Friday, October 24, 2014

Turkey Time!

 Danielle and Arlene Miller are prepping for a delicious holiday season this year, starting with pastured turkeys for your Thanksgiving feast. Their birds were raised on pasture, eating bugs and such, also fed locally grown, Non-GMO grains and organic produce scraps. They will range in size from 17-23 lbs and can be reserved and picked up at any of our current CSA pickup locations the week before the holiday.

Turkeys are $4.25/lb. Pay $30 deposit now, and you will be charged the remainder automatically upon pickup. 

Turkeys come frozen. You will not be able to choose the exact size you would like, rather they will all be between 17-23 lbs. 

Email with any questions.

Sign Up For Your Turkey Here
Current CSA members or not can use the link above to access the online store and place an order
Or, if you would just like to look at a list of current pickup locations, days and times.

Any other questions contact Mr. Ed.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Join us this Fall for our Annual Harvest Fest

Please join us for a festive Harvest Celebration, complete with Farm Tours, Produce Picking, Potluck Dinner, Bonfire, and Roasted Butternut Squash Pie with homemade Ice Cream. The fall foliage should be beautiful this time of year!

Click HERE to RSVP and reserve your spot!

Once you RSVP, events details, such as address and directions to the farm, will be emailed to you the week before. Any other inquiries please email

Friday, August 29, 2014

Best Red Kuri Crop Ever

Summer is coming to a close but that means the height of the harvest is just beginning. We are swimming in all kinds of tomatoes and peppers, we still have tons of cabbage even as the fall cabbage is about the be ready, and the onions and garlic are harvested and curing. It's been a record year for all of those things, but the most exciting for me is our best Red Kuri crop ever.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

What a Beautiful Day!

What a beautiful day to be outside! The sun is shining, its not too hot, and there is a nice little breeze blowing through. Unlike the past few days where it was hot and muggy!

So for my farm day today I was back over at Rippling Brook Farm. When I got there Aaron and his children were picking cabbage, again (this is like the 10th time, or more!) I wasn't sure what to do so he sent me over to weed the jalapeno peppers with one of his daughters. I don't like hot stuff but those peppers looked good!

After that we started weeding cabbage (almost thought I was back to that first day.)

And while we were weeding, we stumbled upon this little fe-llow (female fellow :) .....

This is a female Black and Yellow Argiope spider (Argiope aurantia.) Argiopes are orb weavers, meaning they spin their webs in a beautiful circlular design. Argiopes are also one of the few spiders that are active during the day. They are commonly found in fields and gardens, like the one we found today.

Another characteristic of Argiopes and day active spiders is they spin stabilimenta. Stabilimenta is a thick, zig-zag shaped web, which you can see in this picture. It is uncertain what the stabilimenta is used for for certain, but speculations are that it is used for either stabilizing the web (stable is the root word), attracting prey, or discouraging predators by the reflection of UV rays. Either way, its a pretty cool feature of the Agriope.

I learned about this spider, and many more, in one of my classes at SRU. I am glad that I am able to put my learned knowledge to work and that I could share this knowledge with you. Also, like most spiders, Agriopes are venomous to their prey, but to humans, the bite isn't any worse than a bee sting. So if you see one in your own garden, please do not harm this beautiful creature!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Beans, Beans the Magical Fruit!

 Today I went to Hidden Valley Farm to help pick beans, and boy do they have a lot! These pictures are of both sides of the bean rows (about 12 rows.) Today was the first day picking and we harvested almost 80 - 1/2 bushel boxes of beans!    

                                                    But the farm doesn't only have green beans. There are also yellow beans, purple beans and dragon tongue beans [to the right (they're pretty cool.)] I was picking yellow beans and picked three five gallon buckets full! And I got there late! There were ten other people picking and I can't imagine how buckets they picked each. Picking beans is a lot of work just like weeding but the upside is that you can eat the beans. I also was allowed to take some home since there weren't enough to fill the last box; I will                                                                     definitely enjoy them! I hope you all will too once                                                              they are put in the CSA shares!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Road Trip!

This past Monday I had an opportunity to drive out to the Lancaster with some of our farmers to check out another organic cooperative that is out there. This cooperative is called Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, and it is HUGE!

Before we went to the warehouse we stopped at one of the cooperatives farms, who is owned by someone that Aaron has spoken to before. We were shown around the fields and green houses (I couldn't understand what they were saying because they were speaking German) and some of the crops that are grown on this farm include cucumber and carrots.

 The next stop was the LFFC Warehouse in Leola. When we arrived we were greeted by the, I think, Manager Casey. He then showed us around the different coolers and packing areas. This warehouse is definitely bigger than our own, but it would have to be to have enough space to store the produce for almost 6,000 CSA shares a week. Yep, that's right. 6,000! We only pack around 600 a week, and there is only three of us! At LFFC there are nine people in a packing line and they have a roller table, which gives them a slight advantage. And I didn't see it personally, but Casey told us that the packers can pack a box in 6 seconds! That's really fast considering their shares are bigger than ours and it takes us at   least thirty seconds. But I guess when you have 6,000 shares you learn to hurry!

