — unwashed and in a perforated plastic bag. When you do use it, remember that its cluster of stalks hides dirt, so wash it well!

Recipe: Udon Soup with Bok Choy and Poached Eggs, Shanghai Bok Choy, Vegetarian Pho

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Summer CSA – Week of August 31

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

Happy Peak Summer to all of our CSA members! August is coming to a close, and with the last few shares overflowing with tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, I think we can all agree that this August was truly the month of nightshades! In the recipe sections below, you will find many creative ways to work these veggies into your meals. Be sure to check out our Pinterest boards for more recipe inspiration. They are organized according to item to make it easy to browse for your new favorites!

A Route Z Route
1/2 lb braising mix, Nu Way Farm 3/4 lb rainbow chard or 3/4 lb escarole, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) or Crighton Farm
1 pint sun sugar tomatoes or grape tomatoes, Nu Way Farm or Kistaco Farm 1 lb green beans, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
1.5 lbs green bell peppers, Matthews Family Farm or Clarion River Organics (OG) 1.5 lbs prune plums, Dawson’s Orchards
1.5 lbs heirloom tomatoes, Weeping Willow Farm 1 pint ground cherries, Clarion River Organics (OG)
1 seedless watermelon, River View Dairy (OG) 6 jalapenos, Matthews Family Farm or Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
1.5 lbs prune plums, Dawson’s Orchards 3 colored carmen peppers, Weeping Willow Farm
1 zucchini or summer squash, Weeping Willow Farm or Pucker Brush Farm 1 pint sun sugar tomatoes, Nu Way Farm
1 lb leeks, River View Dairy (OG) 1 lb fairly tale eggplant, Clarion River Organics (OG)
  1 lb red onions, Clarion River Organics (OG)

If you are unsure of your delivery route, click HERE.

*** OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown


Braising Mix

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store:  Rinse and dry the leaves before refrigerating. Line a plastic storage container with paper towels. Dump in the leaves in an even layer on top, add more leaves and cover until the box is full but not jam packed.

RecipeSimple Braised GreensAfrican Braised Greens with TomatoesBraised Greens Taco Recipe

sunsugarcropSun Sugar Tomatoes

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Store on your counter at room temperature with the stem side down out of direct sunlight.  They’ll last longer and taste better than storing them in the refrigerator.  Refrigerating tomatoes changes both their taste and texture because it damages the membranes inside the fruit walls and changes the chemical structure.

Recipe: Pasta with 15-minute Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce, Fried Cherry Tomatoes with Ranch, Baked Eggs on a Bed of Roasted Tomatoes

greenbeans_sunshine_printGreen Beans

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Store unwashed fresh beans in a reusable container or plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper. Whole beans stored this way should keep for about seven days. Freezing Green Beans: Rinse your green beans in cool water and then drain. Cut the ends of the beans off and then cut the beans to whatever length you prefer.

Recipe: Green Beans with Sweet Tomatoes, Middle Eastern Green Beans & Onions, Chinese Dry-Fried Green Beans

heirloom_tomatoHeirloom Tomatoes

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: At room temperature on a plate not in plastic, keep out of sunlight.  Keep in mind that storing in a refrigerator can make tomatoes mealy and the skin dry. If you find that your tomatoes are not yet ripe, let them ripen on your counter top for a few days.

Recipe: Fresh Corn, Tomato, Avocado and Basil SaladTomato, Peach, & Burrata SaladAvocado Tomato SaladOpen Faced Heirloom Tomato Sandwich with Garlic AioliGreek Village SaladGrilled Lemon, Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Seedless Watermelon

Grower: River View Dairy 

Store: A watermelon can be stored in the refrigerator for as along as 2 weeks.

Recipe: No-Churn Watermelon Sherbet, Watermelon Salad with Jicama, Cotija, and Lime, Watermelon Sashimi

 

Grape Tomatoes 

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Avoiding storing tomatoes in the refrigerator when possible. Instead, keep them at room temperature, lightly wrapped if you prefer.

Recipe: Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes and GarlicGrilled Tomato “Lollipop” Toasts, White Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad

 

Green Bell Peppers

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week.

Recipe: Bell Pepper Pizzas, Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers, Marinated Green Peppers

Prune Plums

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store:  If the plums seem a little hard, leave them at room temperature for a few days to soften up, but be aware they will not actually ripen further to develop more sugar like some fruits. Refrigerate ripe plums in a plastic bag and use within four days. Wash just before using.

