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 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 and we'll add it on for you.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Summer is Coming ... So Beef Up!

At CRO we are proud of the type of meat we can offer to our members. Our pride stems from the fact that our animals are humanely tended to — and are healthy as a result. This makes our meat better tasting, better for your health, and better for the earth.

Feasting on a fresh salad bar of organic hay.
Our cattle farmers are James and Emanuel Schmucker. The brothers both raise their cattle in open organic pasture for an all grass diet supplemented in the winter with  organic hay. They've chosen a cross of Limousin and Angus breeds for their ability to turn pure grass into delicious beef. The Schmuckers use no growth hormones or antibiotics. And all of our beef is MSG and nitrate free.

The red coat comes from the Limousin side of the family,
black comes from the Angus.
Our farmers are convinced that the grass-fed process of raising cattle is a considerably healthier and much more sustainable way of raising cattle than the current industrial process of raising cattle in lots. The industrial process leads to unhealthy conditions for the animals. Large herds packed in tight quarters leads to higher emission and exposure to methane gas, and higher risks of diseases spreading to them and, in the end, us too! Our farmers do just the opposite. Cattle are raised in smaller herds and are given plenty of land to roam and graze, which ends with healthier animals and, of course, healthier meat.

Here is some information regarding our Beef Shares for Summer 2017:
Total cost of a beef share is $420.
You will receive 48 lbs. of beef (which is about 1/8 of a cow).
You can expect three deliveries of 16 lbs. each in June, August and October.
You will receive around 4 roasts, 15 steaks, 20 lbs. of ground beef, some brasing meat and some offal*.

There's still several weeks to become a member. Sign up here! You 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 and we'll add it on for you.

*The offal (heart, liver, tongue, etc.) does not count toward the purchase price of the share. But since we are splitting up whole animals, we want to give you a chance to use it.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

How to Get Involved with CSA Day 2017

Are your New Year’s resolutions already in the rearview mirror? If so, you’re not alone, but you still have time to make good on those resolutions. Clarion River Organics is joining other farms from around the country for the third annual CSA Day on February 24, when you can join other like-minded people around the country who are committed to:

  • eating healthful foods and preparing them for their families;
  • supporting their local farmers;
  • being kind to our planet;
  • learning something new; and
  • being adventurous in the kitchen.
According to Small Farm Central’s CSA Farming Annual Report, the most popular time to join a CSA each year is at the end of February. To promote this important time for farmers, CSA Daywas coined, and each year it falls on the last Friday in February. It’s an entire day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture, and CSA farmers enjoy an influx of sign-ups from members, which gives them revenue when they need it most for the growing season.

Getting food from a CSA is different from going to a farmers market or using a grocery delivery service. As a CSA member, you make a seasonal commitment to a small farmer in your area and the produce is delivered to a pickup spot near you. CSA members take pleasure in knowing where and how their food is grown and in having a relationship with their farmer. 

CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a subscription to a season’s worth of sustainable, locally grown produce that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. It is a form of investment that allows small farmers to continue growing on a scale that may not be sustainable without the CSA model. CSA members enjoy the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables for their family, while supporting their local farmer.
How to Get Involved with CSA Day If you would like to celebrate CSA Day and support Clarion River Organics, sign up for a share by February 24 using this link: SIGN UP! uUse the hashtag #CSAday to join the online conversation on social media. Copy and post the graphics from this page or even use one for your profile pics for the month of February. You can also sign up here to stay up to date on news and updates about CSA Day.   To learn more about our CSA go here: ABOUT OUR CSA.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Winter Meat CSA: Sign Ups Open!

This winter we are offering meat, lots of meat, and a holiday extra share. 
You can sign up for any or all shares. 


The meat is not certified organic but the animals are antibiotic free are raised on organic pasture and supplemented with organic hay and local non-GMO/non-organic grains. For more information on our meat shares check out our Blog Post.

Beef Share: $140 per delivery x 3 = $420/season
Pork Share: $110 per delivery x 3 = $330/season
Chicken Share: $60.50 per delivery x 3 = $181.50/season

Deliveries are scheduled for Thursdays:
December 15
February 16
April 13


Holiday Extra's will contain a sampling of our favorite canned goods and some seasonal produce for your holiday festivities. At a cost of $30/share get one for your home and a few others to gift to friends.

Delivery will be Thursday, December 15.

(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
Shadyside - Williams Sonoma
Wexford - Whole Foods