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Posted 1/5/2016 9:15pm by Amy Philson.

We have had to change things up a bit this week because of the cold weather.  The forecast called for above-freezing temps early this week, so our farmers thought they could harvest cold-hardy crops for the CSA.  However, the weatherman was wrong and we had to change our plan.  Thankfully, we have enough produce (including some in greenhouses) that we still have a nice variety in the CSA shares even though it wasn't what we had planned.  That's how winter CSA works...you roll with what you've got and are thankful for some fresh items.

What is in your CSA share this week:

  • 1 acorn squash from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • 2 butternut squash from NuWay Farm
  • 1 lb. carrots from Sunny Meadows Farm
  • 3 lb. white potatoes from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. beets from Sunny Meadows Farm
  • 1 lb. onions from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • 2 garlic from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. cornmeal from Mickley Farm
  • 1 cabbage from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • Apples from NuWay Farm
  • 1/2 lb. Swiss chard from NuWay Farm
  • 2 heads lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1/3 lb. Tokyo bekana from NuWay Farm

What is Tokyo bekana?  It's an Asian green that can be eaten raw in a salad or added to a stir-fry or soup. 

Here are some recipes to try this week:

Asian-Style Greens and Chicken with Sesame, Ginger and Soy Sauce

Squash and Tokyo Bekana Curry

Parmesan Butternut Squash Gratin

Turmeric Chicken Soup with Cabbage

Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers

Honey Cinnamon Cornbread Muffins

Paleo Fish Tacos with Spicy Cabbage Slaw

Chard and Feta Pie

Baked Acorn Squash with Herbed Stuffing:

Beet Apple Walnut Salad


I think that should keep you busy for two weeks!  You should be figuring out that some produce items keep longer than others.  You should plan to use the greens during the first week, but the rest of the box can be spread over the two weeks between pickups.  I have found that Harmony Grove's lettuce can keep for the two weeks in the crisper drawer as long as I make sure the outside leaves don't get wet.  If you wrap it in a paper towel, that helps prevent slimy lettuce. 

May you have great adventures in the kitchen this week and share some nourishing meals with your family.


Posted 12/16/2015 1:36pm by Amy Philson.

Greetings!  I'm not going to bore you by talking about the weather, because that's what EVERYONE is talking about.  So...are you enjoying your bountiful CSA share?  Some members have told me that it's like Christmas every time they pick up their veggies.  They can't wait to see what is in their share each week. 

Here's what you should have this week:

  • 1/2 pt. maple syrup
  • 2 heads lettuce
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 lb. carrots
  • 1 broccoli
  • 1 cauliflower
  • 1 head tatsoi (whitish stalks with very dark green rounded leaves)
  • 3 oz. pea shoots (small leaves on tendrils)
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 lb. onions
  • 2 garlic
  • 3 lb. russet potatoes

And now some recipes:

Kale, White Bean and Sausage Soup

Go Asian with Sticky Sesame Cauliflower.  Pair it with Paleo Asian Chicken Stir-Fry.

Do you need healthy breakfast ideas to counter holiday over-indulgence?  Mushrooms and Tatsoi with Poached Eggs

Pasta with Wilted Tatsoi and Parmesan

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta

Cauliflower Quinoa Fritters with Chive Tahini Sauce

Roasted Carrots

In case you can't find anything else to do with your maple syrup:  Rosie's HHF Maple Cookies

Butternut Squash Gratin

I hope you all enjoy your holidays this month.  Remember that we have 3 weeks between pickups this time.  The next webstore opens January 1.


Posted 12/2/2015 11:58am by Amy Philson.

Welcome to NWPA Growers' Cooperative's Winter CSA!  Most of you are returning members, so you know how this works.  But for the newbies, I'll give a few more details here.

The Friday before CSA, I will send an email in the morning reminding you that the Webstore is open for the weekend.  You are welcome to browse through additional items that we sell and place an order, which will be delivered along with your CSA share on Wednesday.  While CSA shares are prepaid, you pay for Webstore orders when you pick them up.

On the Wednesday of CSA pickup, you will receive an email reminder that it's pickup day.

Later on Wednesday, I send an additional email letting you know what is in your share (in case you can't identify something), along with recipes you might want to try.  That's what this email is.

We had so much to put in today's shares that we had to use two boxes for each!!  Were you surprised at the amount you received?  Remember that our Winter Shares are designed to last you two weeks, so they are much larger than the typical summer share.

So here's what should be in your box:

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • 1 lb. beets
  • 2 lb. carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • 1/2 lb. spinach
  • Kabocha squash
  • 2 acorn squash
  • 2 lb. onions
  • Garlic
  • Cabbage
  • 3 lb. potatoes
We have a recipe database to which other CSAs from across the country contribute.  I look through those recipes to see if there are any that I think are good fits for our members.  I also look online and in my recipe books and add many recipes to the database.  I look for recipes that aren't too complicated and that use fairly common ingredients or can be subbed easily.  I have 6 children still at home, so I usually look for recipes that are family-friendly. 

