Tuesday, February 5, 2019

We're Hiring!

If you haven't already heard the sad news, our sales and CSA manager Justin has moved to be closer to his family and left Clarion River Organics last month. So we're hiring a Sales and Procurement Manager to take his place. Please share this with anybody who would be great at helping organic farmers get their produce sold!
This could be your office back yard.

If you can get this sold shipped and delivered!

Sales and Procurement Manager

Responsibilities: To succeed in this position you will manage -
  1. Work flow
    Receive and compile
    product availability lists, send availability to customers, compile customer orders and send to farmers, provide packing lists to Operations Manager, compile finished packing lists into invoices, send updates of shorts to customers, provide invoices and delivery instructions to Operations Manager.
  2. Sales and outreach
    Keep customers informed about current and upcoming availability, coordinate purchases according to supply, keep customers informed of shortages or other problems.
    Increase customer base consistently before and during the growing season by seeking new customers and increasing purchases from existing customers. Attend conferences, trade shows and other relevant events to market CRO potential customers and brand awareness.
  3. Farmer base
    Ensure that our farmer suppliers are satisfied with sales and operations; that they are meeting our expectations and those of our customers regarding quality, timeliness, and information; that they are supported with information and training needed for successful product and compliance.

Job Outcomes: When you succeed in this position you will know it because-
  1. Customer orders reach customers on time, packed correctly and in good condition with accompanying paperwork. Customers are happy with CRO’s customer service and any issues are handled quickly.
  2. Growers, staff and customers all know the relevant information about daily availability, orders and processes and feel confident that they are kept informed.
  3. Sales volume exceed previous year.
  4. Outreach events are researched, prepared for and attended. Effectiveness is calculated in terms of new leads.
  5. New customer relationships are formed throughout the year and are carried into the new growing season

Expectations: To fit in at Clarion River Organics you will -
  1. Arrive at work at scheduled times ready to begin working.
  2. Be prepared to work approximately 50 hours a week between June and November, and approximately 30 hours a week between December and May.
  3. Be able to work on your feet up to 10 hours a day and be able to safely lift and pull upwards of 75 lbs many times a day.
  4. Stay calm and polite under stress and be prepared to deal with multiple unexpected requests, questions, and problems at the same time.
  5. Communicate continuously with other management, staff, farmers and customers especially regarding changes in plans or unexpected problems or uncertainties.
  6. Be very flexible with activities and hours, especially June to November.
  7. Candidate will need to live in or commute to the Clarion area.

Compensation/Benefits: In return for your good work you will receive -
  1. Salary commensurate with experience, $30,000/yr or more.
  2. Profit share.
  3. Up to $250/month health insurance reimbursement with proof of health insurance expense.
  4. Flexibility in scheduling and ability to direct your work day as you see fit.
  5. The appreciation of interesting farmers, passionate customers and supportive coworkers.
  6. Exposure to the produce industry and local food scene at all levels.
  7. The opportunity to create new ventures and share in their profits.
 Download the job description HERE 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Enjoy Local and Pastured Meat All Winter!

Winter is the time for lots of warm, home-cooked meals! Travel conditions can be far from friendly, and so keep us in the confines of our home more often. With that in mind, it's important to keep a steady supply of tasty, healthy and locally-raised meat at hand during the upcoming winter months ... so let us help! — Subscriptions for our CSA Meat Shares are available now!

We offer three share types: Beef, Pork and Chicken.
The meat is not certified organic, but the animals are antibiotic free, raised on organic pasture, and also fed organic hay and local non-GMO/organic grains.
(Visit our Meat Page to learn more about our meat and farmers.)
Beef Share (1/8 of a cow): $163 per delivery x 3 = $489/season
~16lbs per delivery of roasts, steaks, ground and braising meat.

Pork Share (1/4 of a pig): $126 per delivery x 3 = $378/season
~16lbs per delivery of  roasts, chops, ham/steak, bacon and sausage.

Chicken Share (9 roasters): $63 per delivery x 3 = $189/season
 3 whole chickens per delivery ~3.5-4lbs per roaster.

*Deliveries are scheduled for Thursday: December 13th; February 7th and April 11th*

(dependent upon participation)
Highland Park - Bryant Street Market
Lawrenceville - espresso a mano
McMurray - Sunny Bridge Natural Foods
Mt. Lebanon - Eden's Market
Moon Twp - Municipal Building
Oakmont - Today's Market
Regent Square - Biddles Escape
Southside - Delanie's Coffee
Wexford - Whole Foods
Sligo - CRO Warehouse
Erie - Whole Foods Cooperative

Please email csa@clarionriverorganics.com, or call 412-589-9276 with any questions!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Peak of Season CSA ... Open for Sign-Ups!

Our Peak of the Season CSA gives members a share of our harvest every week in August and September! Shares will contain some of the most anticipated fruits and vegetables of the summer: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, beans, squash and more!

Don't miss a great opportunity to become connected to where your food is grown and who grows it! — while also receiving the freshest and high quality, organic produce available. Not to mention receiving and eating many items you can't find anywhere else!

The season starts the week of August 5th and runs for 8 weeks until the end of September. 

We've two share sizes available that will be delivered weekly to a regular pick-up location: 
Traditional Full — 6 to 10 items for $32/week
Traditional Small — 5 to 8 items for $21/week

*New* this year is our Custom Share Option available in both sizes as well.
(learn more about the custom process here):
Custom Full — $35/week
Custom Small — $23/week

*You can still sign up for our Meat Shares, too!

