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Posted 11/14/2018 7:48pm by Amy Philson.

Another season has come to an end.  We are putting most of our gardens and fields away for the winter.  We have harvested our storage crops for Winter CSA.  A few farmers have greenhouses that will prolong the season, hoping for enough sunshine and warmth to harvest a some greens this winter.  Our garlic is planted.  We are preparing barns and coops to keep our animals protected from the cold.  Our bees have enough honey stores to survive the long winter.  Our maple trees are going dormant, awaiting the warmth that will make the sap run in the spring.  It's time for your farmers to take a rest.  Except that's not how it works.  Most of us have animals that need even more care in the cold months.  Things need fixed around the farms that get neglected during the busy growing season.  Some even heat a greenhouse with wood to continue harvesting through the winter.  But we do make sure we take some time to relax when it's frigid outside.

Thank you all for your continued commitment to local farmers.  We count it a privilege to provide you with nutritious food for your families.  This has been a season of transition for NWPAGC.  Two of our long-time farmers moved on to other ventures.  Other farmers remained with NWPAGC but are narrowing the focus of their farms away from produce.  Two farmers joined us, filling some of the gaps that others left.  So this season has been one of adjusting and finding the right balance.  At our winter meeting we will discuss the ups and downs of this season as we prepare for an even better season next year.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Miller Farm
  • 1 cabbage (red or green) from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 lb. red potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 kohlrabi from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cauliflower from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. Siberian kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm
  • 3 choice from Detweiler Farm and Miller Farm

Small Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage (red or green) from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 lb. red potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm
  • 2 choice from Detweiler Farm and Miller Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 cabbage (red or green) from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. red potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm
  • 1 choice from Detweiler Farm and Miller Farm

Recipes

Spicy Ground Beef and Butternut Squash.  Vegetarian?  Switch up the ground beef with lentils.

Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Pie.  Like pumpkin pie.  Gluten-free/grain-free crust.  This will be on my menu soon!

Butternut Squash Soup.  The recipe calls it the best, but isn't every other recipe you find on Pinterest the best?  Anyway, I am eating a version of this soup for lunch all week.  Most of my family doesn't care for butternut squash soup, so when I make it it's mostly mine.  My win!  I say I am eating a version of this because I used this recipe as my guide.  I cooked a whole squash and pureed it...didn't measure.  I didn't have leeks or red onions so I sauteed sweet onion along with the apple.  I don't have any chicken broth on hand, so I skipped it and just used a little water to thin it at the end.  And I used nut milk in place of the cream.  It's still delicious even with all the changes.  I like a little hard cheese sprinkled on top of my squash soup, too.

Cabbage, Potato, and Sausage Soup

Warm Red Cabbage with Cranberries, Goat Cheese, and Almonds

Chinese 4-Ingredient Fried Cabbage.  Quick and easy.

Amazing Roasted Cabbage Soup.  The roasting adds depth of flavor.  Even cabbage-haters like this.

Roasted Red Cabbage with Lemon and Garlic

Cranberry Apple Acorn Squash

Kohlrabi Gratin with Mushrooms.  Switch up the oyster mushrooms with baby bellas or white button.  It calls for a few kohlrabi, but you have that many in one package!

Kale and Kohlrabi Salad

Kohlrabi and Apple Salad.  I shared this recipe a while ago.  My daughter made it this week at my request, since she won't eat kohlrabi salad.  It was delicious.  She left out the walnuts (I'm not sure why), and it was just as good.  Those of us who like slaw loved this recipe, so I thought I would share it again.

Well, that's a wrap on this season.  To those of you who actually read my newsletters, thank you for putting up with my ramblings all season.  I'll see some of you in three weeks for the Winter Share.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Amy

Posted 11/13/2018 1:23pm by Amy Philson.

Greetings from your local farmers at Northwest PA Growers!  Our Summer/Fall CSA Season ends tomorrow, and we are looking forward to our Winter CSA that begins in just three weeks.  If you haven't yet signed up for Winter CSA, you're running out of time.  Delivery is twice/month December - March, so it's not a huge commitment.  Enjoy produce and other farm products from Pennsylvania through the cold winter.

