Winter CSA – Week of November 30

Hello CSA Members and welcome to the Penn’s Corner CSA Winter Edition! Here, you will find information about what products come in your share each week, what farm they were grown on, how best to store them, and some recipe ideas for each product. If you are mostly here for recipes, our Pinterest board is a great place to find all of the recipes we have shared in one convenient place. Follow the boards for your favorite veggies for inspiration! 

We are starting this CSA season off with one of my fall favorites: apple cider from our friends at Kistaco farm! We are also happy to pack this share with lots of goodies: two different kinds of greens, a delicious gouda cheese from Hidden Hills Dairy, a couple storage crops, and even a last taste of summer with some poblanos from Clarion River Organics. Thanks for stopping by!

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

1.5 lbs carrots, River View Dairy (OG)
1 bunch green kale, Clarion River Organics (OG)
3 lbs sweet potatoes, River View Dairy (OG)
1/2 gallon apple cider, Kistaco Farm
1 quart applesauce, Penn’s Corner Value Added
1 head hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove
1 lb poblano peppers, Clarion River Organics (OG)
1/2 lb gouda gold cheese, Hidden Hills Dairy
2 lbs yellow onions, Clarion River Organics (OG)
1 lb kohlrabi or 1 lb chioggia beets, Clubhouse Gardens or Clarion River Organics (OG)

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

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown


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: Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes, Asian Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Miso Butter & Maples, 1 Pot Kale & Sweet Potato Curry

Poblano Peppers

Grower: Clarion River Organics

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: Rice & Bean Stuffed Poblano Peppers, Crispy Homefries with Roasted Red Onion & Poblanos, Smoky Lentil Salad with Zucchini & Poblano Peppers

Chioggia Beets

Grower: Clarion River Organics

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

Recipe: Vegan Beet & Avocado Poke (Sushi) Bowls, Winter Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing, Pumpkin Polenta with Roasted Beets, Roasted Green Beans with Beets, Feta & Walnuts

Carrots

Grower: River View Dairy

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

Recipe: Carrot Ginger Soup, Quick & Crispy Vegetable Fritters, Roasted Beets & Carrots

 

Kohlrabi

Grower: Clubhouse Gardens

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: Kohlrabi Carrot Fritters with Avocado Cream Sauce, Simple Roasted Kohlrabi, Asian-Style Kohlrabi with Garlic & Egg

Yellow 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: Onion Upside-Down Cornbread, Baked Blooming Onion, Porkchops with Caramelized Apples & Onions

Gouda Gold

Grower: Hidden Hills Dairy

About: 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.

Recipe: Apple, Gouda & Farro Salad, Gouda Grits with Brown Butter Shrimp, Roasted Poblano, Corn & Potato Chowder with Bacon & Gouda

Hydroponic Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove

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

Recipe: 20 Healthy & Delicious 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 lukewarm water until the leaves are crisp. 

Recipe: Sauteed Kale with Smoked Paprika, 20-minute Asian Kale Salad, Kale Quinoa Bites

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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 9

Well, CSA members, this is our second to last CSA box for the season! Thanks for going on this local food journey with us. We hope you’ve enjoyed all of the fruits, vegetables, and treats of the season. We have been especially excited about the diverse variety of squash and apples we have been able to source from Western Pennsylvania farmers this year. A few weeks back, we shared a helpful infographic for distinguishing squash varieties, and here is another one for PA apple varieties. Our farmers have an even larger spread of apples that can be purchased through our online farmstand, including Cortland, Jonagold, Northern Spy, and Macoun, if you would like to deepen your local apple research before the season runs out!

Just as a reminder in case you missed the post last week, you can still order your Thankgiving turkey from Penn’s Corner until November 10th! Check out our last blog post or read more 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!

