Friday, June 24, 2011

Newsletter June 24, 2011

Clarion River Organics at the Pittsburgh Farm Markets

We highlighted SQUASH this week because they are such a tasty and interesting aspect to summer cooking. Check the bottom section for a little TRIVIA on them too.
This Week
From our Clarion River farms we've brought down:
      - Riverview Dairy's delicious Chevres, Feta,  Meadowbelle, & last wheel of The Purple Goat 
      - Goat Yogurt! Plain & Rhubarb
      - Summer Squash! Zucchini & Patty Pans!
      - Rutabaga
      - Red Romaine Lettuce
      - Crisp Head Lettuce
      - Eggs
      - Goat's milk - available by request
      - Beef (Organically Raised, Grass-Fed)
      - Pork (Organically Raised, Pastured)
      - Chicken, stewing & roasting (Organically Raised, Pastured)
      - Rabbit
      - Homemade Ice Cream*: Berry of the Wood (Red Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries), Vanilla
Organic Grains
      - Rolled Oats
      - Spelt and Wheat flour
      - Wheat berries
      - Wood-Fired Bread

And also:
      - Pasture Maid Creamery's raw aged cheese and cream-line milk from New Castle, PA *
      - Bedillion Farms Honey from Hickory, PA*
      - Glass-bottle milk from Aliquippa's Brunton Dairy *
      - Locally grown KOMBUCHA (delicious and healthy effervescent beverage)
      - Gluten-free, Vegan, Soy-free, Nut-free treats from Pittsburgh
                  Brownies & Strawberry-Rhubarb Bars *

*indicates products only available at the Pittsburgh Public Market

::Highlight: Patty Pan Squash!::

It's finally time for the Summer Squash to start coming to markets.

We have Zucchinis and Patty-Pans of varying greens and yellows. These Summer treats are great on the grill, brushed with olive oil and some seasoning.
The Patty-Pan, also called 'The Scalloped Squash', has exciting potential in its interesting shape!  It also is excellent for Vitamins A & C, niacin, and magnesium.

You can scoop out the insides of the Patty-Pan and mix it with garlic and other choice flavors, then put it back in the 'shell' and grill or bake at 350 for about 15 min.

Also, because of the Patty-Pans fun shape, it's great to stuff with things like cheese, bacon, sausage or bread crumbs!

Are you wondering: Squash have seeds inside... does that mean that they are technically a fruit?
The Answer is... YES! Squash is the edible fruit of plants in the family Cucurbitaceae (also includes gourds, pumpkins, melons, luffas, and cucumbers), the initial domestication of which predates even maize and beans in the Americas! Varieties are grown for their flesh, seeds, or both. Seeds can either be roasted, used for their oil, and/or ground into a flour.
These fruits, however, are indeed treated as vegetables when it comes to the culinary world.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Garlic Scapes



Garlic Scapes are the flower part of the garlic plant, harvested before they bloom. Farmers harvest them, not only because they are tasty, but also to help the cloves develop. If you remove the flower then more energy is there to go into the garlic bulb. They have a bitey garlic flavor but are more mild than fresh garlic, and a texture similar to a green bean.  They are great in stir-fries, pasta sauces and (if you are a garlic lover) eaten raw. 

They are only here for a short time, and almost impossible to get in grocery stores.  We will most likely have them at the farmers markets for a few weeks, so enjoy them while they are here!

Garlic Scape Pesto:
    6 - 8 garlic scapes, chopped
    1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
    1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
    3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil salt and pepper to taste
      Put all ingredients in food processor and blend till almost smooth. Serve over pasta or use to make garlic bread. Delicious!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Newsletter June 16, 2011

This Week
From our Clarion River farms we've brought down:
      - Riverview Dairy's delicious Chevres, Feta,  Meadowbelle, & last wheel of The Purple Goat 
      - Goat Yogurt! Plain & Rhubarb
      - Summer Squash! Yellow & Green Pattypans and Zucchinis
      - Easter Egg Radishes
      - Lettuce! red romaine, green romaine, & Buttercrunch
      - Winter Bore and Red Russian Kale
      - Rutabaga & Turnips
      - Eggs
      - Goat's milk - available by request
      - Beef (Organically Raised, Grass-Fed)
      - Goat - (We'll have it next week!)
      - Pork (Organically Raised, Pastured)
      - Chicken, stewing & roasting (Organically Raised, Pastured)
      - Rabbit
Organic Grains
      - Rolled Oats
      - Spelt and Wheat flour
      - Spelt Berries
      - Spelt Crackers

And also:
      - Pasture Maid Creamery's raw aged cheese and cream-line milk from New Castle, PA *
            We still have a few Camemberts left!
      - Bedillion Farms Honey from Hickory, PA*
      - Glass-bottle milk from Aliquippa's Brunton Dairy *
      - Locally grown KOMBUCHA (delicious and healthy effervescent beverage)
      - Gluten-Free, Vegan, Soy-free, Nut-free treats from Pittsburgh*
 

*indicates products only available at the Pittsburgh Public Market

::Highlight: Kale! And a photo of our field::
We are fully into Kale season, and we should all rejoice.  Although it might seem easy to get tired of this thick and hearty leaf, Kale is the 'most nutritious vegetable in the world'.  It's a powerful antioxidant and an anti-inflamatory, works against cancer in multiple ways, strengthens bones, good source of iron, and boosts DNA cell repair.

Kale also freezes well, so you can stock up now while it's fresh and bountiful-- preparing to savor its benefits during the winter too.

Here are some Kale ideas to keep you going!

 - Strawberry-Kale breakfast smoothie!
        
  (Throw some raw kale & strawberries & any other favourite fruit in the blender!)

 - Grilled Kale Chips
       
  (Cut the kale into pieces, then brush with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and toss on the grill)

 - Kale Stir-Fry
         (Take your  favourite vegetables and fry them in the frying pan, drizzle with soy sauce or tamari

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Some cool farm pics


Look at all that romaine!

That's right, the tomatoes are almost here!
Last season's watermelon harvest

Last season's butternut harvest


CSA box - 1st week!



Our first CSA week!

Here is what was in the box:

Simply in Season cookbook (special for all first time members)
Mint
Rhubarb
French Fingerling potatoes
Mini Romaines
Kale
Thyme plant
Asparagus


Just a couple tiny catches here and there, overall it is off to a great start!
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