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Posted 9/26/2018 7:04pm by Amy Philson.

Hooray for the cooler weather that is starting NOW!  I love the cool nights and seasonable days of fall, colorful leaves, baking with squash and apples, and all that jazz.  Our animals are more active instead of hiding in the shade.  

We are starting to clean out garden beds from produce that has come and gone.  Others we are milking a little bit more out of, like cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers, before they give up for the season.  We are continuing to harvest storage crops and tending fall plantings.  But it's much more comfortable work when it's cooler outside.  I know that most of us will be complaining all too soon about the freezing cold, but after our hot summer (and September!), we are loving this.

I forgot to tell you that some of our farmers would be at Slippery Rock's Village Fest last Saturday.  Did anyone stop by to chat with Herb from Hazy Hollow Farm or Derek from Glacial Till Farm?

What is up with some of those butternut squash?!?!  I was shocked when I saw the size of some of those monsters.  I'm sure that some of you chose the smaller squash, thinking "what in the world would I do with a squash that size?"  But some of you are probably like me and picked out the biggest one you could find in the box.

Here is a great tip for turning squash into pureed "pumpkin" if you have a high-speed blender like Vitamix or Blendtec.  You can do it with other blenders, too, but I can't promise that it will turn out as smooth.  Cook the entire squash, skin, seeds, and all.  You can bake it whole or cut in chunks, steam it, simmer it, or (my favorite) cook it quickly in an Instant Pot.  Let it cool a little, then throw it in your blender and let it do its thing.  It will puree the skin and seeds, with all their vitamins that you usually throw away.  The pureed squash can be frozen in zip-top bags to use later in recipes.  Or freeze it in ice cube trays or in globs on a tray lined with parchment or a silicone mat and transfer to a bag when frozen.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm or Miller Farm Products
  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 pt. cherry tomatoes from Detweiler Farm or Miller Farm Products
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 head romaine lettuce from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 bunch radishes from Glacial Till Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 kohlrabi from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Glacial Till Farm, and Springfield Acres

Small Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm or Miller Farm Products
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 pt. cherry tomatoes from Detweiler Farm or Miller Farm Products
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 head romaine lettuce OR 1 bunch radishes from Glacial Till Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Glacial Till Farm, and Springfield Acres
  • The farmers ran short of cherry tomatoes, so we subbed 1 lb. of tomatoes or lettuce in some boxes. 

Mini Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm or Miller Farm Products
  • 1 sweet onion from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Glacial Till Farm, and Springfield Acres
  • There was a miscommunication about numbers, so some of you have an extra lettuce instead of onion

Recipes

What are ground cherries?  Read about them here with some ideas on how to eat them.  My favorite way is to just peel back the papery skin and bite the fruit off the stem.  

Ground Cherry Coffee Cake

Ground Cherry Clafoutis

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta:  I made a version of this for supper tonight, and I thought it was delicious.  Some of my children weren't as enthusiastic when they found out it had squash in it.  I say a version because I changed some of the seasonings and used manchego cheese instead of cream.

Butternut Squash Bread:  Think pumpkin bread, except better.  I almost always use butternut squash in recipes that call for pumpkin.

Maple Dijon Chicken with Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts

And here is one that I share every year, just because...The Absolute Best Pumpkin Pie...Ever

Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash Cake.  Yes, this sounds weird, but why not?  I use butternut squash or pumpkin in cake all the time.  I'm going to give this one a try, but I will probably adjust the recipe to be gluten-free.

Romaine Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Pecans

Garlic Sauce Romaine Lettuce

Happy cooking...and eating!

Amy

 

Posted 9/20/2018 9:56am by Amy Philson.

This is Week 16 of our CSA season and Week 10 of our Peak-of-the-Season Shares.  That means that POS members have only two more weeks.  But POS members can still order from the Webstore through November after your 12 weeks are over.

I hope everything went well yesterday.  I did not work and relied on our other farmers to make sure all of the orders got to their proper places.  I haven't received any emails saying anything was awry, so it looks like they got along just fine without me.  All of our farmers had other commitments yesterday, so we had to be creative with delivery.  Our farmers delivered to some locations, and one of our CSA members volunteered to do the rest of our deliveries.  Here is what she had to say:  "I do have a whole new appreciation for CSA after seeing “behind the scene”!  God Bless all of you who do that every week (in addition to actually growing the food and animals).  No wonder why you look forward to December and January!"

Glacial Till Farm has been busy planting additional fall crops.  Here is a photo of newly planted beds from this week:

And a few days later we are already seeing sprouts!

They also have ready-to-harvest beds in their rotational planting:

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 2 delicata squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. beets from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 lb carrots from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. eggplant from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 garlic from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 pt. cherry tomatoes from Detweiler Farm and Miller Farm Products
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 8 oz. kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 choice from Glacial Till Farm, Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm Products and Springfield Acres

Small Share

  • 1 lb. eggplant from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 garlic from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 pt. cherry tomatoes from Detweiler Farm and Miller Farm Products
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 head romaine lettuce from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 choice from Glacial Till Farm, Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm Products and Springfield Acres

Mini Share

  • 1 lb. eggplant from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 delicata squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 tomato from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 choice from Glacial Till Farm, Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm Products and Springfield Acres

Recipes

How to cook delicata squash.  Delicata are one of my favorite fall squashes.  They are sweeter than most squash and their skins are edible so that means no peeling or scooping out flesh.

Fall Bliss Bowls with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing

Spiced Lentil Soup with Roasted Beets and Delicata Squash

Roasted Eggplant with Spinach, Quinoa, and Feta  (add onions and/or mushrooms for more flavor!)

Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

Lemon Caprese Salad

Baked Cherry Tomato, Goat Cheese, and Ricotta Dip

Spicy Thai Curry Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Cobb Salad

Easy Thai Carrot Soup

Parmesan Carrot Fries with Chili Mayo Dip

It looks like cooler temps are in store for this weekend.  That means baking and soup at my house.  I hope you have the opportunity to share a meal with family or friends this week.

Amy

Posted 9/12/2018 7:26pm by Amy Philson.

Are you looking for a fun family event this weekend that is FREE?  Munnell Run Farm Day in Mercer is Sunday 11-4.  There will be children's activities, a quilt show, local crafters and artisans, farm market, wagon rides, live music, and more.  Did I mention it's FREE?  Unless you want to purchase items from local vendors or buy lunch to support local nonprofits.  They ask that you bring a nonperishable item to give to the Community Food Warehouse.  I will be there all day sharing info about our cooperative and CSA, and I will have a few items for sale on our table.  Stop by and say "hi" if you are there.

We need your help if you live in the Mercer County area.  Next Wednesday I will not be working, and Heather is still unable to lift boxes to deliver.  We have arranged for CSA delivery to some of our locations, but the people who we were counting on for the remainder of the deliveries have other commitments that they can't get out of.  If anyone is interested in delivering for us for a few hours (for pay), please contact me.  Heather can ride along to show you where to go and what to do, but you would have to drive our delivery van and lift all the boxes.  

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 watermelon or pie pumpkin from Detweiler Farm or Byler Farm
  • 1 lb. tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 lb. beets from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 8 oz. kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce from Glacial Till Farm
  • 2 green peppers from Byler Farm
  • 1 lb. carrots from Glacial Till Farm
  • 2 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Byler Farm, Springfield Acres, and Miller Farm Products

Small Share

  • 1 watermelon or pie pumpkin from Detweiler Farm or Byler Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 lb. beets from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 8 oz. kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 green peppers from Byler Farm
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Byler Farm, Springfield Acres, and Miller Farm Products

Mini Share

  • 1 tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 green peppers from Byler Farm
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Byler Farm, Springfield Acres, and Miller Farm Products

Recipes

Pickled Beets:  small batch with lower sugar

Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Chickpeas

Cocoa Beet Chocolate Chip Muffins:  I understand that beets are a veggie that you either love or hate.  For that reason I tend not to put them in shares very often, and when I do it's more often in Full Shares or Choice.  So if you dislike beets, instead of letting them rot in your fridge or giving them away, disguise them with chocolate.  Beets make baked goods incredibly moist.

Beet Carrot Apple Salad

Garlic Butter Kale Rice

Kale and Apple Salad

Mushroom and Kale Garlic Herb Quinoa (use a healthier fat than the fake butter)

Mexican Caesar Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

"Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness."  --Edward Stanley

Have a great week, and I hope to see you at Munnell Run Farm!

Amy

 

Posted 9/5/2018 11:41am by Amy Philson.

