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Posted 11/7/2012 8:18pm by Miranda Combs.

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

Special items for this Saturday, November 10th...

- BONELESS PORK SHOULDER hand cut to your specified amount

- BABY BACK RIBS of pork


- CHICKEN THIGHS


- ALL STEAKS CUT TO ORDER if called in by Thursday evenings...


**PLEASE place your Thanksgiving
FRESH TURKEY AND / OR ROASTING CAPON a.s.a.p.

Pick ups on 11/17 or 11/21 from 5-10 am ONLY


**also for those dates= SMOKED PHEASANTS...DUCK...SMOKED HAMS...SMOKED TURKEYS...ANY CUT OF BEEF OR PORK


**big thanks for all your patience with the grass- fed goat orders last week....we will definitely be taking more orders soon in dec. Many factors affect an animal' s dressed weight and even with the best of calculating percentages for them we never know total amount of meat until Saturday mornings...thanks again...

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

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As always, we will have a nice variety of our regular selections available.

Remember to call by Thursday evening!  The number at the farm is 724-898-2316.

Also, please remember that order pick-up time is from 5am-10:30 am.  We will try our best to hold the orders if you run into problems and are running late... BUT...please call the stand # (412-661-1875) so that we KNOW you are running late !!   

Thanks and see you Saturday!!

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.
 


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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 11/2/2012 12:01am by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday, November 3rd

We had a great market last week.  These was lots of good locally grown stuff.  In my last update, I talked about the wonderful fresh brussel sprouts available at the market.  Well last week I was impressed by all the locally grown root vegetables now available- beets, parsnips, turnips and carrots.  I was particularly impressed with the carrots that were of various colors and sizes.

I also noticed an article in the New York Times about how carrots are showing up as the star on plates of some fancy-schmancy New York City restaurants.  Check out the article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/31/dining/carrots-gain-bigger-roles-at-some-restaurants.html

And check out these recipes for carrots and other root vegetables....

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/health/series/recipes_for_health/carrots/index.html

I tend to like keeping things pretty simple.  So I prepare carrots the way we did at Trattoria Alberto, a restaurant that I worked at in Washington, DC.  Simply peel the carrots and slice them into rounds about 1/4" thick.  Blanch them in boiling, salted water for 3 minutes.  Then saute them in a skillet in a 50/50 combination of olive oil and butter.  Cook them long enough so that they begin to brown slightly around the edges.  Season with salt, pepper and fresh chopped parsley.  Thats it!

Like I do with a lot of fresh vegetables, I do my cutting and blanching on Sunday when I have the time.  Then throughout the week, I pull them out of the fridge for the last minute saute.

Pancake Breakfast

I want to remind everyone about the Pancake Breakfast & Auction that is being held this Saturday from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.  This is the 16th annual.  

Our friends at Pittsburgh East Rotary Club run the event.  Proceeds from the Pancake Breafkast & Auction will be used to feed hungry individuals and families in our East End communities and provide resources to at-risk children and youth.

You can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast including pancakes and an egg bar!  In addition to breakfast, there will be fabulous raffle prizes, entertainment, mystery bags/boxes and a roving magician!

The event is held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church (250 N. Highland Avenue) which is walking distance from the market.  So you can stop by the market to get your food for the week and also enjoy the pancake breakafast.  Tickets are available at the door, and are $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

All the vendors from the farmer's market pitch in and put together a farmers market basked that gets auctioned off at the event.

Please note that at the Kew Park Coffee Bar we will be introducing a new roast that was developed by Commonpalce Coffee Roasters.  The beans were roasted yesterday so are very fresh.  Please stop by and give them a try.  We will have brewed coffee and whole beans.

See you at the market!

David Lagnese

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The Update

Greenawalt Farm

I spoke to Bryan Greenawalt today and he said that items he has this week are very similar to last week.  Believe it or not, he will still have local strawberries.  But he will also have more traditional fall items such as squash (many varieties), pumpkins and gourds.  Other items include cherry and grape tomatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, zucchini, yellow squash,  eggplant (several varieties), onions, swiss chard, celery, brocolli, cauliflower, and several varieties of peppers.  Two varieties of radishes- diakon and red champions,  several varieties of regular and sweet potatoes.  The regular potatoes include red and purple flesh potatoes as well as white and a yellow flesh.  
Special items this week include ground cherries and cabbage sprouts.

