New Year, New Chicks, New Site

We are transitioning from using Cropolis (which is closing down) to our own website and ordering system. Please bear with us as we go through growing pains (if there are any!). We’ll make an announcement when we make the switch, but this may be the last or second-to-last time we are using Cropolis.

Place your online order here.

Be sure to confirm when placing your order. Orders with Out-of-Stock items won’t be finalized in the system.

NEW! – Ham loaf! A Western Pennsylvania tradition!

Missing your veggie share? We have 10 vegetable boxes for sale: lettuce, purple top turnips, Hakurei Turnips, bok choy, kale, and herbs.

The Farm Pickup:
Wednesdays 11 – 1 or 5 – 7pm

The City : WEDNESDAY PICKUP
Northside Union Pl /E. Ohio (Wednesday 3:15 pm)

Here’s Rose Montgomery’s (Jen’s grandmother) Ham Loaf Recipe
2 lbs of ham loaf mix
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups cracker crumbs
1 cup milk
salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients together and place in a pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. After ham loaf has baked for about 1/2 hour, pour sauce evenly over ham loaf. During the last 1/2 hour, periodically take ham loaf out of the oven and baste sauce from the sides of the loaf pan over top of the ham loaf.

Sauce:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 cup vinegar or pineapple juice

Trucking right along! We sent 3 pigs off to the butcher last week and should have the freezers re-stocked by the beginning of next month.

Of the 65 chicks that arrived in the mail last week, we’ve only lost 4–which isn’t bad–considering how chilly it is in the barn. No worries for the peeps, though. They have a cozy hover brooder and access to fresh water and feed. The girls visit them twice a day and give them the prescribed amount of cuddles.

In a mad rush, I set Quickbooks aside and got our seed orders placed. Everyone and their brother is ordering seeds right now and all the seed companies are selling out fast. There are customer limits, time limits, volume limits and any other limit you can come up with to mitigate the seed rush. I got my order in, and only one email back saying that my Coastal Start lettuce is sold out. Oh, well. That’s not too bad.

We bought enough seeds to supply 200 garden shares this year. That’s a heck of a (projected) jump in sales from last year (we had about 30 garden share members–the “grow your own CSA” program), but I think demand will skyrocket. We’re looking forward to helping more people be food secure. Spread the word to your gardening friends; we’re here to help!

We should switch over to our new website and ordering system by next week, so bear with us! We expect a smooth transition, but plan to deal with kinks. We’ll see!

Stay warm, and thank you all for your continued support and appreciation!

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