Chickens, Cheeses, Coffee, Mushrooms
2016 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 $4.75/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. Note:
Payment: To reduce the number of checks, and to keep ahead of the curve, we would like an estimated payment for 3 months of chickens by June 1. Then a check 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.
2016 Cheeses *
From a blend of sheep and goats' milk. An excellent feta, good for salads and many Greek and other Mediterranean dishes. $8.00/half lb.
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
Made from organic raw milk from grass based dairy. Cheesemakers Melanie and Mark Dietrich of Keswick Creamery age all their cheeses a minimum of 60 days. $7.75/half lb.
From Goat Rodeo. A "monchego" style cheese, from mix of goats' and cows' milk. Semi-hard and with a rind. Sharp aged 6 mo. Great shaved over pasta. $7.25/ 8 oz.average wedge.
Hidden Hills Dairy. Raw milk gouda aged at least 60 days. Really a great mild cheese with yellow rind. $7.75/half lb.
Stone Meadow Farm. Sylvan Swiss Raw milk from Jersey cows. This is an excellent and consistent cheese--not easy with swiss types. Aged 60 days. $7.75/half lb.
Cowbell Camembert A soft rimpened camembert style cheese with a snowy white rind and straw colored paste made with beautiful cow’s milk from Le-Ara Farms. The soft creamy interior has earthy flavors of butter and button mushrooms. Enjoy with sauvignon blanc or crisp cider $8.50/10oz. wheel
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. $28.50/mo.
2016 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: $19.00/mo.
2016 Coffee *
We offer shade grown coffee, at extra cost, 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: $11/lb $12/lb for decaf.