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

A Route Z Route
Half gallon apple cider, Kistaco Farm 2 lb sweet potatoes, River View Dairy
2 lb potatoes, Weeping Willow Farm 8 oz. honey*, Bedillion Farm
1 lb small red beets with tops, Nu Way Farm 1 head hydroponic lettuce, Harmony Grove
1 lb carrots, River View Dairy 1 lb watermelon radishes (OG), Clarion River Organics
3/4 lb green kale (OG) or 1/2 lb tatsoi, Clarion River Organics or Blackberry Meadows 2 lb candy onions (OG), Clarion River Organics
2 lb candy onions, Clarion River Organics Farmers market salsa, Penn’s Corner
1 lb large salad turnips, Nu Way Farm 3 lb Rome apples, Dawson’s Orchard
Farmers market salsa, Penn’s Corner 3/4 lb green kale (OG), Clarion River Organics
2 bulbs large garlic, Blue Goose Farm *1/2 lb spinach for vegans, Blackberry Meadows

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

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: Tatsoi Saag Paneer (Indian Greens & Cheese), Potato, Tatsoi & Caramelized Onion Enchiladas, 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: Smokey Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cream, Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Apple-Smoked Bacon, Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwiches with Pesto, Apple & Kale

Beets with Greens

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

 

Candy Onions

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Candy onions are not cured and therefore must be stored in the refrigerator.

Recipe: Baked Blooming Onion, BBQ Green Beans with Candy Onions & Bacon, Grilled Candy Onions

 

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: 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

Rome Apples

Grower: Dawson’s Orchard

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: Jewish Apple Cake, Apple-Bourbon Country-Style Pork Ribs, Brown Sugar Baked Apples

 

Spinach

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: Vegan Spinach Dip, Spinach & Potato Curry, Spinach & Garlic Potato Patties, Spinach & Mushroom Quinoa

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, Detox Kale Salad with Watermelon Radish, Apples & Almonds, Simple Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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 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!

schmuckerturkeys

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 August 17

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

 

A Route Z Route
2 lbs. yellow nectarines, Dawson’s Orchards 2 lbs. yellow nectarines, Dawson’s Orchards
1 pint sun sugar tomatoes, Nu Way Farm 1 pint sun sugar tomatoes, Nu Way Farm
lettuce head, Blue Goose Farm cantaloupe, Weeping Willow Farm
1.5 lbs. heirloom tomatoes, Weeping Willow Farm 1.5 lbs. heirloom tomatoes, Nu Way Farm
2 candy onions, Blue Goose Farm eggplant, Matthews Farm
banana peppers, Kistaco Farm 2 cucumbers, Weeping Willow Farm
1/2 pint blackberries or blueberries, Dawson’s Orchards 4 ears of corn, Blue Goose Farm
1 little baby flower watermelon, River View Farm 1 little baby flower watermelon, River View Farm

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

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


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: SPAGHETTINI WITH ROASTED TOMATOES, FRESH BASIL, AND TOASTED GARLIC BREADCRUMBS

sweethungarianpepperBanana 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: Santa Fe Stuffed PeppersVegan Stuffed Poblano PeppersItalian Stuffed PeppersFried Hot PeppersHot Pepper Vinegar

 

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 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

 

crisphead_lettuceLettuce Head

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Store in the crisper drawer and wash the leaves as you go. 

Recipe: Greek Vinaigrette

 

 

eggplant-varietiesEggplant

Grower: Matthews 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 Pesto

 

 

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

 

 

candy_onionsCandy Onions

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: Roasted Green Pepper SoupMarinated Green PeppersGreen Pepper Chilli 

 

cucumberscropCucumbers

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Keep cucumbers in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. 

Recipe: Cucumber, Tomato, Onion SaladCucumber Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing

 

 

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

 

 

blueberriescrop

Blueberries

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store: If you are planning to refrigerate or freeze your blueberries, do not wash the berries before you store them; wait to wash the berries until you are ready to use them. Cool your berries down to room temperature before storing them. By doing this, you can avoid a lot of condensation in the blueberry containers.

Recipe: 

 

 

 

 

CSA Cheese members will receive 2/3 lb. Old Gold from Hidden Hills Dairy and Chiopotle Chevre from River View Dairy.

