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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 11/17/2011 9:01pm by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday November 19th

We should have a great market this Saturday as people prepare for the big holiday.  We will have a wide selection of foods available at the market.  Hopefully you already have your order in with the Kennedy's for a holiday bird.  Please stop by on Saturday with your shopping list in hand.  Consider buying a gift item to take with you if you are visiting friends or family for the holiday.

Kistaco Farm

Kistaco will have many varieties of apples this week including:  

Red Delicious
Golden Delicious
Stayman Winesap
Northern Spy

In addition, Pittsburgh's best cider from Kistaco Farm will also be available in 1/2 and full gallons.  The Thanksgiving table would be incomplete without cider!

Apple Butter made from Kistaco Farm apples will be available. 


Zang's Greenhouse

Rick from Zang's Greenhouse will have a wide variety of local vegetables, including potatoes, beets, leeks, onions and shallots.  

Rick will also have local lettuce, mushrooms, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage and carrots.

Imports include navel oranges from Florida, Cranberries from Wisconsin, and Chestnuts from Italy. 

In the flower department- cycleman flowers.

Greenawalt Farm

Locally grown items include radishes, turnips, cauliflower, brocolli, buttercup lettuce, white potatoes, sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts.  Lots of squash is available-  varieties include- Blue Hubbard, Kabocha (Green and Orange), Delicata, Spaghetti, Butternut, Butter Cup and Acorn.  Kohlarabi, and cabbage are available. 

In the fruit department, a few varieties of apples and pears.

When I spoke with Brian this evening, he was still visiting farms and picking up items, and he was not sure if he will have locally grown strawberries.

PA Made Cheese

There are a few items to note this week.  

I received a new shipment of aged cheeses from Clover Creek Cheese Cellar.  They include a wheel of their "Pirate Blue" Blue Cheses which I will have available this Saturday.

We will also have the Blue Cheese from Common Folk Organics- amazing stuff from Lancaser County, PA, and fresh curds- from Arsenal Cheese in Lawrenceville.

We still have some Membrillo (quince paste) and will give away 1oz pieces with a purchase of cheese.


Kew Park Coffee Bar

We will have hot coffee availale as always.  In the juice department we will have fresh squeezed tangerine, orange and grapefruit juice.  Packaged whole beans are available. 


Dried Organic Fruit

As I mentioned last week, we received a new batch dried organic fruit from Van Dyke Farm in Gilroy, California.  

The fruit is certified organic. Its hand grown, picked and processed- then dried under the California sun.  The flavor is incredible.  Blenheim apricots are their signature item, but we also have nectatarines, pears and parsimons. Dried fruit and nuts always have a place on our Thanksgiving table.

Check out the Van Dyke Farm website for more information.


Recipe of the week

The Post-Gazette has some nice Thanksgiving recipes in todays food section.  Check out the one for oven-roasted vegetables with apple cider glaze:


Please visit the market on Saturday!

David Lagnese


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The Farmers' Market Cooperative of East Liberty is located at 344 North Sheridan Ave., adjacent to the Home Depot parking lot.  The market operates year round- and is open from 5 AM until 12 noon every Saturday of the year.