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Posted 6/10/2015 1:42pm by Amy Philson.

Yeah!!! CSA has begun!  I know you all have been waiting anxiously for fresh produce.

Here's what we have in this week's shares:

  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Rhubarb (2 lb. for Full, 1 lb. for Small)
  • Strawberries (quart for Full, pint for Small)
  • Baby chard
  • Lettuce mix
  • Choice (2 for Full, 1 for Small)
  • Herb choice
  • Plus Full Shares have spinach

As we progress through the season, your shares will change from week to week.  This early in the season, we always have lots of greens.  You can expect lettuce most weeks, as well as one other green. 

Since it is our first week, I have lots of recipes to go along with your share.  Many recipes are somewhat versatile, so you can make substitutions with what you have on hand.  Don't be afraid to try new things!  Sometimes my family doesn't care for a certain dish, and we have leftovers that won't be eaten.  So I will remake it into soup or casserole with other foods that I know they like.  And cheese or ketchup often covers a multitude of dislikes.

If you don't see any recipes below that appeal to you, you can find hundreds of recipes on our website from past years' CSAs.  On this page there is a handy search box that you can use to search by ingredient.

So here are some recipes to try:

Chard with Almonds and Dried Apricots

Marinated Radishes

Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Dressing  (substitute crispy nuts for the pretzels if you wish)

Grandma's Strawberry Rhubarb Pie (if you have some extra time...so delicious!)

Black & Green Wraps  (black beans and greens made into tacos with variations)

Berry Blue Smoothie  (a great way to get picky eaters to eat greens)

Green Smoothies

Radish Spread

Rhubarb Rumble Recipes  (a bunch of different recipes for rhubarb, from farmers in the Pittsburgh area)

Creamy Spinach Sauce for Pasta


That's it for this week.  Webstore opens Friday morning.  As always, if you have questions about your CSA, feel free to email me.


Posted 4/17/2015 10:11am by Amy Philson.

We have just added two new pickup locations for our CSA beginning June 10:

Turo Family Chiropractic in Ross Twp.

New Wilmington Area Community Center



We are still looking for a pickup location in Cranberry Twp., so if you live in that area and have any suggestions, we would welcome any ideas.  So far all of our leads have not panned out.

There is still time to sign up to get a weekly box of fresh-from-the-farm, naturally grown produce.  Our 18 member farms are busy planting and caring for their animals, getting ready for this summer's CSA to begin!

If you have already signed up, tell your friends and neighbors about us!  If you would like to change your pickup to one of the new locations, just send me an email.

Thank you for supporting local farms and local foods!

Amy Philson, manager

NWPA Growers Co-op





Posted 3/18/2015 8:53pm by Amy Philson.

Alas, today was the last day of Winter CSA.  I hope you have enjoyed your local veggies and farmer-produced items in your shares.  Many of you have been challenged with new and unfamiliar veggies this season.  I hope you have ventured out of your comfort zone to try them. 

This is the first season that I have ever tried celeriac.  I love it!  It's very versatile.  I bought a spiralizer recently because I am not eating grains.  Tonight I made celeriac noodles to add to our sausage/spinach/pumpkin soup.  Delicious.  I've also used the spiralizer for parsnips, kohlrabi, and carrots so far.  I can't wait to use it for zucchini this summer.

So here's what was in your box today:

Maple syrup

Some type of canned good (maybe tomatillo salsa, pickled beets, jam...the farmer sent a variety)

Cabbage or kohlrabi (the round green veggie with smooth skin)

Celeriac (a few of you had cabbage instead because we were a few short) Celeriac is the round veggie with rough skin

Russet potatoes

Sweet potatoes

Multi-colored carrots

Baby turnips (they're purple)

Red onions

Yellow onions

2 lettuce

Micro greens (these are in the hard plastic container)

Pea shoots (green stems with leaves in a bag)

That's a boatload of produce!  After calculating costs for all the shares so far, we had more money left for this last share than I expected, so you got bonus produce.  Yay!

