Monday, February 19, 2018

Hip Hip Hooray for CSA!

Happy CSA Week! ... That's right: it's that time of year to recognize Community Supported Agriculture! This yearly celebration is marked by the last Friday of the month of February — which, appropriately, has earned the title of CSA Day — when special attention is given to local, small farmers throughout the US, and the CSA they provide to sustain their farm, provide for their families and feed their community. 

Like every CSA farm, we hope to enjoy an influx of memberships this week! All CSA subscriptions are investments in our farms, and early subscriptions are especially helpful as we prepare and plan for the necessities of the upcoming growing season. 

We're itching to start tilling!

You may be thinking: why join a CSA rather than a grocery delivery service? While they may seem similar, they're really quite different! As a CSA member, you make a seasonal commitment to your local farmer in return for a fresh collection of produce (often harvested a day or two before delivery!) each week for the entire growing season. Unlike other alternatives, CSA members have the benefit of knowing exactly where and how their food is grown, as well as having the opportunity to form a relationship with their farmers. Here at CRO, we're especially interested in this. Come see our farms, meet your growers, visit us anytime — especially for our member Potluck lunches!

Help us celebrate! Support CRO farms!:
  • SIGN-UP for one (or more) of our available CSA subscriptions!
  • Share your CRO support on social media — share our website with your family and friends; copy and paste the graphics from this page for a Facebook post (or even use one as a profile picture this week!).
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

As we said before, join us this year for a 'share' of our harvest and also to share our vibrant and organic life!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Winter Blues Begone! ...Think Ahead —Think CSA!!

Winter Farm Views
January, as usual, ushered in plenty of snow and routinely kept temperatures well below freezing here in rural, western PA. They—the snow and the cold—will be slow to leave the area, charitably granting us several more hours of compulsory exercise (i.e. shoveling) and 'slippy' travels for as long as they please. 

It's not all bad, though. Your CRO growers not only benefit from but also revel in these traits of Winter. How do they benefit from the cold, you ask — well, they actually harvest it! And how do they enjoy it — endless games of pond hockey, of course!

Nevertheless, shorter days and limited sunshine can leave even the best of us a bit down, wishing for something beyond "better weather" to look forward to ... and we can help!

MVPs of Our fields
A gorgeous and delicious CSA share
While the CRO community certainly enjoys the charms of Winter, we never lose sight of our growing season, and all the beauty and excitement that it brings — chief among them is our CSA. And 2018 Summer subscriptions are available now!

Stave off those possible Winter blues: join us in our excitement and share our happy-harvest anticipation by becoming a member of our farms! Look forward to not only future warmth, but also to a weekly, fresh, and organic vegetable farm-share that you can enjoy Spring through Fall!

*P.S. CSA memberships aren't simply food subscriptions and nothing else. No, not here at CRO! We're happy to boast of our open (barn-door😉) invitation to visit our farms, meet your growers and peek into our life at our warehouse! Member potluck lunches and farm tours are in the works, too. And last, but not least, each vegetable share you receive will be accompanied with a letter written by one of our member growers! ... So join us — come share our harvest; come share our life!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CSA for Christmas

"Feels like Christmas every week" — Angela (a current member)

A CSA share is, in many ways, truly the "gift that keeps on giving"! Purchasing a share for a family member or friend will give them the pleasure of receiving a farm-fresh box of produce each week for 25 weeks. In other words, 1 gift for 25 "presents" delivered throughout the 2018 growing season (June through November)! As a new member, they will also receive a complementary cookbook for delicious recipe ideas! 

Your generosity will not stop there! The gift will also extend to our community of organic growers and their families. Each CSA subscription provides them with the means to continue to grow high-quality and beautiful food, as well as the necessary support to maintain their agrarian family life. They look at each CSA subscription as a "gift" in of itself!

You'll need the gift recipient's name, address, phone number and email address. (If you'd prefer to keep this gift a secret until exchanging gifts — when asked for an email address, enter yours and we will make the necessary change following the holidays.)

Also, if you are interested in a formal gift card to give to your family member or friend, please email us and we will be happy to provide that for you!

If you have any questions, please email us at or call 412-589-9276. 

A Colorful Variety
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables   

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sign-Up for 2017 Winter Meat Shares

We're excited to announce that we are offering Meat shares for another Winter season! A Holiday extra share — that will include festive produce for all of your holiday meals — is available, too! You can sign up for any or all shares.


A past beef share for CSA members
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/non-organic grains. For more information please see our beef and pork blog posts.

Beef Share (1/8 of a cow): $140 per delivery x 3 = $420/season
Pork Share (1/4 of a pig): $110 per delivery x 3 = $330/season
Chicken Share: $60.50 per delivery x 3 = $181.50/season

Deliveries are scheduled for Thursdays:
December 14
February 15
April 12

Last year's Holiday Share: fesive fall/winter produce, grains and jarred goods!
Holiday Extra's will contain our jarred specialties and other seasonal produce for your holiday celebrations. At a cost of $30/share consider one for your own use, for your family and/or a holiday gift for friends!
*Delivery for this share will be Thursday, December 14.

We deliver...
(dependent upon participation)

Erie - Whole Foods Cooperative
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
Sligo - CRO Warehouse
Southside - Delanie's Coffee
Wexford - Whole Foods

Email or call us at 412-589-9276 with any questions.

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 or call us at 412-589-9276 with any questions.