CSA ~ October 10, 2019

Weekly & Bi-Weekly

Happy CSA Day!

Thank you for supporting Goodness Grows!


If you realize that you aren't going to be able to make it to pick-up, no problem!

Just give us a call at 330-549-9408 to arrange a Friday visit, anytime from 8:30am - 2:30pm.

In The Final Share!

Painted Mountain Corn & Mini Pumpkin Gourd (decorative items)

Strawberry Popcorn (on the cob)

Popcorn Balls


Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin



Butternut Squash
Dried Herbs (To remind you of summer all winter!)

Jungle Jam or Juicy Jam (Your choice of flavor.)

Mango Salsa

Strawberry Popcorn

This is an heirloom variety of popcorn. Strawberry popcorn plants produce anywhere from 2 to 4 miniature cobs with bright strawberry red kernels on each stalk. These kernels will fall off the cob with a little push of your fingers, ready to pop! You can store the kernels in a mason jar or any sealed container until you are ready to enjoy this yummy snack. Check out the article below for info and popping tips.

Popcorn Balls

We made homemade popcorn balls for a special last week of CSA treat. The popcorn we used is from our home grown corn that you received in a previous share. The recipe we used is below.

Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin

October means pumpkins everywhere. In your share today, you will find a sugar type pumpkin, ready to be cooked and made into fresh pumpkin puree. Once you have the puree, you can make a pie, or pumpkin bread, or pumpkin cookies...

Plenty of "How To's" in the link below.

Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is one of the most common varieties of winter squash. It offers a good supply of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. Its thick, tough exterior and firm flesh make it suitable for storing over several months.

How to roast butternut squash:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Using a large, sturdy knife, cut your butternut squash in half lengthwise.

Scoop out the seeds and stringy bits from each half and discard (or save for roasting).

Transfer the butternut squash, cut-side up into a baking dish and brush with olive oil or melted butter, coating the entire surface of the squash.

Season with salt and pepper and brown sugar (if desired).

Roast in the oven for approximately 45 minutes, or until soft, and fork-tender.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. Scoop flesh from the skin and enjoy plain or in your favorite recipes.

Dried Herbs

We are ending this year's CSA with a selection of dried herbs to enhance your cooking adventures. Some rules of thumb to remember about using dried herbs in recipes:

  • Dried herbs tend to do best when they're added earlier in the cooking process, so that their flavor has enough time to infuse the whole dish. Add them too late and the flavor isn’t near as robust.
  • As long as you cook them for long enough to soften them, the flavor is just as good, and in many cases, even better than the fresh version.
  • They're a whole lot cheaper and more convenient to use than fresh.
  • Keep in mind that ounce for ounce, dried herbs are more potent than fresh. When substituting one for the other in a recipe use 1 part dried herb to 3 parts fresh as a general rule of thumb.
  • Dried herbs can be stored in the freezer in an airtight container to preserve flavor longer.

The herbs in your share this week are Sage, Parsley Powder, Lemon Balm, Basil, Coriander, Hot Pepper Flakes, and Catnip. (We didn't want to leave our feline friends out!)

Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

Jungle Jam started many years ago with our board President, Kitty Kromer, when she was still a classroom teacher for special needs students. This was a project she and her students worked on together and Kitty brought it to Goodness Grows with her. We have made Jungle Jam ever since. We added Juicy Jam to our repertoire several years ago, as a "family friendly" flavor for folks who aren't so spicy.

This week, you get to choose a jar as one of your share items. We currently have a selection of Blueberry Jalapeno, Hot, Peach Habanero, Cherry Habanero, and Peach Lemonade available. For some of the flavors, we only have a few left, so those will be first come, first served...luckily all the flavors are good! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

If you bring your empty Jungle Jam or Juicy Jam jar back to us, either right here or at a show/market you find us at, you get to buy a jar of jam at a $1.00 discount!

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Dr. Shale's Mango Salsa

This fresh salsa is made by one of our GG board members. Dr. Shale creates her salsa in Youngstown at the Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator. Her favorite way to enjoy it is on top of jasmine rice, shown in the picture. Other people have recommended using it on baked fish, on grilled salmon, with pork loin, as a dip for tortilla chips, on a salad, or even on an everything bagel with guacamole. Just like our Jungle Jam, the possibilities are endless and only limited by your imagination and taste buds! (This fresh product is not shelf stable and requires refrigeration. Today's jars have an expiration date of 10/29/19.)

Check out https://www.facebook.com/DrShalesmangosalsa/ and https://www.instagram.com/drshalep/ to learn more about our friend Lashale and her amazing product. Contact her on Facebook or Instagram if you would like to order more.

THANK YOU for a great season!

Hard to believe that CSA season has come to a close. We have truly enjoyed working with you this year! Thank you for your support of Goodness Grows and your patience with this wild and wacky growing season. By participating in our produce subscription program, you are making a difference in the lives of our clients and staff as well as our students and volunteers. The fee helps us to continue running our programs and the work that goes into providing the shares each week gives us countless tasks that provide teaching and learning opportunities for people of all abilities. What might just look like a basket of produce and goodies is really so much more! We hope you have enjoyed the experience as much as we have. Info about next year's CSA will be sent out in the late winter/early spring, in case you are interested in subscribing again.

Upcoming in November and December

November 15 - Austintown Farmers Market Christmas Show (5-8pm)​

​November 27 - Friendsgiving Fundraiser at Diletto's Winery

December 7 - Canfield High School Craft Show (10am-4pm)​

Holiday Flea at the DeYor (Hopefully! They haven't started accepting applications yet. We'll keep you posted!)

Coat & Clothing (& More!) Giveaway Saturday!

We would love to have you come visit us this Saturday, between 10am and 1pm for our Giveaway. Our home base is overflowing with coats, clothes, shoes, stuffed animals, books, Halloween costumes, board games...so many things to see! All these items need a good home, they are all free, and they have all been donated by members and friends of Common Ground and Goodness Grows as well as community members from all over. Spread the word, tell a friend, and stop on out! There are no residency or proof of income requirements, no strings attached. Never know what you might find!

Contact Info

Goodness Grows is a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit operating out of Common Ground Church Community. Our mission is to cultivate personal, social, and community growth through gardening, education, and opportunity for people of all abilities. We are working to improve people's lives through social and therapeutic gardening practices. We'd love for you to join us!

Create. Cultivate. Thrive.