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Posted 3/22/2021 4:33pm by Amy Philson.

I wanted to thank you for your support of local farms and to let you know that our Spring CSA will begin in just a few days.  We still have a few slots left.

Spring pickup locations are in Butler, Franklin, Grove City, Hermitage, Meadville, Pittsburgh Bellevue, Pittsburgh Point Breeze, and Slippery Rock.  Home delivery option and our other pickup locations will resume in June with our Summer CSA.

Our Webstore will be retired sometime this spring, with everything moving over to our Harvie CSA site.  To make sure you have access to the Webstore items that you love, you will want to sign up for a share (even every other week).

Sign up for Spring and Summer CSA here!

 

Posted 2/25/2021 12:17pm by Amy Philson.
Some of you have been anxiously awaiting the time to sign up for this year's CSA seasons.  Your wait is over...it's time to sign up for 2021 Farm Shares!

We're planning an even better season than last year.  We have some new farmers joining us who are really excited about growing healthy veggies and producing other farm products.  

Even more good news:  Our Webstore will be incorporated into Harvie sometime this spring, giving you even more products to choose from each week.  With fully customized shares, you get exactly what you want in your CSA box each week with no waste.  If you have been a Webstore-only member until now, consider signing up for a CSA Share so you can still have access to all of our local farm products.  If you raise your own veggies in the summer, you can always swap for items that you don't have.

Ready to get started?  Sign up here!

Spring CSA registration is open to the same locations as our Winter CSA.  Depending on membership numbers and weather, we may resume deliveries to Pittsburgh this spring, so watch for that announcement in a couple of weeks.  


New Locations:  We have added a pickup location in Point Breeze, and we are working on pickups in Squirrel Hill and Bloomfield.  We are looking for pickup hosts in Zelienople and the Beaver area, so if you are interested or can suggest a potential location, please email me.  If you would like to host a pickup in your neighborhood or workplace, let's talk about it.

New Shares:  
  • Extra Large Veggie Share
  • Mushroom Share
  • Salsa/Hummus Share
  • Coming soon:  Sausage Share
  • Coming soon:  Coffee Share
Payment:  You can choose to pay in full or use the payment plan of 25% downpayment, 25% due the first week of CSA, and the remaining 50% split into equal payments for the remainder of the season.  If you want to pay by check, you can pay in full or make regular payments through the season.

Check out the details here.

Questions?  Just ask!  

Looking forward to a fabulous 2021 CSA season!
Amy Philson on behalf of your NWPA Growers farmers
Posted 12/11/2020 8:00am by Amy Philson.

NWPA Growers Webstore will be open now until Monday at 8 a.m.

The Webstore is separate from Harvie CSA Shares.  You can order from one or both.  Pickup is available on Wednesday at our regular host locations.

  • Butler
  • Franklin
  • Grove City (moving to Momentum Chiropractic for the winter)
  • Hermitage
  • Meadville
  • Slippery Rock (due to closures, watch your email for pickup location)

 

This Week's Features: 

  • Chocolate Toffee Bark, Ballpark Pretzels, and Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies from Dinner Bell Farm.
  • We have lots of veggie variety this week from Glacial Till Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, and Detweiler Farm.  Lettuce, spinach, kale, pac choi, pea shoots, squash, and more!  If you want more greens, check back Sunday afternoon/evening for more.  I will be adding any veggies that aren't spoken for in CSA to the Webstore at that time.  You can place multiple orders, so you can order early and again later.
  • Shop local this holiday season!  The Way Nature Intended has lots of great health and bath items right now.  They are made with all-natural ingredients and essential oils.  Sugar ScrubsLip ScrubsChapstick, Soothing Lotion, and lots more!  If you spend more than $30.00 on Heather's products, she will give you a FREE lip care gift set valued at $9.00.
  • Maple products make a great gift, too!  Put together a gift basket with your favorites.  Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup is back in stock.  We also have Vanilla Bean Maple SyrupCinnamon Roll Maple SyrupMaple Mustard (both regular and spicy), Maple Wing Sauce (Sweet & Spicy or Sweet & Hot), 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 drop down 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 11/23/2020 3:05pm by Amy Philson.

