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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 12/15/2011 4:01pm by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday December 17th

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

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

But one thing I would like to mention is to think about the Farmers Market as a source of holiday gifts and house warming presents.
Some of the ideas I have are....  A smoked pheasant (they come vacuum wrapped) from the JL Kennedy Meat Stand, A fresh potted flower from Zang's Greenhouse, a pound of coffee beans from the Kew Park Coffee Bar, a bottle of olive oil from the California Olive Oil Connection, a piece of local cheese from PA Made Cheese, home made baked goods from Rebecca Plum, a jar of local honey from flower and bee, a fruit basket from Kistaco Farm, a jar of all-purpose sauce from Mrs. Jones, hummus from the Greek Gourmet, a jar of amish made pickles from Greenawalt Farm.  You can use your immagination and put together a nice basket of items from the market.  I think people really appreciate getting locally made and grown items.  

Kistaco Farm

Kistaco will have 12 varieties of apples this week.  They will also fresh cider.  Kistaco will also have ready made holiday fruit baskets.  They will have them this week and next week.  If you want to be sure to get a specially made backet, you can order them this Saturday for next Saturday.


Zang's Greenhouse

Rick from Zang's Greenhouse will still have some local vegetables, including potatoes, mushrooms, leeks, onions, celery root and shallots.  Chestnuts are imported from Italy.  In the flower department, Rick will have poinsettias, cyclamen, and Amaryllis.  Rick also has some really nice locally made wreaths.


Greenawalt Farm

Locally grown items include potatoes and 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.

Greenawalts also have lots of prepared items like jellies, pickles, mustard and beets.  All are locally made, and some are Amish made.  They carry locally made frozen pasta and dried egg noodles.


Peter Williams from Kew Park Estate Coffee visit

Peter Williams from Kew Park Estate Coffee in Jamaica visited the market last Saturday.   Peter had a great time visiting the market and talking to customers.  We spent the afternoon visiting coffee roasters.  We met with Sam Patti from La Prima, TJ Fairchild from Commonplace, and David DiOrio from 19 Coffee.  It was really an excellent day and we learned a lot from our meetings.  We asked each of these roasters to do a test roast for us. So we will be offering coffee roasted by each of them over the next few weeks.  We encourage input from our customers so that we can make a final decision on who to partner with to roast our coffee.  This Saturday we will be brewing the beans that were roasted by La Prima.

I visited Peter on the farm in Jamaica back in April.  I wrote a little story about my visit.  If you are interested, give it a read...


Tana set up shop at the market last Saturday, and we expect them to be back this Saturday.  Tana is a neighborhood restaurant located in East Liberty at 5929 Baum Blvd., a few doors down from the Carnegie Library.  Restaurant Owner Seifu Haileyesus will be there.  They will be serving food from 9 to 11. 

If you have not tried TANA yet, you need to get over there for a visit.  Our family goes there regularly.  The food is very well prepared and flavorful.

Cook Books for sale

We continue to sell cookbooks that were written by my father- Joe Lagnese. The book is called "Cookin"- and is a book on food and life.  My father, was a big part of my inspiration and passion for food.  So I am really glad that he spent the time to put together his thoughts 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.  They also make great holiday gifts.

David Lagnese


Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.


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.