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Posted 4/25/2018 12:44pm by Amy Philson.

We're hoping that we have turned the corner from the cold spring we have had so far to some warmer weather!  All of our crops are behind schedule, and most of us are waiting for our fields to dry up enough to plant some early crops.  Everything that we are harvesting right now is grown in our greenhouses.  Compared to past years, we are at least two weeks behind.  Let's all hope that May brings warmer than normal weather so our crops grow quickly.  Coming up we are planning ramps (wild garlic/onion), radishes, honey, and more!

Our co-op has been undergoing some changes this year. Some of our founding and long-term farmers are moving on to other endeavors.  We are welcoming some new farmers. While this happens to some extent almost every year, the changes this year mandates that we move our aggregation to a new farm.  I will share more details in the coming weeks about our changes.

Do you follow our Facebook page?  We are announcing a contest to win a sample basket from our farms later today.  Be sure to check it out!

CSA Share

  • 1 lb. popcorn from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. spinach from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. barese Swiss chard from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 5 oz. pea shoots from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 broccoli microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm

Some of you have a bag of kale instead of barese or pea shoots.  Due to the cool weather, the greens are slow-growing.

Barese Swiss chard is a chard that resembles bok choi in flavor.  You can use it in recipes calling for either.

Recipes

Easy Asian Noodle Soup with Bok Choi

15-Minute Sesame Ginger Noodles

Paleo Asian Chicken Stir-Fry with Pea Shoots

Pea Shoot Macaroni Salad

Quinoa Spinach Power Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Sauteed Lemony Spinach

Don't forget to check out our Facebook page!  And while you're there, share how you use your CSA contents.

Amy

Posted 4/11/2018 2:11pm by Amy Philson.

Happy Wednesday!  Did you remember to pick up your CSA share today?  Check out all the yummy greens from Harmony Grove Farm!  The rest of our farmers are not-so-patiently waiting for greenhouse greens to mature, while others are chomping at the bit for our fields to dry out and warm up enough to plant some early crops.  The weatherman says that after a few warmer days, we are back to cold for next week.  At our farm, we are torn between wanting warmer days to plant and hoping the freeze-thaw cycle continues so our maple season keeps going.

We are making final plans for our upcoming summer/fall season, so if you like what is in your box, please tell others about us.  Be kind to your friends...share your love for your local farmers!  

CSA Shares

  • 2 heads lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 bag kale from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 scallion microgreen from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 bag pea shoots from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 lb. beets from TOG
  • 2 lb. red potatoes from TOG
  • 2 red onions from TOG
  • 2 yellow onions from TOG

Recipes

Scallion sprouts pack lots of nutrition and flavor in a tiny package.  Add them to salads, sandwiches, and wraps, or sprinkle some on your eggs.

Avocado Beet Pea Shoot Salad

Chicken Sausage Kale Red Potato Soup

Roasted Herbed Red Potatoes

Raw Citrus Beet Salad

Beet and Chickpea Quinoa Burgers (for those who eat a plant-based diet!)

Kale Apple and Quinoa Salad

Kale Brownies because...chocolate!

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Chinese Stir-Fried Pea Shoots

How to Make the Perfect Salad

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Easy Whole 30 Lettuce Wraps

Happy eating!  

Amy

 

Posted 3/28/2018 10:32am by Amy Philson.

Today is our first week of Spring Shares.  To those of you who are new to our CSA, Welcome!  To those who have been with us for a while, thank you for your continued support of our local farms.

With each pickup, I send out this email that lists what is in your share, along with recipe ideas for you to try if you don't have a favorite for that ingredient or you just want something new.  We have been using Pinterest for recipe sharing for a few seasons.  Besides the recipes in the links below, you can look on our Pinterest boards for recipes that we have pinned in previous weeks.  If you want even more ideas, our website has a catalog of recipes that we shared before we began using Pinterest.  I try to include recipes that are healthy, don't call for many processed ingredients, and will appeal to a variety of eating styles including vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, and also those with no limits.  I also include farm news and other info in this email so you can get to know some of our farmers. 

Right now we are in the awkward time when our storage crops are dwindling but most of our spring crops aren't ready to harvest.  We are starting more seeds, prepping beds as weather allows, and finalizing plans for our crops this year.  Baby animals add much cuteness this time of year.

CSA Share

  • 1 dozen eggs from Mickley Farm
  • 2 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 bag kale from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 broccoli microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 lb. sweet potatoes from TOG
  • 1 lb. carrots from TOG
  • 1 lb. yellow onions from TOG
  • 2 red onions from TOG

Recipes

One Pan Lemon Ricotta Kale Pasta

Healthy Kale Banana Muffins

Red Onion Salad Dressing

Moroccan Carrot and Quinoa Salad

Maple Dijon Roasted Carrots

Roasted Balsamic Red Onions

Roasted Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Quinoa and Spinach (or sub kale if you want to)

Moroccan Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

Farro, Kale and Egg Bowl (use quinoa or another grain if you don't have farro)

Sweet Potato Hash Egg Cups

We welcome questions and comments about your CSA share.  Tell your friends and neighbors about us so they can enjoy fresh, local food, too!

Amy

 

 

Posted 3/19/2018 4:24pm by Amy Philson.

Spring brings new growth...and fresh greens!  With each change of season, our diets should change.  After the dark days of winter and the many storage crops, we need greens and lots of veggies to give our bodies a jump-start the healing processes in our bodies.  Our Spring Share begins with a mix of greens and storage crops (potatoes, onions, etc.), and gains more fresh items as the season progresses. 

A Spring Share is a low commitment (5 boxes spread over 10 weeks), helping you transition to (or continue) a healthier lifestyle. We also offer add-on shares of beef, sausage, rabbit, eggs, and cheese if those fit into your family's eating habits.

Help our small local farms continue to provide healthy food to our communities.

Our Spring CSA Share begins next week, so if you haven't signed up yet, NOW is the time!  If you are already a member, tell your friends!  

 

 

Posted 3/14/2018 11:52am by Amy Philson.

This is the final Winter CSA Share for this year.  I hope you have all joined our Spring Share, which begins in just two weeks.  If you choose not to, you can still order from the Webstore through May with your current membership.

I am working with a handicap today.  My laptop bit the dust this week, so I am working from my tablet and phone.  If you have sent me an email, I haven't checked that account in a couple of days.  I have to figure out how  to  access it from here.  As convenient as portable devices are, I much prefer a laptop for most things.  If there are typos, I  blame it on autocorrect.

Spring is right around the corner, as is evidenced by more greens in your share today.  The longer daylight hours make our young plants grow more quickly.  It's the season for baby animals on our farms, too.  I will have to take some photos of the babies at our farms and share them with you.

CSA Shares

  • 1 lb. White potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 bag pea shoots from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1/2 lb. Spinach from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 lb. Red potatoes from TOG
  • 1 lb. Carrots from TOG
  • 1 lb. Red beets from TOG
  • 1 lb. Onions from TOG

Recipes

Sweet Spinach Muffins (healthy green muffins for St. Patrick's Day...or any day!)

Garlic Herb Potato Salad

Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

Roasted Beet and Carrot Lentil Salad

French Grated Carrot Salad

Avocado Beet Pea Shoot Salad

Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese (use spinach or pea shoots in place of kale)

Spinach and Mushroom Quinoa

10 Minute White Bean Parmesan Spinach Soup

Thank you for supporting our small farms this winter.  Please help us by telling others how they can get local, organically-grown food, too!

 

Posted 2/28/2018 11:24am by Amy Philson.

This is Week 7 of our Winter Share.  One more week in mid-March, and then our Spring Shares begin.  This time of year, I crave fresh greens after the season of storage crops, so I'm thankful that we have some fresh greens available before most spring crops are ready.  We have to be content with storage crops a little while longer for the bulk of our veggies.

An update from Grateful Life Farm:

The end of winter is feeling near, as we have spent more time outdoors the past few weeks.  We gave a thorough cleaning to all our rabbit hutches and a health check to all our breeding does and bucks, then brought the does to the bucks' hutches for our first breeding of the season.  Baby rabbits are due on March 8th.  We have also spent some time tapping a dozen maple trees on our property.  We don't make much syrup, but enough for ourselves, and it feels good to be out in the woods collecting sap, gathering fire wood, and gradually getting used to hard physical work again. 