Fruit wise-  the apples include matsu, red delicious, yellow delicious, honeycrisp, galas.  Brian will have a small amount of local strawberries.  
 

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

Special items include: 

PASTURE-RAISED ROASTING CHICKENS ...some available as frozen from last week...

- BONELESS PORK LOIN, roasts or chops

- SKIRT STEAK

- FLANK STEAK AND BRISKET

**PLEASE PLACE YOUR THANKSGIVING ORDER A.S.A.P.
It' s much easier for us all to plan ahead...THANKS A BUNCH!!!

PLEASE remember to dial our farm # during business hours ONLY mon- friday please...thanks. The farm number is 724-898-2316.

Kistaco Farm... Will have a variety of fruits and vegetables grown on their farm.  Items for this week include: 

Apples (13 Varieties) 
- McIntosh
- Gala
- Macoun
- Rome
- Idared
- Fuji
- Jonagold
- Mutsu/Crispin
- Fortune
- Red Delicious
- Golden Delicious
- Stayman Winesap
- Empire

And of course fresh pressed cider- the best in Pittsburgh

Locally grown veggies will include:
Kale

Collards
Cabbage
Broccoli
Winter squash

Prepared foods:
Corn Salsa
Applesauce
Corn Relish
Onion Relish
Bread and Butter Pickles
Spicy Sandwich Dills
Pickle Relish
 
Fresh baked bread from Wood Street Bread Company is always available.  They pick it up from the bakery real early in the morning so you don't have to.


Zang's Greenhouse...Locally grown items this week include brocolli, brussel sprouts, beets, squash, gourds, Indian corn, green tomatoes, fresh garlic, sweet onions, beets, micro greens, micro arugala, parsnips, carrots, potatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, shallots, white and red potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
 
Non-local items include eggplants from Georgia, grapes from Califorinia, and Cranberries from Wisconsin, fresh fennel, and Florida citrus.
 

Hand-made items from Uganda

Margaret will be there on Saturday with many hand made items. 

BANDY Woodworks

BANDY Woodworks
..Is a local business that makes children's toys and games, custom furniture, and other great items for the home (wine racks, etc).  They use local reclaimed and salvaged wood and non-toxic finishes.  Their booth is on the right when you walk in the front door, directly across from Greenawalt's.  Preview some of the items carried at the market by visitingwww.bandywoodworks.etsy.com. Note: they are almost sold out of cutting boards.  If you have been thinking about getting one, now is the time; they might not have any new ones made before the holidays. 

Kew Park Coffee Bar

We will debut our new roast of the Kew Park Estate beans.  I have been working with the folks from Commonplace Coffee Roasters to develop a roast that really highlights the unique characteristics of the beans.  Please stop by and give them a try.   We also have fresh squeezed tangerine, orange and grapfruit juices.

PA Made Cheese

We gave out free pickles last week, and still have a few to give out this week.  We just got a fresh shipment of cheese from God's Country Creamery in Potter County.  I love their wheels because they are massive- 20 pound plus.  We have the Havarti and the Luddington Lace Swiss.

California Connection

The organic dried fruit is going strong.  

Apricots
Nectarines
Pears
Plums
Persimmons

All are from Van Dyke Organic Ranch in Gilroy California.  We also have organic walnuts and pistachios.

A fresh crop of almonds, dates and raisins should be here soon.

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.

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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.
 

http://www.farmersmarketcooperativeofeastliberty.com/

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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 10/26/2012 12:37am by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday, October 27th

It is getting to the end of the home garden season. That makes me sad.  But I was cheered up when I read today's Mariam Rubin story in the Post-Gazette.  This was her last article of the year on her summer garden series.  The good news is that there are still opportunities to do some canning and preserving using things like green tomatoes.  

I recently went to a pickling event that was sponsored by Slow Food Pittsburgh where I tasted some really fabulous pickled vegetables, including pickled green tomatoes.  I was surprised at home much flavor they have.  So I was glad to see Miriam's article with the recipes.  

Last week I saw many baskets of green tomaoes at the market.  I expect to see more this weekend.  So don't be afraid to give it a try.  Check out the article.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/food/miriams-garden-our-columnist-winds-it-up-but-not-before-capturing-some-final-beautiful-bits-658967/

Also, to celebrate pickling, we will be giving out free home-made kosher dill pickles at the PA Made Cheese stand. 

The market had a great week last Saturday. It was jam packed with many great vegetables and fruit.  I thought the star of the show was the brussel sprouts, which appeared for the first week.  The sprouts at the market are the real thing- locally grown, freshly picked, still connected to a long stem.  I prepared them by both blanching them for a few minutes in boiling water, and also roasting them in the oven.  Either way, they are delicious.  Salt, pepper and olive oil is all you need to season them with.  I know a lot of people think they don't like them, but I believe its because they have never had fresh, tender sprouts.  So if you think you don't like them, please give brussel sprouts another try.


See you at the market!

David Lagnese

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The Update 

Greenawalt Farm

Bryan Greenawalt said that the warm weather this week is helping to prolong the season.  So the items he has this week are very similar to last week.  These include fall items such as squash (many varieties), pumpkins and gourds.  Other items include brussel sprouts, zucchini, yellow squash,  eggplant (several varieties), onions, swiss chard, celery, brocolli, cauliflower, and several varieties of peppers.  Two varieties of radishes- diakon and red champions,  several varieties of regular and sweet potatoes.  The regular potatoes include red and purple flesh potatoes as well as white and a yellow flesh.

Special items this week include ground cherries and cabbage sprouts.

Bryan will still have cherry and grape tomatoes, as well as green tomaotes for pickling.

Fruit wise-  the apples include matsu, red delicious, yellow delicious, honeycrisp, galas.  Brian will have a small amount of local strawberries.  The strawberries are still hanging in there, due to the recent warm weather.
 

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

Special items include:

**EXTRA LEAN GROUND TURKEY

**PASTURE-RAISED ROASTING CHICKENS...last time before holidays!!

**Now taking orders for local, pasture- raised GOAT....cuts available are LOIN, CHOPS, STEW MEAT, GROUND...for pick up next saturday,  nov.3 rd...this is a fabulous product with tons of flavor that is raised by fellow butler county 4 H family that knows how to produce prize- winning meat goats...follows lamb pricing...

**PLEASE dont delay in putting your FRESH TURKEY AND CAPON order in by phone or in person at the saturday market...we will run out...so make it easy on yourself!!

PLEASE remember to dial our farm # during business hours ONLY mon- friday please...thanks. The farm number is 724-898-2316.

Kistaco Farm... Will have a variety of fruits and vegetables grown on their farm.  Items for this week include: 

Cabbage
Broccoli
Collards
Kale
Cider
Apples
- McIntosh

- Gala
- Macoun
- Rome
- Idared
- Mutsu
- Red Delicious
- Golden Delicious
- Fortune
- Jonagold
- Stayman Winesap
- Fuji
 
Don't forget about the cider- Pittsburgh's best.  Tim makes his cider with a perfect balance of sweet and tart.  Do yourself a favor and pick up a few jugs.  Share it with friends.

Fresh baked bread from Wood Street Bread Company is always available.  They pick it up from the bakery real early in the morning so you don't have to.


Zang's Greenhouse...Locally grown items this week include brussel sprouts, beets, squash, gourds, Indian corn, small tomatoes, green tomatoes, fresh garlic, sweet onions, zucchini, beets, micro greens, micro arugala, parsnips, carrots, potatoes, lettuce, shallots.

Non-local items include eggplants from Georgia, seedless globe grapes from Califorinia, and Cranberries from Wisconsin.
 

Hand-made items from Uganda

Margaret will be there on Saturday with many hand made items. 

