Thursday, November 1, 2018

Enjoy Local and Pastured Meat All Winter!

Winter is the time for lots of warm, home-cooked meals! Travel conditions can be far from friendly, and so keep us in the confines of our home more often. With that in mind, it's important to keep a steady supply of tasty, healthy and locally-raised meat at hand during the upcoming winter months ... so let us help! — Subscriptions for our CSA Meat Shares are available now!

We offer three share types: Beef, Pork and Chicken.
The meat is not certified organic, but the animals are antibiotic free, raised on organic pasture, and also fed organic hay and local non-GMO/organic grains.
(Visit our Meat Page to learn more about our meat and farmers.)
Beef Share (1/8 of a cow): $163 per delivery x 3 = $489/season
~16lbs per delivery of roasts, steaks, ground and braising meat.

Pork Share (1/4 of a pig): $126 per delivery x 3 = $378/season
~16lbs per delivery of  roasts, chops, ham/steak, bacon and sausage.

Chicken Share (9 roasters): $63 per delivery x 3 = $189/season
 3 whole chickens per delivery ~3.5-4lbs per roaster.

*Deliveries are scheduled for Thursday: December 13th; February 7th and April 11th*

(dependent upon participation)
Highland Park - Bryant Street Market
Lawrenceville - espresso a mano
McMurray - Sunny Bridge Natural Foods
Mt. Lebanon - Eden's Market
Moon Twp - Municipal Building
Oakmont - Today's Market
Regent Square - Biddles Escape
Southside - Delanie's Coffee
Wexford - Whole Foods
Sligo - CRO Warehouse
Erie - Whole Foods Cooperative

Please email, or call 412-589-9276 with any questions!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Peak of Season CSA ... Open for Sign-Ups!

Our Peak of the Season CSA gives members a share of our harvest every week in August and September! Shares will contain some of the most anticipated fruits and vegetables of the summer: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, beans, squash and more!

Don't miss a great opportunity to become connected to where your food is grown and who grows it! — while also receiving the freshest and high quality, organic produce available. Not to mention receiving and eating many items you can't find anywhere else!

The season starts the week of August 5th and runs for 8 weeks until the end of September. 

We've two share sizes available that will be delivered weekly to a regular pick-up location: 
Traditional Full — 6 to 10 items for $32/week
Traditional Small — 5 to 8 items for $21/week

*New* this year is our Custom Share Option available in both sizes as well.
(learn more about the custom process here):
Custom Full — $35/week
Custom Small — $23/week

*You can still sign up for our Meat Shares, too!

Pick-up Locations
Allison Park, Aspinwall, Brookville, Clarion, DuBois, Highland Park, Lawrenceville, McMurray, Monroeville, Mt. Lebanon, North Side, Oakland, Oakmont, Punxsutawney, Regent Square, Robinson, Sewickley, Sligo, South Side, Squirrel Hill, Strip District, Upper St. Clair and Wexford

For more information, or if you have any questions, please call us at 412-589-9276.

A colorful Full Share

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

*NEW* Custom Share CSA Option

We grow. You choose!

Have you ever wished for a CSA share where you could pick exactly what you get each week and take weeks off when you need to? Well, now you can with our new Custom Share option!

We hope the option will attract your interest and commitment whether you’re a former member, current member, or someone who has always wanted to join a CSA farm but eventually held back because of a few common concerns shared by most CSA lovers. Chief among those concerns, we've learned, are food waste and food taste. This new option, we think, will address those worries! Let us explain...

What is a “Traditional” share? What is a “Custom” share? How do they differ?
A traditional share is a box of produce (containing 5-10 items) pre-determined by your farmers. Each week, based on their projected harvests, they select a collection of vegetables and fruits to give to you. They harvest their selections, we pack them into a box for you and quickly deliver them to your chosen host site.

Our new “custom” or “free-choice” option, on the other hand, will give you the ability to choose, item-by-item, the vegetables and/or fruit you want delivered in your share each week. While the “traditional” box is chosen for you by the farmers each week, the “custom” option gives you the final say on what produce you will receive. You’ll be given access to our inventory each week; and YOU get to build a box full of vegetables and fruit according to your taste!