The calendar tells me that it is September, but it sure doesn't feel like it!  We are doing as much outside work in the morning and evening, but there are still things that need attention despite the heat.  Some days it feels like we are melting away.  But the weatherman is promising relief in a couple of days.

Detweiler Farm

We will be picking acorn squash and butternut squash this week.  It will be left in the sun to cure for a few days.  This hardens the skin and makes it keep longer in storage.  We have a lot of squash, so eat lots of it!

Hazy Hollow Farm

The little pigs have opted to stay in the shade close to the water nipple on these hot humid August days.  They are grazing in the early morning and late evening,  but they prefer the shade in the daytime.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. carrots from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 pt. sungold cherry tomatoes from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 lb. tomatillos from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 inferno peppers from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. baby kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. green beans from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 Choice from Glacial Till Farm, Springfield Acres, Miller Farm Products, and Detweiler Farm

Small Share

  • 1 pt. sungold cherry tomatoes from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 lb. tomatillos from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 inferno peppers from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. green beans from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from Glacial Till Farm, Springfield Acres, Miller Farm Products, and Detweiler Farm

Mini Share

  • 1/2 lb. tomatillos from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 inferno pepper from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 tomato from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from Glacial Till Farm, Springfield Acres, Miller Farm Products, and Detweiler Farm

Recipes

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna (my family liked this...even those who don't normally like squash)

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Roasted Garlic and Kale Spaghetti Squash

Tomatillo Chicken Stew (you could easily sub any meat...or even beans and veggie broth to make it vegetarian)

Fried Green Tomatillos with Chipotle Sauce

Guide to Tomatillos

Quick Carrot Salad with Raisins, Cranberries, and Nuts

Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

I like playing around with recipes.  I generally use a recipe for the basic idea and make adjustments to suit our preferences and what is on hand.  I tend to stay closer to a written recipe for baked goods.  So here's a challenge for this week: choose a new recipe and customize it for your family.  Then take a photo or post a link to the recipe on our Facebook page and tell us about it.

Here's looking forward to cooler temps!

Amy

 

 

 

Posted 8/29/2018 6:53pm by Amy Philson.

Today is Week 13 of our season (and Week 7 of Peak-of-the-Season).  I forgot to note that last week was our halfway point in the season.  While many people are seeing much of their garden plants fading at this time of year, we are clearing out old plants and sowing new beds for fall and winter harvest.  We still have many weeks left in our growing season when we use succession planting and change the type of crops that we grow.  

Many of us have been waiting for sweet corn to appear in CSA Shares. Sadly, we won't have any this year.  If you remember, we had a very wet spring.  Many of our fields flooded time after time.  Sweet corn was drowned out.  Our potato crop looks to be less than spectacular for the same reason.  Wet fields prevented planting, and we lost some of what was planted as it rotted in saturated soil.  This is the challenge that we face in PA with our heavy clay soil that doesn't like to drain when we have lots of rain.

When NuWay Farm left NWPAGC this year, we were wondering how we would fill their shoes.  Our farmers tend to specialize in certain crops that grow well in their particular soil.  NuWay grew a lot of greens, root crops, and heirloom tomatoes (among other items).  In stepped Glacial Till Farm.  This week's shares have carrots, mixed lettuce, arugula, salad greens, and some eggplant from them.  Look at these delicious veggies!

  

I bet some of you wish you had a Full Share to get some of these carrots!

Grateful Life Farm

This week was something of a Bye Week in our chicken production schedule.  We processed the third batch on Saturday and we will not move the final batch of chicks to the pasture pens until early next week.  We’ve used the little bit of extra time to cut grass, can lots of tomatoes, and even make a casual dinner for a few friends last night.  One of the recipes we made was this very easy and delicious chicken enchiladas with green sauce.  I appreciate that this recipe is quite flexible.  You could cook chicken specifically for this dish, or use leftovers from a whole chicken, roasted ahead of time.
 
