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!

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 CSA@clarionriverorganics.com or call 412-589-9276. 

A Colorful Variety
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables