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.