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Posted 7/10/2020 9:47am by Amy Philson.

Our Webstore will be open for orders now (Friday morning) until Monday at 8 a.m. for delivery on Wednesday or Thursday.  

Pickup is available on Wednesday at our regular host locations.

  • Butler
  • Franklin
  • Greenville
  • Grove City
  • Hermitage
  • Meadville
  • Mercer
  • New Castle
  • Slippery Rock

Thursday deliveries include:

  • Bellevue
  • Cranberry Twp
  • Pittsburgh (with preapproved address)
  • Zelienople

Home delivery is also available in these communities subject to approval for distance.

Harmony Grove's Bibb lettuce is back!  Limited quantities, so grab it before it's sold out.

Carrots and Potatoes!  Introducing new grower Byler Farm from Hartstown (near Greenville PA).  Allen Byler has lots of experience, since his father was a NWPA Growers farmer for many years when he was young.

Goat Cheese and Drinkable Yogurt from Cherish Creamery has been restocked.  Try their new blueberry yogurt before we sell out.  Plus we added chocolate goat milk!  And don't forget the feta.

Too Hot to Bake?  Sweet treats and bread from Dinner Bell Farm and bread from DB will give you homemade flavor while keeping you out of the kitchen.  GWTG Bread is back this week.

How to place an order: 

1.  Navigate to www.nwpagrowers.com/login

2.  Choose "Login via Email" and enter your email address

3.  Click the link in your email

4.  Add items to your cart.  You can navigate between departments using the dropdown menu titled "Webstore"

5.  When you're finished shopping, click on "View Cart."  Make changes in quantity and finalize your order here.

6.  Choose your Pickup Location.  You may pick up your order at our pickup location in your community, or choose Home Delivery if you are not too far off our route (subject to approval). If you are a CSA Member with a delivery this week, please choose that option at checkout to avoid an additional delivery fee, even if you have home delivery for your CSA Share.  If you place multiple orders in a week, please choose "No Delivery Fee" at checkout to avoid the additional fee.

7.  Check out via PayPal.

8.  Add any notes about your order.  If you are a new customer, please provide your address/phone number.  For home deliveries, tell us any special instructions like put it in your cooler or on the porch.  

9.  Click on "Complete Order."  Please be sure you do this or your order won't go through.  You will receive a confirmation email of your order.  If you don't see the email right away, then your order was not processed.

Questions?  Email me amy@nwpagrowers.com.  Note:  I will be away from email some this Friday and Saturday.  I will respond to most emails Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Amy Philson

NWPA Growers

Posted 7/3/2020 9:13am by Amy Philson.

Our Webstore will be open for orders now (Friday morning) until Monday at 8 a.m. for delivery on Wednesday or Thursday.  

Pickup is available on Wednesday at our regular host locations.

  • Butler
  • Franklin
  • Greenville
  • Grove City
  • Hermitage
  • Meadville
  • Mercer
  • New Castle
  • Slippery Rock

Thursday deliveries include:

  • Bellevue
  • Cranberry Twp
  • Pittsburgh (with preapproved address)
  • Zelienople

Home delivery is also available in these communities subject to approval for distance.

Zucchini, Summer Sqash, Kohlrabi, and lots of greens!

Goat Cheese and Drinkable Yogurt from Cherish Creamery has been restocked.  Try their new blueberry yogurt before we sell out.  Plus we added chocolate goat milk!  And don't forget the feta.

Too Hot to Bake?  Sweet treats and bread from Dinner Bell Farm and bread from DB will give you homemade flavor while keeping you out of the kitchen.  GWTG Bread is on vacation this week.