BANDY Woodworks

BANDY Woodworks
..Is a local business that makes children's toys and games, custom furniture, and other great items for the home (wine racks, etc).  They use local reclaimed and salvaged wood and non-toxic finishes.  Their booth is on the right when you walk in the front door, directly across from Greenawalt's.  Preview some of the items carried at the market by visitingwww.bandywoodworks.etsy.com. Note: they are almost sold out of cutting boards.  If you have been thinking about getting one, now is the time; they might not have any new ones made before the holidays. 

Kew Park Coffee Bar

We will have freshly roasted Coffee.  In the juice department, this is the last week for fresh made grape juice that was made with Erie County Concords.  We also have fresh squeezed tangerine, orange and grapfruit juices.

PA Made Cheese

As mentioned we will be giving out free pickles on Saturday.  They go great will all the local cheese we have on hand.  

California Connection

The organic dried fruit is going strong.  

Apricots
Nectarines
Pears
Plums
Persimmons

All are from Van Dyke Organic Ranch in Gilroy California.  We also have organic walnuts and pistachios.

A fresh crop of almonds, dates and raisins should be here soon.

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.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Please 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/

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

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 10/24/2012 5:03pm by Miranda Combs.

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

Special items for this Saturday, October 27th...

**EXTRA LEAN GROUND TURKEY

**PASTURE-RAISED ROASTING CHICKENS...last time before holidays!!

**Now taking orders for local, pasture- raised GOAT....cuts available are LOIN, CHOPS, STEW MEAT, GROUND...for pick up next saturday,  nov.3 rd...this is a fabulous product with tons of flavor that is raised by fellow butler county 4 H family that knows how to produce prize- winning meat goats...follows lamb pricing...

**PLEASE dont delay in putting your FRESH TURKEY AND CAPON order in by phone or in person at the saturday market...we will run out...so make it easy on yourself!!

PLEASE remember to dial our farm # during business hours ONLY mon- friday please...thanks  412-898-2316

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

*********************************************************
As always, we will have a nice variety of our regular selections available.

Remember to call by Thursday evening!  The number at the farm is 724-898-2316.

Also, please remember that order pick-up time is from 5am-10:30 am.  We will try our best to hold the orders if you run into problems and are running late... BUT...please call the stand # (412-661-1875) so that we KNOW you are running late !!   

Thanks and see you Saturday!!

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.
 
Posted 10/17/2012 10:29pm by Miranda Combs.

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

Update for Saturday, October 20th...

BONELESS PORK SHOULDER

BEEF STICKS

** order now for next week's PASTURE-RAISED ROASTING CHICKENS on 10/27

PLEASE make the holidays as easy as possible and place your order for  your fresh turkey or capon NOW!!!

PLEASE remember to dial our farm # during business hours ONLY mon- friday please...thanks  412-898-2316

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

*********************************************************
As always, we will have a nice variety of our regular selections available.

Remember to call by Thursday evening!  The number at the farm is 724-898-2316.

Also, please remember that order pick-up time is from 5am-10:30 am.  We will try our best to hold the orders if you run into problems and are running late... BUT...please call the stand # (412-661-1875) so that we KNOW you are running late !!   

Thanks and see you Saturday!!

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.
 
Posted 10/11/2012 10:30pm by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday, October 13th

As I have been saying over the past two weeks, we really are in the peak of apple season.  Its a time of year that I love- for the eating apples, the cooking apples, and the cider.  Leave it to Miriam Rubin from the Post-Gazette to write a timely article on apples with some great PG-tested recipes.  Check it out.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/food/time-is-ripe-for-tasty-applie-pies-tarts-and-more-656995/

Thanks Miriam!  I'm not much of a baker, but I plan to try the Simple Apple Nut Cake recipe.

So please make the East Liberty Coop Farmers Market your headquarters for all things apple.  Kistaco Farm specializes in apples.  They grow many varieties of apples on their Armstrong County farm.  This time of year they have 10 to 12 varitieties on hand, plus their fresh cider.  Greenawalt's get their apples from Amish farmers in Somerset County.  They have 4 or 5 varieties, including some huge Honeycrisps- which are my latest favorite eating apple.  

