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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 12/1/2011 10:14pm by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday December 3rd

We had a great thanksgiving season at the market.  Thanks to everyone who supported the market during the holiday and throughout the year. 

We will be open this Saturday, and will have a full contingent of farmers and vendors available.  

One of our challenges as a market is that many people think we close for the winter after the thanksgiving holiday.  Of course we do not, we are open all year long, every Saturday.  So we are asking all of our loyal customers to take one or two of our promotional post cards for the market and give it to friend or family member to let people know that we are open all winter.  We will be passing out the cards this Saturday so thanks in advance for your support.

One thing to note is that Peter Williams, farmer and proprieter of the Kew Park Coffee Estate in Westmoreland Jamaica will be visiting the market next Saturday, December 10th.  More details in next weeks update.

I spoke to a few of the farmers so read below for an update.

Kistaco Farm 

Kistaco will have 12 varieties of apples this week.  They will also have cider, fresh cooking greens and squash.  I know I was too busy to make a pie over the holidays, so I cheated and bought one from the Kennedy's (which by the way was fabulous).  But I picked up one of those fancy earthenware pie dishes from Williams Somona today and plan to make an apple pie this weekend.


Zang's Greenhouse

Rick from Zang's Greenhouse will have a wide variety of local vegetables, including potatoes, mushrooms, leeks, onions and shallots.  In the flower department, rick will have poinsettias, cyclamen, and Amaryllis.


Greenawalt Farm

Locally grown items include turnips, potatoes, lots of squash.  Of course eggs are always available. 

Brian picked up quite a bit of pine greens for decorating the house for the holidays- varieties include Blue Spruce and White Pine.


Kew Park Coffee Bar

As mentioned, Peter Williams from Kew Park Coffee will be visiting the market next Saturday, December 10th.  It has been over a year since Peter has visited, so we are really excited to have him.  Jamaica is a long way off, so we really appreciate when Peter visits.  After market, Peter and I plan to meet with a few local coffee roasters so that we can begin roasting the raw (green) beans locally here in Pittsburgh.  We are very excited to reach this milestone.  I will have more details in next weeks update.

Cook Books for sale

My father recently wrote and published a book called "Cookin"- a book on food and life.  My father, was a big part of my inspiration and passion for food.  So I really glad that he spent the time to put together his thought on life and food into a book.  The Post-Gazette ran a nice little article on the book.  Check it out.

Proceeds from sales of the book goes to a foundation that our family established to benefit people afflicted by Cystic Fibrosis.  We lost our sister-in-law, Muriel to CF last year, so we call the fondation Muriel's Breath of Life..  We will be selling books at the market.  They are only $10, and we will donate an additional $15 to the foundation for each book sold.

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.