Plus, I've found a whole bunch of new recipes to try with your veggies.  Here's the list:

Frittata with Pea Shoots

Shaved Carrot Micro Green Salad

Sweet Potatoes with Maple Syrup  (what's not to love about that?!)

Orange Glazed Baby Turnips

Celeriac & Roasted Garlic Soup  (roast the garlic while you have the oven on for something else)

Celery Root (Celeriac) and Pecan Salad

Sauteed Kohlrabi (substitute your favorite herbs)

Creamy Kohlrabi Soup

Sauteed Cabbage and Apples  with 3 variations to suit your tastes!


Just because Winter CSA is over, you don't have to be without local produce!  We will continue to deliver twice per month to Franklin, Grove City, Hermitage and Slippery Rock.  We should have lots of fresh greens next month, and hopefully spring onions and radishes not far behind.  You will all continue to receive email reminders through April and May regarding the opening of the Webstore and the day of pickup.

Thank you for your support of local farmers.  Be sure to tell your friends about NWPA Growers Co-op.  Happy eaters are our best advertisement.








Posted 3/4/2015 11:58am by Amy Philson.

Well, it looks like Old Man Winter is holding on a bit longer.  I had hoped that the beginning of March would bring more signs of spring, but it looks like we have to wait a bit.  This time of year is very difficult on farmers.  We're all anxious to start prepping for the coming season, planting seeds, getting our gardens and fields ready.  But we wait.  Patiently.  Because what else can we do?

Here's what is in your CSA boxes this week:

1 pt. pickled beets

1 pt. hot pepper rings or sweet dill pickles (or a few people got another canned good)

1 cabbage

1 lb. carrots

1 lb. beets

2 lb. sweet potatoes

2 lb. potatoes

2 lb. parsnips (looks like white carrots)

1 lb. red onions

1 kohlrabi (round, light green)

1 loaf whole wheat bread

2 oz. pea shoots

1 head lettuce


I love parsnips.  But one thing I've discovered about storage parsnips is that the larger ones sometimes have a woody core.  So when you prep your parsnips, consider cutting out the center core of the larger ones for a more tender end product.  I love parsnip fries, so Parsnip Fries with Horseradish Rosemary Mayo looks delish.  Or you can try Roasted Garlic, Parsnip and White Bean Soup

Are you looking for something fresh and raw to fight the winter doldrums?  How about Kohlrabi & Carrot Salad with AlmondsAmazing Beet Salad looks good, too, though it uses cooked beets. 

I also have a delicious way to hide veggies in dessert!  Easy Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding is both easy and delicious.  Pop the sweet potatoes in the oven when you're baking something else and they will be ready when you want to make this with no extra energy used.


I hope you're all enjoying your winter CSA share!  There is one more week of CSA (March 18).  We will continue twice per month deliveries to select locations through May.  I will have a decision about which locations next week.


Posted 2/27/2015 8:53am by Amy Philson.

On February 28th, we are joining with CSA farmers from across the country to celebrate National CSA Sign-up Day. This is an important time of year for us to get new members signed up because we are in the process of making the investments that will result in a successful harvest many months from now.

The CSA model is an important model to support our farm. Laura, who runs First Root Farm in Concord, Mass. put it eloquently: "The CSA model was what allowed me to start my own farm business at age 23. Without the sale of CSA shares, I would not have been able to buy seeds, potting soil, fertilizer, or anything else. Six years later, my business is still going strong. Access to capital in the off-season; the meaningful connections between farmers and CSA members; the sense of ownership and pride members feel about their CSA farms--all these things add up to healthy farms, businesses, and communities. The CSA model is good for everybody,"

So thank you for your support on this and throughout the year. It is so important for us and we are thankful to you!

To celebrate National CSA Sign-up Day, we are offering a $10 credit to current CSA members who refer friends.

