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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 4/6/2012 7:38am by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday April 7th

This Saturday is the day before Easter, so I know many of will be preparing your homes and tables for an Easter feast.  The farmers and all the vendors at the market will have lots of items that we hope will end up on your Easter table.  Here is an update of special items.  A summary of the produce is at the bottom of the messsage. 

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The Update

Greenawalt Farm

Last week the Greenwalt's had tons of eggs, and they were flying out of the cooler.  They will have lots more this week.  It's not too late to dye and decorate eggs on Saturday after the market.

At our Italian Easter meal, we make a big thick fritata omlette that takes about 2 dozen eggs to make.  We make it in a big skillet and slice in pies shaped slices to eat with the roast lamb.

Greenwalt's will also have fresh duck eggs and goose eggs.   

J. L. Kennedy Meat Stand...  As always, locally grown meat from the Kennedy's. They have been taking orders for special cuts of lamb, beef and hams all week, so I am not sure what is left.  But you can call out to the farm (724-898-2316) or take your chances and get to the market real early on Saturday.

Kistaco Farm... continues to have locally raised apples.  Apple varieties this week include
 Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Rome, Empire and Idared.  Fresh pressed cider will also be available- plus lots of veggies.  Don't forget about the fresh bread from Wood Street Bakery.

Zang's Greenhouse... Special items for this week include ramps, and artichokes.  Rick will also have lots of greens, such as kale, collards and swiss chard- fresh asparagus and lettuce.  In the flower department, Rick will have a variety of Easter flowers.  But get to the market early if you want flowers.

The Greek Gourmet-  Mike from the Greek Gourmet wanted me to let everyone know that he will continue to bring the homemade spinach and meat pies to the market each week- in addition to 20+ flavors of hummus.  Yum!

Rebecca Plum Baked Goods-  Rebecca has really been turning out a wide variety of baked goods in recent weeks.  So I would expect to see lots of items that will be great for the Easter table.

California Fruits and Nuts

Over the past few months I have been increasing the selection of organic dried fruits and nuts avaiable- we noe have 9 varieties. This week I have yet another new organically grown item from California.  Please consider adding dried fruits and nuts to your Easter table.

Organic Pistachios- grown on a family farm called Santa Barbara Pistachio by the Zannon family.  These nuts were grown organically and processed on the farm.  They are roasted in small batches very soon prior to shipping.  They are roasted at a low temperature so that they are not over-cooked.

Learn more:  http://santabarbarapistachios.com/


And in case you missed it, we added two items last week.

Organic Walnuts- grown on a family owned farm called Rancho La Vina- located in the Santa Rita Hills.  The trees range in age from about 15 to 40 years old.  The variety is called Coastal Paynes.  The nuts are certified organic and are raw (unroasted or pasturized)  They are really delicious with a rich, sweet taste.  They are great for baking or just plain eating.

Learn more: http://www.rancholavina.com/

Eco-Dynamic Dates- I personally have always loved dates, both raw and in baked goods.  Some people don't appreciate them, but I encourage folks to give them a try.  I always say that dried fruit and nuts are a great replacement for candy, and that is especially the case with dates.  But they are also very nutricious- packed full of protein and minerals.  They have been consumed by humans for thousands of years.

These particular dates are grown on a family owned farm called Flying Disc Ranch.  The farm was started by Robert Lower back in the 1970s.  He is recognized as a pioneer in cultivating dates in California.  The quality of these dates have been recoginized by many chefs and foodies.  They grow many varities of dates- we will offer 2 for sale at the market- Zahidi and Deglet Noor.

Learn more: http://flyingdiscranch.com/

PA Made Cheese

I visited the Bylers on Wednesday at Riverview Dairy and farm in Clarion County.  I had a really great visit.  I had lunch with Sam and Susie, we tasted lots of cheese and got lots of updates on what is happening on the farm and new cheese thaey are making.  When we went out to visit the goats, I got to see lots of little baby goats (kids).  I was lucky enough to see a goat being born!

I brought home a wheel of a new aged tome cheese that they made.  Unlike the mild tasting tome cheeses that Sam has been making (Meadowbelle and Purple Goat)  this one has a nice sharp flavor.  Sam doesn't have a name for it yet.  He said we can try it and  make some suggestions.

California Olive Oil

The new oil I just got in from California has been getting rave reviews.  Come on in and give it a try.  

Sumnmary of Produce Available

Veggies

  • Artichokes
  • Potatoes (still locally grown at Greenawalt's)
  • Ramps
  • 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
  • Broccoli

Fruit

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Florida Citrus such as lemons, oranges and tangerines
  • Grapes
  • Other fruit such as berries

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

http://www.farmersmarketcooperativeofeastliberty.com/

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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.