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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 1/10/2013 9:41pm by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday, January 12th

We had a nice day at the market last Saturday, and hope to draw a bigger crowd this Saturday.  The weather forescast for Saturday is 60 degrees with only a small chance of rain.  So if the cold weather has been keeping you in, then take advantage of the warm weather this Saturday and come on out to the market.

The star of the show this Saturday will be Naomi Auth from Red Star Kombucha- Naomi is the founder and owner of Red Star.  For those of you that don't know, Kombucha is a centuries old beverage that is essentially fermented tea.  Kombucha has become very popular recently.  However most of the Kombucha you find in grocery stores is factory made.  Red Star Kombucha is hand-crafted in small batches using organic, fair-trade certified ingredients whenever possible. Its made right here in Pittsburgh.  They use traditional fermentation methods to produce an authentic kombucha with 1% alcohol by volume.  That 1% alcohol makes it regulated like beer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  So Naomi will be sharing free samples.  She is not able to sell at the market, but there is a growing list of establishments that sell the product.   You can find the list at their website.  Check it out:  So please stop by and taste some Kombucha.

Also, please note that on January 19th, we will have a special visit from the folks 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 provide an update next week.

See you at the market- David Lagnese

The Update....

Kistaco Farm

Apples- Kistaco still has a variety of apples grown on their farm.  Yes, this means locally grown apples that are carefully stored at just the right temperature to keep them fresh.  Varieties still available are Fuji, Stayman, Winseap, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, MatsuCrispin, Idared, Rome and Jonagold.

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

Local veggies- at this point we are down to Acorn Squash. They will have a variety of shipped in vegetables.

Prepared items include fresh donuts.

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

Special items for this week.... 


- CHIPPED SIRLOIN TIP-super easy weeknight meal option for fast stir-fry or 20 minutes in any broth or sauce

- MANY TYPES OF SAUSAGES from plain ground pork with salt/ pepper to sage to med hot to red hot..links in casing or loose/bulk...also linked turkey sausage...all sold by pound or pieces

**we'll be taking orders soon for the fabulous GOAT for now is a good time to think about what cuts you'd like...boneless leg-shoulder roasts-stew meat-loin chops or roasts- ground meat...We can be best prepared if we know of your interest in advance

***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.

Greenawalt Farm

I spoke to Brian Greenawalt today.  He was in Somerset County visiting some of the Amish farms and picking up items.  He was able to get a new batch of potatoes (Sweeet, Yukon Gold and White), onions, horesradish and carrots.  All of these items have been "cellared" by the farmers.  He also picked up some jarred and pickled items and dried beans.  Not a bad haul for the middle of winter!

Other locally grown items that Greenawalts still have include several varities of winter squash and cabbage. 

Greenawalt's always have fresh local eggs.  

Zang's Greenhouse...Locally grown items this week include, beets, winter 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.  Rick hopes to pick up a few additional non-local items tomorrow.

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.  This week 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. I think this will be her last visit for the month of January.

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.