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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 1/4/2013 9:49am by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday, January 5th

Happy New Year!  On behalf of all the farmers and vendors at the Farmers Market Coop, I want to wish our customers a happy New Year.  Its sometimes hard for all of of us to express our appreciation to our customers.  But please know that your patronage and support of the market is deeply appreciated by all of us.  2012 was a great year for the market, and we hope that 2013 will build upon and surpass what we accomplished in 2012.

There are no special events for this Saturday.  But I do want to highlight two upcoming events...

January 12th- Red Star Kombucha- Naomi Auth, founder and owner of Red Star will be there to share samples of her wonderful fermented tea beverage.  This is a centureis old craft that originated in China, and Naomi is producing it right here in the Burgh.  Check out the website for more information:

January 19th- A special visit from Bar Marco. You may have read about this cool new bar and restaurant recently in the PG, Pittsburgh Magazine, IHeart Pittsburgh, and elsewhere.  We are still working out the details and will provie an update next week.

Finally, please see the PA Made Cheese section below on an exciting update on locally made sheep cheese.  We will be offering free samples of the first locally made sheep cheese on Saturday.  We are very honered to be involved in this very exciting initiative.

See you at the market- David Lagnese

The Update....

Kistaco Farm
Will have a variety of apples and vegetables grown on their farm.

Apples varieties- There are still locally grown apples available inlcuding varities lik Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Idared, Jonagold, Rome, Empire, Stayman, Winesap, Mutsu.   

Cider- they are still pressing it- the best in Pittsburgh.

Local veggies- Selections might include Red Russian KaleCabbageBroccoli, Winter Squash.  Things are a little uncertain this time of year.

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.

J.L Kennedy Meat Stand

Thanks to all who ventured out in the snow last weekend! Happiest of New Years to everyone!

What a great time to slow roast or stew any cuts of meat in your own personal style of sauce...with pasta.. rices...barleys...vegetables...on oven...or slow-cooker.


***These are inexpensive and high-flavor options, in addition to all the usual high end cuts we offer each week.

***Please ONLY call to order during our phone times of 9am-9pm mon- thurs and 9am-6 on friday...even for messages. THANKS and see you Saturday!

The number at the farm is 724-898-2316.

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

Greenawalt Farm

Locally grown items include winter squash, cabbage, carrots, onions,  several varieties of regular and sweet potatoes.  The regular potatoes include red and purple flesh potatoes as well as white and a yellow flesh.  Brian is on the road now in Somerset County trying to round up some additional items which might include, celery, broccoli and cauliflower.

Greenawalt's always have fresh eggs.  They also have many preserved items such as  Amish made jarred items.  Also dried locally grown beans that are perfect for sinter soups.

Zang's Greenhouse...Locally grown items this week include, brussel sprouts, beets, squash, onions, celery root, micro greens, parsnips, carrots, mushrooms, shallots, white and red potatoes, and sweet potatoes.

Non-local items include eggplants, peppers, asparagus, fresh fennel, garlic, onions, green beans and Florida and California citrus.

Live flowers include amaryllis.

Kew Park Coffee Bar- We will have fresh beans that were roasted by Commonplace Coffee Roasters.  Also, will have fresh squeezed tangerine, orange and grapfruit juices.  If all goes well, we will also have fresh squeezed pineapple juice.

PA Made Cheese-   The articles in the Post Gazette pasted below talk about a local initiative to produce more and better locally made cheese in western Pennsylvania.  This is an effort sponsored by Slow Food Pittsburgh.  I have been on the Slow Food Advisory Board for the last year and a half, and have volunteered to "shepard" along this process.  One of key intiatives is to produce sheep milk cheese in western Pennsylvania.  It is being led by Sam and Susie Byler from Riverview Dairy.  They were awarded a $2,500 scholarship to get the effort off the ground.   have been involved from a support perpspective, and am helping to advise them on establishing a cheese aging facility.  I visited the farm and dairy this past week and have some photos of the sheep herd and of the first cheese making session.  I also have samples of the first batch of sheep milk camembert to share.

In case you missed it, check out two articles that appeared in the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette today that cover the local cheese scene- and mention the Farmers Market Coop and PA Made Cheese.  Thanks again to Virginia Phillips and the PG staff for supporting local food.

California Connection- We a full range of organic and biodynamically grown dried fruit and nuts including- apricots, nectarines, pears, plums, and persimmons.  Nut wise- walnuts, almonds and pistachios. 

On the olive oil side, the early harvest "Olio Nuovo" has arrived.  The oil is coming from 2 farms, one in Paso Robles and one in Central California.   They are very robust and flavorful.  These are very hard to get shipped this far east, and are only available for a short time. 

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.

Rebecca Plum Baked Goods- Rebecca will be there with her usual assortment of baked goods.

Hand Made items from Uganda- Margaret will be there on Saturday with many hand made items. These make great holiday gifts.

BANDY Woodworks is back this week after attending two very successful holiday shows. As always, they'll have children's toys and games, and great items for the home and office (cutting boards, business card holders, 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 from N. Sheridan, directly across from Greenawalt's.  Preview some of the items carried at the market by visiting

Visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.

Also,  check out the video about the market produced by Ths folks at East Liberty Development (ELDI).  It was directed and produced by local film maker Michael Pisano. So a great big thanks Michael and ELDI's Margaret Graham  for producing the video. So please check out the video and share it with others.

Here's the link:


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.