In case you missed earlier announcements, Winter CSA begins next week.  Boxes will be filled with fresh greens like lettuce and spinach as well as storage crops like squash and potatoes and locally grown mushrooms.  If you want more variety than just veggies, you can choose maple syrup, baked goods, eggs, cheese, and more.  

Shares come in two sizes and are fully customizable so you get just what you want.  Plus, you pay each week so you don't have to make a big payment right now with the holidays approaching.

Shares are delivered twice/month December - March to the following pickup locations:

  • Butler
  • Franklin
  • Grove City
  • Hermitage
  • Meadville
  • Slippery Rock

If you're not near one of these communities, we are sorry that we can't serve your right now.  We don't have enough veggies in the winter for more locations.

Winter CSA is almost full, so don't hesitate.

Check out the details or sign up here.

And now the recipe:  Sweet Potato Casserole is one of my family's favorite Thanksgiving dishes.  I have even used butternut squash in place of the sweet potato when I've had an abundance of squash.  And this recipe has adaptations for special diets.

Sweet Potato Casserole for the Instant Pot

Sweet Potato Casserole for the Oven

Your NWPA Growers farmers wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving this week. 

Amy Philson

NWPA Growers

Posted 11/13/2020 7:37am by Amy Philson.

This is the final week for weekly deliveries.  After that delivery will be twice/month in fewer locations (Butler, Franklin, Grove City, Hermitage, Meadville, Slippery Rock).  Stock up for winter if you are in an area that won't have deliveries.  For guaranteed access to veggies this winter, sign up for our Winter CSA Shares are fully customizable to suit your likes and dislikes.  Most of our produce will be offered to CSA before Webstore, just like now.  Our CSA Shares have lettuce, kale, spinach, and more this week, but we don't have enough for everyone or for Webstore.

NWPA Growers Webstore will be open now until Monday at 8 a.m.

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.

This Week's Features: 

  • Cheese Curds are on sale this week, $1.00 off/package.  Have you ever tried squeaky cheese?
  • Turkey! All turkeys that have been ordered will be delivered this week.  You can still order CM Frozen Turkeys, 20+ lb. each.  Price is $4.59/lb. Preorder with a $25.00 deposit, with remainder billed after we get actual weights.  Delivery will be November 18-19.  Raised on non-GMO feed and pastured.  No hormones, antibiotics, or added anything.  
  • Going with the Grain Bread is back!  But only 15 loaves, so order early.
  • Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing, English Muffin Bread and Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins from Dinner Bell Farm.
  • Mushrooms from Full Moon Mushrooms (EL) are on sale again this week!  With several restaurants closed again, they have extras that they need to sell.  Lions Mane are $3.00 off/lb or $1.00 off/clamshell.  Blue Oyster and King Trumpet are $1.00 off/lb or $.50 off/clamshell.  And with the warmer weather Shiitakes have been fruiting.  Available in 1/2 lb. and 1 lb. bags.

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 drop down 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 11/6/2020 9:24am by Amy Philson.

We have two weeks left for weekly deliveries.  After that delivery will be twice/month in fewer locations (Butler, Franklin, Grove City, Hermitage, Meadville, Slippery Rock).  Stock up for winter if you are in an area that won't have deliveries.  For guaranteed access to veggies this winter, sign up for our Winter CSA Shares are fully customizable to suit your likes and dislikes.  Most of our produce will be offered to CSA before Webstore, just like now.  Our CSA Shares have lettuce, kale, spinach, pea shoots, and more this week, but we don't have enough for everyone or for Webstore.

NWPA Growers Webstore will be open now until Monday at 8 a.m.

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.

This Week's Features: 

  • Turkey! Preorder your Thanksgiving turkey.  Two options available.  This is your last chance to order AB Fresh Turkeys, average around 12-15 lb. each.  CM Frozen Turkeys can be ordered through next weekend, depending on availability.  They are 20+ lb. each.  Price is $4.59/lb. Preorder with a $25.00 deposit, with remainder billed the week of delivery based on actual weight.  Delivery will be November 18-19.  Raised on non-GMO feed and pastured.  No hormones, antibiotics, or added anything.  
  • Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing and Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies from Dinner Bell Farm.
  • Mushrooms from Full Moon Mushrooms (EL) are on sale this week!  With several restaurants closed again, they have extras that they need to sell.  Lions Mane, Blue Oyster, and King Trumpet.

