Chickens, Cheeses, Coffee, Mushrooms

Monthly add ons to your CSA

2018 Chicken Deliveries

Description: On pasture, these chickens are organically raised without the routine antibiotics which are ingested with every bit of food or water consumed by a typical conventionally raised chicken.  They aren’t rushed to slaughter, but allowed to mature to a reasonable weight—about 4-5 pounds. Cost is $5/lb.

How they are packed:  They are vacuum sealed and frozen whole.  If you want to cut them up into smaller pieces, you’ll have to unthaw yourself and repackage.

Delivery: Birds are delivered in large picnic coolers while still frozen.   This ensures that there is no danger of them not being cold enough for safety. There will be one or two shopping bags tagged with your name.  Each bird is marked with a price.

Payment: To reduce the number of checks, and to keep ahead of the curve, we bill estimated payment for 3 months of chickens by June 1.  Then bill for the remaining 3 months by September 1.  (this is figured into the automated billing and schedule) Birds are estimated be about 4# each, thus we’ll figure $20 per bird.  We’ll send either a refund or a bill after the end of the season for the discrepancies.  Thus if you ordered 1 chicken per month, you’d send $60 by June 1 and another $60 by September 1. If the total for the chickens you actually received was $135.50 for the 6 birds, you’d get a bill for another $15.50 in early December.


Cheeses 

There's a phenomenal growth in production of artisinal cheeses by Pennsylvania family dairy farms.  One no longer need import these unique foods from Europe!  Once a month, we offer a few PA cheeses we feel are of highest quality as well as a Cheese CSA composed of a rotating selection of Pennsylvania cheeses put together by the Wild Purveyors. 



Feta

Approx 6-12 months old. This cow milk feta has a big sharp flavor to it while stile maintaining the creaminess of 100% grass fed Jersey milk. Great with salads and many Greek and other Mediterranean dishes.  $8.25/half lb.

Chevre  
From Goat Rodeo.   This is a semi soft cheese similar in texture to cream cheese, but with a little more acidity.  It’s great as a spread or in salads.  You can easily mix herbs, nuts, or dried fruits into it and create spreads or dips.  $5.25/6 oz. tub

Aged Cheddar

Paradise Cheddar: Aged approx 6-10 months. This medium cheddar is for those who prefer a bolder flavor. Still smooth but with a bigger bite at the finish. Great with cured meats and as a sandwich cheese. $8/half lb.


Gouda 

St. Malachi The Farm at Doe Run's Alpine and aged Gouda inspired cheese has a favorable flavor profile made with cow’s milk. The paste is smooth yet firm with flavors reminiscent of roasted nuts, dried fruits, bourbon, toffee, and buttered toast. This is a much drier harder gouda than common.  Similar in texture to a Pecorino. Recent awards include: Gold, Best of Show, 2019 PA Cheese Competition & 1st place, Swiss and Alpine Style, 2019 PA Cheese Competition 3rd place, American Cheese Society Awards 2018 (St. Malachi) Gold, Best in Show, Open Class: Hard Cheese with a Natural Rind, 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest  Gold, Best of Show, 2018 PA Cheese Competition 1st place, Swiss and Alpine Style, 2018 PA Cheese Competition Hidden Hills Dairy.  Raw milk gouda aged at least 60 days.  Really a great mild cheese with yellow rind. $11.25/half lb.


Swiss
Dutch Country Swiss: Approx 3-8 months old. This Alpine Heritage Swiss cheese is unique in that it boasts the rich, creamy aroma of our Jersey milk and a mild, almost sweet flavor. Perfect for melting or as a simple snack with crackers or some nice crusty bread. $8/half lb.

Best of PA Variety Cheeses
We’ll offer this opportunity for ‘burgh cheese connoisseurs to sample 3 great local cheeses per month.  A wide variety—likely won’t repeat for years.   It will arrive on our cheese schedule.  See the online description.  $30/mo. 


Mushrooms

The Pennsylvania Mushroom Medley CSA is a variety pack of cultivated mushrooms featuring 1lb of common mushrooms, plus a 1/2lb of a less common variety of mushrooms, plus a 1/4lb to 1/2lb of an exotic variety of mushrooms.  With each Mushroom Medley pack we select a different combination of mushrooms to provide you the opportunity to explore new mushrooms, or just the renewed opportunity to enjoy delicious mushrooms and experiment with new recipes.  The 1.5lb to 2lb Mushroom Medley CSA is available with your produce CSA each month. Cost: $20.00/mo. 

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Coffee
 
We offer shade grown coffee, from Building New Hope (a farmers’ cooperative).  Coffee is the number one food crop grown in the world and for many Third World farmers it is their only cash crop. The big companies play one farmer or one region against the other to keep prices low.  This Pittsburgh network returns to the farmers a fair return, much higher than the world market, so they can make a living wage. Indicate the amount of fresh ground, whole bean, or decaf coffee you’d like each month. Cost: $12/lb $13/lb for decaf.



Schedules for Special Items

KRETSCHMANN FARM  2019  SPECIAL ITEMS SCHEDULE

 

TUESDAYS: 

Mushrooms & Coffee: 6/4, 7/2, 7/30, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 11/19

Chickens: 6/18, 7/16, 8/13, 9/10 , 10/8, 11/5

Cheeses: 6/11, 7/9, 8/6, 9/3, 10/1 , 10/29

 

WEDNESDAYS:

Mushrooms & Coffee: 6/5, 7/3, 7/31, 8/28, 9/25, 10/23, 11/20

Chickens:6/19, 7/17, 8/14, 9/11, 10/9, 11/6

Cheeses: 6/12, 7/10, 8/7, 9/4, 10/2 , 10/30

 

THURSDAYS:

Coffee; Mushrooms for HT-farm pickup: 6/6, 7/3, 8/1, 8/29, 9/26, 10/24, 11/21

Chickens: 6/20, 7/18, 8/15, 9/12, 10/10,11/7

Cheeses: 6/13, 7/11, 8/8, 9/5, 10/3 , 10/31

 

FRIDAYS:  

Coffee; Mushrooms for H-farm pickup: 6/7, 7/5, 8/2, 8/30, 9/27, 10/25, 11/22

Chickens: 6/21, 7/19, 8/16, 9/13, 10/11, 11/8

Cheeses: 6/14, 7/12, 8/9, 9/6, 10/4 , 11/1