Friday, October 24, 2014

Turkey Time!

 Danielle and Arlene Miller are prepping for a delicious holiday season this year, starting with pastured turkeys for your Thanksgiving feast. Their birds were raised on pasture, eating bugs and such, also fed locally grown, Non-GMO grains and organic produce scraps. They will range in size from 17-23 lbs and can be reserved and picked up at any of our current CSA pickup locations the week before the holiday.

Turkeys are $4.25/lb. Pay $30 deposit now, and you will be charged the remainder automatically upon pickup. 

Turkeys come frozen. You will not be able to choose the exact size you would like, rather they will all be between 17-23 lbs. 

Email with any questions.

Sign Up For Your Turkey Here
Current CSA members or not can use the link above to access the online store and place an order
Or, if you would just like to look at a list of current pickup locations, days and times.

Any other questions contact Mr. Ed.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Winter CSA Sign-ups Open!

Be ready when winter rolls in! Reserve your spot in our Winter CSA and reserve your source of local organic produce during the coldest winter months.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Join us this Fall for our Annual Harvest Fest

Please join us for a festive Harvest Celebration, complete with Farm Tours, Produce Picking, Potluck Dinner, Bonfire, and Roasted Butternut Squash Pie with homemade Ice Cream. The fall foliage should be beautiful this time of year!

Click HERE to RSVP and reserve your spot!

Once you RSVP, events details, such as address and directions to the farm, will be emailed to you the week before. Any other inquiries please email or call 412-589-9276

Friday, August 29, 2014

Best Red Kuri Crop Ever

Summer is coming to a close but that means the height of the harvest is just beginning. We are swimming in all kinds of tomatoes and peppers, we still have tons of cabbage even as the fall cabbage is about the be ready, and the onions and garlic are harvested and curing. It's been a record year for all of those things, but the most exciting for me is our best Red Kuri crop ever.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

What a Beautiful Day!

What a beautiful day to be outside! The sun is shining, its not too hot, and there is a nice little breeze blowing through. Unlike the past few days where it was hot and muggy!

So for my farm day today I was back over at Rippling Brook Farm. When I got there Aaron and his children were picking cabbage, again (this is like the 10th time, or more!) I wasn't sure what to do so he sent me over to weed the jalapeno peppers with one of his daughters. I don't like hot stuff but those peppers looked good!

After that we started weeding cabbage (almost thought I was back to that first day.)

And while we were weeding, we stumbled upon this little fe-llow (female fellow :) .....

This is a female Black and Yellow Argiope spider (Argiope aurantia.) Argiopes are orb weavers, meaning they spin their webs in a beautiful circlular design. Argiopes are also one of the few spiders that are active during the day. They are commonly found in fields and gardens, like the one we found today.

Another characteristic of Argiopes and day active spiders is they spin stabilimenta. Stabilimenta is a thick, zig-zag shaped web, which you can see in this picture. It is uncertain what the stabilimenta is used for for certain, but speculations are that it is used for either stabilizing the web (stable is the root word), attracting prey, or discouraging predators by the reflection of UV rays. Either way, its a pretty cool feature of the Agriope.

I learned about this spider, and many more, in one of my classes at SRU. I am glad that I am able to put my learned knowledge to work and that I could share this knowledge with you. Also, like most spiders, Agriopes are venomous to their prey, but to humans, the bite isn't any worse than a bee sting. So if you see one in your own garden, please do not harm this beautiful creature!