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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 10/17/2013 10:12pm by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday, October 19th

Hello farmers market fans. The market will be open this Saturday and will be bursting with locally grown and made items.  We are getting to the end of many summer items such as tomatoes and peppers, so get them while you can.  Fall items are rolling in.  Last week was the first week for local brussel sprouts- the real ones that come on the stalk.  They are so delicious when they are fresh, and so easy to prepare.  I just cut them in half, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake them at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Many other fall items are plentiful- starting with apples and fresh pressed cider.  Other items include pumpkins, gourds, squash, and concord grapes.  Please see below for details.

Please come out to the market and support your local farmers.

See you at the market.

David Lagnese

The Update....


Special items for this week:




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

Greenawalt Farm

I spoke to Brian and we will have quite truckload of Amish grown fruit and vegetables.  He will be heading out to Somerset County again tomorrow, so expect some surprises. 

I expect he will have honeydew melons, green beans, onions (several varieties) leeks, hot peppers and green peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, cukes, pears, honeycrisp apples, swiss chard, fresh garlic, cabbage, tomatoes (several varieties), potatoes (blue, white, yukon gold and red), and fresh herbs.  Brian also has freshly grown, dried herbs.  Also Brian will have several varieties of shelling beans.

A full line of winter squash is now available, as well as fall items like decorating squash and pumpkins.

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:

Apple varieties:
- McIntosh
- Jonathan
- Macoun
- Cortland
- Red Delicious
- Golden Delicious
- Mutsu
- Gala
- Stayman Winesap
- Jonagold
- Empire
- Honeycrisp
Winter Squash
Food Creations from Suzanne's Kitchen
- Applesauce
- Corn Salsa
- Bread & Butter Pickles
- Corn Relish

....And bread from Wood Street Bread Co.

Zang's Greenhouse...Rick will have pumpkins, brussel sprouts, winter squash, swiss chard, several types of peppers, shallots, tomatoes, onions, fresh garlic, green beans, beets, several varieties of lettuce, micro greens, zucchini, cabbage, cauliflower, mushrooms, bosch pears.
  Concord grapes from Erie County will be available. .

California Connection-
  Lots of dried fruit and nuts from California.  All were recently harvested and dried under the California sun.  New this week we will have dried bing cherries.  We also will have a new batch of zahidi dates.  We already sold out of the first batch.  This Saturday we will have the following at the market:

Apricots (organic) 
Dates (organic)
Bing and Rainier Cherries
White Figs
Raw almonds
Pistachios (organic)

Kew Park Coffee Bar-  We have a fresh batch of beans that were roasted by Commonplace Coffee Roasters. The Florida citrus is just starting to come in.  We have tangerines from Florida, and oranges from California.  The grapefruits are from South Africa.  Florida grapefruits should arrive soon.  We have a fresh batch of fresh concord grape juice, made from Erie County grapes.  Get it while you can as its only in season for a few weeks.

PA Made Cheese-   We will have aged sheep and goat milk cheeses that were ageed in the cheese cave.  We have a fresh batch of Blue Cheese from Clover Creek.

I visited the Adirondacks last week for a brief getaway.  As always, I was searching out farmers markets and locally made food.  I visited the Saturday market at Saranac Lake Village.  It was an awesome market that includes lots of fruit and vegetable farmers, a bread baker and lamb farmer.  There was also a cheese maker from Asgaard Farm and Dairy.  By chance the cheese maker was manning the booth that day so we had a great conversation about the local cheese scene in PA as well New York State.  Asgaard is located in a place called Au Sable Forks.  It is an absolutley beautiful place, right near the Lake Placid Olympic site.

They were selling a soft ripened goat cheese called Whiteface Mountain that was fabulous.  Since no one makes a cheese like that arounf here (yet), I purchased a dozen pieces to bring back home.  I sold mot of it last Saturday, but still have a few pieces available this Saturday.

Cheese Cave Update- Things continue to progress at the cheese cave.  We have several hundred wheels of sheep and goat cheese in the cave.  The cheese really seems to like the 55 degree temperature and 95% humidity in the cave.   The wheels we are taking out for sale at the market are excellent.  We dropped off samples to a number of Pittsburgh chefs and got excellent feedback on the flavor of the cheese.  We are conducting our first tour of the facility this coming Monday as the students from the Dairy Class at the Chatham U Food Studies Program will be visiting the cave and Riverview Dairy. It should be a lot of fun to show off the cave for the first time.  So please stop by the PA Made cheese stand to buy some of the cheese.  Both the Meadow Belle goat cheese and the Schof Kase Sheep Cheese were aged in the cave.  We need your support!

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 BANDY Woodworks will have will have a new batch of honey locust serving boards and end-grain cutting boards this week.  All items are made in their shop using 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.