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Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty

Posted 7/25/2014 10:41am by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday, July 26th

I was on the road last week and was not able to send out an update message.  Sorry about that.

I do want to start this update by thanking Miriam Rubin for visiting the market on July 12th to help us kick off the tomato season.  It was a great visit, and a good time was had by all.

While Miriam was there, she picked up a bushel of cucumbers from Rick Zang and made a batch of pickles.  She wrote an article in the Post-Gazette yesterday and gave a shout out to Rick and our market!  So thanks again Miriam.

Link to the article is below, which has some great pickle recipes:

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2014/07/24/Miriam-s-Garden-It-s-pickling-time/stories/201407160172

I have been also making quite a few batched of pickles myself.  I have bee trying to perfect my method for making a basic "half-sour" pickle like you get in the delis in New York.  I will have some to share at the market, as we are giving away free pickles with a cheese purchase at Wheel and Wedge.  Please stop by.

Also, read below for details on items available this week.  We are now in the prime of the summer growing season with new locally grown items available each week.  New items this week include peaches, plums and melons. I don't know about you, but this is my favorite time of the year.

See you at the market.

David Lagnese
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The Update....

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

Special items for July 26th....

  • STEAK BURGER PATTIES are back
  • PORK TENDERLOINS
  • PORK SLAB SPARE RIBS

**Please call in your order as we fill requests in the order we receive your calls .Requested Return calls are made by us on Friday's.

**Kennedy Kids' hand-raised 4-H beef, pork, & lamb livestock meats will be for sale in August. Please address all questions, requests, & orders to Mrs. Val Kennedy by phone during the farm office hours of 9-9 mon - thurs & 9-6 on fridays. Serious inquiries only please, with final payment due between August 7th -14th.

**For all of you who ask great questions regularly about hands on info regarding the raising of our meat.  Please visit us AND our livestock beforehand and during our upcoming shows! www.Butlerfarmshow.com has dates & times.

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

Greenawalt Farm

 
Brian is in Somerset County today visiting the Amish farms.  Local items include tomatoes, pickles, cukes, new potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, spinach, tomatoes (various types), broccoli, lettuce, rhubarb, swiss chard, green onions, sweet onions, leeks and fresh herbs.  In the fruit department: blueberries, peaches, nectarines, plums.   He said there may be a few surprises like berries.
 
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- I was not able to connect with Tim but expect that he will still have some cider and apples.  He will also have a lot of locally grown items from his farm including several kale varieties and swiss chard.  He should also have some flower, herb and vegetable transplants.
 
 
Bread from Wood Street Bread Co. is always available at the Kistaco stand.
 
Zang's Greenhouse... Rick have fresh sweet corn from McIlhinny Farm in Evans City.   Rick will also have fresh garlic, shallots, snow and snap peas, green beans, wax beans, sweet onions, lettuce, micro greens, cukes and pickles, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, peppers and PA grown mushrooms.  In the fruit department:  melons and Chambersburg Peaches.  Rick will also have a few shipped in items like peppers and potatoes to fill in the gaps.
 
 
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:
 
New from California are freshly harvested and dried sour cherries. We also still have:

Apricots (organic) 
Blueberries
Peaches
Bing and Rainier Cherries
White Figs
Plouts
Raisins
Raw almonds
Raw walnuts (organic)
Pistachios (organic)
 
Kew Park Coffee Bar-  Fresh roasted coffee from the farm in Jamaica.  At the juice bar we have valencia oranges from California and lemon aid.
 
Wheel and Wedge Cheese-   We quite a strong supply of cheese right now, both local and regional.  We have fresh batches of Chevre and Feta from Riverview Dairy.  We also have a new cheese- and aged cheddar call The Stag from Wisconsin.
 
Pastamore' barrel-aged vinegars-  These are being brought to us by long time market customer Sylvia Lynch.  Offerings include 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.

They recently moved their both to next to Kennedy Meat stand.  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.