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Farmers Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 11/1/2013 9:57am by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday, November 2nd

Hello farmers market fans. Sorry I missed sending out an update last week.  I had a busy week at work and was not able to get a message out.

Those of you who have visited the market in the past few weeks may have noticed two recent additions to our vendor line-up.  I would like to highlight them and the wonderful products they are bringing to the market.

Pastamore' barrel-aged vinegars-  These are being brought to us by long time market customer Sylvia Lynch.  She found these vinegars in her travels and fell in love with them.  She then made arrangements to be able to sell them.  Offerings inlcude basic balsamic vinegar, but also other flavored vinegars. Free tastes, of course.  Stop by and talk to Sylvia and try these vinegars.  I have been using them on roasted vegetables such as the brussel sprouts that are available at the market.  A few descriptions...

- Elderberry Balsamic  Sweet elderberry juice combined with our white balsamic vinegar creates a subtly sweet yet slightly tart flavor.

- Blackberry Balsamic  Pure balsamic vinegar is blended with blackberries to create a thick, rich and full-bodied vinegar.

- Dark Sweet Cherry Balsamic Vinegar  Combined with hand-picked Dark Sweet Cherries create the perfect flavor as a salad dressing for spinach or fresh greens.

- Citrus Balsamic Vinegar has been blended with sweet oranges, tangerines, and a splash of lime to create this inspirational and versatile vinegar.

Cinco de Mayo Salsa- After being away for the summer selling at the outdoor markets, they are back with their wonderfull salsas and cooking sauces.  I stocked up on the bean dip and other favorites.  But I was glad to see several new sauses.  Many of them are great for cooking with, not just for eating with chips.  Please stop by and say hello.

The market will be packed with fall items including apples and fresh pressed cider.  Other items include squash, dried beans, brussel sprouts and much more. Please see below for details.

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

See you at the market.

David Lagnese
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The Update....

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

Special items for this week:

- EXTRA-LEAN GROUND TURKEY
- LAMB LOIN CHOPS OR ROAST RACKS OF LAMB
- GROUND LAMB
- LAMB GYRO -SEASONED BURGER PATTIES

PLEASE PLACE YOUR HOLIDAY ORDERS A.S.A.P.. don't wait..as items or sizes  you may need can easily run out!!

Offerings include:

- FRESH TURKEYS
- LARGE ROASTING CHICKENS/CAPONS
- DUCKS
- SMOKED PHEASANTS

**ALL AVAILABLE FOR 11/23 OR 11/27 PICK- UPS

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

 
Greenawalt Farm

I spoke to Brian and we will have quite a 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 onions (several varieties), brussel sprouts, celery, leeks, hot peppers and green peppers, zucchini, apples, swiss chard, garlic, cabbage, tomatoes (several varieties), potatoes (blue, white, yukon gold and red), carrots, radishes, cauliflower, 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, .

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:

Cider
Apple varieties:
- McIntosh
- Jonathan
- Macoun
- Cortland
- Red Delicious
- Golden Delicious
- Mutsu
- Gala
- Stayman Winesap
- Jonagold
- Empire
- Honeycrisp
Broccoli
Peppers
Kale
Collards
Eggplant
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 Cranberries from Wisconsin, first week of the season.  Brussel sprouts, winter squash, swiss chard, several types of peppers, shallots, tomatoes, onions, garlic, green beans (not local), beets, several varieties of lettuce, micro greens, zucchini (not local), cabbage, mushrooms, pears.


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)
Peaches
Bing and Rainier Cherries
White Figs
Plouts
Raisins
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 and grapefruits from Florida, and Valencia oranges from California.    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, and Birchrun Blue and Fat Cat from Birchrun Hills Creamery.

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.  We conducted a tour last week for the students from the Dairy Class at the Chatham U Food Studies Program .  We had a great visit and of course tasted come cheese at the end of the tour.

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 be off this week as they will be attending an event.

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.