Pick-up Locations
Allison Park, Aspinwall, Brookville, Clarion, DuBois, Highland Park, Lawrenceville, McMurray, Monroeville, Mt. Lebanon, North Side, Oakland, Oakmont, Punxsutawney, Regent Square, Robinson, Sewickley, Sligo, South Side, Squirrel Hill, Strip District, Upper St. Clair and Wexford

For more information, or if you have any questions, please call us at 412-589-9276.

A colorful Full Share

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

*NEW* Custom Share CSA Option

We grow. You choose!

Have you ever wished for a CSA share where you could pick exactly what you get each week and take weeks off when you need to? Well, now you can with our new Custom Share option!

We hope the option will attract your interest and commitment whether you’re a former member, current member, or someone who has always wanted to join a CSA farm but eventually held back because of a few common concerns shared by most CSA lovers. Chief among those concerns, we've learned, are food waste and food taste. This new option, we think, will address those worries! Let us explain...

What is a “Traditional” share? What is a “Custom” share? How do they differ?
A traditional share is a box of produce (containing 5-10 items) pre-determined by your farmers. Each week, based on their projected harvests, they select a collection of vegetables and fruits to give to you. They harvest their selections, we pack them into a box for you and quickly deliver them to your chosen host site.

Our new “custom” or “free-choice” option, on the other hand, will give you the ability to choose, item-by-item, the vegetables and/or fruit you want delivered in your share each week. While the “traditional” box is chosen for you by the farmers each week, the “custom” option gives you the final say on what produce you will receive. You’ll be given access to our inventory each week; and YOU get to build a box full of vegetables and fruit according to your taste!

How do I “build my box” each week?
After signing up for the Custom share, we will help you create an online account that will give you access to our online storefront — or, in other words, our online farm-stand. (A snapshot of what the storefront looks like is included below.) If you’re familiar with shopping online, navigating the storefront will be a piece of cake. Nevertheless, we will share a “How To” video detailing all the steps between and including the ‘log in’ and ‘checkout’ so you are all prepped and ready to go well before the first CSA delivery (May 29th!).

Storefront Screenshot

Do I have to customize my share each week?
Certainly not. That’s up to you! All of our CSA members, by default, will be scheduled to receive the "Traditional" farmer’s choice each week. But as a Custom member, you have three options available to you:
1. If you like what the farmers selected and have no desire to change the share contents — great!, nothing more will be asked of you, and you can expect that share to be delivered as usual.
2. If the share doesn’t altogether suit your taste, then you’ll just need to log-in to our storefront, shop through our inventory, and build the share to your preference.
3. If you’d rather not receive anything at all — that’s OK, too; just log-in to our storefront and cancel the default weekly order.

Are my choices limited at all?
Far from it! With full access to our entire product list, the choices (and combinations of your choices) are many! Build a box of individual items one week (i.e. 1 head lettuce, 2lbs blue potatoes, 1lb carrots, 1lb candy onion, 2lb heirloom tomatoes, etc.), order only bulk another week (say, a case of 24 ears of sweet corn), or build a box and order bulk in the same week … the choice is yours! All we’ll ask is that you confirm an order for delivery that is at minimum $22. There is, of course, no maximum:)

A colorful and delicious variety
Is there a deadline for customizing the share each week? Will I be reminded in case I forget?
Yes, and Yes. You can expect to receive a newsletter from us the Thursday before the next delivery date letting you know what the farmer’s have selected for that week’s share. After reading the newsletter, if you’d prefer to alter the share (or cancel the order altogether) you will have until Saturday morning to login to your account and place your new order. If no custom order is placed, or no cancellation is made, then we will assume your content with the farmer’s choice and will deliver that accordingly.

OK — I somewhat understand, but I’m still at little confused … I have more questions!
Sorry about that! Please give us a call at 412-589-9276 — we’ll be happy to clear up any confusion we’ve caused and answer the questions we left unaddressed!


This sounds great!! How do I join?!
Excellent! You can join our farms here: Sign-up Page!

Monday, April 30, 2018

"Keep us here all simply in the springing of the year..."

Spring Greetings from all of us at CRO!

Sprouting Greens
Yes, we think it's safe to say Spring is finally here! It's hard to believe more than half of April went by before your CRO growers could plow their fields, let alone transplant their greenhouse seedlings. Nevertheless, progress has been made and we hope you're as excited as they are for the first, fresh vegetables of the season!

While continual fieldwork is in order for your growers, they’ve also tied up administrative duties — harvest plans are officially confirmed! Now the fun part of farming and hard workseeing if harvest projections can be reached or exceeded begins!

CRO continues to grow, and we welcomed two additional local growers into our cooperative this year, which will happily increase our variety even more. These families are looking forward to introducing themselves to all of our CSA members and can't wait to help feed you and your family.

Rippling Brook Farm Greenhouse

Speaking of food, by the time June rolls around, you can expect to enjoy our organic: asparagus, beans, beets, bok choy, brocolli, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, cucumber, kale, lettuce varieties, onions, scallions, strawberries, tomatoes and zucchini!

It's hard to believe, but in just four weeks our first 2018 CSA share will be delivered!

Don't forget about our new Free Choice CSA option this season — a box full of our available produce completely customized by you! Enjoy the freedom each week to select, item-by-item, what you’d like to have delivered to you in your CSA box! Subscribing to this option will allow you to create an account for our online storefront, and will give you access to our entire inventory each week — a virtual farm-stand, so to speak! It's a perfect CSA for those of us who worry about waste *and* struggle with picky vegetable taste!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions. 

Happy Spring from All of Us at CRO!

How fortunate each dawn...