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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 6/6/2014 12:34pm by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday, June 7th

It looks like a beautiful weekend and we hope the you will want to get it started with a visit to the market.   We will have lots of great stuff at the market, inlcuding locally grown spring items. 

The big new item this week is local strawberries!  Get there early!  Other local items including kale, asparagus, spring lettuces, rhubarb, and tomoatoes.  Also lots of plants and hanging baskets for the garden.

We have some new cheeses available, pleases see the Wheel and Wedge update below for details.  It is a very special cheese from Vermont.

Since its Rhubarb season, I want to share an article that our friend Miriam Rubin did last week in the Post-Gazette.  We always get questions from folks on what to di with rhubarb, so this article should help. You may remember that Miriam visited the market last year after she published her Tomatoes Cookbook.  She plans to make another visit to the market this summer, probably in July.

 

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2014/05/29/Miriam-s-Garden-Time-for-rhubarb-pie/stories/201405220288

 

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 Saturday, June 7th...

 EXTRA - LEAN GROUND TURKEY

 BEEF SIRLOIN TIP KABOBS

 BONELESS PORK LOIN CHOPS...Easy and ready in slow cooker or braising low in oven or on stove slowly...1 packet of your favorite flavor taco seasoning mix and 1 small jar any flavor salsa you like best....Mix & pour over 2# of plain pork chops or pork that's been lightly browned in oil. Cook at least 5 hours on low. Goes over rice or pasta or in soft taco shells.

 *Taking orders NOW for next week= father's day weekend!!!

THANK YOU !

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

 Greenawalt Farm

 
I just spoke to Brian who is in Somerset County visiting the Amish farms. Local items include tomatoes (grown in high tunnels), broccoli, strawberries, lettuce, asparagus, rhubarb, kale, green onions and fresh herbs.  Brian also will have vegetable and herb transplants for the garden.  He said there may be a few surprises. Also, fresh maple candy and syrup.   He will also have some shipped in fruits and vegetables. 
 
Greenawalt's always have fresh local eggs and many types of Amish canned items such as jellies and jams. They also have some cured meat items from Lancaster County.
 
Kistaco Farm- Will have....
 
Cider
Idared apples
Homegrown Lettuce
Vegetable plants
Herb and vegetable plants
Flower plants
Hanging baskets
 
Bread from Wood Street Bread Co.
 
Zang's Greenhouse... Rick have fresh local strawberries, asparagus (green and purple), lettuce, micros, rhubarb and PA grown mushrooms.  Shipped in items include Eastern Shore cantelopes, Vidalia sweet onions, beets, radishes, swiss chard, carrots, brocolli, zucchini, kale, potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers.  Southern Blueberries are still available.
 
Rick will also have flowers and vegetable transplants.
 
 
California Connection-  We now have our full line of 2014 vintage oils to offer.  All are certified Extra Virgin by the Califorinia Olive Oil Council.  Four of the oils are also certified organic. Our offerings are:
  • Corto Olive
  • Fiueroa Farms- Organic Frantioi
  • Figuero Farms- Organic Estate Blend
  • Olio Nuevo- Estate Arbiquina
  • Organic Arbequina
  • Organic California Blend
  • Stone House- House Blend
California Dried Fruits and Nuts include:

Apricots (organic) 
Blueberries
Peaches
Bing and Rainier Cherries
White Figs
Plouts
Raisins
Raw almonds
Raw walnuts (organic)
Pistachios (organic)
 
Kew Park Coffee Bar-  We just received a shipment of fresh roasted coffee from the farm in Jamaica.  At the juice bar we have valencias from California.
 
Wheel and Wedge Cheese-   We have a new cheese from Vermont that was made by world renowned cheese maker Peter Dixon.  (Peter is also the cheese making consultant that helped get our sheep milk cheese program up and running.) He calls this cheese Humble Herdsman.  Its a cow milk cheese that is semi-soft with a smooth texture and a smattering of eyes throughout the paste.  It has a mild nutty flavor.  The rind is edible, formed by brushing the outside with apple cider.  Its aged 3 to 5 months.  Please stop by and give it a try.
 
Pastamore' barrel-aged vinegars-  These are being brought to us by long time market customer Sylvia Lynch.  Offerings inlcude basic balsamic vinegar, but also other flavored vinegars. Free tastes, of course.  Stop by and talk to Sylvia and try these vinegars. Flavors include:

- 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.

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 All items are made in their shop using local reclaimed and salvaged wood and non-toxic finishes.  They just got in a fresh bactch of beautiful cutting boards.

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.