Also, check out Philsons' Bushel and a Peck Farm's Facebook page to watch some videos of our maple production.  https://www.facebook.com/philsonsbushelandpeckfarm/

CSA Shares

  • 2 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 scallion microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 maple mustard from Philsons' Bushel and a Peck Farm
  • 1 lb. Jerusalem artichokes from Philsons' Bushel and a Peck Farm
  • 1 dozen pullet (small) eggs from Mickley Farm
  • 1 lb. carrots from TOG
  • 2 lb. sweet potatoes from TOG
  • 1 lb. turnips from TOG

Recipes

Crispy Jerusalem Artichokes with Aged Balsamic  (cut recipe in half to serve 4)

Jerusalem Artichoke and Mushroom Saute Persillade

Simply Delicious Glazed Carrots

Carrot Ribbons with Rosemary Butter Sauce

Mexican Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Skillet

Chili & Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lime

Sweet Potato, Turnip & Chickpea Hash

Sweet Turnip and Carrot Soup

The Maple Mustard makes a great dip for pretzels or chicken.  Spread some on chicken, pork chops, ham, or salmon for an easy glaze.  It's also great on sandwiches and burgers.

Until next time!

Amy

 

Posted 2/15/2018 10:56am by Amy Philson.

With the promise of warmer weather, we are looking forward to a new growing season.  The sap is running in the maple trees.  Farmers are prepping their greenhouses and starting seeds. 

It's time to sign up for your Farm Share for Spring and Summer/Fall.  Do you grow a garden, but you crave the fresh greens in the spring before your garden begins to produce?  Or are you curious about how a Farm Share works and not sure if you will like it?  Check out our Spring Share, with a low commitment (5 pickups spread over 10 weeks) that will allow you to get a feel for what is in a weekly Farm Share.

For the Summer/Fall season, we offer several options.  There are three different sizes of CSA Share.  You can choose the full-season share from June to November, or just the Peak-of-the-Season 12-week from July to early October.  Since our regular CSA Share consists completely of veggies and fruits, there are also several add-on options including meats, eggs, and cheese from which to choose. 

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Are you planning to be out of town?  You may schedule vacation days and get a double box on a different week, so you still get the full value of your share.  Or you can ask a friend to pick up for you and share the bounty with them.

CSA Share members receive some bonuses.  Each week you receive an email with farm news and recipe suggestions for your weekly veggies.  You also receive free membership to the Webstore to order extras.  And CSA Shares enjoy first priority from our farms as well as more value for your money compared to Webstore. 

Last year, we tested a Select Share with a few members, where they could choose the contents of their CSA box each week.  After assessing the good and bad of that program, we have decided to revamp it a little.  This year, rather than a CSA Share, we are rolling the Select Share into our Webstore.  When you prepay at least $300.00 on your Webstore account, the Webstore Membership Fee will be waived.  You may then place orders from all categories in the Webstore (not just produce!) and use your account balance toward payment.  You save $16.00 and the hassle of paying for your order each week, and you receive exactly what you want.  Add more money to your account at any time throughout the season.  While we prefer to have commitments for CSA Shares rather than the Webstore, we understand that this arrangement doesn't work for certain families.

Of course, our regular Webstore membership is also available, where you pay for each order at pickup.

As always, our produce is naturally grown without chemicals and GMOs.  Our meat, eggs, and cheese come from animals that enjoy pasture and non-GMO feed when appropriate.  Our cooperative of small family farms and homesteads endeavors to feed our families and our surrounding communities with wholesome, locally-produced farm products that will help you live a healthy life.

Pickup Locations:  We are scaling back a little this year, consolidating all of our deliveries to Wednesday.  Our goal is to have at least 15 CSA members at each location.  Too few, and we will be forced to cancel delivery to your community.  We want to serve fewer communities better instead of being spread thin over a wide area.  You can help ensure that we stay in your community by sharing this info with your family and friends.

We are currently looking for a new pickup location in New Castle, since our past hosts are hoping to sell their home.  If you know of a home or business that may be interested in hosting, please contact us.

Thank you for your interest in and support of our local farmers.  We all know that eating local food supports our local economy, which helps all of us.  Local food is fresher and more nutrient-dense.  And did you know that most farmers only receive pennies on the dollar for their crops?  You help our small farms earn the value of their hard work when you support NWPA Growers. 

You can find all the details at www.nwpagrowers.com.  To go directly to the sign-up page, click here.  Please email me with any questions you have.

