June 14th 2015 Newsletter

Let the Veggies Begin!

Here’s where you’ll find all the info you’ll need to know about your first pick up:

For Your First Pick-Up:

Our fist pick up of the CSA will be on Wednesday June 17th and Saturday June 20th.  

If you’re coming to the farm to pick up: stop at the barn (at 7115 Ridge Rd) it will be open from 11am – 7 pm.  Just park by the old wooden barn and come in.  We’ll check your name off and give you an intro to our CSA system.  Bring your own bag please!

If you’re picking up at the Phipps Farmers Market: we’ll be at our market stand from 2:30pm – 6:30pm.   Swing by and pick up your veggies.  Bring your own bags please!  If you’d like us to bring down items that we sell in the barn – just let jen@blackberrymeadows.com know.  Each newsletter will list the items we have for sale.

If you’re picking up at the Mt Lebanon Farmers Market: We’ll be at our market stand on Saturday from 9 am – 12 pm.   Swing by and pick up your veggies.  Bring your own bags please!  If you’d like us to bring down items that we sell in the barn – just let jen@blackberrymeadows.com know.  Each newsletter will list the items we have for sale.

If you’re picking up at the Boyd Community Center, on Powers Run Rd: we’ll be there from 9 – 11 am.  We’re on the playground side of the building – in the little porch/alcove entrance into the building.  There’s some serious construction going on there now – so things may change – but we’ll keep you posted.  Bring your own bags and let me know if you’d like us to bring items for sale from the barn.  Just let jen@blackberrymeadows.com know.  Each newsletter will list the items we have for sale.

**If you’ve signed up for a 1/2 share:  We’ll let you know when your start date will be.  If you start on the first week, you’ll be an “odd share”, if you start on the second week, you’ll be an “even share”. ** Look for another email to follow.

If you’ve signed up for a summer share, fall share, or winter share – (meaning you start later than the rest of the CSA members):  We’ll let you know when your first pick up will be.

The Weekly Menu

What you can roughly expect to receive each week:

Here’s where we list what is going to be in the weekly shares.  What we think we will harvest when writing the newsletter – may not necessarily be what’s actually ready on harvest day.  We’ll do our best to get it right!

This week:  Kale, Bok Choy, Lettuce, Chives, Edible Flowers, Turnip Greens, Garlic Scapes, and possibly cilantro.

Local Goods:

Frankferd Farms – place an order with them at the end of the month and we’ll have it on hand at your CSA pick-up

Natrona Bottling Co. – Brewed fresh here in Natrona, this beverage is High Fructose Corn Syrup Free and Local!

Allegro Hearth Bakery- Fresh bread and sweets available at the farm pickup only.  

Jarosinski Farm – we’re excited to be working with Kevin, a young fellow in Buffalo Township who is tending high quality pasture raised chickens for eggs and meat.

Kopar Honey Farm – talk about local!  The Kopars keep bees on our farm, as well as other locations in southwestern, PA.

Clarion River Organics – we purchase potatoes, watermelon, winter squash and other items from them that we may not be growing this year.

Conneautee Creamery – grass fed cheeses.

Harmony Hill Farm – supplies us with pasture raised, grass fed beef.  We’ll have ground beef on hand at $7/lb.

Hunter Farms –  keeps us supplied with the best Certified Organic Blueberries  around.  They usually start up in July.  

Una Biological – creams, salves, and balms.  All made in small batches, with organic and some locally sourced ingredients.

Value added from the Farm

We dabble in a few hand crafted items.  We’ll purchase fair trade, organic, green coffee beans and roast them in our wood oven.  

We also make cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream, chocolate milk, kefir, sour cream, ricotta, skim milk and full fat milk.  If you’d like to purchase any of our raw grass-fed dairy products, you must become a member of C.A.R.E. first – just $20 a year for membership.   Ask Jen for more details.  We have limited supplies.  

We just made some fantastic Garlic Salt this spring with our left over garlic cloves from 2015.  Mixed with high quality Himalayan Salt – it’s great for a seasoning on most meals and as an addition to popcorn! 

There will also be a few batches of Kombucha, water kefir, maybe some jams and jellies, salsas and canned tomato products.

Culinary Tips and Tricks:

Cooking and Preserving ideas – among other culinary hints for produce from the farm:

Here’s where we will provide you with our favorite recipes for some of the produce you will be getting each week.  We’ll also provide links to other helpful websites.  Feel free to share your recipes with us and we’ll pass them around our CSA community!

Gear up and educate yourself on Garlic Scapes.  There’s going to be a few weeks of scapes in your life and you’ll have to dive in a be prepared.  Luckily, they store extremely well;  just put them in a ziplock bag with a damp paper towel.  They’ll store in your fridge for a while.  Consider using them in place of garlic.  It’s great sautéed in stirfry, or omelets.  Once you have a stockpile, consider pickling them – Pickled Scapes are amazing (or take it a step further and try lacto-fermented garlic scapes)!  You can also make Garlic Scape Pesto too – yum!

Don’t be afraid of your greens either – in general, they are easy to sauté with a little salt and seasoning.  I’ll give out some recipes throughout the season.  

Be sure to sign up for our Dinner on the Farm event this month.  We’re hosting a “Taste of Italy” on June 27th.

We’ll take in the beauty of summer while dining al fresco. You don’t want to miss the chance to enjoy a meal made in our very own wood fire oven. Seating is limited so RSVP today! 

Thanks for choosing our CSA.  We strive to grow nutrient dense, wholesome foods for you.  We think what we do is hard work – but important for our family, friends, and community.  There’s a few things that we find important: growing good food, participating in the local economy, being good stewards to the environment, providing our community with access to a farm, farm animals and the outdoors, and teaching new and beginning farmers what we know.  By being a CSA member and supporting our endeavors, you’re helping us to achieve our goals.  Thanks!!


Your Farmers,Greg, Jen, Evelyn, Matt, Sam, Dawn and Haven



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