How to place an order: 

1.  Navigate to www.nwpagrowers.com/login

2.  Choose "Login via Email" and enter your email address

3.  Click the link in your email

4.  Add items to your cart.  You can navigate between departments using the dropdown menu titled "Webstore"

5.  When you're finished shopping, click on "View Cart."  Make changes in quantity and finalize your order here.

6.  Choose your Pickup Location.  You may pick up your order at our pickup location in your community, or choose Home Delivery if you are not too far off our route (subject to approval). If you are a CSA Member with a delivery this week, please choose that option at checkout to avoid an additional delivery fee, even if you have home delivery for your CSA Share.  If you place multiple orders in a week, please choose "No Delivery Fee" at checkout to avoid the additional fee.

7.  Check out via PayPal.

8.  Add any notes about your order.  If you are a new customer, please provide your address/phone number.  For home deliveries, tell us any special instructions like put it in your cooler or on the porch.  

9.  Click on "Complete Order."  Please be sure you do this or your order won't go through.  You will receive a confirmation email of your order.  If you don't see the email right away, then your order was not processed.

Questions?  Email me amy@nwpagrowers.com.  Note:  I will be away from email some this Friday and Saturday.  I will respond to most emails Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Amy Philson

NWPA Growers

Posted 6/12/2020 9:58am by Amy Philson.

Our Webstore will be open for orders now until Monday at 8 a.m. for delivery on Wednesday or Thursday.  CSA Members will receive your email from Harvie later this morning listing what is planned for your box.

Pickup is available on Wednesday at our regular host locations.

  • Butler
  • Franklin
  • Greenville
  • Grove City
  • Hermitage
  • Meadville
  • Mercer
  • New Castle
  • Slippery Rock

Thursday deliveries include:

  • Bellevue
  • Cranberry Twp
  • Pittsburgh (with preapproved address)
  • Zelienople

Home delivery is also available in these communities subject to approval for distance.

Produce!  This week's produce includes several types of greens, salad mix, mushrooms, and herbs.

Baked Goods! A new bread from Going with the Grain Bread!  Honey Wheat Sandwich Loaf, a slightly sweet everyday bread.  Plus sweet treats from Dinner Bell Farm, including vegan and gluten free options.

Body Care Products!  All products (including hand sanitizer) from The Way Nature Intended have been discounted 25%.  Discounted price is already listed.

Meat!  Ground beef from two different farms, plus pork, chicken, and fish.  Just added: Due to the high demand for local meat, we have had difficulty obtaining "clean" pork for this summer.  Therefore, we have temporarily relaxed our non-GMO requirement for pork.  Sausage, bacon, and chops are available, and they are labeled conventional in the store.

Eggs!  Choose non-GMO or soy-free eggs from pastured hens.

Dairy!  Local cheese from Pasture Maid Creamery, Middlefield Cheese Co-op, and Cherish Creamery.  We also have cow milk from Pasture Maid and goat milk and drinkable yogurt from Cherish Creamery.

Maple and Honey!  Maple syrup, maple mustard, maple wing sauce, and more!  Plus Certified Naturally Grown local honey.

How to place an order: 

1.  Navigate to www.nwpagrowers.com/login

2.  Choose "Login via Email" and enter your email address

3.  Click the link in your email

4.  Add items to your cart.  You can navigate between departments using the dropdown menu titled "Webstore"

5.  When you're finished shopping, click on "View Cart."  Make changes in quantity and finalize your order here.

6.  Choose your Pickup Location.  You may pick up your order at our pickup location in your community, or choose Home Delivery if you are not too far off our route (subject to approval). If you are a CSA Member with a delivery this week, please choose that option at checkout to avoid an additional delivery fee, even if you have home delivery for your CSA Share.  If you place multiple orders in a week, please choose "No Delivery Fee" at checkout to avoid the additional fee.

7.  Check out via PayPal.

8.  Add any notes about your order.  If you are a new customer, please provide your address/phone number.  For home deliveries, tell us any special instructions like put it in your cooler or on the porch.  

9.  Click on "Complete Order."  Please be sure you do this or your order won't go through.  You will receive a confirmation email of your order.  If you don't see the email right away, then your order was not processed.

