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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 8/9/2013 1:29pm by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday, August 10th

Hello everyone.  We will have a great selection of locally grown items this week.

I want to highlight peaches this week, because they are really coming into their prime season.  Rick Zang will have peaches from Chambersburg, Kistaco will have peaches from their Armstrong County farm, and Greenawalts will have some from Somerset County.  This is the time to buy in bulk and preserve them for winter.  I plan to make home made peach fruit leather.  Its very easy to do, so just stop by the PA Made Cheese both and I can tell you how to make it.

The farmers tell me that all of this rain is slowing down the growing season.  Thats why things like tomatoes and peppers are late to arrive in large quantities.

Last weekend I was in DC on a college tour with my daughter Maria.  I was able to visit the Eastern Market.  Eastern Market is located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington DC.  This was my "first love" in terms of farmers markets as I lived in the neighborhood in the mid 1980's when I worked as a Congressional aid.  Its been around since 1871, so it has about 70 years on our East Liberty market.  I had not been there in almost 30 years, but am happy to report that it is doing very well.  Although they had a fire a few years ago, they renovated the inside and its now full of vendors of all sorts- meat, fish, baked goods, produce and flowers.  They have a lunch counter that serves great fish and crabcake sandwiches.  If you are in DC for a visit, please consider visiting the market.  Its open every day except Monday. Its easy to get to as it has its own Metro stop on the BlueOrange line.  Check it out:

Please see below for an update on the market.

See you at the market.

David Lagnese

The Update....

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND special items for Saturday, August 10th are...


**please make all serious requests to purchase Kennedy show stock beef,pork, or lamb A.S.A.P. during this next week or it will be gone as quickly as Summer fun!!!

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

Greenawalt Farm

Brian will be driving around Somerset County on Friday looking for locally grown items.  I expect he will have green beans, sweet corn, onions (several varieties) leeks, hot peppers and green peppers, snap peas, zucchini, yellow squash, cukes, pickles, peaches, white and yellow nectarines, fresh garlic, cabbage, tomatoes, new potatoes (white, yukon gold and red), fresh herbs including shiso.  What is shiso?  Its a japanese herb that is related to mint.  Brian also has freshly grown, dried herbs.

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 have:

Earligold Apples
Bell Peppers
Sweet Banana Peppers
Cubanelle Peppers
Hungarian Sweet Peppers
Sweet Corn
Green Beans
Yellow Beans

And bread from Wood Street Bread Co.

Zang's Greenhouse...Rick will have swiss chard, shallots, leeks, tomatoes, pickles, cukes, candy onions, fresh garlic, green beans, beets, several varieties of lettuce, micro greens, zucchini, 2 varieties of cabbage, sweet corn, cauliflower, mushrooms, blueberries.  

New items for this week include watermellons, blackberries, red rasperries and Chambersburg peaches.
From California-  Valencia oranges, lemons and limes.

Kew Park Coffee Bar-
  We have a fresh batch of beans that were roasted by Commonplace Coffee Roasters.  This week we will have iced coffee and regular hot coffee.  Also, will have fresh squeezed Valencia orange juice and fresh lemon aid. 

PA Made Cheese-   We will have a wide assortment of locally made cheese including aged sheep milk cheese and Halloumi made by Riverview Dairy.  I visited the sheep cave this week to inspect the cheese.  We now have about 140 wheels of sheep and goat cheese in the cave.  The hydrometers are still showing perfect conditions- 55 degrees and 95% humidity.   The cheese is reacting well to the environment.  It is growing a fuzzy white mold, which is a good thing.  The wheels are staying moist and not cracking.  The first batch of "Young" pecorino (sheep milk cheese) will be ready in mid september.

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 be back next week with some new items.  Please stop by and check them out.

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.