Find out all the details here or go right to the sign-up page here.

And if you have already signed up, tell your friends and neighbors about it.  Don't keep all the goodies to yourself!

Posted 11/7/2018 6:28pm by Amy Philson.

Hi everyone,

This is going to be a short and sweet newsletter.  This morning I went straight from packing boxes early to our store at Grove City Outlet Mall.  We are getting ready for opening day on Friday, and we are in a mad rush to get things set up and entered in our checkout software by then.  I am going to write this newsletter, eat dinner, and go to bed.  I hope you understand.

While it has been a little warmer lately, we haven't seen much of the sun in weeks.  This means that our greens are in waiting mode.  Hopefully the sun today gave them a little boost and we will continue to have more sunshine.  So enjoy the greens that are in your Share today because I'm not sure how many will be ready to harvest for next week.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Miller Farm
  • 1 lb. onions from Miller Farm
  • 2 lb. potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cauliflower from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag garlic from Red Dog Farm
  • 1 bag Siberian kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 3 choice from Detweiler Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Small Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 5 oz. leaf lettuce from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 choice from Detweiler Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 5 oz. leaf lettuce from Glacial Till Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 choice from Detweiler Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Recipes

Curried Cauliflower Rice Kale Soup (There are a bunch of soup recipes here.  Scroll down to find this one.)

Roast Head of Cauliflower with Creamy Mushroom Sauce (this is a little lengthy.

Chicken, Wild Rice and Butternut Casserole

Parmesan Butternut Squash Gratin

Melting Potatoes

Next week is our LAST WEEK of this season.  Winter Shares begin in December.

 

Posted 10/31/2018 11:24am by Amy Philson.

Today is Week 22 of the season.  We only have two more weeks to go!  Our season ends one week before Thanksgiving.  This year we have a three-week break between seasons because of the way the holidays fall.  If you haven't yet joined our Winter CSA, be sure you do it soon.  We will be making decisions soon about which locations have enough members for delivery. 

Farm News 

Glacial Till Farm

We have been busy planting their garlic:

We needed these couple of days of warmth to give our kale a boost of growth for the next cutting.

Harmony Grove Farm

The drastic change in temperatures and cloudy days caught our lettuce off-guard recently.  Growth almost came to a halt, and we had to begin heating our greenhouse earlier than expected.  But growth is speeding up, and we will have lettuce for CSA Shares again next week.

Bushel and a Peck Farm

We are busy getting ready to open Philson & Friends, our temporary store at Grove City Outlets.  Opening day is November 9, and we will be there through Christmas.  We sell our maple products at the store, and we also invite other local artisans and farmers to join us to share the rent and expenses.  Besides our maple products, we will also have local honey, soaps, lotions, jewelry, home decor, alpaca, pet products, and more.  If you know of any local artisan who may be interested in joining us, please ask them to contact me.  We still have a few spaces left, and they don't have to be there.  We are spending lots of time getting the store ready and also bottling syrup and making other maple products.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 delicata squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 kohlrabi from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag parsley from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. arugula from Glacial Till Farm
  • 2 lb. red potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm
  • 3 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Small Share

  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag parsley from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. arugula from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. red potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 2 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Mini Share

  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag parsley from Detweiler Farm
  • 5 oz. arugula from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. red potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 1 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Recipes

Dark Chocolate Covered Ground Cherries ...so simple but elegant!

Ground Cherry and Apple "Salsa"

Roasted Delicata Squash and Goat Cheese Fritatta (and a yummy-looking apple salad, too!)

60 Spaghetti Squash Recipes ... click the arrow to scroll through the photos for links to the recipes.

Kohlrabi Fries

German-Style Kohlrabi

Lemon Lentil Parsley Salad

Buttery Parsley Potatoes

Homemade Falafel ... falafel is usually fried in oil as in this recipe, but I have baked it, too, with minimal oil.  It doesn't always hold together as well, but it still tastes delicious.  Choose whichever method you desire.

