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...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Join the CRO Greenhouse Campaign!

We’re crowdfunding new greenhouses and you be an investor to help us get them up and running!

The exteriors of the three greenhouses are already up in back of our warehouse.
We’re very excited to team up with Honeycomb, the Pittsburgh based crowdfunding start-up, to offer our supporters a chance to invest directly in Clarion River Organics! Honeycomb allows investors to make micro loans of $100 or more to local businesses that they love. The guys at Honeycomb came to us at just the right time this Spring as we were looking to expand into greenhouse production. The greenhouses will allow us to extend our season and expand our customers’ access to our local organic vegetables. Rather than go the usual route of taking out a loan from our bank, Honeycomb gives us a chance to include our customers and fans in our growth!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Seedlings Amidst a Wintry Spring

It's two days into Spring, but, alas, Winter seems to have no plans to make room for a new season. A nor'easter called "Toby" made Winter's stubbornness loud and clear by throwing snow all over our farms today! Gentle Spring seems no match for harsh Winter — if not for our thriving army of seedlings sprouting up in your humble CRO greenhouses! We visited a few farms recently and caught a glimpse of these little signs of Spring expectation...

Over at Rippling Brook Farm, Aaron and his family are tending to a houseful of cabbage seedlings:

Just down the road, Emanuel and his family are caring for a healthy collection of fennel varieties:

And at Josiah's, our last stop, we spotted seedlings of Kohlrabi and Red Kale:

So long as temperatures remain low, the wood burners in these greenhouses will be put to good use! And don't worry, we've plenty of wood stored up to keep these plants, our homes and our families nice and cozy during, what looks to be, the fickle Spring weather ahead!