How do I “build my box” each week?
After signing up for the Custom share, we will help you create an online account that will give you access to our online storefront — or, in other words, our online farm-stand. (A snapshot of what the storefront looks like is included below.) If you’re familiar with shopping online, navigating the storefront will be a piece of cake. Nevertheless, we will share a “How To” video detailing all the steps between and including the ‘log in’ and ‘checkout’ so you are all prepped and ready to go well before the first CSA delivery (May 29th!).

Storefront Screenshot

Do I have to customize my share each week?
Certainly not. That’s up to you! All of our CSA members, by default, will be scheduled to receive the "Traditional" farmer’s choice each week. But as a Custom member, you have three options available to you:
1. If you like what the farmers selected and have no desire to change the share contents — great!, nothing more will be asked of you, and you can expect that share to be delivered as usual.
2. If the share doesn’t altogether suit your taste, then you’ll just need to log-in to our storefront, shop through our inventory, and build the share to your preference.
3. If you’d rather not receive anything at all — that’s OK, too; just log-in to our storefront and cancel the default weekly order.

Are my choices limited at all?
Far from it! With full access to our entire product list, the choices (and combinations of your choices) are many! Build a box of individual items one week (i.e. 1 head lettuce, 2lbs blue potatoes, 1lb carrots, 1lb candy onion, 2lb heirloom tomatoes, etc.), order only bulk another week (say, a case of 24 ears of sweet corn), or build a box and order bulk in the same week … the choice is yours! All we’ll ask is that you confirm an order for delivery that is at minimum $22. There is, of course, no maximum:)

A colorful and delicious variety
Is there a deadline for customizing the share each week? Will I be reminded in case I forget?
Yes, and Yes. You can expect to receive a newsletter from us the Thursday before the next delivery date letting you know what the farmer’s have selected for that week’s share. After reading the newsletter, if you’d prefer to alter the share (or cancel the order altogether) you will have until Saturday morning to login to your account and place your new order. If no custom order is placed, or no cancellation is made, then we will assume your content with the farmer’s choice and will deliver that accordingly.

OK — I somewhat understand, but I’m still at little confused … I have more questions!
Sorry about that! Please give us a call at 412-589-9276 — we’ll be happy to clear up any confusion we’ve caused and answer the questions we left unaddressed!


This sounds great!! How do I join?!
Excellent! You can join our farms here: Sign-up Page!

Monday, April 30, 2018

"Keep us here all simply in the springing of the year..."

Spring Greetings from all of us at CRO!

Sprouting Greens
Yes, we think it's safe to say Spring is finally here! It's hard to believe more than half of April went by before your CRO growers could plow their fields, let alone transplant their greenhouse seedlings. Nevertheless, progress has been made and we hope you're as excited as they are for the first, fresh vegetables of the season!

While continual fieldwork is in order for your growers, they’ve also tied up administrative duties — harvest plans are officially confirmed! Now the fun part of farming and hard workseeing if harvest projections can be reached or exceeded begins!

CRO continues to grow, and we welcomed two additional local growers into our cooperative this year, which will happily increase our variety even more. These families are looking forward to introducing themselves to all of our CSA members and can't wait to help feed you and your family.

Rippling Brook Farm Greenhouse

Speaking of food, by the time June rolls around, you can expect to enjoy our organic: asparagus, beans, beets, bok choy, brocolli, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, cucumber, kale, lettuce varieties, onions, scallions, strawberries, tomatoes and zucchini!

It's hard to believe, but in just four weeks our first 2018 CSA share will be delivered!

Don't forget about our new Free Choice CSA option this season — a box full of our available produce completely customized by you! Enjoy the freedom each week to select, item-by-item, what you’d like to have delivered to you in your CSA box! Subscribing to this option will allow you to create an account for our online storefront, and will give you access to our entire inventory each week — a virtual farm-stand, so to speak! It's a perfect CSA for those of us who worry about waste *and* struggle with picky vegetable taste!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions. 

Happy Spring from All of Us at CRO!

How fortunate each dawn...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Join the CRO Greenhouse Campaign!

We’re crowdfunding new greenhouses and you be an investor to help us get them up and running!