Red Potato Salad with Creamy Cashew Dijon Dressing ... for a creamy dairy-free/vegan option

Roasted Carrot Salad with Arugula and Pomegranate ... You can sub balsamic vinegar for the pomegranate molasses, but don't skip the pomegranate seeds!  It also calls for fennel bulb, which will add depth of flavor but it won't ruin the salad if you leave it out.

Roasted Sweet Potato, Wild Rice, and Arugula Salad ... roast some winter squash in place of the sweet potato if that's what you have.  Maybe add a splash of maple syrup or honey to the squash to make it mimic the sweet potato more closely.

I hope nobody drowns in all this rain that is supposed to come the next couple of days.  I'm afraid that we will have some farmers getting stuck in the mud this week.

Amy

 

 

Posted 10/24/2018 6:50pm by Amy Philson.

This is Week 21 of the CSA Season.  Three more weeks to go!

Farm News

An update on the broccoli from Detweiler Farm:  We have used an organic-approved pesticide on the broccoli crops, and between that and the cooler weather, the striped cabbage worm has slowed its damage.  We hope that you were happier with the more recent broccoli.  The worms didn't hurt the kohlrabi, though!  Did you see the giant kohlrabi in the Choice box today??  If you need recipes, check out our kohlrabi board on Pinterest.

Glacial Till Farm

Garlic prep has begun! I’m putting 1200 in this year. It smells so good.

My first trials of salanova lettuce! Someday I think I’ll have high tunnels full of this lettuce for winter production.

Grateful Life Farm

This week we have seen a sharp decline in egg production, as many of the birds shed their feathers and grow new ones for winter, and the daylight hours diminish.  Eggs will be in short supply from now until late February/early March when the day length encourages them to lay lots of spring eggs.  Each year as our hens get older and their egg production drops off, we raise a group of new birds who will eventually replace the older ones. 
 
This summer we started a group of Buff Orpingtons and last week we decided they were big enough to join the flock.  We moved them into the coop, and we’ve been working to make sure they are getting their turn at the feeder, going in at night, and getting roost space. 
 
Although some chicken keepers recommend introducing chickens more gradually, using temporary fences to keep them separated but visible to one another, we have fortunately never had much problem with introducing new birds.  Chickens can be violent towards other chickens, especially when their group social structure changes, but we’ve found that our system allows enough room for chickens to simply run away from each other when needed, and we’ve fortunately never experienced chickens injuring others.  These young hens are very friendly!

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. beans from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 garlic from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bunch kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 8 oz. salad greens from Glacial Till Farm
  • 2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 3 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Small Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 garlic from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. baby kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 2 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage from Detweiler Farm
  • 5 oz. baby kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 1 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Recipes

Creamy (vegan!) Butternut Squash Linguine with Fried Sage

Skillet Chicken, Butternut Squash, and Beans

Cabbage Roll Soup

Creamy Four-Cheese Spinach Butternut Squash

Crunchy Shredded Roasted Cabbage with Parmesan (calls for savoy cabbage, but it would work fine with head cabbage)

Kale, Butternut Squash, and Apple Salad

Baby Kale, White Bean, and Tuna Salad

Baby Kale, Mozzarella, and Egg Bake

Crispy Yukon Gold Potato Wedges

Have a great week!  I will "see" you Friday morning.

Amy

 

Posted 10/17/2018 11:41am by Amy Philson.

Today is Week 20 of our CSA Season.  Only 4 weeks left in this season.  If you haven't signed up for Winter CSA, be sure to do so soon so we know how to plan.

The weather has taken a big turn since last Wednesday.  Most of our farms have experienced light frost this week, so the last of our summer crops are finished now. But there are many crops that can withstand frost, and others that get better after a frost.  We continue to put garden beds to bed for the year as we clean them out.  Some will receive a cover crop that will be tilled in as green compost in the spring.  It's also time to plant garlic for harvest next summer.  When we plant garlic in the fall, it begins to establish roots in the ground and then goes dormant for the winter.  In the spring, it then returns to growth and is harvested in June or July.