Questions?  Email me amy@nwpagrowers.com.  Note:  I will be away from email some this Friday and Saturday.  I will respond to most emails Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Amy Philson

NWPA Growers

Posted 6/12/2020 9:47am by Amy Philson.

Our Webstore will be open for orders now until Monday at 8 a.m. for delivery on Wednesday or Thursday.  CSA Members will receive your email from Harvie later this morning listing what is planned for your box.

Pickup is available on Wednesday at our regular host locations.

  • Butler
  • Franklin
  • Greenville
  • Grove City
  • Hermitage
  • Meadville
  • Mercer
  • New Castle
  • Slippery Rock

Thursday deliveries include:

  • Bellevue
  • Cranberry Twp
  • Pittsburgh (with preapproved address)
  • Zelienople

Home delivery is also available in these communities subject to approval for distance.

Produce!  This week's produce includes several types of greens, salad mix, mushrooms, and herbs.

Baked Goods! A new bread from Going with the Grain Bread!  Honey Wheat Sandwich Loaf, a slightly sweet everyday bread.  Plus sweet treats from Dinner Bell Farm, including vegan and gluten free options.

Body Care Products!  All products (including hand sanitizer) from The Way Nature Intended have been discounted 25%.  Discounted price is already listed.

Meat!  Ground beef from two different farms, plus pork, chicken, and fish.  Just added: Due to the high demand for local meat, we have had difficulty obtaining "clean" pork for this summer.  Therefore, we have temporarily relaxed our non-GMO requirement for pork.  Sausage, bacon, and chops are available, and they are labeled conventional in the store.

Eggs!  Choose non-GMO or soy-free eggs from pastured hens.

Dairy!  Local cheese from Pasture Maid Creamery, Middlefield Cheese Co-op, and Cherish Creamery.  We also have cow milk from Pasture Maid and goat milk and drinkable yogurt from Cherish Creamery.

Maple and Honey!  Maple syrup, maple mustard, maple wing sauce, and more!  Plus Certified Naturally Grown local honey.

How to place an order: 

1.  Navigate to www.nwpagrowers.com/login

2.  Choose "Login via Email" and enter your email address

3.  Click the link in your email

4.  Add items to your cart.  You can navigate between departments using the dropdown menu titled "Webstore"

5.  When you're finished shopping, click on "View Cart."  Make changes in quantity and finalize your order here.

6.  Choose your Pickup Location.  You may pick up your order at our pickup location in your community, or choose Home Delivery if you are not too far off our route (subject to approval). If you are a CSA Member with a delivery this week, please choose that option at checkout to avoid an additional delivery fee, even if you have home delivery for your CSA Share.  If you place multiple orders in a week, please choose "No Delivery Fee" at checkout to avoid the additional fee.

7.  Check out via PayPal.

8.  Add any notes about your order.  If you are a new customer, please provide your address/phone number.  For home deliveries, tell us any special instructions like put it in your cooler or on the porch.  

9.  Click on "Complete Order."  Please be sure you do this or your order won't go through.  You will receive a confirmation email of your order.  If you don't see the email right away, then your order was not processed.

Questions?  Email me amy@nwpagrowers.com.  Note:  I will be away from email some this Friday and Saturday.  I will respond to most emails Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Amy Philson

NWPA Growers

Posted 5/27/2020 2:25pm by Amy Philson.

Today is the final day of our Spring CSA.  We hope that you have enjoyed the fresh produce from our farms!

Would you mind taking a 2-minute survey to help us improve our service?  You can find the survey here:  NWPA Growers Spring 2020 Survey.

Life is very busy on all of our farms.  We are planting seeds, cutting hay, feeding and moving chickens and livestock, cultivating and weeding garden beds, and much more.  It's difficult to keep up with everything that needs done in the spring, but when the day's work isn't finished, we pick up where we left off the following day.