We sell at the Lawrenceville Farmers Market.  Our Market Manager Sarah organized a County Fair themed market for last week, with lots of great competitions and prizes.  I was excited to enter a quilt I made in the textiles category. This is what I do when I’m procrastinating my farm work.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 watermelon from Byler Farm
  • 1 lb. tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. eggplant from Detweiler Farm or Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. green beans from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. salad greens from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. carrots from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Springfield Acres, and Miller Farm Products
  • 1 herb choice from Springfield Acres

Small Share

  • 1 lb. tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 3 eggplant from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. green beans from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. arugula or baby kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Springfield Acres, and Miller Farm Products

Mini Share

  • 1 tomato from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 eggplant from Detweiler Farm or Glacial Till Farm
  • 1/2 lb. green beans from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Springfield Acres, and Miller Farm Products

CSA Recipes

Eggplant Tomato Pie

One Pot Greek Eggplant and Rice

Eggplant Pasta with Caramelized Onion and Tomatoes

Warm White Bean Arugula Salad (you could sub other hearty greens if you want)

Peach and Arugula Summer Salad (again, sub other greens if desired)

Jalapeno Arugula Pesto (you could sub other hot peppers and other greens in this)

Fresh Green Bean Salad with Balsamic Dressing (sub chopped tomatoes for the cherry tomatoes)

Green Bean Fries

Sadly, I can't eat the delicious tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant in your shares this week.  I get to drool over the recipes that I find and share them with you.  Show us what you do with your CSA veggies on our Facebook page!

May your food be blessed and your home be joyful.

Amy

 

Posted 8/23/2018 8:20am by Amy Philson.

I apologize for being later with this newsletter again.  Internet issues and family needs prevented me from working on it last night.  

Farm News

Glacial Till Farm

We are getting ready to plant additional greens for fall.  What varieties do you prefer?  Arugula, kale, mixed greens, mizuna, collards?  Others?  Your feedback can help determine what we grow.

Philsons' Bushel and a Peck Farm

It has been another busy week.  We started back to school this week at my house, which has been challenging because we are using a different curriculum in our homeschool this year, so that takes extra time to get used to.  We are also gearing up for our fall festival season for our maple syrup, so we are bottling and making value-added products in preparation.  When we make the syrup in the early spring, it is hot packed into 20- or 30-gallon food grade barrels or 5-gallon containers.  Then throughout the year when we need to bottle more, we open a container and bottle it into jugs or make products such as maple mustard.  If we don't use the entire container, it then has to be hot packed into smaller containers or stored in the refrigerator or freezer to prevent fermentation.  It can take quite a while to heat 20 gallons of maple syrup in our largest canner.  This canner covers all four burners on the stove in our evaporator room.  
 
Last week we had three of our older sheep butchered.  Because of their age, we decided not to sell the meat but have it ground for our use.  We picked up three boxes of bulk ground lamb from the butcher.  One box we packaged plain.  One box we mixed a custom blend of herbs and spices for a spicier sausage and stuffed into breakfast link casings.  The other box we made into a mild breakfast sausage, some of it into links and some of it bulk. 
 
We have had some setbacks with our sheep flock in the last year, so we haven't butchered any for sale recently.  We hope to have some for sale again next spring.

Grateful Life Farm

This week has been something of a blur, as we move towards our third chicken harvest day for the season, in only a few short hours - tomorrow morning!  We will be replenishing our supply of some of the parts we are sold out of, such as chicken thighs.  We also processed a small batch of rabbits this week, so we have rabbit back in stock.  As each day has been quite busy with farm work, I've been trying to take a few moments to relish the sunshine and the abundance of this time of year.  This week my favorite flowers of all, sunflowers, are showing their beautiful smiling faces for eager bumblebees.

 

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 cantaloupe from Detweiler Farm
  • 3 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 2 green peppers from Byler Farm
  • 2 lb. tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. baby kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 3 choice from Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Miller Farm Products, Glacial Till Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, and Springfield Acres

Small Share

  • 1 cantaloupe from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 green peppers from Byler Farm
  • 1 lb. tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 choice from Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Miller Farm Products, Glacial Till Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, and Springfield Acres

Mini Share

  • 1 cantaloupe from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 tomato from Detweiler Farm
  • 5 oz. baby kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 choice from Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Miller Farm Products, Glacial Till Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, and Springfield Acres

Recipes

One Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Baby KaleOne Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Baby Kale (this would be great with the salad greens that were in Choice boxes, too)

Baby Kale Salad with Parmesan and Crispy Roasted Chickpeas (again...the salad greens as an alternative)

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Parmesan Tomato Zucchini Bake

Sweet and Spicy Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles

Zummus (Zucchini Hummus):  Some of you will be excited to try this recipe...others will say ewwww.  :-)

Enjoy this cooler weather for a few days.  It sure feels like fall!

 

Posted 8/16/2018 7:36am by Amy Philson.