Glacial Till Farm

Buckwheat is a great cover crop to suppress weeds. I have been planting it thick as my first crop on newly established plots. It also provides loads of flowers for our beehive that is maintained by Craig Cowan from the barefoot forge. After the flowers are done and before the seed matures, I flail chop it and incorporate it into the top layer of soil for its organic matter. It also leaves my soil with a very nice tilth. 

Our next crops of arugula, lettuce, and baby kale are almost ready for harvest, so look for those in the coming weeks.

Detweiler Farm

We are sorry for the issues with the striped cabbage worm that has been affecting the quality of our broccoli.  We are taking steps to combat the pest with organic approved methods.  In order to hopefully make up for the damaged broccoli, we have sent replacements this week for you to choose from at pickup.  Some of these do continue to have worm damage, but the cooler weather has slowed the pest so it should be easier to trim damaged parts from the broccoli.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 2 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bell pepper from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag parsley from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 8 oz. salad greens from Glacial Till Farm
  • 8 oz. kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 bunch radishes from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. onions from Miller Farm
  • 3 choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, and Miller Farm

Small Share

  • 1 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bell pepper from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag parsley from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 8 oz. salad greens from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. onions from Miller Farm
  • 2 choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, and Miller Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 8 oz. salad greens from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, and Miller Farm
  • (I had planned 1 acorn squash for Mini Shares, but I miscounted when telling the farmer how many.  So you will receive your missing acorn squash next week.)

Recipes

When I have lots of hearty greens like our salad greens from Glacial Till Farm, I love to make bowls with greens as the base.  How to Make a Buddha Bowl breaks down the anatomy of a great bowl and gives you a bunch of recipes to choose from.

Chopped Autumn Salad with Apple Cider Dressing would be great with either the salad greens or lettuce.

Sausage and Kale Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Acorn Squash, Kale and Barley Soup -- Vegan!

Sausage & Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

Maple Butter Roasted Acorn Squash with Pecans

I think it's a hot soup and tea kind of day today.  I'm going to go make myself a cup of tea and start a pot of soup for dinner.  Have a great week!

Amy

 

Posted 10/10/2018 8:45pm by Amy Philson.

Another week has passed since my last newsletter.  And the weather hasn't changed.  This heat is very challenging for your veggie farmers.  Our summer crops have either been cleaned out of their beds are are still eking out their last hurrah with a fraction of their glorious yields of a month or two ago.  We have planted fall crops that are suited for cool nights and a mixture of warm and cool days...not 85 degree days!  The change coming with tomorrow's front is very welcome.

The weather has played havoc with our crops this year.  Unseasonable warmth is making our fall crops mature more quickly than they should, thus reducing their quality.  We are also dealing with an insect pest that is rarely seen in western PA:  the cross striped cabbageworm.  We normally have the bright green cabbage worms and cabbage moths hanging around, which do minimal damage to healthy plants.  But it seems that the cross striped cabbageworm was driven further north by Hurricane Florence last month and is attacking all of our brassicas.  Most insect pests don't bother kale very much, but Glacial Till Farm lost a large crop of it as well as salad mix.  I'm sure you have noticed the black spots on the broccoli from Detweiler Farm.  That is not mold; it is damage from these worms.  Our farmers have never experienced this insect before, and we hope that it won't survive the winter to reproduce next year. 

We do apologize to those of you who received inferior broccoli.  Some of the plants look beautiful on the surface, and the insect damage is revealed when they are cut. I have been able to salvage most of my broccoli with some time and a knife.  It's not ideal, but it's what we have to work with when we avoid chemical pesticides.  The warm weather has also caused the broccoli to mature too quickly, so this first batch is already finished.  Let's hope that our later season plantings of broccoli aren't damaged by this pest.  Those of you who have been CSA members in past years know that Detweiler Farm produces beautiful monster broccoli every fall, so you know that this is abnormal.

