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Farmers Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 2/17/2012 11:03am by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday February 18th

Hello Everyone:

I was in California this week and did not get back until late last night.  So I was not able to connect with the farmers.  I do expect that all farm stands and other stands will be open.  I expect the items offered to be similar to last week, so I have included last week's update below for your information.

I do have a few coffee and olive oil updates for you.

Olive Oil
When I was in California I visited Figueroa Farm in Sant Ynez.  I met with the farm staff and got a tour of the farm and the olive press.  They just finished the pressing season so they had lots of fresh pressed oil.  I got a bunch of samples to taste and expect that new oils will be arriving at the market over the next few weeks.  I do have some avacodo oil that they make on the farm.  This is real oil made from fresh avacados, not flavored oil.  They make it by putting fresh avacados in a machine that removes the skin and seed. Then they feed the pulp into the olive press.  I will have it at the market this Saturday.

I took some photos of the farm that I will bring them to the market.  It is really beautiful.


We continue to meet and work with various local coffee roasters in our quest to find a local roaster for the Kew Park Estate Coffee beans.  One of the roasters we have been talking to is 19 Coffee Company.  They are a new "micor" roaster.  One of the owners of 19 Coffee will be visiting the market this Saturday.  His name is David DiOrio.  He will be bringing some freshly roasted Kew Park beans and we will be serving the coffee.  He should arrive about 9 am.  So please stop by to meet David and taste the coffee.  He is an all-around great guy and knows a lot about coffee.  Check out their web site.

See you at the market.

David Lagnese


All of the farm stands and other vendors will be open at the market.   Here is a summary of what will be available:

  • J. L. Kennedy Meat Stand- Locally grown meat from the Kennedy's.  Get to the market early before they sell out!
  • Kistaco Farm continues to have locally raised apples.  Apple varieties this week include Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Cameo, Empire, Idared, and Rome.  Of course, fresh pressed cider will be available.
  • Zang's will have many fresh fruits and vegetables.  Two special items will be red swiss chard, and locally grown micro arugala.

There will be a variety of fruits and vegetables available throughout the market from Zang's, Greenawalt and Kistaco stands.  Some are still locally grown items and some are "imported."  If you are interested in locally grown, please feel free to ask the farmers which items are local.


  • Potatoes (still locally grown at Greenawalt's)
  • Mushrooms
  • Squash
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots and other root vegetables
  • Onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Shallots
  • Peppers- sweet and hot
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Green beans
  • Turnips (locally grown at Greenawalts)
  • Broccoli
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Florida Citrus such as lemons, oranges and tangerines
  • Grapes
  • Other fruit such as berries


Other vendors in the market will also be open.  So keep in mind that this includes many locally made offerings such as hummus from the Greek Gourmet, fresh baked items from Rebecca Plum, and fresh made donuts from Better-Made Donuts.  Also, pasta from Fontana Pasta, and bread from Wood Street Bakery.  Local eggs as well as many Amish made prepared items are available at Greenawalts.  Kistaco sells dried soup mixes which are easy to make and great during the cold weather months.

Kew Park Coffee Bar

This week we will contiue to offer a dark/medium bean roasted by LaPrima, and a medium bean roasted by Commonplace Roasters.

Florida citrus is in its prime so we have beautiful oranges, nectarines and grapfruits for making fresh squeezed juice.

Since the weather has turned cold, we will have hot chocolate- back by popular demand!

PA Made Cheese

We have a fresh batch of goat milk chevre and feta from Riverview Dairy.  Also, fresh curds from Arsenal Cheese.

California Olive Oil Connection

Olive Oil update-  I am heading out to California on Sunday and will be visiting 2 farms in Santa Ynez- Figueroa and Olinda Ridge.  I have been carrying these oils consistently for the last 2 years, so it will great to meet the folks who grow the olives and produce these oils.  I hope to do a lot of tasting and then get some of my favorite oils shipped to Pittsburgh to sell at the market.

Raisins and Almonds

We have been carrying organically grown dried fruits from Van Dyke Organics in Gilroy, CA for a while now.  These are great items for the winter months- apricots, pears, nectarines and persimmons.

We are about to get raisins and almonds from Marian Farms in Fresno.  They are grown using biodynamic methods which is an even more intensive method than organic.  The almonds were just harvested last week, flash pasturized and sent to us.  They are in transit now so I am not sure if they will be here for Saturday or for next week. 

I am really exicted about the almonds.  Since they are raw (unroasted) they can be used to make things like fresh almond milk.  We will be serviing fresh made almond milk at the juice bar. We will also have a recipe and demonstrate how to make it.

To learn more about Marian Farms and biodynamic agriculture, please click on the link.


Thanks again for your support!



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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.