October 6th 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: Potatoes, Green Peppers, Red Italian (Corno Di Toro) Sweet Pepper, Purple (Islander) Pepper, broccoli raab, greens mix, beet greens, kale, scallions, arugula, and pumpkins!

October is Crazy!

We started October with a bang! Saturday’s event was tremendous and we’re happy to plan for it again next year! Now, we’ve got to get back to business!

Tomorrow, we’re hosting a group of Grow Pittsburgh Apprentices – showing them around the farm, working a little and enjoying another round of pizzas.

Thursday, we’re hosting 65 kids from Sewickley Academy for the morning. At 10 am – they’ll arrive and we’re breaking them into groups and putting them straight to work. 1) shucking garlic, 2) planting garlic 3) mulching garlic 4) pulling out tomato stakes. After a busy morning we will give them a tour, fill their bellies with pizza and send them on their way. We had Sewickley Academy out to the farm last year and it really turned out well. We’re excited to have them back again and looking forward to getting a lot of work done!

We need help!

Now that the weather is cooler and much more pleasant, volunteers are starting to come out of the wood work! It’s great!!

If you or you know someone who has a relatively open schedule – we could use some more volunteer help on the farm. Specifically, for harvesting: Tuesdays 9 – 1:30 or Fridays 9 – 1:30 (we’ll provide lunch). For weeding: Mondays, Thursdays or Saturdays – anytime.

Would this fit into your office’s community service needs? Send the appropriate person our way! We can work with groups too!

Get in touch with Jen@blackberrymeadows.com and let me know if you’re interested! Thanks!!

The Big Share

Despite the cold weather – we had an amazing turnout and a great time at The Big Share event here at the farm. It quit raining mid-afternoon and left the farm chilly, damp and muddy… but folks kept coming! We had maybe 185 folks turn up for the festivities and food. The folks as CHS we so happy with the results – they’re already talking about doing it again next year! I’m sure I’ll miss some folks – but off the top of my head – I’d like to thank Community Human Services (Trevor, Mel, Tim (head chef) and their volunteers and staff) for orchestrating this whole event! Thanks to: Spack Brothers who served up some amazing pizzas from our wood oven; Pittsburgh Ice Cream Co – with outstanding local/fresh ice creams, UPMC for donating the tent, Cafe De Amore for providing FTO coffee, Full Pint Brewing for the good beer, Butcher on Butler for smoking the pig and Heilmans Hogwash for providing the pasture raised pork, and the musicians – who kept us warm and dancing all night long! Please forgive me for forgetting the numerous other folks who contributed to this event. It was a raging success! (Thanks to Dad for taking the pictures!)

Garlic Soup! – (A great way to use up a lot of Garlic!) – from Larry and Judy Laurinatis

Czech Garlic Soup
8 cups water or broth
1 Tbs salt
3 heads of garlic, cleaned
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp caraway, crushed
2-3 large potatoes, diced
2 Tbs butter
2 Tbs parsley
4 slices dark rye bread
Mash garlic with salt. Place garlic and salt in large pot, add water or broth and slowly bring to boil.

Reduce heat to simmer.

Add crushed caraway, potatoes and marjoram.

Cook until potatoes are done. Test for seasoning.

Fry bread in butter till golden and serve with soup.

Sprinkle with parsley

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 Biologicalcreams, 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.

Mom’s Red Raspberry Jelly (made with our berries and organic sugar!) will be available this week.

Also – we’ve roasted coffee! We’ll have that for sale too!

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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