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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 10/26/2012 12:37am by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday, October 27th

It is getting to the end of the home garden season. That makes me sad.  But I was cheered up when I read today's Mariam Rubin story in the Post-Gazette.  This was her last article of the year on her summer garden series.  The good news is that there are still opportunities to do some canning and preserving using things like green tomatoes.  

I recently went to a pickling event that was sponsored by Slow Food Pittsburgh where I tasted some really fabulous pickled vegetables, including pickled green tomatoes.  I was surprised at home much flavor they have.  So I was glad to see Miriam's article with the recipes.  

Last week I saw many baskets of green tomaoes at the market.  I expect to see more this weekend.  So don't be afraid to give it a try.  Check out the article.

Also, to celebrate pickling, we will be giving out free home-made kosher dill pickles at the PA Made Cheese stand. 

The market had a great week last Saturday. It was jam packed with many great vegetables and fruit.  I thought the star of the show was the brussel sprouts, which appeared for the first week.  The sprouts at the market are the real thing- locally grown, freshly picked, still connected to a long stem.  I prepared them by both blanching them for a few minutes in boiling water, and also roasting them in the oven.  Either way, they are delicious.  Salt, pepper and olive oil is all you need to season them with.  I know a lot of people think they don't like them, but I believe its because they have never had fresh, tender sprouts.  So if you think you don't like them, please give brussel sprouts another try.

See you at the market!

David Lagnese


The Update 

Greenawalt Farm

Bryan Greenawalt said that the warm weather this week is helping to prolong the season.  So the items he has this week are very similar to last week.  These include fall items such as squash (many varieties), pumpkins and gourds.  Other items include brussel sprouts, zucchini, yellow squash,  eggplant (several varieties), onions, swiss chard, celery, brocolli, cauliflower, and several varieties of peppers.  Two varieties of radishes- diakon and red champions,  several varieties of regular and sweet potatoes.  The regular potatoes include red and purple flesh potatoes as well as white and a yellow flesh.

Special items this week include ground cherries and cabbage sprouts.

Bryan will still have cherry and grape tomatoes, as well as green tomaotes for pickling.

Fruit wise-  the apples include matsu, red delicious, yellow delicious, honeycrisp, galas.  Brian will have a small amount of local strawberries.  The strawberries are still hanging in there, due to the recent warm weather.


Special items include:


**PASTURE-RAISED ROASTING CHICKENS...last time before holidays!!

**Now taking orders for local, pasture- raised GOAT....cuts available are LOIN, CHOPS, STEW MEAT, GROUND...for pick up next saturday,  nov.3 rd...this is a fabulous product with tons of flavor that is raised by fellow butler county 4 H family that knows how to produce prize- winning meat goats...follows lamb pricing...

**PLEASE dont delay in putting your FRESH TURKEY AND CAPON order in by phone or in person at the saturday market...we will run make it easy on yourself!!

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

Kistaco Farm... Will have a variety of fruits and vegetables grown on their farm.  Items for this week include: 

- McIntosh

- Gala
- Macoun
- Rome
- Idared
- Mutsu
- Red Delicious
- Golden Delicious
- Fortune
- Jonagold
- Stayman Winesap
- Fuji
Don't forget about the cider- Pittsburgh's best.  Tim makes his cider with a perfect balance of sweet and tart.  Do yourself a favor and pick up a few jugs.  Share it with friends.

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

Zang's Greenhouse...Locally grown items this week include brussel sprouts, beets, squash, gourds, Indian corn, small tomatoes, green tomatoes, fresh garlic, sweet onions, zucchini, beets, micro greens, micro arugala, parsnips, carrots, potatoes, lettuce, shallots.

Non-local items include eggplants from Georgia, seedless globe grapes from Califorinia, and Cranberries from Wisconsin.

Hand-made items from Uganda

Margaret will be there on Saturday with many hand made items. 

BANDY Woodworks

BANDY Woodworks
..Is a local business that makes children's toys and games, custom furniture, and other great items for the home (wine racks, 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 Note: they are almost sold out of cutting boards.  If you have been thinking about getting one, now is the time; they might not have any new ones made before the holidays. 

Kew Park Coffee Bar

We will have freshly roasted Coffee.  In the juice department, this is the last week for fresh made grape juice that was made with Erie County Concords.  We also have fresh squeezed tangerine, orange and grapfruit juices.

PA Made Cheese

As mentioned we will be giving out free pickles on Saturday.  They go great will all the local cheese we have on hand.  

California Connection

The organic dried fruit is going strong.  


All are from Van Dyke Organic Ranch in Gilroy California.  We also have organic walnuts and pistachios.

A fresh crop of almonds, dates and raisins should be here soon.

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.