The local weatherman reported that this is only the second May on record that has seen both measurable snowfall and 90 degrees.  This month has certainly been a challenging one for growing veggies.  Thankfully, we had minor damage from the freeze a couple of weeks ago, but now we are working to keep our greens fresh in the heat.  Hot weather can turn tender greens bitter or make them go to seed.  

Glacial Till Farm covers many of their beds with shade cloth for various reasons.  It can give some protection against frost, and it also shades from extreme sun.  It also acts as a barrier to many insect pests that like to feast on tender greens and lay their eggs there.  Since their greens are harvested before they flower, excluding bees and other pollinators from the beds is not an issue.  Their beds are really filling up compared to photos from just a couple of weeks ago!

At Bushel and a Peck Farm, we were afraid that we would lose our peach crop from the freeze.  The peach trees were in full blossom the weekend that we received a couple of inches of snow and hail.  While some buds were damaged, we still have some peaches that survived the cold.  We hope these babies grow into ripe juicy peaches in a couple of months!

CSA Shares

  • garlic chives from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm
  • pea shoots from Harmony Grove Farm
  • gourmet salad mix from Glacial Till Farm
  • radishes from Glacial Till Farm
  • maple syrup from Bushel and a Peck Farm
  • rhubarb from Yoder Farm
  • one of the following:  baby kale OR arugula from Glacial Till Farm OR pac choi/bok choy OR hakurei turnips from Yellow Creek Farm

Recipes

Roasted Hakurei Turnips and Radishes

Sautéed Japanese Turnips With Turnip Greens

Korean Chive Salad (Buchu Muchim)

Sauteed Bok Choy With Mushrooms

Vietnamese Garlic Sesame Bok Choy

5 Ways To Use Radishes and How To Store Them So They Remain Crisp Some simple and delicious recipe ideas.

Rhubarb Scones

Rhubarb Sorbet.  You will need an ice cream freezer for this one.

Rhubarb Curd.  Like lemon curd.  Only better.

Rhubarb is usually used in sweet treats.  But if you are staying away from sugar, here are some savory rhubarb recipes.

Maple Nut Granola (gluten-free, refined sugar-free)

Maple Dijon Grilled Chicken

Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette.  Almost all of the salads in my house are lightly dressed with some type of maple vinaigrette, with balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, or dijon mustard.  

Thank you all for a great spring season for our farmers and home based food businesses.  We value your input, so don't forget to take the survey!  We're looking forward to serving you this summer.

Eat local, eat healthy.

Amy

Posted 5/13/2020 1:42pm by Amy Philson.

Today is Week 4 of Spring CSA.  We have one more week of Spring CSA on May 27.  Of course, we are delivering Webstore orders every week for those who want to order.  If you haven't signed up for Summer CSA, there are only a few spots left before we are full.

Farm News

After a warm March that got us all itching to get veggies planted, April and early May turned out to be mostly cold and dreary.  Even with a heated greenhouse, plants can't grow without sufficient sunshine.  Harmony Grove Farm has been churning out the greens from their greenhouse as quickly as they can.  I received this note from a CSA member this week:  "Dear Amy, Thank you and all the farmers for what you do.  Having done just a little gardening...with varying degrees of success...I can only say I am in awe of all you all accomplish. This whole food plant based person is very grateful. Thank you to all!"  Your farmers in turn say "thank you!" for entrusting us to feed your families.

Grateful Life Farm

I feel like I keep writing to you about the end of winter, but it doesn't seem to be ending!  I just came in from draining the outside water lines, turning on the greenhouse heater, and covering the newly planted kale, lettuce, and spinach transplants and the blueberries with floating row cover.  The broiler chickens are three and a half weeks old now and should be out in the pasture, but they cannot withstand these types of temperatures and are snug in the brooder with fresh bedding, full feeders, and all the heat lamps running. (This was written last weekend.  With the warmer temps forecasted, Shawn is moving chicks onto pasture today.)

