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Posted 2/3/2016 1:02pm by Amy Philson.

Well, this seems like a beautiful spring day.  Some of our farmers were joking this morning about planting this week.  But we all know that winter will return with these winds that are blowing.  Farmers are preparing to tap maple trees soon for their annual syrup making.  They are readying their greenhouses for seedlings and spring greens.  After a few weeks of slower schedules, we are all getting back to prepping for planting.

This week's shares include

  • 1 pt. maple syrup from Weeping Willow Farm
  • 2-4 assorted squash from NuWay Farm
  • 1 lb. baby carrots from Tuscarora Organic Growers
  • 3 lb. red potatoes from Weeping Willow Farm
  • 3 lb. sweet potatoes from Tuscarora Organic Growers
  • 1 lb. onions from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. parsnips from Tuscarora Organic Growers
  • 1 lb. beets from Sunny Meadows Farm
  • 1 lb. golden turnips from Tuscarora Organic Growers
  • 1 cabbage from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • 3 garlic from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm

In case you're unfamiliar with parsnips, they are a yellowish color and are shaped like a large (or jumbo) carrot.  The larger parsnips have a hard core inside that is edible but can be difficult to chew.  I usually cut each parsnip in quarters and cut most of the core out.  My favorite way to cook parsnips is to slice them and saute them in coconut oil in my cast iron skillet.  Sprinkle with a little salt and enjoy.

The golden turnips are small and round.

Recipes for this week:

Easy Curry Stew--a great way to use up leftovers!

Mashed Potato, Carrot and Turnip Medley

Hearty Lentil Soup with Winter Roots

Warm Winter Salad of Roasted Root Fries

Sweet Potato Soup

Grated Roots Salad with a Curry Dressing

Baked Winter Squash with Apples

Have a great week, and EAT YOUR VEGGIES!!!


Posted 1/21/2016 3:56pm by Amy Philson.

In the midst of cold and snow, we are looking toward summer and our next Farm Share season.  Sign-up has begun for 2016 CSA. Here are the changes for this year:

Spring CSA!  Twice/month deliveries in April and May to the same locations as our Winter CSA.  The Spring CSA will include spring greens and other produce, as well as eggs, maple syrup, and more farm-produced products.  The Share will be approximately twice the size of a Small Share, but it is designed to be used over two weeks.

Credit Card payments!  You can now use your credit card through PayPal checkout (you don't have to have a PayPal account) on our website. There is a 3% fee for this convenience (the fee that we are charged).  You may continue to pay with cash or check to avoid the fee.

SNAP benefits accepted!  We are in the process of registration with the SNAP program to accept benefits for CSA Shares.  If you have friends who use SNAP, please share the word so they can have access to fresh, local food.

Early Discount!  Receive a $15 discount off a Full Share or a $10 discount off a Small Share when you sign up AND pay by February 29.  Use the code FULLSHARE15 or SMALLSHARE10 at checkout.

$10 Referral Credit!  When your friend joins our CSA, ask them to let us know that you referred them.  You will receive a $10 coupon toward a Webstore purchase for each friend who is new to our CSA.

Longer Season!  We have eliminated the two weeks of vacation built into our CSA.  Our price increase reflects two additional weeks in our season, making it 24 weeks long.  There is no increase in per-week cost.  You can still schedule a vacation and receive a double box the following week.

Click here to go directly to our sign-up page.  Or read more about the details on our Website.

Please email me with any questions you have.

Amy Philson, manager

NWPA Growers Cooperative


Posted 1/20/2016 12:12pm by Amy Philson.

We have another box of delicious for you this week!  I hope that all of your veggies are finding their way into your meals.  Since our farmers are losing some of their crops to the cold, we begin sourcing part of your share from an organic grower's cooperative in eastern PA.

This week's shares include:

  • 2 heads lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • Pea shoots from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 3 lb. potatoes from NuWay Farm
  • kale from NuWay Farm
  • Butternut squash from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • 2 lb. onions from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • 2 garlic from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • Red cabbage from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. carrots from Tuscarora Organic Growers
  • 1/2 lb. crimini mushrooms from Tuscarora Organic Growers
  • 3 lb. sweet potatoes from Tuscarora Organic Growers
  • 1 kohlrabi OR another lb. of carrots from Tuscarora Organic Growers

The kohlrabi is probably the only item that some may be unfamiliar with.  It comes from the brassica family (cabbage, broccoli, kale, etc.).  To prepare it, you simply cut off the ends and peel the outer layer off.  You can then slice it and eat it raw, shred it for coleslaw, or cook it.

And here are your recipes for this week:

Kale-Potato Soup

Kale & Sweet Potato Hash


Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta  Hide squash in macaroni and cheese!

Buddha Bowl  This is a salad with lots of yummy flavors.  There are a few steps to prepare the ingredients for the salad, but it looks delicious.  Change up the components to suit your tastes and what you have on hand.

Roasted Red Cabbage with Lemon and Garlic

Kale Salad

Remember that you can always search our recipe database by ingredient if you don't know what to do with a veggie.

Have a wonderful week!  And stay warm.


Posted 1/15/2016 6:55am by Amy Philson.

Winter greetings!

We don't send out very many bulk emails to our entire mailing list.  You are receiving this because you gave us your email address at some point.

We are getting ready to begin membership sign-ups for our Summer 2016 CSA.  The email announcement will come next week.  But I wanted to send a preliminary email to alert you to a few things.

1.  We will be hiring a driver to deliver two days/week (Wednesday and Thursday).  If you know someone who may be interested, please send me an email with pertinent information.

2.  We are looking for a home or business to host CSA pickup in Greenville, Cranberry Twp., and Wexford.

3.  We are offering a Spring Share this year.  It will be twice/month in April and May at the same locations as our Winter Share.

4.  We will be accepting SNAP benefits this year for CSA shares. 

5.  We now accept credit cards for CSA Share payment.

Look for another email from us next week announcing that membership sign-ups have begun.

Amy Philson, manager

NWPA Growers Cooperative

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!