Monday, June 22, 2015

Finally some sunshine

Red and green cabbage soaking up the sun.
Finally a beautiful sun filled day after weeks of rain! As much as the plants were loving all that rain, they're loving all this sun too. Myself I used the good weather to go tend the bees whose honey you may have received in the CSA or from our stand at the Pittsburgh Public Market.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Fields of Green: Summer Farm Tour Highlights

The rain held out. The company was wonderful. The food was exceptional. Everyone brought something to the mix and took something away. It was a pleasure spending the day with everyone. Thank you for all who made the trip and to the Schwartz and Schmucker families for hosting us.

David was putting fresh shoes on a couple of the horses while we readied for the wagon ride.

Everyone got a chance to pick some kale.

Photo Credit: Thank you Polly Whitehorn

Good thing there is a tree line to put a stop to these never ending rows of peppers.
Preparing for the feast.
Emmanuel's old chicken house now serves as a greenhouse for extra early tomatoes.
Tomatillo seedling

Freshly sheared to stay cool this summer. See the ridges of their new haircut?
Photo Credit: Thank you Polly Whitehorn

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Evening in CRO Country

One evening a couple Sundays ago Carla and I took the kids for a walk up Shady Lane past Aaron and Daniel's farms. We get so busy moving produce and keeping customer happy that we sometimes stop noticing what a beautiful place we live in. But when we stop and really look we see how blessed we are. I hope you can come see for yourself someday (a few folks are coming up today for our spring field day), but for now here are some more photos of the place.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Wild Edibles - Lambs Quarter

The single toughest part of growing vegetables organically is managing the weeds. With not chemicals to burn the weeds off we have to rely on good management and physical labor to keep the crops weed free. The good news though is that some of those weeds are delicious.

Lambs quarter is one of the most common and troublesome weeds in America, but it is also one of the best to eat. It has a nutty variation on spinach flavor and cooks up much like spinach. It's high in vitamin A, vitamin C and Calcium. When it is very young it's great raw in salads and when it's a little older a light steaming or saute makes it nice and tender.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Chicken Share Sign-ups filling up fast!

Summer is the time for cookouts and barbecues, so don't miss out on our pastured, non-GMO roasting and stewing chickens!

This year our roasting chickens are being raised by Marty at Hidden Valley Farm!

This is Marty's first year raising so many chickens, but he has risen to the challenge. He and his sons constructed portable chicken enclosures that provide the chickens with shade, and set them up in an area with plenty of grass to graze in.

A few chicks were lost in the beginning so they were treated for Coccidiosis with Corid. Corid, or amprolium, is an anticoccidial drug that mimics thiamin (needed for Coccidiosis) and causes malnutrition in coccidia, making the chickens better again.

Our stewing chickens were once again raised on pastured and fed with non-GMO feed and organic scraps by Emanuel Schmucker. Emanuel gets his Rhode Island Red hens in the fall, and uses them as layers for the summer season.

When they first arrive at the farm , he gives them a little Aqua-Nox for stress, but after that are given no antibiotics. Once they get too old to lay eggs, he butchers them for stewing chickens. He has recently cut down on his flock, though, and because of this, our chicken share members will only receive one stewing chicken this season, in the last delivery.

But don't let that stop you from signing up!
We are making up for it by giving members
 3 roasting chickens for the first two deliveries!

So sign up now, because we are almost sold out!