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CSA Adventures: Wash Last Season Veggies Immediately

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

CSA Adventures: Wash Last Season Veggies Immediately

The cool crisp weather is a welcome sign of fall, but it also encourages the growth of bacteria and mold in the fields. At this time of year your farmers are probably starting to loose some of their crops to disease and blight, while the fruit and veggies being picked are more likely to have bacteria an mold spores on them. Earlier this year my farmers warned their CSA members that the produce would be minimally cleaned because the time needed to throughly clean all the veggies directly affected their bottom line. As a small farm with just a...

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CSA Adventures: Storing Winter Squash

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Food & Recipes | 0 comments

CSA Adventures: Storing Winter Squash

The growing season’s coming to an end in many parts of the country but with the right techniques you can store some of your squash and enjoy it for weeks and months to come. Check the squash to make sure there are no bruises or blemishes and the stem is at least two inches long. Wash the squash to remove dirt and the blossom if it’s still attached. Then, let the squash dry completely. Put the squash in a place with good circulation and where the temperature be 75°-80° F for 10 days. If you’re going to store acorn squash, you...

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CSA Adventures: Eat Your (Leafy) Greens

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Food & Recipes | 0 comments

CSA Adventures: Eat Your (Leafy) Greens

Leafy greens are the bookends of every CSA. They are cold weather crops, available from early spring through the beginning of summer and from the end of summer well into the fall. I love my greens but they are also one of the vegetables I’m most likely to waste because washing and drying them is time consuming. However, I’ve found a few tools and a method that’s been working well for me this year. The day I bring my CSA home I immediately prep the greens. If it’s a head of lettuce I grab a lettuce knife and cut off...

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CSA Adventures: Lemon Cucumbers

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Food & Recipes | 0 comments

CSA Adventures: Lemon Cucumbers

When you think about colorful vegetables, cucumbers don’t usually come to mind. But I’ve gotten green, white and, now, yellow ones in my CSA share this year. Lemon cucumbers are round, yellow cucumbers with a slightly milder flavor than a regular green cucumber. Since the yellow skin is tender, they’re the perfect quick fix for adding color to a salad. Just wash and slice. Or you can quickly pickle cucumbers with salt, vinegar and sugar. These Sweet and Sour Cucumbers are ready in less than a half hour. Like this post?...

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CSA Adventures: Tomato Recipes and Canning Tips

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

CSA Adventures: Tomato Recipes and Canning Tips

Game over, grocery store tomatoes. We’ll see you in the fall. Local tomatoes are in season and there’s nothing like them. This year, my CSA delivered heirloom tomatoes in more colors than a pack of Crayolas and all sizes. Some were perfect for popping like candy and others for sandwiches and cooking. One of the best thing about tomatoes is you don’t need to do much to make a great tasting dish. Some great tomato recipes are: Classic BLT – Between my meat and vegetable CSAs, I had the B, the L and the T covered. I just...

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Eco Fashion at Style Week Pittsburgh

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

Eco Fashion at Style Week Pittsburgh

Going green isn’t easy and for many reasons fashion is one part of my life where I haven’t made much progress. For one, defining eco fashion is challenging. When you see a fashion item labelled as eco-friendly it could mean recycled materials, reused materials, organic materials, a sustainable manufacturing processes, a local- or hand-made product, the ethical treatment of workers or all of the above. To make it easy the definition of eco fashion I’m shopping with is that an item can meet any one of the above conditions....

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CSA Adventures: Cooking With Eggplant

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Food & Recipes | 2 comments

CSA Adventures: Cooking With Eggplant

If variety is the spice of life, my CSA this year has offered a lot of spice in the form of eggplants. I’ve gotten at least three different types of eggplants this year and not one was the solid purple kind typically sold at the grocery store. Eggplant is a relatively new addition to my cooking repertoire and one thing I’ve learned is that it’s usually not a quick meal. Cooking it takes a while. Roasting it takes longer. Grilling means the eggplant has to soak first. Broiling slices is the only quick fix, it takes about 10...

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CSA Adventures: Squash Recipes & More

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Food & Recipes | 0 comments

CSA Adventures: Squash Recipes & More

One of the joys and challenges of having a CSA share is the surprise factor. You don’t have much, if any, warning about the food you’ll be getting that week – some farmers send emails a few days before but others don’t – and it’s likely you’ll get some food you’ve never seen or eaten. One of the best ways to experience a CSA is with a friend so you can share recipes and cooking tips. While we’re getting started with this series pretty late this season, we hope that our weekly posts...

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Blueberry Vinegar: How To Make And Use It

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Food & Recipes | 0 comments

Blueberry Vinegar: How To Make And Use It

For blueberry season I wanted a few new recipes to go along with my favorite vanilla blueberry jam recipe from last year. My search for something different led me to a blueberry vinegar recipe from Put ‘em Up! Fruit by Sherri Brooks Vinton. It’s super simple and the resulting vinegar can be used to make light, summery dressings for the rest of the summer, through the fall. For my dressing I mixed 2 tablespoons of good olive oil, 1 tablespoon of blueberry vinegar, 1 tablespoon of honey and salt and pepper. I was lucky enough to...

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Review: Powerslayer Kit from Velvetwire

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

Review: Powerslayer Kit from Velvetwire

Did you know your phone and tablet chargers are power vampires? They suck electricity even after the devices are fully charged. One way to slay the vampire is with Powerslayer, a software driven charger that powers off when your device is full charged.  This is clearly eco-friendly and fiscally advantageous because you don’t waste energy and, since repeatedly overcharging a device gradually ruins the battery until it won’t hold a charge, your battery will last longer. The latter benefit is very appealing to people like me and...

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