August 24th 2015 Newsletter

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: Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Green Peppers, Red Italian (Corno Di Toro) Sweet Pepper, Purple Pepper, Squash, and Cukes.

In the height of summer

Summer is just about over for you, isn’t it?  Kids are going back to school and the daily schedule of School, Dinner, Homework, and Bed are imposed.  But for us, it feels like we’re just at the peak of summer.  You can tell around here by the general morale of the crew.  It’s easy to become disgruntled when working long hours and chipping away at endless (seeming) tasks, like harvesting tomatoes.  Last Thursday and Friday were late nights (up to 10:30 pm) and apprentices are starting to have tomato dreams.

I always give the same pep-talk every year.  August is tough, but it won’t last…. we are at the peak of our game now – but the days will get cooler and shorter and the lighter (and faster to harvest) crops will be coming back (arugula, spinach).  We all have to keep our motivation up and get through August…. we’re so close to Fall!  We’re working long hours and it feels like we’ll never catch up (which we won’t, but that’s OK).  We’re pushing to get the last of the fall crops planted, keeping up with weeding and irrigation (it’s been so dry!) and staying on top of the harvesting.  Oh!  I forgot to mention that we’re canning tomatoes like professionals too!  We’ve put up at least 30 quarts of Pizza sauce, for all those future Pizza parties here.

Don’t get me wrong.  This is the toughest and best part of the season!  “We eat like kings and work like dogs!” – Greg

Next Month:  Outdoor Movie Night!! Sept 19th   Please RSVP

We’re excited to try out a new idea – we’re going to have a movie night at the farm.  We’ll choose a ‘kid friendly’ movie -(recommendations are welcome! Right now we are thinking of going with Babe), and try to start it as early as the daylight will allow.  The sun sets around 7 in mid September – so the show will start around 8 pm.  

We’ll provide popcorn – you bring refreshments, a blanket, bug spray and have fun!

The Big Share

We’re collaborating with CHS (Community Human Services) for The Big Share.  A Farm to Table Dinner and Concert.  Saturday October 3rd.  

Go to CHSCorp.org for tickets!

All profits from tickets sold will go towards buying produce (CSA shares) from our farm which we will then, deliver to the CHS food pantry.

If you’re looking for a fancy local dinner that serves multiple good causes, this is the one!  Help benefit our farm and get good, nutritious food to those experiencing Food Insecurity!
Photo Courtesy of Adam Miliron

Family Friendly Days in our Area!

Join us for a day with Farm Family Kindermusik on Saturday morning, September 19th.  (Weather Permitting)

Help Celebrate!  Christa Beck (one of our long-time CSA members) has been teaching Kindermusik in the Alle-Kiski Valley for 15 years now!

Kindermusik

1212 Carlisle Street

Natrona HeightsPA  15065

MOPS Sarver

It’s about time for MOPS to get together soon! Get together with a bunch of great ladies with a passion for life, love and family!  Join their Meet the Moms event on September 2 & 16th.  Click on the link above for more details.  Once the farm slows down, you’ll see Jen and Evelyn at the MOPs meetings too!

Storytime and Lapsit at the Community Library of Allegheny Valley (Natrona Heights

We really enjoy the story time with Ms Judy!  Hope to see you there!

Local Goods:

Natrona Bottling Co. – Brewed fresh here in Natrona, this beverage is High Fructose Corn Syrup Free and Local!  If you’re gonna eat junk food – it might as well be local junk food!
Allegro Hearth Bakery Fresh bread and sweets available at the farm pickup only.  Made fresh every Tuesday night – amazing stuff!
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.
Brenkel’s Organic Farm – in Zelienople, supplies us with a few veggies too. 
Conneautee Creamery – Artisan cheeses made from grass fed cows.
Harmony Hill Farm – supplies us with pasture raised, grass fed beef.  We’ll have ground beef on hand at $7/lb.
Northwoods Ranch – located in Gibsonia area, this farm specialies in all pasture raised, Non-GMO and soy free beef and pork.  They raise heritage breeds of pigs and Highland Cattle for beef.  Currently, we only have ground beef from these guys.
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.   

Look for Red Raspberry Jelly!

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!!

Sincerely,

Your Farmers,

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

 

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