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Posted 7/31/2013 1:28pm by Miranda Combs.

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND special items for Saturday, August 3rd..

- EXTRA-LEAN GROUND TURKEY ...last offering before school starts and please call in your specific order amounts...

- SIRLOIN TIP KABOBS...cubes of sirloin tip roast ready for you to marinate/rub with minimal time needed in prep...esp great with mixed veggies on skewers

TAKING ORDERS FOR LAMB for pick up on Saturday, Aug. 17 th
 

**THANKS AGAIN for all your well-wishes and thoughts for safety for our children as they exhibit their livestock at the 4-H shows this Summer season.  Since the Fair, Jacob earned a 2nd place in a regional showmanship contest for lambs in Mercer, and Taylor’s Brown Swiss dairy heifer received Reserve Junior Champion at the Mon Valley Regional District Show in Fayette.  Now they have the Butler Farm Show coming up next week with shows Mon/Tues/Wed. We’d enjoy seeing you so check the Butler Farm Show site for  times and details.  We will be offering certain beef, pork, and lamb projects for sale to the general public on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please call the farm to discuss questions, pricing,  and to place payment deposits.  We can also talk at the Saturday Market about serious interests in purchasing the show projects.

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

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

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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.
 
Posted 7/25/2013 3:05pm by Miranda Combs.

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND special items for Saturday, July 27th..

- PORK TENDERLOINS


- PORK SPARE RIBS


**a few pasture-raised roasting chickens available to pre-order


**limited cuts of grass-fed beef available to pre-order like stack of 8 patties and chipped sirloin and arm/shoulder roasts

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

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

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Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 


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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.
 
Posted 7/19/2013 9:04am by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday, July 20th

Hello everyone. I had a hectic week and was not able to get an update from all the farmers.  I am sorry for that.  But have no fear, I expect locally grown offerings to be diverse, plentifull and very fresh.  So please visit the market this Saturday.

I do want to empasize a special event this Saturday at the J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand.  They will have
GRASS-FED BEEF- which  is a special offering that is only available a few times during the year.  This is a very special product that has become popular in recent years.  It's very lean beef that is best slow-cooked or braised in any flavor or style you choose. Also, it can be prepared by using a seasoning rub overnight, which will enable any basic cut to be grilled,etc.

So please help spread the word.  If you can, please call out to the farm today.

Please remember to call the Kennedy's during their business hours of 9 to 9 Monday through Thursday, and 9 to 6 on Friday. 
The number at the farm is 724-898-2316.

Pittsburgh Magazine Best of the Burgh Reader's Poll

One other item of note, our market was voted "best farmers market" in the 2013 Pittsburgh Magazine Best of the Burgh Readers' Poll.  Wow, what an honor! It is especially flattering considering how many farmers markets there are these days.  Please check it out and see some of the winners in other categories. Thanks to all of our loyal customers who voted for us.

 

http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/July-2013/Best-of-the-Burgh-2013-Readers-Poll/


See you at the market.

David Lagnese
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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.

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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.

Posted 7/17/2013 9:21pm by Miranda Combs.

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND special items for Saturday, July 20th..

GRASS-FED BEEF is a special offering that we only have available a few times during the year...very lean beef that is best slow-cooked or braised in any flavor or style you choose. Even a seasoning rub overnight will enable any basic cut to be grilled,etc.

**please call farm A.S.A.P. to place your order with cuts you need and how many pounds...if you need guidance...two options are researching beef cuts on-line  or asking detailed questions of us before Thursday eve for best results.
Please keep phone call orders and any messages to ring in during our business hours of 9-9 mon-thurs and 9-6 on friday...

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

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

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Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 


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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.
 
Posted 7/5/2013 12:41am by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday, July 6th

I have an abbreviated Market update this week due to the holiday.

I expect a great variety of locally grown meat, vegetables and fruit this week.  The summer growing season is in full swing.

But the big news for this week is the Miriam Rubin visit to the market.  She is coming to visit us all the way from Greene County, PA.  As many of you know, I often feature Miriam's articles and recipes as part of my weekly update.  We are so happy to have her come in person- with her new cook book and also demonstrating some recipes.

In the spring Miriam published a cook book called Tomatoes.  She will have books for sale (and signing) and will also do a cooking demonstration of some recipes from the book using ingredients from the market.  So please help spread word and come out to visit Miriam at the market.  We will have several varieties of locally grown tomatoes at the market this week.