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 drop down 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 10/2/2020 7:35am by Amy Philson.

NWPA Growers Webstore will be open now until Monday at 8 a.m.

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.

CSA Shares available!  We also have extra CSA Shares available this week on our Harvie site.  You can access that here:  https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/nwpa-growers-co-op.  Extra shares are only available for pickup, not for home delivery.

This Week's Features: 

  • Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkins and Mini Pumpkins from Detweiler Farm.  Find them in the Fruits, Berries, Misc. category (since they aren't usually used for food).  Get your fall decorating done!
  • Giant Broccoli from Detweiler Farm. Order a bunch and freeze it for winter!
  • Sweet Corn from Detweiler Farm. Another week!
  • Lion's Mane  and Blue Oyster Mushrooms from Full Moon Mushrooms.  They are discontinuing the Beelzebub Salsas (so sad!) but they have a few of their pickled items available before they're sold out.
  • Bread from Going with the Grain Bakery
  • Lots of veggies including Premium Salad Mix and Gourmet Lettuce Mix from Glacial Till Farm and Bibb Lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm.  Squashes, cabbage, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, beets, 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 drop down 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 9/25/2020 8:42am by Amy Philson.

NOTE ADJUSTED TIME FOR THIS WEEK!!  Our Webstore will be open for orders now (Friday morning) until Sunday at 1 p.m. for delivery on Wednesday or Thursday.    

I will be off on Sunday evening and Monday, so we need to close the store early so I can send reports to our farmers.

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.

CSA Shares available!  We also have extra CSA Shares available this week on our Harvie site.  You can access that here:  https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/nwpa-growers-co-op.  Extra shares are only available for pickup, not for home delivery.

This Week's Features: 

  • Giant Broccoli from Detweiler Farm. Order a bunch and freeze it for winter!
  • Sweet Corn from Detweiler Farm. Probably the last time this season. 
  • New! S'more Blossom Cookies from Dinner Bell Farm.  And English Muffin Bread is back.
  • Lion's Mane Mushrooms from Full Moon Mushrooms.  They are discontinuing the Beelzebub Salsas (so sad!) but they have a few of their pickled items available before they're sold out.
  • Bread from Going with the Grain Bakery
  • Lots of veggies including Premium Salad Mix and Gourmet Lettuce Mix from Glacial Till Farm.  Squashes, cabbage, beets, 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 drop down 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 9/11/2020 7:42am 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.

CSA Shares available!  We also have extra CSA Shares available this week on our Harvie site.  You can access that here:  https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/nwpa-growers-co-op.  Extra shares are only available for pickup, not for home delivery.

This Week's Features: 

  • Sweet Corn from Detweiler Farm.  Limited quantity, so it will likely sell out.
  • Salves, Lotions, and more from The Way Nature Intended.  New, updated inventory.
  • Apple Dumplings and Sandwich Buns from Dinner Bell Farm
  • Spaghetti Squash from Detweiler Farm
  • Shiitake Mushrooms from Raber Farm
  • Lots of veggies including Premium Salad Mix and Gourmet Lettuce Mix from Glacial Till Farm

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 drop down 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 9/4/2020 8:12am 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.

CSA Shares available!  We also have extra CSA Shares available this week on our Harvie site.  You can access that here:  https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/nwpa-growers-co-op.  Extra shares are only available for pickup, not for home delivery.

This Week's Features: 

  • Paste Tomatoes from Detweiler Farm for canning are available in pecks in both Webstore and CSA this week.
  • Gourmet Lettuce Mix from Glacial Till Farm
  • Apple Dumplings from Dinner Bell Farm
  • Probably the last of the watermelons and cantaloupe this week
  • The first winter squash:  delicata squash.  I'm going to make squash curry next 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 drop down 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