Prices are very reasonable, especially when you buy in bulk.  So buy a large quantity and share them with friends and neighbors.  I'm a hero when I take a large box into work and share them my co-workers.

See you at the market!


David Lagnese

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The Update 

Greenawalt Farm

Brian Greenawalt made his  trip to Somerset County today and came back with a van full of produce.  Items this week include fall items such as squash (many varieties) as well as pumpkins and gourds.  Other items include sweet corn, zucchini, yellow squash,  eggplant (several varieties), onions, swiss chard, brocolli, cauliflower, and several varieties of peppers.  Two varieties of radishes- diakon and champions.  Brian has several varieties of regular and sweet potatoes.  The regular potatoes include some beautiful red and purple flesh potatoes. Tomatoes- cherry and grapes are still comingin as well as several heirlooms.  Finally, Brian has some un-blanched celery that has a ton of flavor and is great in stocks and soups.
 
Fruit wise-  the apples include honeycrisp, galas, red delicious, yellow deliciuous, and others as well as bosch pears.  Brian will have a small amount of local strawberries.

Do you remember the shelling beans Brian had earlier in the season?  Well he has some of the same beans that are shelled and dried.   They are solde in small bags.  I tried them and think they are every bit as good as the fresh.
 

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

Special items for this week include:

BEEF JERKY...only so much of this wonderful product to go around so please call to order ASAP...

BEEF STICKS...soft and versatile

LAMB still available = Bone- In or boneless leg of lamb...stew meat...loin chops.. stock bones for broth/soup

**NOW TAKING YOUR TURKEY AND CAPON ORDERS by phone or at saturday market...don' t wait

**PLEASE remember to dial our farm # during business hours ONLY mon- friday please...thanks  724-898-2316.

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

Kistaco Farm... Will have a variety of fruits and vegetables grown on their farm.  The variety of apples available is increasing each week.  Also, fresh Cider is available for the first week this year.  The 2012 cider is as good as ever.  So do yourself a favor and pick up a few jugs.

Apples.....
- McIntosh
- Gala
- Honeycrisp
- Macoun
- Jonathan
- Red Delicious
- Golden delicious
- Mutsu
- Jonagold
- Empire

Sweet Corn
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Eggplant
Collards
Kale
 
Fresh baked bread from Wood Street Bread Company.  They pick it up from the bakery real early in the morning so you don't have to.

The last few weeks Kistaco has also had some home-made items such as salsas and donuts.  Please give them a try.
 
Zang's Greenhouse...Locally grown items this week include red and green peppers, eggplants, small tomatoes, large tomatoes, hot peppers, fresh garlic, sweet onions, zucchini, beets, micro greens, micro arugala, parsnips, potatoes, lettuce, shallots.

Rick is not certain if he will have sweet corn from McElhaney farm.  In the fruit department- Concord grapes from Erie County are possible, but not for sure this week.  Wisconsin fresh cranberries are for sure.  He should have them through the holidays.  Bosch and asian pears will also be available.


Rick always has a few surprises.

Hand-made items from Uganda

Margaret will be there on Saturday with many hand made items. 

BANDY Woodworks

..Is a local business that makes children's toys, custom furniture, and other great items for the home (cutting boards, etc).  They use local reclaimed and salvaged wood and non-toxic finishes.  Their booth is on the right when you walk in the front door, directly across from Greenawalt's.  Preview some of the items carried at the market by visiting www.bandywoodworks.etsy.com. The newest item for sale is a domino set in its own box. 

Kew Park Coffee Bar

As mentioned last week, we will have fresh roasted beans that are roasted in the neighborhood by Commonplace Coffee.  In the juice department we have fresh made grape juice that was made with Erie County Concords.  We will only have Concord Grape juice for two more weeks and then its gone for the year.

