Saturday, February 25, 2012

New CSA pick-up site in Erie!

We are excited to be delivering to Erie now!  If you call Erie home, pick up your Clarion River Organics CSA share at Frankie & May Fresh Grocer.  Pickup will be on Wednesday.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Harvesting Ice in a Warm Winter

Because the growers of Clarion River Organics do not have electricity on their farms, they rely on ice to cool their produce throughout the summer. They usually cut the ice from their ponds during the coldest part of winter when temperatures are in the teens and below for days on end. That yields six inch thick blocks which will last all through the summer and into the next winter. Unfortunately this winter was so warm that thick ice never formed on the ponds. Finally the farmers broke down and after a cold couple days in February they went out in boats to collect the thin layer of ice that was their last hope. Using garden rakes they broke the ice into pieces and pushed it towards the end of the pond by the ice house.

There a motorized conveyor carried the ice into a small hole cut out of the wall of the ice house.

As you can see, the ice this year was only about a half inch thick.

By the end of the day they had filled the 16 foot by 16 foot room 8 feet high with ice.

The ice in that room will keep any produce stored in
the adjacent room at 35-40 degrees even in the hottest months of summer.

The farmers cleared this entire acre-plus pond of ice in one day. This should be enough to get them well into the fall of this year, and hopefully next winter will be a better ice making season.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New CSA Pick-up Site in Squirrel Hill

We are very happy to announce that we are offering our CSA at Commonplace Coffeehouse in Squirrel Hill this summer.

Commonplace is located on Forbes Ave between Murray and Shady Avenues--between Sun Penang and the Carnegie Library.  We really look forward to having this great spot to connect with the community in Squirrel Hill.  If  you're interested in more info on our CSA and what exactly a pick-up location in, please check out the tab at the top of this page!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bloody Mary Mix

Our bloody mary mix is featured in the On the Rocks column in this week's City Paper.

As they note--you can find it every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at our stand in the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Vegetable Goat Cheese Gratin

Whole Foods Market chef Aaron Stout featured our produce in his Vegetable Goat Cheese Gratin recipe for the latest issue of Edible Allegheny.

You can check out the recipe here.

And as always--if you have a recipe using our produce-we'd be glad to share it!  Just email us.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Arugula anyone?

We have about 25 bags of the good stuff at the Pittsburgh Public Market. You know you want it, you know your body is craving fresh, green, peppery, goodness.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

CRO granola

Just made some delicious peanut butter granola using our Puffed Spelt and Rolled Spelt. Pick some up at the Pittsburgh Public Market this weekend and make your own. Its easy, and cheaper and tastier than any cereal at the grocery store.
Generic recipe from Chow

Thursday, February 9, 2012

New CSA Pick-up Site in South Side

I am very happy to announce that we are offering our CSA at Delanie's Coffee in the South Side.  Delanie's Coffee is a great new coffee shop located on Carson St between 17th and 18th St, right next to the Post Office on the same block as Penny's Diner and The Milk Shake Factory--and just half a block from Fat Head's.

As a major bonus, it is located very close to parking lots at 18th and Carson, and 18th and Wrights Way (behind the shop).