Miriam plans to demonstrate 2 dishes using recipes from the book:

  • Grilled Ginger Tomatoes-  using local cherry tomatoes and scallions, California olive oil
  • Grilled Halloumi Salad- using Halloumi made by Sam Byler from Riverview Dairy, Amish grown tomatoes and mint


Miriam will be cooking by 10:00 am and will be there until about 11:30.


See you at the market- David Lagnese
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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.

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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.

Posted 7/4/2013 4:43pm by Miranda Combs.

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND special items for Saturday, July 6th..

- Pasture raised roasting chickens

- Chipped sirloin shaved paper thin

- Pork loin roast or chops

**extra big thanks for everyone who gave well wishes and good thougjts for safety while our children continue their 4-H shows...the big butler fair succrsses were taylor 's grand champion beef market steer...1 st place beef showmanship...1 st place wool shepherd s lead line contest...supreme breeding hog...1 st place market lamb pairs...reserve grand champion market lamb...1 st place hog showmanship...reserve junior champion dairy calf
For jacob...reserve champion bred and owned market steer...reserve grand champion market steer...1st place livestock judging contest...1st place beef spring heifer calf

Please keep phone call orders and any messages to ring in during our business hours of 9-9 mon-thurs and 9-6 on friday...

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

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

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Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 


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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.
 
Posted 6/27/2013 9:53pm by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday, June 29th

Market last week was even better than the week before with tons of locally grown stuff.  It's sad to see that asparagus and rhubarb are pretty much done, but so goes the growing cycle. 

The 4th of July holiday is upon us- mid week, so please stock up on supplies this Saturday.  The Kennedy's will have lots of meat selections and local vegetables will be plentiful.  Several new arrivals this week including peas, cabbage, fresh garlic and others.

Beet top alert

Last week was the first week for local beets and Rick Zang had some beauties.  I was buying a few bunches from him and asked if he had any extra tops.  Several people overheard and asked what I did with the tops.  Eat them of course was my answer.  They confessed that they simply cut them off and discarded them. 

I was kind of surprised that so many people are not aware that not only are they edible, they are delicious and very nutritious.  My Italian grandmother would have been mortified to hear of this talk of throwing away the greens.

Here is how I prepare them....

Cut off the tops and clean them as you would any other greens such as swiss chard or spinach.  I like to do the greens from 2 bunches of beets at a time.  I usually cut off most of the stem, and I discard any rotting or yellowing leaves.  My method of cleaning is to put them in a large bowl and cover with cold water.  Let them sit a few minutes and then lift them out of the water so the sand settles to the bottom.  Then clean out the bowl and put the greens back in.  Cover with water again and then lift them out of the water.  Two washes like this should remove all the dirt and sand.

Step 2 is to blanch them in salted boiling water.  Put a pot of water on the stove.  when it comes to a boil, add a few pinches of salt and then put the beet greens into the boiling water.  They only need to cook for about 2 minutes.  Drain the water.  When cool, lightly squeeze out most of the water.

I usually do the cleaning and blanching on the weekend, and then do the final preparation during the week. 

Then for the final preparation.  This is the fun part because it involves garlic and olive oil. I get a skillet (cast Iron preferable) and heat it up, then coat the bottom with about 1/4 cup of olive oil.  Add some garlic cloves and lightly brown.  I chop up the greens with a french knife, and put the blanched greens into the hot olive and garlic.  I saute the greens for about 8 minutes, turning them from time to time.  The only seasonings I add is salt and pepper, and maybe a little red pepper flakes.

A variation on this is to mince a piece of bacon and brown it with the garlic prior to adding the blanched greens.  Even one piece of bacon adds a lot of flavor.  Bacon from Kennedy's works great.

For those of you who have not tried eating beet tops, please give this a try.  My grandmother would be very happy.

Other updates

I visited Sam and Susie Byler this week at Riverview Dairy.  It was a great visit and got to see all the improvements that the Bylers have made to the farm, the dairy, and the milking parlor.  I also got to visit with the sheep herd, which is being managed by his neighbor Aaron Schwartz.  The sheep are looking fabulous and are producing great milk.  Best of all, I got to taste 2 delicious sheep milk cheeses- an aged Pecorino, and Halloumi.  I will have the Pecorino at the market this Saturday.  Please stop by PA Made Cheese for a taste.