Thank you all for your understanding about this newsletter being late.  I know that some of our members never read this, while others anticipate it every week.  It will most likely come later in the day for the next several weeks.  Our driver Heather hurt her back (not doing deliveries), so she is out of commission for a while.  She could use your thoughts and prayers, as she is not a sit-still kind of person and the pain is making her do just that.  I am filling in for her at the moment, so this newsletter will have to wait until evening after I get home from deliveries.

This week has been extra-trying for me because some of my family's closest friends are moving back to California today.  We spent the day with them on Tuesday helping them pack and just hanging out, but that meant a very late night and an early start yesterday.  So by the time I got home from deliveries I was spent and just needed to chill before turning in early.

Farm News

Detweiler Farm

The recent rains and warm weather have been good for the farm crops.  August is often hot and dry, so the rain is welcome.  It is interesting how it can rain at our farm but remain dry just a mile down the road.  Our tomatoes are ripening beautifully.  Fall crops are coming along, with dots of squash among the green vines.  Potato plants are starting to die off, so it will be time to dig the tubers before we know it.

Trunnel Brook Farm

Harvesting beans and peas is very labor-intensive.  This represents a lot of time for the two of us.

Grateful Life Farm

What happened this week?  Oh my goodness, what didn’t happen?  The good things first – our final batch of baby chicks for this season arrived Wednesday afternoon and our newest baby rabbits are healthy and strong. 
Now for the challenging parts.  Our phone wires, inside our house, are not working properly. We’ve made a temporary repair that has given us our phone and internet service back while we work on a permanent solution.  Our ATV is having more mechanical trouble.  I got it so stuck the other morning on the way to feed the chickens that I had to walk back to the house to get a chain fall and hook onto a tree to pull it out.  Now the front wheels are not spinning and the belt is slipping.  Shawn is trying to work his mechanic magic as I write this.
And I discovered I got into some poison ivy, likely in the back pasture or maybe in the woods picking mushrooms.  I’ve never gotten poison ivy before, so I thought I would share some of what I learned, which you may find useful.  First, how do you know you got poison ivy?  The rash started out itchy like mosquito bites, but unlike a mosquito bite, it is not one raised bump, but clusters of tiny blisters that form.  They often form in a line because that is how the plant brushed across your skin. 

I learned that poison oak is not common in our area, and poison sumac is a wetland plant, so most likely poison ivy is the culprit here.  There are many good resources on the internet for learning to identify the plant, but I think it looks similar to wild berry plants, but does not have prickly stems.  The urushiol oil in the plant causes the rash and you can spread the rash to other parts of your body or other people prior to washing it off.  Many people can keep from getting a rash if the oil is washed off within one hour of contact.  Once you have washed off the urushiol oil, if you do get a rash, the fluid from the rash blisters is not contagious and cannot spread the rash.  You can treat it with calamine lotion or if you prefer a natural remedy, try the juice from the leaves and stems of jewelweed.

Amy here:  A funny story from my farm. Several years ago my nephew was visiting for a few days.  My sons and he took a hike through the woods, and the next day he returned home to Michigan.  My sister called me to ask if the boys had been near poison ivy because his whole body was covered with an itchy rash.  I asked my sons, and they said, "Sure...we were sitting in a meadow filled with it in the woods."  Thankfully, my family isn't very sensitive to the oils in poison ivy, because we would have it constantly with the amount of time we spend in the woods. 

Another name for jewelweed is "touch-me-nots" because the little orange flowers that you see now will turn into seed pods that explode when you touch them.

Glacial Till Farm

Baby kale harvest.  Do you recall the photo from last week's newsletter that shows really tiny greens in the beds?  They grow quickly with sun, rain, and warm temperatures!

CSA Shares

Some of you got monster cabbage this week!  I assure you, it is not pumped full of chemical fertilizer.  That variety of cabbage grows large naturally.  It is often used to make sauerkraut.

I was thrilled to see some cantaloupe in the Choice boxes.  I'm sure it was snatched up by the first people there!  We should have enough to put in all the shares next week.  Yum!

