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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 11/2/2012 12:01am by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday, November 3rd

We had a great market last week.  These was lots of good locally grown stuff.  In my last update, I talked about the wonderful fresh brussel sprouts available at the market.  Well last week I was impressed by all the locally grown root vegetables now available- beets, parsnips, turnips and carrots.  I was particularly impressed with the carrots that were of various colors and sizes.

I also noticed an article in the New York Times about how carrots are showing up as the star on plates of some fancy-schmancy New York City restaurants.  Check out the article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/31/dining/carrots-gain-bigger-roles-at-some-restaurants.html

And check out these recipes for carrots and other root vegetables....

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/health/series/recipes_for_health/carrots/index.html

I tend to like keeping things pretty simple.  So I prepare carrots the way we did at Trattoria Alberto, a restaurant that I worked at in Washington, DC.  Simply peel the carrots and slice them into rounds about 1/4" thick.  Blanch them in boiling, salted water for 3 minutes.  Then saute them in a skillet in a 50/50 combination of olive oil and butter.  Cook them long enough so that they begin to brown slightly around the edges.  Season with salt, pepper and fresh chopped parsley.  Thats it!

Like I do with a lot of fresh vegetables, I do my cutting and blanching on Sunday when I have the time.  Then throughout the week, I pull them out of the fridge for the last minute saute.

Pancake Breakfast

I want to remind everyone about the Pancake Breakfast & Auction that is being held this Saturday from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.  This is the 16th annual.  

Our friends at Pittsburgh East Rotary Club run the event.  Proceeds from the Pancake Breafkast & Auction will be used to feed hungry individuals and families in our East End communities and provide resources to at-risk children and youth.

You can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast including pancakes and an egg bar!  In addition to breakfast, there will be fabulous raffle prizes, entertainment, mystery bags/boxes and a roving magician!

The event is held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church (250 N. Highland Avenue) which is walking distance from the market.  So you can stop by the market to get your food for the week and also enjoy the pancake breakafast.  Tickets are available at the door, and are $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

All the vendors from the farmer's market pitch in and put together a farmers market basked that gets auctioned off at the event.

Please note that at the Kew Park Coffee Bar we will be introducing a new roast that was developed by Commonpalce Coffee Roasters.  The beans were roasted yesterday so are very fresh.  Please stop by and give them a try.  We will have brewed coffee and whole beans.

See you at the market!

David Lagnese

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The Update

Greenawalt Farm

I spoke to Bryan Greenawalt today and he said that items he has this week are very similar to last week.  Believe it or not, he will still have local strawberries.  But he will also have more traditional fall items such as squash (many varieties), pumpkins and gourds.  Other items include cherry and grape tomatoes, carrots, 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.

Fruit wise-  the apples include matsu, red delicious, yellow delicious, honeycrisp, galas.  Brian will have a small amount of local strawberries.  
 

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

Special items include: 

PASTURE-RAISED ROASTING CHICKENS ...some available as frozen from last week...

- BONELESS PORK LOIN, roasts or chops

- SKIRT STEAK

- FLANK STEAK AND BRISKET

**PLEASE PLACE YOUR THANKSGIVING ORDER A.S.A.P.
It' s much easier for us all to plan ahead...THANKS A BUNCH!!!

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: 

Apples (13 Varieties) 
- McIntosh
- Gala
- Macoun
- Rome
- Idared
- Fuji
- Jonagold
- Mutsu/Crispin
- Fortune
- Red Delicious
- Golden Delicious
- Stayman Winesap
- Empire

And of course fresh pressed cider- the best in Pittsburgh

Locally grown veggies will include:
Kale

Collards
Cabbage
Broccoli
Winter squash

Prepared foods:
Corn Salsa
Applesauce
Corn Relish
Onion Relish
Bread and Butter Pickles
Spicy Sandwich Dills
Pickle Relish
 
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 brocolli, brussel sprouts, beets, squash, gourds, Indian corn, green tomatoes, fresh garlic, sweet onions, beets, micro greens, micro arugala, parsnips, carrots, potatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, shallots, white and red potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
 
Non-local items include eggplants from Georgia, grapes from Califorinia, and Cranberries from Wisconsin, fresh fennel, and Florida citrus.
 

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 visitingwww.bandywoodworks.etsy.com. 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 debut our new roast of the Kew Park Estate beans.  I have been working with the folks from Commonplace Coffee Roasters to develop a roast that really highlights the unique characteristics of the beans.  Please stop by and give them a try.   We also have fresh squeezed tangerine, orange and grapfruit juices.

PA Made Cheese

We gave out free pickles last week, and still have a few to give out this week.  We just got a fresh shipment of cheese from God's Country Creamery in Potter County.  I love their wheels because they are massive- 20 pound plus.  We have the Havarti and the Luddington Lace Swiss.

California Connection

The organic dried fruit is going strong.  

Apricots
Nectarines
Pears
Plums
Persimmons

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.

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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.