Next Week- Miriam Rubin visit

Next Saturday, Miriam Rubin- Chef, Master Gardener, Author, and Food Writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette- will be visiting the market.  In the spring she published a book called Tomatoes.  She will have books for sale (and signing) and will also do a cooking demonstration of a recipe from the book.  So please help spread word and come out to visit Miriam at the market.  I will have more details in next week's update message.  In the meantime, check out her timely article in today's PG on peas.  We should have lots of the fresh local peas at the market on Saturday, so check out Miriam's recipes.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/food/miriams-garden-sweet-pea-dreams-693237/


Please see below for an update.

David Lagnese

Locally grown items available this week at the market

Cherries, blueberries and strawberries
Garlic and garlic scapes (tops)
Green and purple onions
Kale and collards
Zucchini
Salad Greens (several varieties)
Snow Peas, snap peas and shelling peas
Garlic
Spinach
Swiss chard

Cabbage

Mushrooms

Tomatoes

New potatoes

Beets

Also,  lots of hanging baskets, potted flowers, vegetable and flower transplants for the garden.

Check out the details below for Kistaco, Zang and Greenawalt stands for these items.
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The Update....

J.L Kennedy Meat Stand-
Special items for this week

Whether you are celebrating July 4th this weekend, next weekend, or on the day itself...we have all popular picnic items.. so please call in order A.S.A.P. and we can make your planning easy!!!!

- BUTCHER-MADE HOT DOGS in regular and cheese varieties, sold by the piece or pound

- KOLBASSI GRILLERS links in regular and mildly hot pepper cheese varieties

- PORK SPARE RIBS

- BEEF BRISKET

- ALL CUTS OF STEAK are possible if  called in early enough

***The J.L.KENNEDY MEAT STAND will of course have holiday sampling of meats and cheeses

***The J.L.KENNEDY FAMILY invite everyone to attend any of their beef, lamb, & hog 4-H exhibit shows at the upcoming BIG BUTLER FAIR...shows are 9 am-12 noon sat...mon...tues...wed...& thurs...and @6;00 sun eve. what a great opportunity for everyone to see and be educated on the way local meat is raised !!!!

More info on fair website or talk to VAL KENNEDY this Saturday...

Please keep phone call orders and any messages to ring in during our business hours of 9-9 mon-thurs and 9-6 on friday...

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 strawberries, lettuce, spinach, garlic scapes, cabbage, tomatoes, new potatoes, fresh herbs and I am sure a few surprises.  Asparagus and rhubarb are done for the season.

They also have shipped-in items.


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:

Sour Cherries
Sweet Cherries
Blueberries
Snow Peas
Snap Peas
Zucchini
Kale
Collards
Cabbage
Spring Onions
Broccoli
Pickle Cukes
Flower SALE!

And of course cider and bread from Wood Street Bread Co.

Zang's Greenhouse...Rick will have beets, strawberries, swiss chard, several varieties of lettuce, spinach, micro greens, zucchini, 3 varieties of peas, 3 varieties of cabbage, collards and kale, fresh garlic, cauliflower and a few surprises.
 
Shipped in items include peppers, garlic, onions, green beans, potatoes, and several varieties of tomatoes.  California Valencia oranges and lemons


In the plant department- Rick will have vegetable and flower transplants for the garden. He will also have tomato and flower hanging baskets.

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-   As mentioned above, we will have some aged sheep milk Pecorino cheese from Riverview Dairy.  I am really pleased with the results and hope you like it as well.

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 have children's toys and games, and great items for the home and office using local reclaimed and salvaged wood and non-toxic finishes.  Cutting boards and wine racks make a great Valentine's gift for the foodie on your list!  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.

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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.

Posted 6/26/2013 8:20pm by Miranda Combs.

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND special items for Saturday, June 29th..

**LOTS OF INFO***
Whether you are celebrating July 4th this weekend, next weekend, or on the day itself...we have all popular picnic items.. so please call in order A.S.A.P. and we can make your planning easy!!!!

- BUTCHER-MADE HOT DOGS in regular and cheese varieties, sold by the piece or pound

- KOLBASSI GRILLERS links in regular and mildly hot pepper cheese varieties

- PORK SPARE RIBS

- BEEF BRISKET

- ALL CUTS OF STEAK are possible if  called in early enough

***The J.L.KENNEDY MEAT STAND will of course have holiday sampling of meats and cheeses

***The J.L.KENNEDY FAMILY invite everyone to attend any of their beef, lamb, & hog 4-H exhibit shows at the upcoming BIG BUTLER FAIR...shows are 9 am-12 noon sat...mon...tues...wed...& thurs...and @6;00 sun eve. what a great opportunity for everyone to see and be educated on the way local meat is raised !!!!