Full Share

  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 lb. tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 4 pickling cukes from Byler Farm
  • 8 oz. arugula from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 bag sugar snap peas or tricolor beans from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 lb. green beans from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 green peppers from Byler Farm
  • 2 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm Products, Grateful Life Farm, Trunnel Brook Farm, Springfield Acres, Byler Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Small Share

  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 tomato from Byler Farm
  • 8 oz. baby kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 bag sugar snap peas or tricolor beans from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 lb. green beans from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm Products, Grateful Life Farm, Trunnel Brook Farm, Springfield Acres, Byler Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 tomato from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. salad greens from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1/2 lb. green beans from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm Products, Grateful Life Farm, Trunnel Brook Farm, Springfield Acres, Byler Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Recipes

Spaghetti Squash Taco Boats

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

Lemon Butter Green Beans

Too many beans?  How to Freeze Fresh Green Beans

Asian-Style Cabbage Wraps

Creamy No-Mayo Coleslaw

Make some sauerkraut with your giant cabbage!  This recipe was recommended by one of our CSA members:  Lemon Dill Sauerkraut

Greek Cucumber and Arugula Salad

Greek Kale Salad with Lemon Olive Oil Dressing

 

Check out our Pinterest page for lots more recipes.  And share how you use your CSA veggies (and meats, too!) on our Facebook page.

Amy

 

Posted 8/7/2018 6:58pm by Amy Philson.

I am delivering CSA Shares today, so I am composing this newsletter in advance.  I won't have a chance to change this if there are any last-minute changes, and I haven't heard much in the way of farmer news as I write.  So I will share a few photos that show what is happening on our farms.

Trunnel Brook Farm has been busy picking sugar snap peas and snow peas for CSA Shares.

Glacial Till Farm has lots of greens in their beds for fall crops.

Grateful Life Farm has harvested their onions and garlic and have them hanging to dry.

 

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 2 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. tomatoes from Byler Farm
  • 1 pt. peas (snow or sugar snap) from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 lb. tricolor beans from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 bag barese Swiss chard from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 bag pea shoots from Harmony Grove Farm (may have lettuce or spinach instead)
  • 2 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Springfield Acres, Glacial Till Farm, Miller Farm Products, and Bushel and a Peck Farm

Small Share

  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 zucchini from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 tomato from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 pt. peas (snow or sugar snap) from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 lb. green beans from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 bag pea shoots from Harmony Grove Farm (may have lettuce, Barese chard, or spinach instead)
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Springfield Acres, Glacial Till Farm, Miller Farm Products, and Bushel and a Peck Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 sweet onion from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 tomato from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. green beans from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cucumber from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Springfield Acres, Glacial Till Farm, Miller Farm Products, and Bushel and a Peck Farm

Recipes

Balsamic Green Beans

Tomato and Green Bean Salad

Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Rice

Lemon Grilled Zucchini  (One of my favorite zucchini recipes.  We eat this at least once/week.)

Chinese Style Pea Shoots

Flavorful Beef Stir-Fry

Sauteed Ginger Bok Choy (Barese chard can be used as chard or as bok choy.)

Enjoy our summer bounty!

Amy

 

 

Posted 8/1/2018 10:13am by Amy Philson.

We are marching right along into our peak of the season!  After several weeks of sparse crops because we had some failures and some that just weren't growing as quickly as usual, our crops are finally flourishing.  

Most of our farmers have been very busy in their fields and haven't given me any updates.  I will be sure to remind them so you can hear from a few of them next week.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 cabbage from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 lb. candy onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 bunch beets from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 pt. blueberries from Hochstetler Farm
  • 1 pt. snow peas from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 lb. tomatillos from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 3 inferno peppers from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 broccoli sprouts from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 scallion sprouts from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 Choice from Glacial Till Farm, Byler Farm, Miller Farm Products, Detweiler Farm, Springfield Acres, and Trunnel Brook Farm

Small Share

  • 1 lb. candy onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 pt. blueberries from Hochstetler Farm
  • 1 pt. snow peas from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 lb. tomatillos from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 3 inferno peppers from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 broccoli sprouts from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 scallion sprouts from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from Glacial Till Farm, Byler Farm, Miller Farm Products, Detweiler Farm, Springfield Acres, and Trunnel Brook Farm

Mini Share

  • 1/2 pt. snow peas from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 lb. tomatillos from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 tomato from Detweiler Farm
  • 3 inferno peppers from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 Choice from Glacial Till Farm, Byler Farm, Miller Farm Products, Detweiler Farm, Springfield Acres, and Trunnel Brook Farm

Recipes

Not sure what to do with your microgreens?  Here are some ideas.