The exteriors of the three greenhouses are already up in back of our warehouse.
We’re very excited to team up with Honeycomb, the Pittsburgh based crowdfunding start-up, to offer our supporters a chance to invest directly in Clarion River Organics! Honeycomb allows investors to make micro loans of $100 or more to local businesses that they love. The guys at Honeycomb came to us at just the right time this Spring as we were looking to expand into greenhouse production. The greenhouses will allow us to extend our season and expand our customers’ access to our local organic vegetables. Rather than go the usual route of taking out a loan from our bank, Honeycomb gives us a chance to include our customers and fans in our growth!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Seedlings Amidst a Wintry Spring

It's two days into Spring, but, alas, Winter seems to have no plans to make room for a new season. A nor'easter called "Toby" made Winter's stubbornness loud and clear by throwing snow all over our farms today! Gentle Spring seems no match for harsh Winter — if not for our thriving army of seedlings sprouting up in your humble CRO greenhouses! We visited a few farms recently and caught a glimpse of these little signs of Spring expectation...

Over at Rippling Brook Farm, Aaron and his family are tending to a houseful of cabbage seedlings:

Just down the road, Emanuel and his family are caring for a healthy collection of fennel varieties:

And at Josiah's, our last stop, we spotted seedlings of Kohlrabi and Red Kale:

So long as temperatures remain low, the wood burners in these greenhouses will be put to good use! And don't worry, we've plenty of wood stored up to keep these plants, our homes and our families nice and cozy during, what looks to be, the fickle Spring weather ahead!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hip Hip Hooray for CSA!

Happy CSA Week! ... That's right: it's that time of year to recognize Community Supported Agriculture! This yearly celebration is marked by the last Friday of the month of February — which, appropriately, has earned the title of CSA Day — when special attention is given to local, small farmers throughout the US, and the CSA they provide to sustain their farm, provide for their families and feed their community. 

Like every CSA farm, we hope to enjoy an influx of memberships this week! All CSA subscriptions are investments in our farms, and early subscriptions are especially helpful as we prepare and plan for the necessities of the upcoming growing season. 

We're itching to start tilling!

You may be thinking: why join a CSA rather than a grocery delivery service? While they may seem similar, they're really quite different! As a CSA member, you make a seasonal commitment to your local farmer in return for a fresh collection of produce (often harvested a day or two before delivery!) each week for the entire growing season. Unlike other alternatives, CSA members have the benefit of knowing exactly where and how their food is grown, as well as having the opportunity to form a relationship with their farmers. Here at CRO, we're especially interested in this. Come see our farms, meet your growers, visit us anytime — especially for our member Potluck lunches!

Help us celebrate! Support CRO farms!:
  • SIGN-UP for one (or more) of our available CSA subscriptions!
  • Share your CRO support on social media — share our website with your family and friends; copy and paste the graphics from this page for a Facebook post (or even use one as a profile picture this week!).
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

As we said before, join us this year for a 'share' of our harvest and also to share our vibrant and organic life!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Winter Blues Begone! ...Think Ahead —Think CSA!!

Winter Farm Views
January, as usual, ushered in plenty of snow and routinely kept temperatures well below freezing here in rural, western PA. They—the snow and the cold—will be slow to leave the area, charitably granting us several more hours of compulsory exercise (i.e. shoveling) and 'slippy' travels for as long as they please. 

It's not all bad, though. Your CRO growers not only benefit from but also revel in these traits of Winter. How do they benefit from the cold, you ask — well, they actually harvest it! And how do they enjoy it — endless games of pond hockey, of course!

Nevertheless, shorter days and limited sunshine can leave even the best of us a bit down, wishing for something beyond "better weather" to look forward to ... and we can help!

MVPs of Our fields
A gorgeous and delicious CSA share
While the CRO community certainly enjoys the charms of Winter, we never lose sight of our growing season, and all the beauty and excitement that it brings — chief among them is our CSA. And 2018 Summer subscriptions are available now!

Stave off those possible Winter blues: join us in our excitement and share our happy-harvest anticipation by becoming a member of our farms! Look forward to not only future warmth, but also to a weekly, fresh, and organic vegetable farm-share that you can enjoy Spring through Fall!

*P.S. CSA memberships aren't simply food subscriptions and nothing else. No, not here at CRO! We're happy to boast of our open (barn-door😉) invitation to visit our farms, meet your growers and peek into our life at our warehouse! Member potluck lunches and farm tours are in the works, too. And last, but not least, each vegetable share you receive will be accompanied with a letter written by one of our member growers! ... So join us — come share our harvest; come share our life!