As of late last week, Miller Farm had a large crop of beets in the ground, and I planned on putting them in Full Shares and Small Shares.  When they went to harvest them this week, almost all of them were unusable.  They did find some good ones, but not enough to fill the shares.  So we improvised at the last minute and substituted some other items for the beets in some shares (see below).  I know that some of you are just as happy with no beets, though. :)

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 2 broccoli from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. tomatillos from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 inferno pepper from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 8 oz. salad greens from Glacial Till Farm
  • 8 oz. kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. beets OR green beans OR cabbage OR 2 lb. onions from Miller Farm
  • 3 choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Miller Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, and Springfield Acres

Small Share

  • 1 broccoli from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 8 oz. salad greens from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. beets OR green beans OR cabbage OR 2 lb. onions from Miller Farm
  • 1 onion from Miller Farm
  • 2 choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Miller Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, and Springfield Acres

Mini Share

  • 1 broccoli from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Miller Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, and Springfield Acres

Recipes

Autumn Vegetable Grain Salad with Cider Mustard Vinaigrette:  I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious!  If you like roasted veggie bowls, you will like this.  I filled my broccoli pan too full so it wasn't as crispy as I wanted it, but that's what sometimes happens when I cook for my large family.  I subbed quinoa for the farro, a mixture of salad greens and lettuce for the spinach, and used goat cheese instead of feta.  And of course Springfield Acres' fresh-pressed cider in the  dressing!

Asian Broccoli Stalk Salad:  Don't throw out your broccoli stems!

Coconut Curry Broccoli SoupCoconut Curry Broccoli Soup:  something different from the standard broccoli cheese soup

Spinach Artichoke Spaghetti Squash Boats with Chicken:  We love spinach artichoke dip, so this one is on the menu at my house this weekend.  This recipe has suggestions for making it vegetarian and vegan (I plan on leaving out the chicken).

Spaghetti Sauce with Thai Peanut Sauce

Roasted Tomatillo and White Bean Soup

Chicken Verde Taco Bowls

Favorite Green Salad with Cranberries, Apples, and Pepitas:  I would probably sub a different nut for the pepitas because I don't always have them on hand.  Toasted walnuts, pecans, or sunflower seeds would all work well here.

Have a great week!  And enjoy the cooler weather that is coming.

Amy

 

 

 

Posted 10/3/2018 10:21pm by Amy Philson.

We have come to the final week of Peak-of-the-Season Shares.  If you are one of our half-season CSA members, we hope that you have enjoyed the bounty of the season that you have received.  You can still order from the Webstore through November, but don't be surprised if our Webstore offerings in the Veggie Department are limited, since we reserve the best for CSA Shares.  

However, if you have a Peak-of-the-Season Share and do not wish to order anything from the Webstore, let me know and I will remove you from the email list so you aren't bothered by all the email reminders.  If you click unsubscribe to an email, then you will unsubscribe from all future emails, including announcements about signing up for the next season.

Farm News

Grateful Life Farm

It seems another season has flown by on us, as we prepare to harvest our last batch of chickens for the year tomorrow morning (Note: This was written last Friday, so the chickens are processed and in the freezer).  Looking back at this year's photos, it is amazing to observe how short our growing season is, but yet how much growth is accomplished in only a few month's time!  Here is a photo of our first chickens of the season on their first day on pasture in early May.  The trees haven't leafed out yet and the grass growth is just beginning.    

And here are the last chickens yesterday evening with the woods full and the grass bright and lush from all the rain we've had.  It's hard to believe the first frost and garlic planting time are only a few weeks away.

Glacial Till Farm

Some of us farm full-time, while others hold day jobs and farm part-time.  Derek from Glacial Till Farm does both!  He works on his family's large farm operation by day, and he and his wife and kids are developing sustainable farming operations on their two acres of tillable land at their home.  That means some long hours, including using headlamps to till and harvest, especially with the shortening daylight.  Here is his view this evening from behind the tiller.