To learn more about Commonplace Coffee, check out their website:  http://www.commonplacecoffee.com


California Connection

The organic dried fruit has arrived from Van Dyke Organic Farm in Gilroy, California.  People seemed very happy to have it back since we ran out of last year's crop a few months ago.  Selections include:

Apricots
Nectarines
Pears
Plums
Persimmons

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.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Please 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/

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

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 10/10/2012 7:39pm by Miranda Combs.

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

Update for Saturday, October 13th...

BEEF JERKY...only so much of this wonderful product to go around so please call to order ASAP...

BEEF STICKS...soft and versatile

LAMB still available = Bone- In or boneless leg of lamb...stew meat...loin chops.. stock bones for broth/soup

**NOW TAKING YOUR TURKEY AND CAPON ORDERS by phone or at saturday market...don' t wait

**PLEASE remember to dial our farm # during business hours ONLY mon- friday please...thanks

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

*********************************************************
As always, we will have a nice variety of our regular selections available.

Remember to call by Thursday evening!  The number at the farm is 724-898-2316.

Also, please remember that order pick-up time is from 5am-10:30 am.  We will try our best to hold the orders if you run into problems and are running late... BUT...please call the stand # (412-661-1875) so that we KNOW you are running late !!   

Thanks and see you Saturday!!

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.
 
Posted 10/4/2012 8:28pm by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday, October 6th

Its hard to believe that October is here and that we are officially into fall.   It makes me sad to think about the items that are gone, but happy about the new fall items coming on to the market.  For example, I am told that canning tomatoes are now done.  Corn is on its last week or so, so get it while you can.  Eggplants are also almost done.  At the same time squash and apples are pouring into the market.  Concord grapes are still available for another week or so.  The apple cider is flowing.

We had a great crowd at the market last week and hope the momentum will continue.  Its a great time of year to
come and support your local farmers.  There is a lot of new information in the update so please try to give it all a read.

David Lagnese

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The Update 

Kew Park Coffee
Its been a while since I have provided a detailed update on the Coffee.  As many of you know, we import our coffee beans directly from a small farm in Jamaica.  Its from the Kew Park Coffee Estate in Westmoreland Jamaica.  The farm is owned and operated by Peter Williams and Gina Green.  After a long application process, we were able to get licensed tp import the unroasted "green" beans.   Our first shipment of beans arrived a few months ago.  We have been searching for a local roaster and are finally in a position to provide an update.

We will be working with Commonplace Coffee Roasters.  Commonplace is owned by TJ Fairchild and his family.  He orginally established his business in Indiana PA, where he also has a retail shop on the college campus.  Commonplace has been making plans to move the roastery to Pittsburgh.  This past Monday they opened the new roastery, and I am happy to report that it is located right in our neighborhood!  They are moving into the new East End Brewing space which is located at 6580 Frankstown Road, only a few blocks from the farmers market.  This new relationship will allow us to roast coffee on a weekly basis and provide very freshly roasted coffee to the community.

To celebrate this milestone, we are planning to have an event at the market in the next few weeks to introduce everyone to TJ and the fols from Commonplace.  We are also trying to organize a coffee roasting demonstration at the roastery.

We are really excited about this relationship and hope that it will take Kew Park Coffee to a new level of exposure in Pittsburgh.  Its also exciting to have a coffee roastery co-located with a brewery, all right in our neighborhood!   More to come on this in next week's update.

To learn more about Commonplace Coffee, check out their website:  http://www.commonplacecoffee.com


Greenawalt Farm

Brian Greenawalt will be making his usual trip to Somerset County this Friday and I expect him to return with a large haul.  Greenawalts will have a lot of fall items such as squash (Many varieties) as well as pumpkins and gourds.  Other items include sweet corn, zucchini, yellow squash,  eggplant (5 varieties) onions, swiss chard, brocolli, cauliflower, and several varieties of peppers.  A few variieties of radishes showed up last week and will be back this week- diakon and champions.  Brian has several varities of regular and sweet potatoes.  The regular potatoes include some beautiful red and purple flesh potatoes. Tomatoes- cherry and grapes are still coming in.  Finally, Brian has some un-blanched celery that has a ton of flavor and is great in stocks and soups.
 