Amy Philson, general manager

NWPA Growers Cooperative

 

 

Posted 2/14/2018 11:23am by Amy Philson.

Happy Valentine's Day!!  At my home we don't really celebrate it, mostly because it's a holiday promoted by corporations to sell cards, chocolates and flowers, but also because our second son was born on this day, so that celebration is more important to us.

This is Week 6 of Winter CSA, so we have just two more deliveries until our Spring Shares begin.  I am putting the finishing touches on updates to our Website, so look for an email very soon announcing Spring Share and CSA 2018 sign-ups.

CSA Shares

  • 2 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 micro greens from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 lb. popcorn from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 lb. potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 dozen eggs from Miller Farm Products
  • 1/2 lb. mushrooms (cremini or white) from TOG
  • 1 lb. sweet onion from TOG
  • 2 lb. sweet potatoes from TOG
  • 1 lb. red beets from TOG

Recipes

A perfect dessert for Valentine's Day:  Beet Brownies

One-Pot Creamy Sausage Potato Soup

Roasted Baby Potatoes in Mushroom Sauce

Egg Roll Skillet

Sautéed Cabbage

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Swiss Melt

Sweet Potato Crust Quiche

Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls

Breakfast Baked Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Hash Egg Cups (you could use regular potatoes, too!)

Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa and Spinach  (you can switch out ingredients to suit your tastes and what you have on hand)

Enjoy the warming days of early spring.  Our farms are filled with mud this time of year, but we look forward to fresh green plants and newborn animals as the days lengthen.

Amy

Posted 1/31/2018 11:26am by Amy Philson.

We had a taste of spring, and now it looks like winter is going to hold on a bit longer.  We have been busy on our farm getting our maple syrup equipment all cleaned and ready, as well as installing additional tubing to collect the sap.  Some of the smaller maple producers collected sap during the warm days and have already boiled some syrup, but most of the larger producers wait until the weather is a little more predictable because of all the work involved in emptying and cleaning our evaporators so they don't freeze.  The maple syrup in your shares today was freshly boiled this week at NuWay Farm.

Your farmers are also busy planning for this year, discussing delivery locations and CSA share details, planning our crops, and ordering seeds.  We will open our sign-up period sometime next week, so be on the lookout for that email.

CSA Shares

  • 1/2 pt. maple syrup from NuWay Farm
  • 2 lb. potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 container broccoli sprouts from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 lb. sweet potatoes from TOG
  • 1 lb. purple daikon radish from TOG
  • 1 lb. red onion from TOG
  • 1 lb. golden beets from TOG  (I urge you to try these even if you don't care for beets.  They taste very different.)

Recipes

Roasted Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes

When we have leftover baked sweet potato, we often make chocolate pudding.  Simple and creamy.

One Pan Maple Mustard Chicken and Potatoes

Maple Soy Glazed Salmon:  If you eat salmon, this looks like a simple recipe.  I recommend coconut aminos or tamari sauce instead of soy sauce. 

Salt & Vinegar Broiled Potatoes

Spicy Potato Wedges

Golden Beet and Quinoa Salad with Feta

Golden Beets with Herbed Goat Cheese

Roasted Golden Beets with Rosemary and Garlic

If you make something yummy with your CSA share, feel free to post a photo or recipe on our Facebook page!

Amy

Posted 1/18/2018 11:39am by Amy Philson.

One of our farmers, Silver Wheel Farm, has started a new venture, Going with the Grain Bakery.  They are baking artisan bread using local and organic ingredients.  Their bread is available through our Webstore.

They are hosting two events in the coming weeks that you might be interested in:

Artisan Bread for Every Oven:  Saturday, January 27.  A hands-on class which teaches recipes and techniques for making artisan bread in your kitchen.  Click here for details.  If you are a member of NWPAGC's CSA and/or Webstore during the last year, you can use the code artisanbread15 for 15% off the class fee.

The Baker & The Farmer: A Winter’s Tale of The Journey of Bread Saturday, February 17.  Nigel Tudor from Weatherbury flour and Lori Sands from Going With the Grain Bakery will discuss local grains and their use in baking bread.  Click here for details.  If you are a member of NWPAGC's CSA and/or Webstore during the last year, you can use the code bakerandfarmer5 to get a discount on the cost.


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