New this year, with the start of the CSA Season on May 31st, members will now have access to shop the Lackawaxen Food Hub Online Marketplace! Similar to wholesale customers, each week CSA members can go online and add a variety of bulk veggies, meats, honey, maple syrup, kombucha and more.
To see what’s new and fresh, log-in to your account any time after 6pm on Sundays. Make your selections and checkout before Monday at Noon. That week, along with your share, you’ll receive your extras too. Simple and easy. One-click shopping that will transform your Multi-Farm CSA experience.
So, perhaps, you’ll host a party and need extra tomatoes to make your famous salsa; maybe you’re looking for sausage to throw on the grill for a holiday barbecue; or maybe it’s time to can some tomatoes, pickle string beans or preserve some jam. Whatever the case, our LFC Online Marketplace provides you the chance to add-on to your Weekly Share or Butcher Box to provide even more opportunity to eat and support local food.
Value-Added Products Worth Checking Out
Maple Hill Farm Pure Maple Syrup
Sourced from Roger Bell’s 50-acre maple tree farm just four miles west of Lake Ariel, PA. Use maple as a replacement for sugar, or enjoy in your morning cuppa. Maple is a wonderful natural sweetener with beneficial nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. Great for baking too. Keep a taste of the region stocked in your pantry.
Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative Honey
Occasionally, our main honey supplier, Far Away Farms, will run out of their liquid gold. So, we lean on our big-sister regional food hub, Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op, for some of the best honey in PA. Truly raw from bees buzzing on organic Lancaster farmland. Honey, another great replacement for sugar used in everything from tea and coffee to baked goods and salad dressings. To enjoy the nutritional benefits, keep your honey unheated as it contains enzymes and nutrients that diminish once heated. Another key staple to keep on hand through your CSA Membership.
5 Fruits & Veggies to Preserve this Season
(to Enjoy Next Season)
With access to the Online Marketplace, you can buy in bulk and preserve for winter eats. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind as the seasons roll out…
- Cabbage: Homemade Sauerkraut is not only simple to make, it’s a good gut food too. There are so many variations, it’s hard to run out of great flavor ideas. Here are a few to get started – Cabbage and Carrot Kraut, Hot Pink Jalapeno Garlic Kraut and Beet Ginger Kraut. Fresh cabbage is around May thru November.
- Carrots: A simple and underrated veggie, carrots are great for preserving. Try your hand at Spicy Carrot Ginger Chutney, Fermented Carrots with Dill or Carrot Top Pesto. On the sweeter side, this Carrot Jam looks divine. Carrots are also a great freezer staple. If you have a dehydrator, try these Carrot Chips for a healthy snack. Fresh carrots can be found May through October but are available pretty much year-round as they are a storage crop.
- Cucumbers: One of summer’s most anticipated veggies. Bright, crisp, endless opportunities to enjoy the love of a cuc. Load up in season to enjoy out of season pantry favorites like Bread and Butter Pickles, Thousand Island Relish and Lacto-Fermented Garlic Dill Pickles. Cucumbers make their debut July thru September.
- Tomatoes: Sauce and salsa, ketchup and jam – tomatoes are a must when preserving. Can Diced or Crushed Tomatoes, jar Pizza Sauce and Pasta Sauce. For a winter cheese board with a twist, add some Tomato Jam or fermented Cherry Tomatoes with Garlic and Herbs. Start looking for tomatoes in July…
- Apples: A simple fruit to get started with, Slow Cooker Unsweetened Applesauce is easy to make and freezer friendly. Kids of all ages will love these Applesauce Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit and Spice Applesauce Blends. And, just think of the pies and cobblers you can make with homemade Apple Pie Filling. Apples are usually available year-round as a storage crop. For peak and fresh apple season, keep a watch July through October.
For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest Boards filled with recipes, tips and tricks – organized by produce type for easy referencing.