And here are some recipes:

Chickpea Rice Soup with Cabbage

Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

Roasted Squash with Lemon-Tahini Sauce

Curry Spiced Greens for your spinach or kale

Steamed cauliflower with horseradish sauce

Sichuan Broccoli Stirfry

Carmelized Broccoli with Garlic

Dark Chocolate Beet Bundt Cake (for those of you who hate beets...you can hide them in chocolate!)

Simple Carrot Salad (My children love this salad)

**Recipe of the Week 3** Spinach Meat Loaf

Roasted Beets and Carrots

If you want additional inspiration, all the recipes that I've shared for past CSAs are on our website, searchable by ingredients. 

Enjoy your local produce!  Eat well.


Posted 11/23/2015 6:46am by Amy Philson.

It's not too late to sign up for Winter CSA or Winter Market Webstore.  Our winter season begins next week, and this is your opportunity to support local farmers and the local economy while eating fresh, wholesome veggies and high quality meats this winter.

Find out more about the Winter CSA here.

Winter Market Webstore info is here.

We do work out payment plans for CSA if you can't afford the entire amount right now.  Please email me to discuss this.

Amy Philson, manager

NWPA Growers Cooperative

Posted 11/11/2015 12:56pm by Amy Philson.

We're coming down to the end.  Next week marks the end of the 2015 CSA season.  For some of you, it has already ended, but I'm already working on a great bunch of veggies for the last week.  Our farmers have some goodies for next week's boxes.  It's going to be good.

The Winter CSA shares will be loaded with goodness.  If you haven't joined the Winter CSA, do it now. 

We butchered some turkeys earlier this week, and one of them dressed out at 40 lb.!!! I think he was pushing all the others away from the food and taking more than his share.  That's one huge turkey, and I'm not quite sure how I'm going to cook it.  My family will probably eat it because no one else wants a turkey that big!  Think of all the leftovers I will have!

This week's CSA boxes contain:

  • Squash (acorn, sweet dumpling, or carnival)
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Choice (1 Small, 2 Full)
  • Plus Full Shares have garlic, potatoes, and cauliflower.

And here are your new recipes for this week:

Very Veggie Fried Rice

Easy Ranch Carrots

Veggie and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Roasted Broccoli with parmesan

Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Primavera

Kale and Apple Salad

Plus a great visual guide to winter squash along with recipe links:  Visual Guide to Winter Squash


Posted 10/28/2015 10:49am by Amy Philson.

We are winding down the CSA season with only three weeks left after today.  Next week will be the last pickup for some of you who elect to take your two vacation days at the end of the season.  Did you know that you can still place a Webstore order when you are "on vacation" for your CSA share?  It's true!  So if you think you will be missing your local veggies, it doesn't have to be.

If you are unsure about your vacation days, on next week's pickup lists I will highlight all those for whom it is your last week. 

I was speaking with David Yoder from NuWay Farm, and he has spinach, arugula, and lettuce planted in his greenhouses for the Winter CSA shares.  We will give you as many greens as we can along with the storage crops.

This week's CSA Shares contain:

  • Beets
  • Butternut squash
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Choice (2 Full, 1 Small)
  • Plus Full Shares have sweet peppers

Kimberly, a long-time CSA member, shared a recipe for Squash & Red Lentil Curry Soup with me a few weeks ago that she says is delicious.  I've been holding on to it until we had butternut squash in the shares again.  Give it a try!

A quick and easy side dish:  Crispy Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

I have been eating a lot of cauliflower the last several months because it's so versatile.  I make rice and mashed potatoes out of it, among other things, in an effort to reduce grains and other foods in my diet.  Here are two cauliflower recipes for you to try:  Cauliflower Chowder and Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower (adjust the seasonings to your preference)

For those of you who like beets, try Beets and caramelized onion with feta or Beet and Goat Cheese Salad.  You can sub any lettuce for the arugula in the salad.  For those of you who don't like beets, search the recipe archives for baked goods that hide beets...or share them with your neighbor.

I hope your culinary adventures are splendid this week!

Posted 10/27/2015 7:16am by Amy Philson.

We are well underway in our membership sign-ups for our Winter CSA Shares.  This is just a quick note to let you know that we have added some various meat shares for this winter.

Ground Beef Share:  2 lb. of grass-fed ground beef at each pickup

Sausage Share:  2 lb. of bulk sausage of various flavors at each pickup

Chicken Share:  1 whole chicken (6-8 lb.) per month.  These are very large chickens, enough for several meals for most families.

