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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 10/11/2012 10:30pm by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday, October 13th

As I have been saying over the past two weeks, we really are in the peak of apple season.  Its a time of year that I love- for the eating apples, the cooking apples, and the cider.  Leave it to Miriam Rubin from the Post-Gazette to write a timely article on apples with some great PG-tested recipes.  Check it out.

Thanks Miriam!  I'm not much of a baker, but I plan to try the Simple Apple Nut Cake recipe.

So please make the East Liberty Coop Farmers Market your headquarters for all things apple.  Kistaco Farm specializes in apples.  They grow many varieties of apples on their Armstrong County farm.  This time of year they have 10 to 12 varitieties on hand, plus their fresh cider.  Greenawalt's get their apples from Amish farmers in Somerset County.  They have 4 or 5 varieties, including some huge Honeycrisps- which are my latest favorite eating apple.  

Prices are very reasonable, especially when you buy in bulk.  So buy a large quantity and share them with friends and neighbors.  I'm a hero when I take a large box into work and share them my co-workers.

See you at the market!

David Lagnese


The Update 

Greenawalt Farm

Brian Greenawalt made his  trip to Somerset County today and came back with a van full of produce.  Items this week include fall items such as squash (many varieties) as well as pumpkins and gourds.  Other items include sweet corn, zucchini, yellow squash,  eggplant (several varieties), onions, swiss chard, brocolli, cauliflower, and several varieties of peppers.  Two varieties of radishes- diakon and champions.  Brian has several varieties of regular and sweet potatoes.  The regular potatoes include some beautiful red and purple flesh potatoes. Tomatoes- cherry and grapes are still comingin as well as several heirlooms.  Finally, Brian has some un-blanched celery that has a ton of flavor and is great in stocks and soups.
Fruit wise-  the apples include honeycrisp, galas, red delicious, yellow deliciuous, and others as well as bosch pears.  Brian will have a small amount of local strawberries.

Do you remember the shelling beans Brian had earlier in the season?  Well he has some of the same beans that are shelled and dried.   They are solde in small bags.  I tried them and think they are every bit as good as the fresh.


Special items for this week include:

BEEF JERKY...only so much of this wonderful product to go around so please call to order ASAP...

BEEF STICKS...soft and versatile

LAMB still available = Bone- In or boneless leg of lamb...stew meat...loin chops.. stock bones for broth/soup

**NOW TAKING YOUR TURKEY AND CAPON ORDERS by phone or at saturday market...don' t wait

**PLEASE remember to dial our farm # during business hours ONLY mon- friday please...thanks  724-898-2316.

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

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.  The 2012 cider is as good as ever.  So do yourself a favor and pick up a few jugs.

- McIntosh
- Gala
- Honeycrisp
- Macoun
- Jonathan
- Red Delicious
- Golden delicious
- Mutsu
- Jonagold
- Empire

Sweet Corn
Fresh baked bread from Wood Street Bread Company.  They pick it up from the bakery real early in the morning so you don't have to.

The last few weeks Kistaco has also had some home-made items such as salsas and donuts.  Please give them a try.
Zang's Greenhouse...Locally grown items this week include red and green peppers, eggplants, small tomatoes, large tomatoes, hot peppers, fresh garlic, sweet onions, zucchini, beets, micro greens, micro arugala, parsnips, potatoes, lettuce, shallots.

Rick is not certain if he will have sweet corn from McElhaney farm.  In the fruit department- Concord grapes from Erie County are possible, but not for sure this week.  Wisconsin fresh cranberries are for sure.  He should have them through the holidays.  Bosch and asian pears will also be available.

Rick always has a few surprises.

Hand-made items from Uganda

Margaret will be there on Saturday with many 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 use local reclaimed and salvaged wood and 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 visiting The newest item for sale is a domino set in its own box. 

Kew Park Coffee Bar

As mentioned last week, we will have fresh roasted beans that are roasted in the neighborhood by Commonplace Coffee.  In the juice department we have fresh made grape juice that was made with Erie County Concords.  We will only have Concord Grape juice for two more weeks and then its gone for the year.

To learn more about Commonplace Coffee, check out their website:

California Connection

The organic dried fruit has arrived from Van Dyke Organic Farm in Gilroy, California.  People seemed very happy to have it back since we ran out of last year's crop a few months ago.  Selections include:


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.