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Farmers Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 9/14/2012 3:57pm by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday September 15th

Hello everyone.  As my of you know I am involved in organizing the Steel City Big Pour- which is the craft beer and food festival that benefits Construction Junction.  The event was last Saturday, so I am breathing a sigh of relief that it was successful.  It is always exhausting, so I am also glad that it's over.  Thanks to all of you who participated.  

I am always anxious this time of year to accomplish as much canning and pickling as possible.  Earlier this week, I was able to put up a half bushel of pickles into a crock that I purchased from Rick Zang.  Yesterday I just finished a batch of whole tomatoes in quart jars that I purchased from Kennedy's.  This time of year, the quality of the vegetables is incredible and the prices are excellent.  So please do yourself a favor and get busy with your canning and pickling!

I would also like to point out that we are just getting into apple season.  As sad as I am about peach season being over, its tempered by the joy of apple season.  Kistaco Farm specializes in apples, and Greenawalt aslo brings in some excellent varieties.  I bought a large basket of Honeycrisp from Kistaco last week and they were excellent.

Please come to the market and support your local farmers.

David Lagnese


The Update 

Greenawalt Farm

The fall squash are pouring in, with six or seven varieties now available.  People often forget how simple squash is to prepare, and its delicious and nutritious.  There are lot of recipes out on the web.  Other items at Grenawalt should include sweet corn, zucchini, yellow squash, pickle cucumbers, radishes, green onions, lettuce, swiss chard, green beans and lima beans, swiss chard and peppers.  They will have some beautifull mini zucchini, yellow squash and Pattypan squash.  Fruit wise-  apples are coming in.  Possible items are local strawberries and rhubarb.  Expect some surprises as Brian visits his Amish farmer friends on Fridays and always picks a few unexpected items. 


Special items include:

- BONELESS PORK LOIN, CHOPS OR ROASTS....many uses from baking/ roasting to slow cooking to that " end of Summer"  grilling! !!


- Some frozen grass-fed ground beef in 1# or 2 # packages( rem to pick up early if you want to keep it frozen!!!)

***now taking orders for next week' s extra lean ground turkey...

**please ring our phone (724-898-2316) between 9am and 9 pm mon - thurs and 9 am - 6 pm on friday

Kistaco Farm... Will have a variety of fruits and vegetables grown on the farm, including:
Green Peppers
Hot Banana Peppers
Cubanelle Peppers
Green Beans
Yellow Beans
White Sweet Corn
Wood Street Bread Company bread- and much more
Zang's Greenhouse...Locally grown items this week include peppers of all sorts (green, red, yellow and purple), green beans and wax beans, eggplant, hot peppers, leeks, fresh garlic, cucumbers, pickles, sweet onions, zucchini, beets, micro greens, green onions, potatoes, lettuce, shallots. Sweet corn from McElhaney farm.  In the fruit department- Concord grapes from Erie County are in.  Sorry, watermellons are all done.

Rick always has a few surprises.

BANDY Woodworks

...Is a local business that makes children's toys, custom furniture, and other great items for the home (cutting boards, etc).  They make them out of local reclaimed and salvaged wood and use non-toxic finishes.  Their booth is on the right when you walk in the front door, directly across from Greenawalt's.  Preview some of the items carried at the market by New this week is a wine rack designed to hold up to 12 bottles of wine.

Please stop by and talk to Chris!

Kew Park Coffee Bar, California Olive Oil Connection & PA Made Cheese

We were out of dark roast last week, but have a newly roasted batch this week.  We also have a fresh shipment of cheese from Riverview Dariy. Finally, I have been communicating with Peter Van Dyke out in Gilroy California.  A fresh batch of 2012 crop dried fruit is on its way.  I ordered apricots, pears, plums, nectarines and persimmons.  It should be here any day.

The Greek Gourmet- will have homemade spinach and meat pies at the market each week- in addition to 20+ flavors of hummus.  Stop by and talk to Jack at the booth.


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.