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Farmers Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 9/20/2012 9:42pm by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday September 22nd

I spoke to all the farmers this week. I expect the offerings to be pretty similar to last week.  A few more fall fruits and vegetables will show up.  The first batch of cider will be available from Kistaco Farm.

Tomorrow I will be joining Brian Greenawalt for his weekly trip into Somerset County Amish Country.  I plan to spend the whole day with Brian and stop at 10 or 12 farms.  As many of you know, Brian partners with a number of Amish farmers in Somerset County.  He is getting some really excellent items that are only available through the relatonships he has developed with these farmers.  Hopefully I will have a full report to share with you next week.

Canning update- I have been busy canning again this week.  I put up a few dozen quarts of tomatoes.  I got the tomatoes from Kistaco Farm, a 50%/50% mix of romas, and a black tomatoes.  It makes a really nice and colorful jar.  I get about 9 quart jars from 1/2 bushel of tomatoes.  I also got a half bushel of eggplants and made pickled eggplants with those.  It's a lot of work but also fun.  The reward will be in the cold months of winter when I can pull these jars off the shelves and enjoy them.  If you want to talk about canning, please stop by the PA Made Cheese stand on Saturday to talk.  I am certainly not an expert but have learned a few things over the years.

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:




***please specify amounts, sizes, pounds, etc.

*** please ring our phone hours of 9 am-9 pm mon- fri and 9 am-6 pm fridays 724-898-2316.

Kistaco Farm... Will have a variety of fruits and vegetables grown on their farm.  The variety of apples available is increasing each week.  Also, fresh Cider is available for the first week this year:

- McIntosh
- Jonathan
- Macoun
- Red Delicious
- Cortland
- Honeycrisp

Fresh Cider!


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.  

Rick always has a few surprises.

Hand-made items from Uganda

Margaret Lahaie has been selling hand made items from Uganda at the market for a while now.  I spoke with her last Saturday to get an update on what she is up to.  She recently had a beautiful baby, and will now be back at the market every Saturday.  She continues to carry goods such as woven baskets, beautiful cloth bags, salad servers made from wood and bone and various other items.  She also recently received a shipment of new items including jewelry.  These items are lovely to have or to give as gifts and are very reasonably priced!

Margaret has lived in the U.S. for two years now, but she is still putting eight children through school in Uganda (six of whom she took into her home when their families were not able to take care of them).  All of the proceeds from the sale of her goods go right back to Uganda to pay school tuitions.

Please stop by to meet Margaret and look at these beautiful hand-made items.

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 are still waiting for the dried fruit and nuts to arrive from California, but unfortunately they are still not here.  We do have lots of fresh roasted Kew Park Jamaican coffee, and lots of locally made cheeses.  

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.