Recipe: Roasted Plums with Olive Oil, Thyme & Yogurt, Purple Plum Torte, Sugar Plum Crepes with Ricotta & Honey

Summer Squash

Grower: Pucker Brush Farm

Store: Refrigerate yellow squash and zucchini, unwashed, in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer.

Recipe: Spiralized Yellow Squash with Herbs, Summer Squash Salad, Creamy Cherry Tomato & Summer Squash Pasta

 

sweetcarmenCarmen Peppers

Grower:Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week.

Recipe: Grilled Eggplant & Pepper Pizza, Roasted Red Pepper Carrot Pesto, Tomato-Mozzarella Salad with Sweet Peppers

ZucchiniZucchini

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Store freshly picked, unwashed zucchini in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to one week. The bag should be perforated or loosely tied, not sealed tightly. Do not cut the zucchini until you are ready to use it or freeze.

Recipe: How to Freeze Summer Squash, 35 Zucchini Recipes

 

Rainbow Chard

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Do not wash chard before storing as the exposure to water encourages spoilage. Place chard in a plastic storage bag and wrap the bag tightly around the chard, squeezing out as much of the air from the bag as possible. Place in refrigerator where it will keep fresh for up to 5 days.

Recipe: Easy Swiss Chard, Rainbow Chard & Feta Orzo Bowls, Apple-Walnut-Chard Salad

Jalapeno Peppers

Grower: Matthews Family Farm or Blue Goose Farm

Store: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week.

Recipe: Jalapeno Cornbread, Baked Stuffed Jalapenos, Roasted Jalapeno Hummus

ground_cherriesGround Cherries

Grower: Clarion River Organics 

Store: Remove the husks and rinse the fruits before preparing. Husked fruits keep in the refrigerator for five to seven days. To freeze ground cherries, simply spread the husked, washed fruits on a rimmed cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. Once they’re hard, package them in plastic bags.

Recipe: Ground Cherry Compote, Cherry Tomato & Ground Cherry Salsa, Ground Cherry and Watermelon Salad

Fairy Tale Eggplant

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: If you don’t intend to eat the eggplant within 2 days, it should be refrigerated. To refrigerate, wrap in a paper towel and place in a reusable container or perforated plastic bag in the crisper section of your refrigerator for use within 5 – 7 days.

Recipe: Eggplant with Yogurt & Tomato Relish, Fairy Tale Flatbread, Roasted Tiny Eggplant with Muhammara

Red Onions

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Onions can last for several weeks (if not months) without compromising their taste or nutritional value. However, you must be sure to store them in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place. Once you cut an onion, wrap whatever portion you don’t use in plastic wrap, and put it in the refrigerator. It will keep about 4 days.

Recipe: How To: Pickled Red Onion, Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes & Red Onion, Zucchini Chickpea Fritters with Red Onion Marmalade

Leeks

Grower: River View Dairy

Store: Refrigerate in plastic bag; do not wash until ready to use.

Recipe: Baked Salmon with Leeks & Bell Peppers, Lemony Leeks with Chickpeas & Feta, Marinated Leeks

 

 

Escarole

Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: Escarole will keep tightly wrapped in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe: Garlic & Olive Oil Escarole, Spicy Escarole with Sausage & Tomatoes, Sicilian Chickpeas with Escarole & Caramelized Onion

Summer CSA – Week of August 24

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

A Route Z Route
1 pint sun sugar tomatoes, Nu Way Farm 1 seedless watermelon, River View Dairy
4 ears of sweet corn, Blue Goose Farm 1.5 heirloom tomatoes, Weeping Willow Farm
1 cantaloupe, River View Dairy or Weeping Willow Farm 1 lb. poblano peppers, Kistaco Farm
1.5 lbs. heirloom tomatoes, Nu Way Farm 1 pint sun sugar tomatoes or toybox cherry tomatoes, Nu Way Farm or Hostettler Farm
3 colored Carmen peppers, Weeping Willow Farm 1/2 pint blackberries or blueberries, Dawson’s Orchards
1 lb. Asian eggplant, Kistaco Farm or Crighton Farm 1 lb. juliette tomatoes, Blue Goose Farm
1 lb. green beans, Nu Way Farm 1 lb. zucchini, Clarion River Organics (OG)
1 pint ground cherries, Clarion River Organics (OG) 1 lb. leeks, River View Dairy

If you are unsure of your delivery route, click HERE.

*** OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown


nectarinesYellow Nectarines

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store:  Store peaches and nectarines at room temperature until ripe — this usually takes 2 to 3 days. A ripe fruit will yield a bit when pressed gently. To speed up the ripening process, place nectarines or peaches in a paper bag and store at room temperature, out of direct sunlight.