More info on fair website or talk to VAL KENNEDY this Saturday...

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Please keep phone call orders and any messages to ring in during our business hours of 9-9 mon-thurs and 9-6 on friday...

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

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

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Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 


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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.
 
Posted 6/20/2013 10:21pm by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday, June 22nd

I was really impressed with the variety and quality of local fruit and produce that was available last week.  Items like tomatoes, cabbage and cauliflower were a surprise.  The variety of lettuce and cooking greens was impressive. Based on my discussions with the farmers, this week will be even better.  For example, local zucchini and beets will be available.  I bought a whole cabbage and made some Asian slaw.  The cabbage was so fresh and tender and had a very mild flavor.

Please see below for an update.

At the cheese stand, we shared samples of the cheese that I brought back from France.  It was really excellent. We have a few pieces left to share this week.  We will have lots of locally made cheese available for sale.  I am hoping we will have a fresh delivery from Riverview Dairy including some sheep milk cheese. 

David

Locally grown items available this week at the market

Sweet Cherries
Garlic scapes (tops)
Strawberries
Green and purple onions
Kale and collards
Zucchini
Salad Greens (several varieties)
Snow Peas
Asparagus
Garlic
Spinach
Swiss chard

Mushrooms

Tomatoes

New potatoes

Beets


Also,  lots of hanging baskets, potted flowers, vegetable and flower transplants for the garden.

Check out the details below for Kistaco, Zang and Greenawalt stands for these items.
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The Update....

J.L Kennedy Meat Stand-
Special items for this week

- PASTURE-RAISED ROASTING CHICKENS...last offering until fall
- SIRLOIN TIP KABOBS...minimal marinade or seasoned rub for easy prep
- PORK TENDERLOINS-

Please keep phone call orders and any messages to ring in during our business hours of 9-9 mon-thurs and 9-6 on friday...

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 strawberries, rhubarb, spring lettuce, spinach, garlic scapes, cabbage, tomatoes, new potatoes, lettuce, asparagus and I am sure a few surprises.

They also have shipped-in items.


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:

- Homegrown Sweet Cherries
- Green Onions
- Red Russian Kale
- Collards
- Zucchini
- Salad Greens
- Snow Peas
- Bedding Plants
- Hanging Baskets
- Asparagus
- Leaf Lettuce
- Spinach

And of course cider and bread from Wood Street Bread Co.

Zang's Greenhouse...Rick will have beets, strawberries, swiss chard, several varieties of lettuce, spinach, micro greens, asparagus, and a few surprises.
 
Shipped in items include fresh fennel, peppers, garlic, onions, green beans, potatoes, and several varieties of tomatoes.  Florida citrus is running dry, but Rick will have California Valencia oranges. 


In the plant department- Rick will have vegetable and flower transplants for the garden. He will also have tomato and flower hanging baskets.

Kew Park Coffee Bar-
  We have a fresh batch of beans that were roasted by Commonplace Coffee Roasters.  Also, will have fresh squeezed valencia orange juice. 

PA Made Cheese-   As mentioned we will have several cheese samples from France to taste.  And of course a wide variety of cheese local Pennsylvania made cheese for sale.  We are hoping for some sheep milk cheese from Riverview Dairy. 

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 have children's toys and games, and great items for the home and office using local reclaimed and salvaged wood and non-toxic finishes.  Cutting boards and wine racks make a great Valentine's gift for the foodie on your list!  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.

*********************************************************

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.

Posted 6/19/2013 8:04pm by Miranda Combs.

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

SPECIAL ITEMS FOR JUNE 22nd...


- PASTURE-RAISED ROASTING CHICKENS...last offering until fall
- SIRLOIN TIP KABOBS...minimal marinade or seasoned rub for easy prep
- PORK TENDERLOINS-

Please keep phone call orders and any messages to ring in during our business hours of 9-9 mon-thurs and 9-6 on friday...

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

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

*********************************************************
 
Please visit the market's website for information on the market and all the vendors.  You can sign up for a weekly email update.
 


*********************************************************
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.