I've been asking Shelly from Old Time Farm to sell me several roosters to keep with our egg layers, so our eggs will be fertile.  She convinced me to borrow her incubator instead to hatch my own and taught me how to select eggs for hatching.  I set them three weeks ago and yesterday they started hatching!  I've spent too much time staring into the incubator, hoping to actually see an egg split open and a baby chick come out.  This afternoon I saw it!  The egg first appeared to have a tiny chip, crack lines began to run out from the chip and a hole appeared.  The baby bird peeped and peeped and the egg rocked as it tried to break out.  When it finally split the egg open, it collapsed face down in the egg shell, breathing hard from the effort.  It was so exhausted it couldn't raise its head for several minutes and its first steps wobbled drunkenly.

A few hours later, dry and fluffy!  

Glacial Till Farm

Today is the first week that we have harvested any quantity from our fields.  Because of the cold, cloudy weather, our greens have just been sitting in the field mostly dormant.  Last week when the sun came out, some of our arugula bolted (went to seed) because it thought the growing season was over.  Before the freeze last weekend, we tucked many of our beds under cloth to protect them from damage.

Thankfully, the lettuce survived the harsh temperatures and snow.  We are very excited to have our first round of premium salad mix going out to spring CSA members this week.

CSA Shares

  • radishes from Glacial Till Farm or Detweiler Farm
  • salad mix from Glacial Till Farm
  • fiddleheads wild harvested by Raber Farm
  • ramps wild harvested by Raber Farm
  • garlic chives from Harmony Grove Farm
  • pea shoots from Harmony Grove Farm
  • arugula from Harmony Grove Farm
  • microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm
  • barese from Harmony Grove Farm

(a few of you received lettuce or pac choi instead of pea shoots and tatsoi or Swiss chard instead of barese)

Some of you may ask, "What in the world are fiddleheads??"  They are the young shoots of ostrich ferns that grow wild in some forests.  Many people say they taste similar to asparagus.  You can saute them or roast them.  They are delicious in omelets or stir-fries.  See link below for how to prepare them.

Recipe ideas

Here are some suggestions for using veggies from CSA or Webstore.

Roasted Radish and Lemony Olive Pasta

Quinoa Salad with Spring Radishes and Greens

How To Clean & Cook Fiddleheads

Creamy Alfredo with Buttered Fiddlehead Ferns and Lemon Zest

Fiddlehead, Leek and Gruyere Tart (use ramps in place of leeks)

Pea Shoot Pancakes with Oyster Mushrooms (sub any mushrooms if you don't have oysters)

Red Wine Vinaigrette Arugula Salad

15 Minute Arugula Parmesan Pita Pizzas

Quinoa Arugula Salad with Pineapple

We're looking forward to the warmer weather coming up, hoping for exponential growth in our plants!  Summer CSA begins in just four weeks, and we were beginning to get a little nervous.

Have a great week!

Amy

Posted 5/5/2020 11:34am by Amy Philson.

Are you looking for local foods for your family this summer?  Concerned about shopping at the grocery store?  Disappointed that your favorite farmer's market may be closed or limited?

To those of you who have already signed up for Summer CSA, THANK YOU for supporting our small family farms and local foods.  And thanks for telling your friends about the great food that local farms produce.

We are really excited about our new CSA platform that gives you total control of what fruits and veggies are in your box each week.  After you sign up, set your preferences (we love tomatoes/we hate eggplant), and then your customized box will be created each week based on your preferences and what is available from our farmers.  You will even have the opportunity to further adjust your box and add extras the weekend before delivery.  What more could you ask for?

NWPA Growers can help you fill your grocery list.  Our farmers produce:

  • fruits and veggies (all pesticide-free and non-GMO)
  • grass fed beef
  • pastured poultry and pork
  • pastured eggs
  • maple syrup and honey
  • local milk, cheese, and yogurt (cow and goat)
  • natural body care products
  • artisanal bread
  • locally grown mushrooms
  • baked goods
  • salsa, sauces, hummus, and more!