Bushel and a Peck Farm

We are in the midst of our busy fall festival season.  Last weekend we were at McConnells Mill State Park, and this weekend we will be at Applefest in Franklin and Autumn Leaf Festival in Clarion.  Next week will find us at Zelienople's Country Fall Festival.

We have been anxiously awaiting more of our Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup to complete its aging process.  We had several batches earlier in the year that didn't have the flavor quite like we wanted it, so we have been sold out of our #1 product for several months.  We just opened the next batch of barrels last week and have been busy bottling it and our other specialty syrups for these festivals.

We also age green coffee beans in the bourbon barrels and have them roasted locally for some of the best coffee you will ever have.  At some of our festivals we serve hot and cold coffee and tea made in small batches beside our tent with our maple products.  

We love meeting people at the festivals and chatting about all things maple, sustainable farming, natural living, and more.  But after these three weeks we are exhausted.  Then we will turn our attention to planning for our holiday store at Grove City Outlets.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 3 delicata squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 kohlrabi from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 broccoli from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bunch carrots from Byler Farm OR 1 pt. cherry tomatoes from Miller Farm
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 bunch radishes from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 romaine lettuce OR kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 3 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, Glacial Till Farm and Byler Farm

Small Share

  • 2 delicata squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 broccoli from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm
  • 1 tomato from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, Glacial Till Farm and Byler Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 delicata squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 broccoli from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, Glacial Till Farm and Byler Farm

Recipes

Quinoa Broccoli Slaw with Honey Mustard Dressing

Asian Roasted Carrots and Broccoli

Broccoli Stir-Fry:  Quick and easy.  Add a protein to make it a complete meal.

Kohlrabi and Chickpea Curry

Kohlrabi and Carrot Soup

Roasted Delicata Squash with Tomatoes

Delicata Squash Tacos with Black Beans

Pasta with Delicata Squash and Greens

Happy fall!  Enjoy the beautiful weekend coming up.

Amy

Posted 9/30/2018 4:20pm by Amy Philson.

The seasons are beginning to change.  Our farmers are harvesting fall crops, and we are looking toward winter.  It's time to sign up for your Winter CSA Share so you can continue to eat local, organically grown food during the winter.

Our Winter Share prices are holding steady again this year, even though you are seeing higher prices in the grocery store.  What comes in the Winter Share?  Storage produce such as squash, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, beets, cabbage, and more.  Plus fresh produce as it is available such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and lettuce.  You may also receive a non-produce item in your share some weeks, such as maple syrup, honey, lotion, soap, or other farmer-produced products.

You can also order add-on Shares of eggs, ground beef, sausage, chicken, and/or cheese.  Save at least 50 cents/pound of meat and cheese by purchasing a Share.

Pickup locations for Winter are planned for Butler, Franklin, Grove City, Hermitage, Meadville, Mercer, and Slippery Rock.  New Wilmington and New Castle area:  our Mercer location is only 5 minutes from New Wilmington, just like last winter.  We need enough members at each location in order to deliver there, so you will want to sign up early and encourage your friends and neighbors to do so as well.

As always, Winter CSA is delivered every two weeks (with a three-week break at Christmas).  Our Winter Share runs December through March.

We only ask for a third of the payment in advance, with the remainder due in January.  This helps the co-op avoid paying income taxes on money that we have collected from you but will be paid to our farmers during the winter.

Click here to go to the sign-up page.  Or click here to learn more about the types of shares and pricing.

Do you prefer the Webstore?  Here is the link for the Webstore info page.

Questions?  Just reply to this email, and we will do our best to give you answers.

Thank you for supporting local farms.  We know it's more convenient to just buy all of your food from the grocery store.  Food with the organic label has become common and continues to expand.  By purchasing a Farm Share from local farms, you not only support the local economy, but you can also be assured that your food is truly grown in a sustainable manner rather than by a megafarm that may or may not be true to the organic label.  So when you go out of your way to pick up your CSA Share, please know that we appreciate your effort and your support of our small farms.

Amy Philson

NWPA Growers' Cooperative

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

 


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