Broccoli Sprout Salad (microgreens, tomatoes, and more!)

Tomatillo Pico de Gallo

Roasted Tomatillo Chicken Enchilada Pie

Beef and Snow Pea Stir-Fry

Sesame Snow Pea Salad

Balsamic Rosemary Beets

Beef & Cabbage Stir-Fry

That's all for now.  Short and sweet today because I have to go to farmer's market in Pittsburgh because the rest of my family is busy.  Hopefully the rain will hold off until after market.

We have lots more recipes pinned on our Pinterest boards, plus recipes from earlier years on our Website.  If you are looking for some cooking inspiration, we have lots to choose from!

Posted 7/25/2018 9:20am by Amy Philson.

Although the humidity isn't pleasant, the rain this week is just what we needed for our crops.  Watering with well water just isn't the same as a good rain.  Maybe it's the electric charges in rainwater that give plants a great boost in growth.  When we get a good soaker that soaks into the ground, the roots grow deeper and pull nutrients from the soil.

Farm News

Grateful Life Farm

It feels like the calm after the storm as we complete each chicken processing day, clean up and put away our equipment, and relax back into our daily routines.  Last Friday evening, as we prepared for butchering in the morning, was especially hectic with a lost feed delivery and the surprise arrival of new baby chicks!  Our non-GMO feeds come from Sunrise Farms in Virginia via freight and freight haulers are not typically set up very well to deal with deliveries to homes in remote rural areas.  The truck driver had trouble finding us and he told me he had left the two pallets of feed outside the garage of a house with a red roof and a dump truck in the driveway.  After several phone calls to neighbors whose homes met that description, we found our feed tucked behind the house next door.  We rushed to unload the bags and move them, before our neighbor came home from work to find her garage door blocked by our delivery!

This week, our turkeys are finally big enough to get their wing feathers trimmed and be allowed to roam inside electric net fence during the day.  They get so excited to be let out each morning.

We also moved our rabbit does back to their individual hutches as they are scheduled to give birth again next weekend.  Heat is hard on them and fertility can be low in the summer months, so it will be interesting to see how many kits we'll get this time.

I made some very simple, but delicious meals this week.  Sometimes the best cooking doesn't even need a recipe.  We grilled chicken wings one night, covered in Cajun seasoning, and served them with a side of kale chips.  Another night, I marinated boneless, skinless breast chunks in gluten-free soy sauce and made a stir fry with various vegetables from our garden. 

Trunnel Brook Farm

Look at these gorgeous hot Hungarian peppers!

Glacial Till Farm

We have been busy turning over beds from cover crops and spring greens and planting fresh seeds.

Fresh greens are in the forecast soon!  We have lots of kale planted, as well as other crops.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 2 tomatoes OR pint sun sugar cherry tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cucumber from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 lb. green beans from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 barese from Hharmony Grove Farm
  • 1 broccoli microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 pt. blueberries from Hochstetler Farm
  • 3 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Bushel and a Peck Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Springfield Acres, Miller Farm Products, and Byler Farm
  • 1 herb from Harmony Grove Farm (garlic chives) or Springfield Acres

Small Share

  • 1 tomato from Detweiler or Byler Farm
  • 1 cucumber from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 barese from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 broccoli microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 pt. blueberries from Hochstetler Farm
  • 2 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Bushel and a Peck Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Springfield Acres, Miller Farm Products, and Byler Farm
  • 1 herb from Harmony Grove Farm (garlic chives) or Springfield Acres

Mini Share

  • 1 tomato from Byler Farm
  • 1 cucumber from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 barese from Hharmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Bushel and a Peck Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Springfield Acres, Miller Farm Products, and Byler Farm

Recipes

Parmesan Tomato Zucchini Bake

Creamy Cucumber Tomato Salad

Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries - so easy and so healthy on a hot day!

Thai Quinoa Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

Garlicky Swiss Chard and Chickpeas

Spiralized Sesame Cucumber Salad (if you don't have a spiralizer, just slice your cuke)  I made this last night to go with our dinner, and it has a nice tangy dressing.  

Panda Express Zucchini Mushroom Chicken   I served this last night, too, over rice.  We wait for zucchini season for this recipe.  Even my daughter who usually turns up her nose at zucchini likes this one.

Have a great week!  I am taking the rest of the day off today to spend the rest of my birthday with my mom who is visiting from New Mexico.  Happy eating!

Amy


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