If you want to help us spread the word, please post about National CSA Sign-up Day on social media: NWPAGC is celebrating National CSA Sign-up Day on Feb 28th. Join me in supporting local farmers:  www.nwpagrowers.com  #CSAday

To sign up for our CSA, visit: www.nwpagrowers.com.

Amy Philson, manager

NWPA Growers Cooperative

Posted 2/18/2015 3:28pm by Amy Philson.

Did you all remember to pick up your CSA share today?  If not, this email might trigger your memory if you read it right away!  There are a lot of yummy things in your share!

This week's share includes:

1/2 pt. maple syrup

1/2 pt. zucchini relish or elderberry jelly

1 cabbage

1 lb. carrots

1 lb. beets

1 lb. rutabaga

2 lb. potatoes

1 lb. yellow onions

1 lb. red onions

1/2 lb. cremini mushrooms

5 oz. pea shoots

1 head lettuce

1 pt. micro greens


I think the only unfamiliar item this week would be the rutabaga, so you can probably decipher which it is.  It looks similar to a turnip and is yellowish with a little purple on it.

If you're not familiar with cremini mushrooms, they are also called baby bellas.  They're just immature portabella mushrooms.

Not sure what to do with rutabagas?  I have two recipes to choose from:  Rutabaga Fritters or Rutabaga Casserole.  Or you could just add them to your roasted veggies.

Apple and Cabbage Slaw looks like a simple salad to make.  There are also lots of cabbage recipes on our website that you could search for.

Would you like to try your hand at fermenting?  Gingered Carrots is a simple ferment that adds lots of probiotics to your diet!

If you're looking for new ways to use your pea shoots, try Pea Shoots, Mango and Smoked Chicken Salad.  It looks delicious!

Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole would be a simple supper that will use up potatoes if you're having trouble eating all of them.


I hope you're enjoying the seasonal produce that our farms and other PA farms are producing for you during these cold days! 



Posted 2/3/2015 1:41pm by Amy Philson.

I hope all of you remembered to pick up your CSA Share today!  It's full of lots of goodies. 

This weekend my husband and I, as well as several other NWPAGC farmers, will be attending the annual PASA Farming for the Future conference in State College.  There will be 2 days full of workshops pertaining to sustainable and organic farming practices.  There is always more to learn!

This week's shares include:

1/2 lb. frozen berries (blueberries, red raspberries or black raspberries)

1 pt. tomatillo salsa

1 butternut squash

2 lb. sweet potatoes

2 lb. potatoes

3/4 lb. radishes

1 celeriac  (It's roundish and light green)

1 lb. carrots

5 oz. pea shoots

1 head lettuce

1 pt. micro greens


What in the world do you do with celeriac?  It's also called celery root.  I have two recipes to choose from:  Apples and Celeriac with Honey Mustard Dressing (a salad that you could use your greens for instead of the spinach called for) and Potato and Celeriac Soup

The radishes are mixed winter radishes.  Some are rather large and others are smaller.  They're various colors.  If you don't prefer the flavor of radishes, you can mute the flavor by cooking them or mixing with some dairy.  Try Easy Creamed Radish or Radish Dip, both very simple recipes.

Some other recipes to try are Quick Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Hash, Carrot Ginger Soup, and Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries.


Remember to eat your veggies!  Don't let them go to waste.


Posted 1/26/2015 12:59pm by Amy Philson.

Just a reminder that our early bird discount for 2015 CSA ends on January 31.  To receive $20 off a Full Share or $15 off a Small Share, sign up and pay in full by January 31. 

Here is the link to sign up:  http://www.nwpagrowers.com/members

Please email me with any questions.

Posted 1/21/2015 4:24pm by Amy Philson.

I hope you all got out to pick up your CSA share through the snowfall today.  There was just enough to make driving a bit slippery, but not enough to cancel or postpone delivery.


Don't forget that the discount for Summer CSA Shares expires on January 31.  If you can afford to pay all at once, the discount is just under the cost of one week's share!