All of our products are non-GMO and come from farmers and producers in the northwestern Pennsylvania region.  Check out these premium salad greens from Glacial Till Farm that will be delivered this week.

NWPA Growers offers delivery to the following communities:

  • Butler
  • Cranberry Twp (looking for pickup host location)
  • Franklin
  • Greenville
  • Grove City
  • Hermitage
  • Meadville
  • Mercer
  • New Castle
  • Pittsburgh (looking for pickup host locations)
  • Slippery Rock
  • Zelienople (looking for pickup host location)
  • Home delivery is available within a reasonable distance from our route.

CSA shares are going fast, and when we reach our limit sign-ups will be closed.  Learn more or sign up here.

Looking for Hosts:  We are adding an additional delivery day (Thursday) to the Pittsburgh area and 79 corridor, and we are looking for pickup locations in several neighborhoods.  We will still offer home delivery, but group pickup locations on a covered porch, in a garage, or inside a business would allow us to serve more customers in a day.  This also works better for people who live in apartments and aren't home during the day.  Please contact me if you would like to discuss this option.

 

You can look forward to boxes full of produce just like this.  This share is from June 2019.  Add eggs, chicken, and cheese shares, plus our wide variety of additional items will be available.

Questions?  Just shoot me an email.

Here's to a healthy local food system!

Amy

Posted 5/1/2020 7:07am by Amy Philson.

First of all, WELCOME to our new mailing list members! We are a cooperative of farms from northwestern PA, and we raise our farm products in a susatainable/regenerative way with no chemical pesticides or GMOs.  We also bring you natural farm products from some of our friends in the region so you can do most of your shopping in one place.

Our Webstore will be open for orders now until Monday at 9 a.m. for delivery next Wednesday.

Greens!  This week we have field-grown arugula, kale, salad mix, and radishes Glacial Till Farm (GT) and Yellow Creek Farm (YC), as well as hydroponic pea shoots, barese/bok choi, garlic chives, arugula, and microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm (HG).

Ramps!  Wild ramps will only be here for a couple more weeks before they go to seed.  Get these spring delicacies to flavor your dishes while you can.

Mushrooms!  Lion's Mane, Blue Oyster, and King Trumpet are this week's varieties.  Plus fresh Salsas, Hummus, and more from Beelezebub's Salsa.

Fish!  We have keta salmon portions, pollock, rockfish, and salmon burgers from Wild For Salmon, all wild-caught in the icy Alaskan waters by a Pennsylvania family.  Beef, pork, and chicken are also available from local farmers.

Dairy!  Local cheese from Pasture Maid Creamery, Middlefield Cheese Co-op, and Cherish Creamery.  We also have cow milk from Pasture Maid and goat milk and yogurt from Cherish Creamery.

Bread!  Going with the Grain Bakery offers Country French Levain, Whole Wheat Sourdough, and Cheddar Sourdough this week.

Maple Syrup and Honey!  Plus Maple Mustard, Maple Wing Sauce, and more. 

How to place an order: 

1.  Navigate to www.nwpagrowers.com/login

2.  Choose "Login via Email" and enter your email address

3.  Click the link in your email

4.  Add items to your cart.  You can navigate between departments using the dropdown menu titled "Webstore"

5.  When you're finished shopping, click on "View Cart."  Make changes in quantity and finalize your order here.

6.  Choose your Pickup Location.  You may pick up your order at our pickup location in your community, or choose Home Delivery if you are not too far off our route (subject to approval).  All Pittsburgh locations are currently delivered at your home (again, subject to approval).

7.  Check out via PayPal.

8.  Add any notes about your order.  If you are a new customer, please provide your address/phone number for home deliveries, as well as any instructions, or at least your phone number if you choose a pickup location.

