Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pastured Turkeys For Sale

Your CRO growers are back at it again! ... Daniel and Arlene Miller are raising pastured turkeys for your 2017 Thanksgiving celebrations. Keeping with tradition, their birds were raised on the healthy diet of pasture, bugs, seeds, (locally-grown) non-GMO grains, and scraps of the organically-grown produce grown on the farm.
Turkey Party

A farm-fresh holiday Turkey will range from 17-19 lbs, and can be reserved and picked up at any of our current CSA pickup locations the week before the holiday (the week of November 12th).

Turkeys are $75.82 for all weights, approximately $4.46/lb.

Orders can be placed here.

Email info@clarionriverorganics.com or call us at 412-589-9276 with any questions.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn CSA Potluck

Autumn is here — which calls to mind colorful foliage, decorative squashes, bushel baskets of fruit, and countless other images of rustic beauty. Why not experience them all first-hand while joining us for another CSA farmer/member appreciation Potluck lunch!

Don't miss another opportunity to visit the land on which your food is grown, to personally meet some of your growers and their families, and to mingle with other CSA members and CRO staff!

Schmucker Family Farms will be our host on Saturday, October 7th. The Potluck lunch will begin at noon, with plenty of time afterwards to walk through the farm and speak with the farmers (and their families). Tobie will allow us to walk alongside his apple trees and take home some apples, too!

Click HERE to RSVP and reserve your spot!

Below are some scenes from our first CSA Potluck this season:

Barn Lunch
Members harvesting Kale to take home.

Strolling through the farm on a beautiful day!

Once you RSVP, event details such as address and directions to the farm will be emailed to you a week before we will meet. If you have any other inquiries, please email CSA@clarionriverorganics.com or call 412-589-9276. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Registration Open: Peak of Season CSA ... Sign Up Now!

Unfamiliar but curious about Community Supported Agriculture? Interested in supporting local, organic, family farmers? Do you enjoy fresh, nutritious and delicious(!) food? Well...

Our Peak of the Season CSA gives members a weekly farm-share from our harvest every week during 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 and who your food comes from, while also receiving the freshest and high quality produce available. Not to mention receiving and eating many items you can't find anywhere else!

The season starts the week of August 6th and runs for 8 weeks until the end of September. Sign Up Here!

We've two share sizes available that will be delivered weekly to a regular pick-up location: 
Full — 6 to 10 items for $32/week
Small — 5 to 8 items for $21/week
*You can still sign up for our Meat Shares, too!

Pick-up Locations
Allison Park, Aspinwall, Brookville, Clarion, Downtown Pittsburgh, DuBois, Greenfield, 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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Tour de Farm

Come join us to celebrate the start of a new growing season! Spring has sprung, and our green-cloaked farms are richly covered with healthy lettuces, fruit seedlings, and other delicious plants seeking to show off their early-season growth! Come see for yourself ... oh, and don't forget: there will be some animals to visit, too! Why not enjoy a potluck, a hay wagon tour, and some Kale (and possibly strawberry) picking?!

We hope you can make the trip to see our produce and fields. It's an excellent opportunity to connect with the land on which your food is grown, meet your growers and their families, and meet other CSA members and some of our staff!

Click HERE to RSVP and reserve your spot!

Once you RSVP, event details such as address and directions to the farm will be emailed to you a week before we will meet. If you have any other inquiries, please email CSA@clarionriverorganics.com or call 412-589-9276. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

"Bacon" In The Sun

Pork flavor comes down to three things: breed, diet and quality of life. If you take a great heirloom breed, feed it a diverse natural diet and keep it happy and healthy you'll get the best pork you've ever tasted. That's what you get in a Clarion River Organics pork share.

The red coat is a Tamworth and the black coats are Berkshires.
Like our cattle, our hogs are bred and raised on one of our co-op farms. The farm is named Hill Top Farm, and Emanuel Schmidt and his family tend to it. Emanuel raises two different types of hogs: Berkshire and Tamworth.

Tamworth hogs are one of the oldest pig breeds. They tend to be leaner with good texture and a balanced flavor, and have a reputation of providing the best bacon! Berkshire hogs are also an older breed, and are known to have darker and more marbled meat that produces a delicious buttery flavor. 

There's a reason they say "Happy
as a pig in mud!"
Our hogs are raised in pasture and have access to large amounts of hickory nuts, which both breeds have a nose for! This helps to give them a natural hickory flavor.

Though they are not certified organic, the hogs are fed non-GMO feed and scraps of our organic produce. Antibiotics are only used in extreme cases, in small doses, and long before the hogs are sent to the butcher so the antibiotics are out of their system.

The hogs are sent to a local butcher who adds no MSG or artificial color to any of the sausage or cured meat. The hams and bacon do have nitrates though.

Here are some details about our Pork share:
The total price of the share is $330. 
A share is equivalent of 1/4 of a pig (48 lbs). 
You can expect three deliveries of 16 lbs. each in June, August and October.You'll get a mix of bacon, ham, roasts, sausage, and ground pork. 

It’s not too late to become a member — click hereYou can buy a meat share without buying a vegetable share if you want. If you've already purchased a vegetable share and would like to add a meat share just email us csa@clarionriverorganics.com and we'll add it on for you.