This week's share have the following items:


Sweet Potatoes





Acorn Squash



Pea Shoots

Salad Mix (pint case)

Micro Greens (flat plastic case)

Sprouts (pint case)



A few of you may have gotten more lettuce or pea shoots instead of micro greens because the farmer ran short.  There was a death in the family and they didn't get enough micro greens started in time.

The pea shoots might be a new thing for some of you.  You can eat them raw alone or in salads, or you can add them to stir fries or sauté them lightly.

I just have a few new recipes for you this week.  For more inspiration, search our recipe page.

My family made Moroccan Spiced Rice to go with our dinner last night.  It was delicious.  I'm currently doing a grain free diet, and this "rice" is made with sweet potatoes (or a combination of root veggies).

Although I prefer mine roasted or pan fried, Maple Parsnip Soup looks like a delicious way to use your parsnips.  The parsnips look like giant white carrots, in case you're not familiar with them.

For another take on roasted veggies, try Roasted Sweet-and-Sour Beets, Carrots and Parsnips.  I guess sweet dishes look yummy to me today!

Stay well, and we'll see you in two weeks!


Posted 1/7/2015 1:12pm by Amy Philson.

Happy Winter!  I'm sure SOMEONE out there enjoys this weather, but it's definitely not me!  After being out and about this morning to pack CSA boxes and Webstore orders and get the delivery truck on the road, I'm chilled to the bone!  I have plenty of clothes on, and I made myself a cup of ginger tea, but I'm still cold!  So I hope I don't have to go outside anymore today.

We had a new lamb born at our house this morning.  This is the second one so far this season.  My kids all love to spend time in the barn with the new lambs.  And they're soooo cute!

Here's what's in your CSA share this week:

2 lb. potatoes

1 lb. carrots

1 butternut squash

mustard greens

1 lb. beets

1 pt. micro greens

2 pt. lettuce

1/2 lb. kale

1 lb. turnips

1 pt. sweet beets

2 Savoy cabbage

1 acorn squash

1 herb (thyme, rosemary, oregano, lemon thyme)


We are thrilled to have so many green things in your shares this time of year!  And all of your share is coming from our local farmers.  We will most likely supplement local products with some produce from eastern PA farmers next time for more variety.

What will you do with all of this produce?  I've added several new recipes to our website to give you inspiration with your share.  And remember, there are LOTS of recipes from the past there, too.

Micro greens are delicious added to salads.  I also like to sprinkle some on my eggs or other dishes.  Micro greens are nutrient-packed seedlings, so a little goes a long way nutritionally.  Be sure to eat them all within a week for freshness.  I always like to save them so I don't run out, but they inevitably go bad before I get them all eaten!  But they're a nutritional powerhouse during these dark days of winter, so eat up!

Kale, Beet and Apple Salad looks refreshing.  If you don't have all the ingredients, feel free to substitute (sultanas aren't something I normally stock in my kitchen pantry).  Or for a more different version, try Beet Kale Salad.

Are you looking for a more sophisticated take on squash?  Roasted Acorn Squash with Dates, Pumpkin Seeds and Goat Cheese fits the bill!

In the recipe for Carmelized Turnips, I would substitute chicken broth for the water and chicken bouillon, since most bouillon has MSG that I try to avoid.  I think I may just get my kids to like turnips with this recipe, plus it's easy!

Carrots with Lemon and Dill would be a refreshing addition to any meal.  Just substitute 2 tsp. dried dill weed for the fresh.

If you don't like spice, adjust the seasonings in Easy Spiced Kale and Mustard Greens.  Or if you like it spicy, add some more!

I would like to try Mustard Greens with Potatoes and Mushrooms.  But since I don't have any mustard greens, I may substitute kale in this.  I've found that you can substitute most greens in recipes with minimal flavor variations.


Enjoy your fresh produce this week, and stay warm and healthy!