9.  Click on "Complete Order."  Please be sure you do this or your order won't go through.

Questions?  Email me amy@nwpagrowers.com.  Note:  I will not be checking my email from Friday evening until Saturday night.  I will respond to emails Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Posted 4/29/2020 1:26pm by Amy Philson.

Today is Week 3 of Spring CSA.  Our farms are a flurry of activity with planting and tending to veggies, plowing fields, caring for chicks and other babies, and all the other projects that happen in the spring.  The peach and apple blossoms in my yard are abuzz with honeybees collecting nectar.

The start of Summer CSA is just over a month away.  We have decided to add Thursday deliveries for Pittsburgh.  Shelly will continue to deliver a limited number of shares on Wednesday, and our driver Gwen will take the Thursday route.  We are looking for pickup locations in various neighborhoods, so if you would like to volunteer your porch or garage, or if you know of a business that would like to host our CSA pickup, please let me know.  We will be updating our Harvie website this week to add more pickup locations there.

Farm News

Glacial Till Farm

We currently have 32 of our garden beds seeded in a spring cover crop of peas and oats. This cover will promote soil health through biological activity and root growth. Then it will be flail mowed and incorporated into the top layer as green manure providing biomass and natural fertilizer. Each bed has four rows, that’s 2.42 miles of push seeding.

Grateful Life Farm

Some of you might remember that when we went to Costa Rica in December, a litter of rabbits got out.  I caught them all but one and eventually gave up on the last one.  That one grew bigger and started hanging around with Dude, and I really enjoyed watching them making their rounds each day and munching the remains of last year’s garden.  I assumed this rabbit was a male because I had never seen them mating.  However, we started remarking on how large that rabbit had grown and Tuesday morning I looked out the window to see her gathering huge mouthfuls of hay and carrying them under the crates holding the high tunnel kit to make a nest.  It seemed risky to interfere with her so close to delivery, but we will be unpacking the crates on Sunday, so I decided to risk catching her and placing her in a tractor with a nest box.  This morning she had babies!  Dude seems sad that his lady is in jail and has been sticking close.  I think I will let her go free once the babies are weaned.  Is it better to have lived free, even if it ends badly and the neighbor’s dog gets you?  I’m not sure, but we’ve been pondering such questions a lot lately.

CSA Shares

  • 1/4 lb. lion's mane mushrooms from Allegheny Mushroom Co.
  • 1 bag ramps from Bushel and a Peck Farm and Miller Farm
  • 1 bag cutting celery from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 arugula from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 tatsoi from Harmony Grove Farm (some of you got red pac choi instead)
  • 2 microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 barese Swiss chard from Harmony Grove Farm

Recipes

Steamed Artichokes with Ramp Aioli:  I really shared this for the aioli sauce because most of us don't serve artichokes on a regular basis.  You can put it on most veggies, or use it to top a hearty veggie/grain bowl.  I think it would be great with brussels sprouts or asparagus.

Spring Ramp Spread

Lion's Mane "Crab" Cakes

Top Benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Backed by Science) Not a recipe, but useful info.

Walnut and Arugula Pesto (with serving suggestions)

Warm Mushroom and Arugula Salad

20-minute tatsoi stir fry

Japanese Spinach Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing:  I think what they're calling Japanese spinach in this blog is tatsoi...or at least something very similar.

Teriyaki salmon with sesame pak choi

Quinoa & Swiss Chard Patties + Avocado Tahini Dip (or serve them with ketchup)

Swiss Chard with Fennel, Lentils & Mushrooms

My project for this afternoon is to pickle some ramps.  Ramp season in our woods will be over before we know it, and I want it to last a little longer.  I think these will be delicious in salads.  I might also make some ramp butter to freeze for sauteeing veggies or adding to pasta throughout the year.  Here is the recipe I'm going to use for my pickles. 