 

Summer CSA – Week of July 13

 THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

 

A Route Z Route
1/2 pint blueberries, Dawson’s Orchards 1/2 pint blueberries, Dawson’s Orchards
2 oz. parsley or basil, Blue Goose Farm 2 oz. basil, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
2 zucchini, Weeping Willow Farm or Kistaco Farm cherry belle radish, Nu Way Farm
1/2 lb. green butterhead lettuce, Clarion River Organics (OG) 2 lbs. French Heritage tomatoes, Weeping Willow Farm
3 lbs. new red potatoes, Nu Way Farm or Weeping Willow Farm 3/4 lb. chard, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
1 pint snow peas, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) 1 pint snap peas, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
apple sauce, Penn’s Corner 1 lb. patty pan squash, Clarion River Organics (OG)
2 cucumbers, Clarion River Organics (OG) 2 cucumbers, Clarion River Organics (OG)

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

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




blueberriesBlueberries

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store: Do not wash the berries before you store them; wait to wash the berries until you are ready to use them. Cool your berries down to room temperature before storing them. By doing this, you can avoid a lot of condensation in the blueberry containers

RecipeBlueberry Zucchini Cake with Lemon ButtercreamBlueberry Buckle Cake with Lemon GlazeBlueberry Arugula Salad with Honey DressingBlueberry Moscow Mules

 

fparsleycropParsley

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Store parsley in the refrigerator. Keep it covered and wash as you go. 

Recipe: Cheesy Zucchini With Garlic and Parsley

 

 

basilchivescropBasil

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: You can keep basil fresh for up to two weeks by placing the branches in a vase (first, give the ends a trim) and keeping them on the counter out of the sun. This method is ideal when you’re likely to be using it frequently for cooking throughout the following week or so.

Recipe: Blueberry Basil SmoothieBlueberry Basil Lemon Pops

 

french heritage tomatoesFrench Heritage 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: Braised Fennel, Tomato and Bean Zucchini Pasta, 10 Favorite Summer Tomato Salads

 

patty pan squashPatty Pan Squash

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Pattypan squash will keep for a few days stored in the fridge, unwashed and sealed in plastic. The smaller the squash, the sooner it should be used.

Recipe: Baked Patty Pan Squash Parmesan with Garlic and Bread CrumbsSummer Stuffed Patty Pans

Peas-snow1cropSnow Peas

Grower: Blue Goose Farm 

Store: These peas are fairly perishable and will decrease in flavor if stored for more than a few days. Keep them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Use snow peas within a couple of days of purchase, Sugar-snap peas should last for up to 5 days after purchase, both will be better if eaten sooner.

Recipe: Beef with Snow PeasAsian Shrimp Stir Fry with Snow Peas

 

 snappeasSnap Peas

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: These peas are fairly perishable and will decrease in flavor if stored for more than a few days. Keep them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Use snow peas within a couple of days of purchase, Sugar-snap peas should last for up to 5 days after purchase, both will be better if eaten sooner.

Recipe: Garlic Snap PeasLemon Dill Snap Peas

 

ZucchiniZucchini

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store:  Refrigerate. 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 it.

Recipe: Sauteed Snap Peas with Zucchini and BasilZucchini PicklesFresh Corn, Zucchini, and Tomato SaladCumin Zucchini Salad with Pinto BeansZucchini, Ricotta Gallete 

seedless_cucumberCucumber

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Keep cucumbers in the crisper drawer. 

Recipe: Cucumber and Blueberry Salad

 

 

buttercrunchcropGreen Butterhead Lettuce

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Keep refrigerated and wash as you go. A salad spinner works well as a washing/drying tool. 

Recipe: Blueberry Balsamic Dressing

 

 

cherryBelleRadishCherry Belle Radish

Grower: Nu Way Farm

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: Buttered Radishes with Poached EggsRoasted Radishes and Greens SaladHow to Roast Radishes and Why You Should

 

newpotatoesNew Red Potatoes

Grower: Nu Way Farm or Weeping Willow Farm

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.

Recipe: Parsley PotatoesNew Potatoes with Cheese and TomatoesCrash Hot Potatoes

 

appleproductsApplesauce

Grower: Penn’s Corner

Store: Refrigerate after opening.

Recipe: 

 

 

 

***Cheese Share Members will receive French Herb or Onion Chive Chevre