Pork Chop Share:  1 package of two pork chops (approx. 1 lb.) at each pickup

All of our beef is 100% grass fed.  Chickens are pastured and fed non-GMO feed.  The pork comes from animals fed non-GMO feed.

Check it out here, or sign up here.

If you have questions, just reply to this email.

Amy Philson, manager

NWPA Growers Cooperative

Posted 10/13/2015 9:43am by Amy Philson.

Happy fall!  As we wind down Northwest Pennsylvania Growers' Cooperative's 2015 CSA Season in a few weeks, we are looking toward the winter months and how the seasons affect the food we eat.  Just because the weather turns colder doesn't mean that we should stop eating local food. 

Our farmers grow lots of storage crops, those that are harvested in the fall and those that remain in the ground and are harvested in the cold.  Several farms also grow in high tunnels, plastic covered hoop structures that help to control the elements and extend the growing season for fresh greens. 

Our Winter CSA brings these seasonal crops to you from December through March with twice per month deliveries.  In addition, the Webstore offers local meats, eggs, additional produce, and more.  Pickup locations include Butler, Franklin, Grove City, Hermitage, New Castle, and Slippery Rock. 

To find out more about the Winter CSA, click here, or go directly to the sign-up page.  For Webstore information, click here

Please email me with any questions you have.  Thank you for your continued support of local farmers.

Amy Philson, manager

NWPA Growers Cooperative

Posted 10/7/2015 1:30pm by Amy Philson.

While we were packing boxes this morning, we were talking about an organic farming conference later this month in Ohio that a few of the farmers are going to attend.  Shelly from Old Time Farm is at a heritage poultry conference this week.  Some of our farmers read monthly or quarterly magazines about sustainable farming to keep up on current issues and new practices that improve the way we farm.  And we often share books and articles with one another because we should always be learning.  Farming should be a community effort.

Here is what is in your shares this week:

  • Lettuce
  • Braising Mix (contains three types of mustard, mizuna, mibuna, arugula)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Yellow zucchini
  • Choice
  • Herb
  • Plus Full Shares have green beans and Swiss chard

I want to issue a warning about late-season sweet corn that is grown organically.  It is notorious for having worms.  The worms are usually just in the end, so when you encounter worm damage please chop off the end of your ear of corn before you cook it.

The braising mix can be eaten raw in salads, but it will have a little spice to it because of the mustards and arugula.  If you prefer, you can lightly braise it (here is a good tutorial on braising greens) or use it in other recipes.

And here are some recipes to try with this week's veggies.  Remember that some of these recipes come from other CSAs, so it's not always my commentary on the recipe.

Garlic and Onion Sauteed Chard

Stir-Fried Garlic Green Beans

Spanish Green Beans

Corn Pudding (a savory rather than sweet pudding to serve as a side dish)

Corn Fritters

Corn and Summer Squash Soup

Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower, Garlic and Walnuts

Cauliflower and Cardamom Soup

I hope this gets your creative juices flowing in your kitchen.  Indulge your tastebuds with lots of flavor this week!



Posted 9/30/2015 2:08pm by Amy Philson.

I am loving these fall vegetables right now!  Squash, apples, leeks, spinach, and more grace our table every day.  Delicious!

This is Week 17 of our CSA, so we have 7 more weeks left.  If you haven't used or scheduled your two vacation weeks yet, don't forget.  If you would like to purchase those two weeks (or even one), just let me know and I will send you an invoice.  The last CSA week is November 18/19.

I am impressed with the dedication of our farmers who harvest and clean their produce for our CSA members, even when it's pouring rain.  There just wasn't a break in the rain on Tuesday, when much of the harvesting is done.  I did receive a call from one of the farmers (Sarah from Busy Acres/AD), and they didn't have enough onions harvested for all the shares.  Thankfully, other farmers have onions already harvested and dried, so we got some from Chester Detweiler's farm (CD) to finish out the shares.

Here is what is in your shares this week:

Butternut squash





Zucchini (4 for Full, 1 for Small)



Choice (2 Full, 1 Small)

We were supposed to have two leeks in Small Shares and three in Full Shares, but I had no idea that NuWay Farm's leeks were so big!  So they put 1/2 lb. leeks in Small Shares and 1 lb. in Full.  Webstore orders have 1 lb. of leeks instead of three.

Here are your recipes for this week:

Leek and Mushroom Chicken Skillet

Leek and Potato Cakes

Orange Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash  I see that Brussels sprouts are back in stores.  Our local sprouts won't be ready until after it's good and cold.

Butternut Squash, Browned Butter, and Rosemary Fettuccine Alfredo

Cinnamon Zucchini Cake

Zucchini Patties  Like latkes, but with zucchini rather than potatoes!

Mom's Broiled Parmesan Tomatoes

Eat well this week! 



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