Next week we will have Webstore available for delivery, and CSA delivery comes in two weeks, on May 13.

Until next time...

Amy

 

Posted 4/15/2020 1:07pm by Amy Philson.

Today is Week 2 of Spring CSA.  Next CSA pickup is April 29, but we will offer Webstore next week, too, if you want to order.

Farm News

Grateful Life Farm

We went to bed last night to howling winds and flurries and woke up to a few inches of fluffy white snow, blanketing the garden, the grass, and the flower beds.  (This was written last Friday.)  My heart hurts unreasonably for my intensely fragrant blue hyacinths and white and yellow daffodils, their cheerful faces tipped over under the heavy weight.  Facebook tells me this is not out of the ordinary, encouraging me to look back at a photo from four years ago of a similar wet and heavy April snow. 
We’ve spent our time this week seeding early season crops directly in the garden, including radishes, spinach, salad turnips, arugula, and baby kale.  Onion, spinach, and kale transplants are hardening off in the greenhouse, waiting for their turn to be planted in the ground.  Seed potatoes and asparagus crowns arrived in the mail, and I started tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplants in our indoor grown room, with more to come.
Our first batch of baby chicks arrives on Wednesday (that's today!) and we are finishing their new brooding area this weekend.  In previous years, we had two 4’ x 8’ crates under a 10’ x 10’ shelter, where the new babies were kept under heat lamps for the first three weeks of their life.  To make room for more chicks, we removed the crates and have added a floor to the 10’ x 10’ shelter.  We’re covering the walls in screen to protect from predators and installing 2’ high solid plywood walls to keep out drafts.

Glacial Till Farm

I love cultivating in the morning, it gets the blood flowing and puts the mind at ease. Lots of delicious fresh vegetables are coming soon!  You can see the white row cover in the background that protects young seedlings from harsh weather.

Speaking of snow...it looks like we will have a repeat of this coming soon.  Our garlic has to put up with some cold nights sometimes.

Bushel and a Peck Farm

We have been busy fencing in our gardens and planting some early crops.  Our woods near the sap house is teeming with ramps.  We forage them, but we manage them carefully so we don't overharvest them.  The bulbs that we transplanted a couple of years ago are taking off in a new area of the woods.  

Ramps are a wild garlic relative that grow in some woods in the Appalachians in the spring.  They like moist, rich soil.  This is what they look like just after they're dug, before they're cleaned up.

The entire plant is edible.  I usually slice the bulb and stem to saute like onions and garlic.  Then I chop the greens to add at the end of cooking for more flavor.  Our favorite way to eat them is in omelets, but this time of year we eat them in almost everything that calls for onions or garlic!

CSA Shares

  • 1/4 lb. ramps from Bushel and a Peck Farm
  • 1 red pac choi from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 arugula from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 garlic chives from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 4 oz. pea shoots from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm

Recipes

Ricotta Scrambled Eggs And Buttered Ramps On Toast

Ramp Pesto Spaghetti

Ramps and Buttermilk Biscuits with Cracked Coriander

15 minute sesame ginger noodles with pac choi

Baby Bok Choy Salad with Sesame Dressing

Arugula Pesto & White Bean Panzanella

Oil Packed-Tuna, Avocado, White Bean, and Arugula Salad (or use salmon if you prefer)

Wild Rice Salad with Peas, Pea Shoots & Green Harissa (the recipe says you can use a simple oil and vinegar dressing instead of the harissa to make it simpler and more mild)

Avocado Chickpea Lettuce Wraps (like egg salad but with chickpeas instead of eggs)

California Veggie Sandwich

I hope that gives you some ideas to use your box of veggies for.  A lot of my friends who have extra time at home right now are experimenting in the kitchen and are making some fabulous meals.  If you make something delicious with your CSA Share or Webstore products, share it with us on Facebook.  

Have a great week.  Stay healthy and eat well!

Amy