RecipeFried Nectarines with Vanilla MarscaponeGrilled Salmon with NectarinesNectarine Salsa

sunsugarcropSun Sugar Tomatoes

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Store on your counter at room temperature with the stem side down out of direct sunlight.  They’ll last longer and taste better than storing them in the refrigerator.  Refrigerating tomatoes changes both their taste and texture because it damages the membranes inside the fruit walls and changes the chemical structure.

Recipe: Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salad with CilantroTomatoes with Buttermilk Vinaigrette

greenbeans_sunshine_printGreen Beans

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Store unwashed fresh beans in a reusable container or plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper. Whole beans stored this way should keep for about seven days. Freezing Green Beans: Rinse your green beans in cool water and then drain. Cut the ends of the beans off and then cut the beans to whatever length you prefer.

Recipe: Roasted Green Beans and TomatoesGreen Beans with Sweet Tomatoes

heirloom_tomatoHeirloom Tomatoes

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: At room temperature on a plate not in plastic, keep out of sunlight.  Keep in mind that storing in a refrigerator can make tomatoes mealy and the skin dry. If you find that your tomatoes are not yet ripe, let them ripen on your counter top for a few days.

Recipe: Fresh Corn, Tomato, Avocado and Basil SaladTomato, Peach, & Burrata SaladAvocado Tomato SaladOpen Faced Heirloom Tomato Sandwich with Garlic AioliGreek Village SaladGrilled Lemon, Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad

watermeloncropLittle Baby Flower Watermelon

Grower: River View Dairy 

Store: A watermelon can be stored in the refrigerator for as along as 2 weeks.

Recipe:  Summer’s Best Watermelon Drink RecipesWatermelon with Yogurt, Poppy Seeds, and Fried Rosemary

 

 

Cantaloupe-Beauty_2174_1Cantaloupe 

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Store at room temperature until ripe then refrigerate.

Recipe: Summer Cantaloupe and Tomato SaladCantaloupe, Prosciutto, And Arugula SaladGrilled Melon and Prosciutto CapreseSavory Shaved Cantaloupe Salad

 

poblanoPoblano Peppers

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week. 

Recipe: Vegan Stuffed Poblano PeppersBeer Bean Stuffed Poblano PeppersGrilled Poblanos and CornBuffalo Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers

 

eggplant-varietiesAsian Eggplant

Grower: Kistaco or Crighton Farm

Store:  Store eggplant in a cool place like the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. 

Recipe: Pasta with Eggplant, Feta and MintBaked Eggplant ParmesanEggplant Lasagna with Basil PestoChinese Eggplant with Garlic SauceThai Basil Eggplant

 

 

sweetcorncropSweet Corn

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Store in the refrigerator unshucked and in a bag. 

Recipe: Mexican Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Corn, and Tomatoes, Corn and Jalapeno Muffins, Corn Chowder Salad

 

 

sweetcarmenCarmen Peppers

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week.

Recipe: Braised Zucchini with Poblano Peppers and Green Onions

 

ZucchiniZucchini

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Store freshly picked, unwashed zucchini in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to one week. The bag should be perforated or loosely tied, not sealed tightly. Do not cut the zucchini until you are ready to use it or freeze.

Recipe: Zucchini Bites35 Zucchini Recipes

 

 

blackberriesBlackberries

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store: Do not wash until ready to eat as excess moisture will cause the berries to mold. Cover with plastic and refrigerate.

Recipe: Blackberry CrispBlackberry MuffinsBlackberry Basil Mojito

 

 

 

julietJuliette Tomatoes

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: At room temperature on a plate not in plastic, keep out of sunlight.  Keep in mind that storing in a refrigerator can make tomatoes mealy and the skin dry. If you find that your tomatoes are not yet ripe, let them ripen on your counter top for a few days.

Recipe: Killer Marinated TomatoesZucchini Pizza BoatsSlow Roasted Tomatoes

 

ground_cherriesGround Cherries

Grower: Clarion River Organics 

Store: Remove the husks and rinse the fruits before preparing. Husked fruits keep in the refrigerator for five to seven days. To freeze ground cherries, simply spread the husked, washed fruits on a rimmed cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. Once they’re hard, package them in plastic bags.

Recipe: Ground Cherry SalsaGround Cherry and Watermelon Salad

leekscropLeeks

Grower: River View Dairy

Store: How to Clean and Cut a Leek

Recipe: Simple Slow Roasted LeeksLeeks Vinaigrette