Friday, July 1, 2016

Peak Season CSA Registration Open!

Gonna be some hefty shares!

Our Peak of the Season CSA shares include some of the most anticipated veggies of the summer. If you'd like to try a CSA but can't commit to the entire 6 month season, you have some picky eaters in the house, or you missed signups for the full season CSA you have come to the right place. 8 weeks of tomatoes, peppers, green beans, summer squash, cucumbers, carrots, sweet corn, greens, lettuce, watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberries, ground cherries and more. Season starts the 1st week in August and runs for 8 weeks. Full shares are $30/week and small shares are $20/week.

You can still sign up for meat shares too!

Online signups are now closed

Email or call 
412-589-9276 to sign up

Or, contact us for more info:

Monday, May 30, 2016

2016 Meat Shares

It's time again to sign up for the best all natural meat you can find in the area!

We've got 100% grass fed beef, pastured pork and pastured chicken to keep you grilling and roasting all year long. Our vegetable farms all raise animals in order to improve their soils and make their farms more sustainable. The meat animals are not certified organic, but they are all natural. All of our animals are antibiotic and GMO free. They are raised on organic pasture and fed organic hay or locally grown non-GMO grains. The cows and pigs are sent to a USDA Certified butcher to be processed and the chickens are butchered on the farm. All our meat is free of nitrates and MSG. 

You'll get bi-monthly deliveries that represent 1/8 of a cow (~48 lb), 1/4 of a pig (~48 lb), or nine chickens (~36 lb).  Find out more about how our cows, pigs and chickens are raised.

Each delivery will bring you about 16 pounds of beef or pork and 12 pounds of chicken. Deliveries will be in June, August and October.

Here is a breakdown of what might be included in each meat share. Cuts may vary depending on the animal:

Beef:                                                   Pork:                                          Chicken:
2 New York Strip                               6 Bone-in Chops                         9 Roasting Chickens
2 Sirloin Steaks                                  6 Boneless Chops                       
2 Rib Eye Steaks                                1 Butt Roast
2 Tenderloin Steaks                            2 Spare Ribs
2-3 Round Steaks                               6 Ground Pork
1 Arm or Rump Roast                        3 Breakfast Sausage Links     
1 Sirloin Tip Roast                             2 Sweet Italian Sausage Bulk
2 Chuck Roasts                                   1 Sweet Italian Casing
2 Short Ribs                                        2 Hot Italian Sausage Bulk
2 Stew Beef                                        1 Hot Italian Casing
1 Brisket or Flank or Skirt Steak       6 Ham Steaks
18 Ground Beef                                  6 Bacon            
                                                            2 Hocks

Beef Share: $140 per delivery x 3 = $420/season
Pork Share: $110 per delivery x 3 = $330/season
Chicken Share: $60.5 per delivery x 3 = $181.50/season

For more information about our CSA or to sign up go to CSA Summer 2016

We look forward to another great season with you!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

See you in CRO country!

Please join us to celebrate the start of a new growing season. Spring on the farms is lush with crisp greens and lettuces of which we grow many varieties. You'll tour thru a few in the fields and get a shot at Kale picking. 

We hope you can make it out to see our produce and fields, connect with the land on which your food is grown, and celebrate the beginning of the growing season with us, our growers, and each other.

Click HERE to RSVP and reserve your spot!

Once you RSVP the 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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New opportunities to work with CRO!

Now that Katie has filled out a great Pittsburgh Farm Market team it's my turn to find some awesome people join me in the heart of the cooperative in Sligo. We're looking for two warehouse workers, two delivery drivers and a general manager. And for the first time we can now offer housing as part of the deal to help you get settled in our here in the country. If you like helping farmers and sharing a mission with like minded people you will love Clarion River Organics.
Join the team!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Market Style CSA: Commit with Freedom

We recently received an email from one of our CSA members asking us, "if I am picking up my CSA at the farmers' market what advantages do I get as part of the CSA that I wouldn't get just buying my produce there each week?" It is a great question and I'm surprised we haven't received it more often, as we've been distributing CSA shares at farmers' markets for years. 

So, commit to local organic agriculture by joining a CSA or keep your freedom of choice and shop freely at your local market?

People want the freedom to choose and we get it. 

Research shows that lack of choice is one of the main reasons people try a CSA and don't return. They've had they're CSA experience and got to explore seasonal eating. And, it was probably nice but the lack of choice outweighs their desire to support local agriculture and all the other impalpable benefits related to environment and economy. 

Enter the Market Style CSA

Pay upfront, like a traditional CSA, but pick out exactly what you like each week, including: vegetables, fruit, eggs, grains, canned goods, and meats. You will get 10% off your bill each week just for being part of the market style CSA. Then, your weekly bill (which will be variable) will be deducted from your total balance.

- $500 (up front or 4 installment payments)
- Shop Phipps or Sewickley Market 
- 10% off retail price at our stand

The market style CSA is for those who prefer shopping whereas the traditional CSA pickup at our farm markets is a 'grab and go' style, quick and simple. 

Phipps: Wednesdays - 2:30-6:30
(1st week in June - October)
Sewickley: Saturdays - 9:00-1:00
(beginning of May - November)

Sign up for a CSA Here

There are still benefits to the traditional CSA model. Of course the whole CSA concept of supporting the growers thru seasonal, weather dependent, pest dependent glut and shortages is important to us and the growers. This is the foundation of the CSA model.

Oftentimes, CSA members get premium items and what we have limited quantities of. Your upfront commitment ensures you get first dibs on the best we have at the time. Now, sometimes the market stand will have small amounts of items we don't have enough of to include in even one CSA route. You will see a more diverse offering at the markets because as items are just starting to be harvested, or on their way out, often quantities are very small.

We don't really like to advertise this next one as we'd rather focus on the quality of the produce and the entire CSA experience but with the traditional CSA, since you're buying in mass with all of the CSA members, the price is reduced when compared to regular retail or farmers' market prices. The savings to you is substantial.

Especially for 1st time members it's of great value to experience the whole Pennsylvania growing season and get exposed to new and unfamiliar items you may not choose at the market, therefore expanding your pallet and cooking abilities. In addition, the weekly CSA newsletters and recipes are helpful to many folks who aren't familiar with such seasonal eating. The CSA model is challenging in some ways and may feel constrictive at first, but it's also a good challenge as CSA members expand their knowledge and flexibility in the kitchen gaining lifelong skills.