Friday, April 17, 2015

What's the Beef?

Here at  Clarion River Organics, we pride our selves on our organically raised, 100% grass-fed beef.*

Our cows are raised by two brothers, James and Emanuel Schmucker. The brothers both raise their cattle in open pasture with plenty of grass, and in the winter feed them only organic hay.

Absolutely no growth hormones are used, and only in extreme cases of necessity are antibiotics used, and the animals are not sent to be processed until the antibiotics are out of their system. Also, all of our animals are MSG and nitrate free.

 Both growers breed their own cattle, with James raising a Devon-Angus cross, and Emanuel raising a Limousin-Angus cross. The cows are then raised to about two years old, when they have the best marbling, and then sent to our choice, USDA certified butcher, Whitings Meats in local New Wilmington, PA.

We believe that grass-fed animals are a healthier and more sustainable way of raising our cattle, as they are raised in healthier conditions than cattle raised in lots, who are more inclined to diseases which can harm them and us, and emit more methane gas. Our cattle are raised in smaller herds, lessening the chance of disease and reducing the amount of emissions released in air. They are also more economically stable since there is no need to buy grains since the grass is already provided, and they aren't bought as calves because they are bred on our farms.

*not certified organic

Monday, March 23, 2015

Last Chance to Sign Up for Easter Meats!

Don't miss out on your chance to get a ham, turkey or leg of lamb for your Easter dinner!

Sign ups close this Thursday, so order yours now!

 Our hams come from pigs raised by
Emanuel Schmidt, who raises  his pigs
 in pasture, and supplements them with
 local, non-GMO feed and  organic
vegetable scraps.

The turkeys are pastured as well by Daniel Miller, and also supplemented with organic scraps and local, non-GMO grains.

Our lambs are raised by their mothers, with a little help from Marty at Hidden Valley farm. The lambs
 have plenty of space and lighting to keep them healthy and happy.

The weight of each animal will vary, with hams weighing between 8-10 lbs at $6/lb; turkeys weighing between 17-20 lbs at $4.25/lb; and lamb legs weighing between 5-7 lbs at $11/lb.

A $30 deposit is required at the time of sign up, and the remainder of the cost will be charged the evening of your pick up.

To sign up, follow this link:

You will be prompted to sign in as a guest, choose your meat, enter your payment information, and select a pickup time and location.

This is the last week of sign ups, so don't miss out!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meat Share Sign-ups Now Open!

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. 

With the new season we're offering a new distribution style. Instead of getting a monthly delivery of unspecified cuts, you'll get bi-monthly deliveries that represent 1/8 of a cow, 1/4 of a pig, or nine chickens. That will equal the same amount of beef or pork as previous years, about 48 pounds total. It's just half the amount of  chicken compared to previous years though, so sign up for more than one share if you want!

Each delivery will bring you about 16 pounds for beef and pork and 9-12 pounds for chicken, depending on when you receive the stewing chicken. Deliveries will be the first week in July, September and November.

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                         8 Roasting Chickens
2 Sirloin Steaks                                  6 Boneless Chops                        1 Stewing Chicken
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: $55 per delivery x 3 = $165/season

For more information about our CSA or to sign up go to CSA Summer 2015

We look forward to another great season with you!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Easter Dinner Signups Starting Soon!

Easter is right around the corner, so don't miss your opportunity to get the main dish for your dinner!
Clarion River Organics is offering ham, turkey and lamb to members and the public for Easter.

Our hams come from pigs raised by Emanuel Schmidt, who also grows many of our winter squash. Emanuel raises his pigs in pasture, and supplements them with local, non-GMO feed and organic vegetable scraps.

The turkeys come from Daniel Miller, who also raises them on pasture and supplements them with local, non-GMO feed and organic scraps. Daniel and his wife also grow celeriac and beats, along with some greens like pea shoots and spinach.

Our lambs come from Hidden Valley Farm, which as its name suggest, is settled in a valley with lots of pasture for the lamb
bearing sheep to graze, and a
spacious indoor living area for in
the winter, with lots of light.

The weight of each animal will vary, with hams weighing between 8-10 lbs at $6/lb; turkeys weighing between 17-20 lbs at $4.25/lb; and lambs weighing between 5-7 lbs at $11/lb.

Our online store will open on March 9th and stay open until March 26 at 11 p.m.           .
You can access the store here:
You will be prompted to sign in as a guest, choose your meat, enter your payment information, and select a pickup time and location.

A $30 deposit will be charged to you on the Friday or Saturday after you place your order. Pick-up
dates are April 3rd and 4th at the Pittsburgh Public Market.
The remaining balance of your order will be charged to you on the evening of your pick-up.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

National CSA Sign-up Day: Saturday, February 28th!

It may be hard to think about Spring, farmers, and fresh produce when you're shoveling your way out of the house everyday, but now is the best time to support your local farmers! 

National CSA Sign-up Day was chosen as February 28th because it is the most popular day of the entire year to sign up for a CSA share and farms from around the country are celebrating National CSA Sign-Up Day together this Saturday. Buying a CSA share in late winter is important because farmers are making the capital investments for this year’s harvest now and the CSA model means they do not need to finance these costs with costly credit.

Members of our CSA have been the key to our business growing and helping our member families work together on their land,” says Zeb Bartels, the general manager of the CRO cooperative. “CSAs give us a shot of cash to help buy seeds and supplies in the spring and they guarantee an outlet for our freshest produce throughout the summer and fall. Plus we love getting to know our customers and sharing the farm life with them. Our customers benefit by getting our best produce a day or two fresher than they can get it at the store and by getting to know the farmers who grow their food.”

Read some really interesting, and promising statistics on CSA's here in the 2014 CSA Farming Annual Report put together by the Pittsburgh folks at Member Assembler:

Join our CSA and Help Us Grow!
Sign up Here on the 28th: