CSA report

Neighborhood Foods CSA

Friday, May 25, 2012

This past winter was my first CSA experience, and I fell in love. I discovered that getting my share each week made food preparation more simple, yet also more creative. Instead of wandering the supermarket trying to decide what to buy, I had the fresh, local ingredients right there in the box. But what to do with something I’d never seen before, like jerusalem artichokes , or simply an overload of root veggies? The CSA encouraged me to research and investigate, to experiment with new recipes, and to imagine new uses for the seemingly endless bags of turnips.

Let’s just say that I’m hooked. And when I found out about a new CSA program right in my neighborhood (check out the earlier FTP blog post about it here), sourced by two West Philly urban farms, I quickly signed up for a half share of produce. The Neighborhood Foods CSA is a partnership between Urban Tree Connection  and the Enterprise Center CDC, dedicated to providing fresh food access and employment opportunities for youth in West Philadelphia.

I picked up my first box last week and here’s the report:

1 bunch radishes
2 bunches kale (flat leaf and curly – I love them both!)
1 bunch collards
1 bag of spinach
1 bag arugula
1 bag mixed lettuce
1 pint of strawberries

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With a big bowl of leafy green salad in hand, I’d say the season is off to a great start!

Posted by Stephanie on 05/25 at 02:11 PM


Red Earth Farm still has shares available

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Looking for a CSA for the 2012 season? Red Earth Farm still has shares available. From their website:

Red Earth Farm is a family-owned and operated farm dedicated to bringing the freshest chemical-free produce to your table. We never use synthetic, artificial, or chemical substances in our farming process. Our CSA offers the opportunity to CHOOSE your produce weekly online from our website.

Situated in Schuykill County, Pennsylvania - near Hawk Mountain - our 13 acre farm offers Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) memberships and participates in the Emmaus and West Chester Grower’s Markets.

This will be my family’s sixth year with a Red Earth Farm CSA share, and with 3 small children we especially love the ability to choose our own produce. We typically get a partial vegetable share along with a fruit and egg share. Last year we also participated in the cheese share from Hillacres Pride, and were thrilled with it. We’re looking forward to the upcoming season. New members can register through their website.

Posted by Jackie on 03/13 at 04:50 PM


New CSA: Neighborhood Foods

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The start of the CSA program is right around the corner. While many shares are bought out at this point, you can still find plenty of programs who have yet to start sign-ups. There’s a brand new program that’ll run 22 weeks called Neighborhood Foods CSA that’s accepting applications right now. It’s a great one for West Philly residents.

Neighborhood Foods is doing something kind of cool—in addition to helping city residents get their hands on fresh, locally grown produce, the partnership between Urban Tree Connection and The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation is providing job opportunities for West Philly youth. With the job market not offering a lot of chances for employment, this is a great CSA to support.

The Posselli Farm and the Walnut Hill Community Farm are where the fruit and vegetables for the CSA program are coming from. And in addition to the fruit and vegetable share, you can also pick up a bread share that comes from Four Worlds Bakery, a jam/jelly share that comes from by 5th of a Farm Jellies, and a honey share from Fruitwood Orchards.

And now I have the craving for a slice of whole grain bread slathered in homemade jam.

You can sign up for the CSA on the Farm to City website.

Not able to pick up a CSA share in West Philadelphia? You can find out about other CSA programs here.

Posted by Nicole on 02/21 at 10:15 PM


Red Earth Farm wrap up

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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My Red Earth Farm CSA finished up the season last week. (Yes, I thought this posted a few weeks ago and just realized it did not. Oops.)  It was my 5th year ordering vegetables with them.

I’ve done it a few different ways through the years. The first year I split a full share with a friend and bought a fruit share. At the time, Meadow Run Farm delivered with the veggies once a month. The vegetable share was great, the meat delivery was fantastic, but the fruit share was mediocre. There wasn’t enough and it came only every other week. It seemed like a lot of money for not a lot of fruit.

The second year I got a partial share and did not get a fruit share figuring I could get fruit through the buying club. Unfortunately, they stopped selling fruit through the buying club so I had to buy fruit every week at the farmer’s market. I was annoyed that I didn’t get the fruit even though I was annoyed getting the fruit the previous year. The meat buying club stopped delivery at the CSA site, which was also a downer.

The third year we got the partial share and a fruit share which was still mediocre, but better than not having a fruit share at all.

Last year I split a full share with my sister-in-law, got the fruit share, which seemed bigger, and an egg share. Without fail, I ran out of eggs before the two weeks were up and had to go out to buy eggs right before the next egg share was delivered and the eggs weren’t even as good as the eggs from Meadow Run Farm, but at least we had eggs.

This year it was another partial share, only with 3 kids I figured I’d try some of the extras like the cheese share. Rather than drive 10 minutes away to get the meat from Sweet Stem Farm (formerly Meadow Run)  I also tried the chicken share and the meat share ordered through Red earth. I decided to get double fruit and double egg shares, attempting to eliminate unnecessary grocery store trips. Bad move. The chicken share was delivered in a giant block which meant I had to partially defrost it to get it into my freezer. The meat share was canceled weeks into the season. I still have eight cartons of eggs in the fridge because somehow this is the year that no one wants to eat eggs. And the fruit? Way too many apricots and peaches. The end of the season with apples was wonderful, but my children were not fond of the two months of stone fruits. The cheese share, from Hillacres Pride, was amazing. I am all about the cheese share.

So for next year I’m sticking with Sweet Stem Farm for the meat, convenience be damned, getting a partial share of veggies, a cheese share, a single egg share, and I’m undecided about the fruit. It was a lot of apricots and a lot of peaches. But the apples and pears at the end of the season are so worth it. I will have to make a last minute decision.

Posted by Jackie on 11/30 at 08:42 PM


Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA Share: June 13

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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1 Quart UNWASHED* New Red Potatoes - Certified Organic - Green Valley Organics

*A note on washing potatoes - Potatoes will store longer and retain maximum freshness if left unwashed. Your potatoes will arrive “dirty” to preserve their delicate skin. If you have any questions, please direct them to the CSA team.

1 Bunch Rainbow Chard - Certified Organic - Eagle View Organics

1 Bag Lettuce Mix - Certified Organic - Farmdale Organics

1 Bunch White Kohlrabi - Certified Organic - Friends Road Organics

1 Bunch Cilantro - Certified Organic - Noble Herbs

1 Bunch White Scallions - Certified Organic - Railroad Organics

1 Head Broccoli - Certified Organic - Soaring Eagle Acres

1 Bunch Green Kale - Certified Organic - Autumn Blend Organics

1 Head Radicchio - Certified Organic - Bellview Organics

1 Head Green Romaine - Certified Organic - Bellview Organics

1 Bunch Garlic Scapes - Certified Organic - Beacon Hill Produce

Posted by Erin on 06/29 at 07:38 PM


Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA Share: June 6th

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I had just picked 30 pounds of strawberries earlier in the week.. but these were real beauties.

1 Head Green Endive - Certified Organic - Meadow Valley Organics

1 Bag Lettuce Mix - Certified Organic - Farmdale Organics

1 Bag Purple Mizuna - Certified Organic - Hillside Organics

1 Bunch Fresh Sweet Onions - Certified Organic - Liberty Branch Farm

1 Head Green Escarole - Certified Organic - Windy Hollow Organics

1 Bunch Garlic Scapes - Certified Organic - Coyote Run Organics

1 Bunch Spring Garlic OR 1 Bunch Kale - Certified Organic - Life Enhancing Acres

1 Bunch Cilantro - Certified Organic - Noble Herbs

1 Bunch Collard Greens - Certified Organic - Soaring Eagle Acres

1 Package Portobello Mushroom Caps - Certified Organic - Mother Earth Organics

1 Package Cremini (Baby Bella) Mushrooms - Certified Organic - Mother Earth Organics

1 Pint Strawberries - Certified Organic - Sunrise Ridge Organics or Healthy Harvest Organics

Posted by Erin on 06/29 at 07:30 PM


Red Earth Farm #2

Friday, June 17, 2011

This week’s partial share was my choice, a bag of endive, a bunch of beautiful Swiss Chard, a bunch of beets with greens, an Italian basil plant, Lacinato Kale, and several zucchinis. This was a fruit week and for my double share we got two pints of strawberries and two pint boxes of apricots.

We’re still working through last week’s share. We just can’t go through that much lettuce, despite eating lettuce wraps for dinner and lunch with the Boston Bibb and several salads with the greens, fruit, nuts and Hillacre’s Pride feta. The head of red leaf lettuce has held up well, but it’s on the agenda for tonight. Still have some green onions left too. Next week, for sure, I will take a picture of our box.

Posted by Jackie on 06/17 at 11:54 AM


Red Earth Farm #1

Thursday, June 09, 2011

It’s the first delivery of the season! This box was farmer’s choice. My partial share had Boston Bibb lettuce, red leaf lettuce, scallions, garlic scapes, swiss chard, bok choy and a bag of salad greens. The cheese share, offered for the first time this year from Hillacres Pride,  included a fresh brined feta in a tub and a savory herb cheddar block. It’s also an egg delivery week. I decided to get a double egg share this year so I wouldn’t have to run to the store to buy eggs days before the next egg delivery. We’ll see how that works out. I may end up with a lot of eggs to go with my excessive (for this family) amounts of lettuce.

Red Earth has a bunch of new systems in place, including ordering through their website and email notifications when the box is delivered. The timing of the email was perfect. I was able to pick up the box early so the lettuce wouldn’t sit out all afternoon in the insane heat.

Posted by Jackie on 06/09 at 04:46 PM


3rd Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA

Monday, June 06, 2011

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Early summer CSA shares are always very “green” heavy, though Lancaster Farm Fresh has done a great job of mixing those greens up - its not just lettuce! This week I received:

1 Bunch Spring Garlic - Certified Organic - T.O.G.

1 Bunch Red Scallions - Certified Organic - Sweetaire Farmdale Organics

1 Head Green Leaf Lettuce - Certified Organic - Green Valley Organics

1 Bunch French Breakfast Radishes - Certified Organic - Outback Farm

1 Head Bok Choy - Certified Organic - Millwood Springs Organics

1 Bunch Curly Parsley - Certified Organic - Noble Herbs

1 Bunch Green Mustard Greens - Certified Organic - Maple Lawn Organics

1 Package Cremini (Baby Bella) Mushrooms - Certified Organic - Mother Earth Organics

1 Package Shiitake Mushrooms - Certified Organic - Mother Earth Organics

1 Bunch Rhubarb - Certified Organic - Elm Tree Organics

1 Head Red Leaf Lettuce - Certified Organic - Railroad Organics

1 Bunch While Scallions - Certified Organic - Friends Road Organics

1 Bunch Green Dandelion Greens - Certified Organic - Hillside Organics

I was so happy for the mushrooms this week, and tender young garlic!

Posted by Erin on 06/06 at 11:09 AM


2nd Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA Share

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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All the beautiful vegetables were already put away in the fridge when I got home last night, so I thought I’d share this photo of pea tendrils with you. Pea tendrils! I plan to incorporate them into a salad today. Any other ideas?

Monday, May 23 - Full Share

1 Head Green Romaine - Certified Organic - Riverview Organics

1 Bunch Green Kale - Certified Organic - Eagle View Organics

1 Bag Pea Tendrils - Certified Organic - Eastbrook Produce

1 Bunch Asparagus - Certified Organic - Farmdale Organics, Echo Valley Organics or Plum Hill Organics

1 Bunch Spinach - Certified Organic - Farmdale Organics

1 Pint Strawberries - Certified Organic - Hillside Organic Acres

1 Bunch Red Scallions - Certified Organic - Sweetaire Farm

1 Bunch Oregano - Certified Organic - Noble Herbs

1 Package Portabella Caps OR 1 Package Cremini Mushrooms - Certified Organic - Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms

1 Bunch White Scallions - Certified Organic - Railroad Organics

1 Head Red Leaf Lettuce - Certified Organic - Railroad Organics

Posted by Erin on 05/24 at 04:05 PM


Lancaster Farm Fresh #?

Friday, November 12, 2010

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I admit, I’ve missed a few CSA posts. And I’ve totally lost count of which delivery I am on. But it’s almost the middle of November and I’m still receiving beautiful and diverse deliveries from Lancaster Farm Fresh. Pictures above is my November 1st “half share.” I especially love the beautiful red-speckled troutsback Romain lettuce and made delicious salad with it, the radishes and their greens, some capers, parmesan, and a dill mustard vinaigrette.

I’ve decided not to order a CSA late-season extension this year because I’ll be out of town a lot and plan to just stop-in at farmers’ markets when I’m in town. Are any of you trying CSA extensions this year?

Monday, November 1 – Half Share

1 Bunch Radishes – certified organic – Farmdale Organics
1 Head White Cauliflower – certified organic – Green Valley Organics
1 Butternut Squash – certified organic – Hillside Organics
3 Green Tomatoes – certified organic – White Swan Acres
½ lb. Mesclun Mix – certified organic – Goshen View Organics
2 lbs. Russet Potatoes – certified organic – Millwood Springs Organics
1 Head Troutsback Romaine Lettuce – certified organic – Railroad Organics

Posted by Erin on 11/12 at 02:41 AM


Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA 15th Delivery

Saturday, September 25, 2010

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Monday, September 20 – Half Share

1 Bunch Kale – certified organic – Farmdale Organics
2 Sweet Onions – certified organic – Farmdale Organics
1 Eggplant – certified organic – Farmdale Organics
1 Bag Red Potatoes – certified organic – Green Valley Organics (3lbs)
1 Bag Red or Heirloom Tomatoes – certified organic – Plum Hill Organics or Riverview Organics (2lbs)
1 Bag Sweet Potatoes – certified organic – Shady Brook Organics (2lbs)
1 Butternut Squash – certified organic – Soaring Eagle Acres
1 Bag Red Beets – certified organic – Soaring Eagle Acres (2lbs)
1 Head Red Romaine Lettuce – certified organic – Bellview Organics

More potatoes and onions, but the return of lettuce and beets! And my favorite squash, the butternut. Just in time for a last-minute dinner party.

Posted by Erin on 09/25 at 09:45 PM


Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA 14th delivery

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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Monday, September 13 – Half Share

1 Bunch Collard Greens – certified organic – Autumn Blend Organics
2 Eggplants – certified organic – Farmdale Organics
1 Bag Sweet Potatoes (2lb) – certified organic – Autumn Blend Organics and Shady Brook Organics
1 Bunch Mint – certified organic – Noble Herbs
1 Bunch Radishes – certified organic – Goshen View Organics
2 Green Bell Peppers – certified organic – Zeisets Farm
1 Sweet Dumpling Squash – certified organic – Autumn Blend Organics
1 Bag Yukon Gold Potatoes (3lb) – certified organic – Bellview Organics

More potatoes and squash! I’ll be bringing potatoes to every potluck I attend for the next couple of weeks!

Posted by Erin on 09/22 at 09:32 PM


Canning: Gold Tomato Sauce

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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My CSA arrived on Monday, but on Tuesday I was leaving for Alaska for 10 days. What to do? Blanch and freeze the greens and can everything else. Much like Marissa from the local canning blog “Food in Jars,” I enjoy small batch canning. It’s an easy evening project and lets you use up all kinds of odds and ends before they pass their ripeness. This golden tomato sauce is based on a recipe I saw recently on 101 recipes, but I added just a few red cherry tomatoes, languishing on the counter, for a little variation.

Posted by Erin on 08/25 at 12:59 PM


11th Red Earth Farm half share/egg share CSA

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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A dozen eggs, mixed cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, green bell peppers, and red slicing tomatoes.  I see a lot of pickling in my future (and I’ll be sure to share my recipes)!

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I love seeing those big red slicing tomatoes in the basket - my absolute favorite way to eat them is sliced into circles with a pinch of salt AND sugar on each one.  And sometimes a small basil leaf from my front porch really finishes it off right.

Posted by Erica on 08/11 at 05:12 PM


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