Aside from the really long drive I had a good time and it was nice to see the other side of thee state again. I learned a lot and hopefully I can implement those learnings here at CRO (like pack a box in 3 seconds) :) Probably not but I can sure try!

             And since today is Thursday I was at one of the farms. Well this time two. I started at Toby's helping his daughter pick shell peas (which are for their own use, not for CRO) and then we went up to James' farm. Whatever was originally planned didn't happen because of the rain so we weeded the small blueberry patch and planted some cauliflower and broccoli. Then afterwards I helped them shuck peas. Hopefully next week will be more productive. Keep an eye for my post to see if it is!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

SCAPES! What are they??

Garlic patch
 Today I spent the morning at Ivan's farm picking garlic scapes. Ivan has a garlic patch that is approximately an acre. There are about 8 sections with four rows in each, and many, many garlic plants in each row. That's a lot of garlic!
Garlic scapes
But the cloves are not what I was after today, it was the scapes. Garlic scapes are like a stem that grows out of the top of the plant, and each one has a seed head near the top. As the scapes grow, they start to curl around, and that's when you know they are ready to pick and eat. You can cook the scapes or eat them raw (they aren't as strong as the cloves, I tried one.)

 I made it through three rows, between two sections, and that took me four hours! That shows how much garlic Ivan grows. But it was a peaceful morning out in the field, listening to the birds (and the rooster.) The only downside is that I still smell like garlic. At least I don't have to worry about vampires! (Let's not mention it's the middle of the day :))

Just to add some anticipation, blueberries will be ready for harvest within the next month or so! So be on the lookout!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Having a Field Day

Today I was Emanuel's farm picking chard. And not just any chard, but rainbow chard! You may be asking, "what's the difference between rainbow chard and any other chard?" And to tell you the truth,  I don't know. Just that the stalks are different colors like the ones you see here.But it sure is pretty, and tastes good too!
  So the way to pick chard is simple:
  you look for the nicest leaves (ones
  with little or no holes) and check to
  see if the stem is at least nine inches;
 if not then you leave it there to get
bigger for the next picking.

The next thing I did was weed fennel. For     those of you who don't   know what fennel is, I did a little research, because I didn't know either! Fennel is a   perennial herb that is very similar to anise.It has many medicinal culinary values, and the bulb is good to eat too, especially with peanut butter!                        

While Emmanuel's daughter and I weeded the fennel, he and his sons picked patty pan squash. This is just three of the many rows of patty pan that he grows.

                                                                                                     Patty pan is a flattish, round squash that can be stuffed with dressing or cheese and baked, or fried with butter and salt, or however you like to make it. I was fortunate enough to get to bring some home with me so I think I'm going to try stuffing it with cheese and bacon!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Strawberry Party Highlights

Back bending work and worth every bite.

We had roughly 100 CSA members and CRO friends come out to the farms last Saturday to share in the strawberry harvest.  Some folks stocked up and got 10 Qts+ to take home and make jam or freeze for the winter. Over 150 Quarts of strawberries were picked by our guests. There were 3 horse drawn wagon rides, 2 horse drawn buggy rides, over 25 different dishes shared at the potluck,  and a record number of children and youth involved!

Homemade donuts, a house specialty. 

After the pickers left Sligo, the Schwartz family and the Steary family were able to glean 125 more Quarts of berries, which we will be making into jam to be included in the winter CSA shares.

If you'd like to read a more detailed and artful description of the day, with beautiful photo's included, Check This Out. One of our members did the day justice with her write-up.

Thank you again to everyone who came out! What a great day!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sweet Summer Strawberries

Strawberry Days Are Upon Us Here At CRO!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Don't forget about our Strawberry Harvest Party THIS Saturday! There will plenty of Strawberries for everyone!


 Here's a picture of what you will be working with on one of the farms. It may not look like much with all the weeds, but there are lots and lots of juicy, sweet berries in there; you just have to find them!!


  Like these ones!        
     I had an opportunity to do a little pre-picking today and these berries are dee-licious! I hope to see you all out here Saturday so you can get some of these sweet things for yourselves! They will also be available this weekend at the farmer's market.

   This farm, the Lone Pine, doesn't just grow strawberries. It also has a greenhouse full of flowers and vegetables, which are also planted in the gardens. They include tomatoes, peas, rhubarb and corn. The fences you see in this picture are set up between the rows of peas to help them grow and to make it easier to harvest them. It might be a pain to set up (that's the first thing I did today) but it's worth it to bring in a good harvest!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pickled Watermelon Radish

Check out the newest addition to our Clarion River Specialties line of jarred goodies: Pickled Watermelon Radish. Made by our friends at the Republic Food Enterprise Center using our organic watermelon radishes, these are my favorite thing we have right now - and we have strawberries. Put a slice of pickled watermelon radish on a cracker with cheese and all I want is another one. Look for them soon in our CSA shares and at our farm stands.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

First Heirloom Tomato!

We only have one case and I don't know how soon we'll have any more, but Tobie brought us the first taste of summer today.