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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 5/3/2013 8:25am by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday, May 4th

Hi everyone, the market will be open this Saturday as usual.  Please see below for an update.  We will have some new locally grown items this week.

Update on Ramps
Ramp season is underway.  We had quite a lot of them at the market last week.  Between Rick Zang and Brian Greenawalt we had several bushels and they all sold.  I ran in to Chef Trevett Hooper from Legume and asked him how he was preparing them.  He is doing all sorts of things with them including pickling, making purees and grilling them.  He suggest taking the whole ramp, leaf and bulb, and drizzle with some olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and then cook them on the grill for a few minutes while you are grilling any kind of meat.  I did that and served it with some chciken from Kennedy's.

I also minced the ramps, leaf and bulb, and suteed them in olive oil.  Then served them on top of some steamed rice.  Very simple and very good. 

So please dont be afraid to try them.  Even 1/4 pound can add a lot of flavor to a dish.

Check out the article Bob Batz wrote about Ramps in the Post-Gazette last week:

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/food/a-sure-sign-and-smell-of-spring-here-ramps-684842/

See you at the market- David Lagnese

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The Update....

J.L Kennedy Meat Stand

Special items for this Saturday

- PORK SPARE RIBS

- PORK TENDERLOINS

- SIRLOIN TIP KABOBS FOR QUICK MARINADE AND GRILL/BROIL

Please keep phone call orders and any messages to ring in during our business hours of 9-9 mon-thurs and 9-6 on friday...

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

Greenawalt Farm

Brian is in Somerset County today looking for some early locally grown items.  I am not sure what he might bring back.  As mentioned above, he is on the lookout for Ramps.  He is also looking  for rhubarb and spring greens.  Today is the first day of the produce auction, so we will see what Brian is able to get.

Brian still has some locally grown dried bean varieties including great northern and cranberry beans.

They also have shipped-in items including spinach, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, pears, grapes and bananas.

2013 vintage local maple syrup and maple products from Wagner Sugar Camp.

Greenawalt's always have fresh local eggs and many types of Amish canned items and dried beans. They also have some cured meat items from Lancaster County- bacon and kielbasa.

Kistaco Farm

The Kistaco Farm stand will not be open this week due to the gradutation of their daughter Leah from the University of Findlay.  They will be back next week with a superb selection of vegetable and flower plants for your garden/

Zang's Greenhouse
...Rick will have local wild ramps.  This will be the first week for locally grown swisss chard, grown at Harvest Valley FarmfHe will also have more of the locally grown spinach, lettuce, spring mix and radishes from Harvest Valley Farm. 

Rick will also have local asparagus.  This is the first week for asparagus.

Shipped in items include fresh fennel, brussel sprouts golden beets, spinach, kale, peppers, asparagus, garlic, onions, green beans, potatoes, and several varieties of tomatoes.  Florida citrus is still going strong with several orange varieties available. 


In the plant department- Rick will have some  transplants for the garden. He will also have tomatoe hanging baskets.

Kew Park Coffee Bar-
  We have a fresh batch of beans that were roasted by Commonplace Coffee Roasters.  Also, will have fresh squeezed grapefruit, tangerine, and orange juices. 

Kallari Chocolate Update-

Kallari chocolate bars are still available. More on Kallari...

Here is the website:
http://kallari.com/chocolate.html

A New York Times article on Kallari:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/dining/05choc.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

A really interesting UTube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLKQBS07JN4

PA Made Cheese-  

We still have more of the Birchrun Blue.  It is very good.  We have an other shipment of Fat Cat coming next week.

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.

BANDY Woodworks will have children's toys and games, and great items for the home and office using local reclaimed and salvaged wood and non-toxic finishes.  Cutting boards and wine racks make a great Valentine's gift for the foodie on your list!  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  www.bandywoodworks.etsy.com.

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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/

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:  vimeo.com/eastlibertypgh/farmersmarket.

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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.