Fruit wise-  the apples are coming in- galas, red delicious, yellow deliciuous, and others as well as bosch pears.

Expect some surprises.

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

Sorry we did not get a meat stand update out yersterday like we normally do.  There is still time to call an order in to the farm.

Special items for this week include:

EXTRA LEAN GROUND TURKEY...

SPECIAL SLICES OF BEEF TOP ROUND cut approx 1.5 inches by 9-10 inches wide...for use with LONDON BROIL.. this less expensive and very lean cut will need to be marinated and/ or treated with an all- over rub seasoning for a good 6-8 hours before grilling, broiling, roasting, frying...you can google search many london broil recipes and rubs.

* NEXT WEEK=LAMB WEEK=OCT13 TH...Please order NOW for bone- in or boneless leg of lamb...shanks...shoulder roast or stew meat...loin chops...stock bones

**We are NOW taking orders for fresh thanksgiving turkeys and capon roasting chickens for pick up nov 17 th or wed nov 21 st...

PLEASE DONT WAIT!!! We will run out of your desired size if you dont order EARLY ENOUGH!!

PLEASE RING PHONE CALLS from 9 am - 9 pm mon - thurs & 9 am - 6 pm on friday...our only weekend phone hours are at the market pn sat mornings...thanks again!!

724-898-2316.

Kistaco Farm... Will have a variety of fruits and vegetables grown on their farm.  The variety of apples available is increasing each week.  Also, fresh Cider is available for the first week this year.  I picked up some cider last week.  I think its excellent this year, so do yourself a favor and pick up a few jugs.:

Apples.....
- McIntosh
- Gala
- Honeycrisp
- Macoun
- Jonathan
- Red Delicious
- Golden delicious
- Mutsu
- Jonagold
- Empire

Sweet Corn
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Eggplant
Collards
Kale
 
Fresh baked bread from Wood Street Bread Company.  They pick it up from the bakery real early in the morning so you don't have to.

The last few weeks Kistaco has also had some home made items such as salsas and donuts.  Please give them a try.
 
Zang's Greenhouse...Locally grown items this week include a variety of peppers, eggplant, small tomatoes, hot peppers, fresh garlic, sweet onions, zucchini, beets, micro greens, potatoes, lettuce, shallots.

Rick says that this may be the last week for Sweet corn from McElhaney farm.  In the fruit department- Concord grapes from Erie County are still available, but probably only for another week.  Last week Rick got his first shipment of fresh cranberries from Wisconsin.  He shoule have them through the holidays. 


Rick always has a few surprises.

Hand-made items from Uganda

Margaret will be there on Saturday with many hand made items. 

BANDY Woodworks

..Is a local business that makes children's toys, custom furniture, and other great items for the home (cutting boards, etc).  They use local reclaimed and salvaged wood and non-toxic finishes.  Their booth is on the right when you walk in the front door, directly across from Greenawalt's.  Preview some of the items carried at the market by visiting www.bandywoodworks.etsy.com. The newest item for sale is a domino set in its own box. 

Kew Park Coffee Bar

As mentioned above we will have fresh roasted beans and brewed coffee that was roasted by Commonplace Coffee.  In the juice delpartment we have fresh made grape juice that was made with Erie County Concords.  Its only available for a few weeks so get it while you can.

California Connection

We have been waiting for our shipment of dried fruit from Van Dyke Organic Farm in Gilroy, California.  I am happy to report that it has finaly arroved and we will have it at the market on Saturday.  Selections include:

Apricots
Nectarines
Pears
Plums
Persimmons

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.

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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.
 

http://www.farmersmarketcooperativeofeastliberty.com/

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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 9/28/2012 8:18am by Miranda Combs.

Update for Saturday September 29th

I spoke to all the farmers this week. I expect the offerings to be pretty similar to last week.  I expect more fall itmes like pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and squash.  Also expect more varities of apples, and apple cider.  Thos may be the last week for canning tomatoes so get them while you can.

We reached a milestone this week when we reached 1,000 people signed up for our weekly email update. Thanks to eveyone for following events at the market.

Last Friday I joined Brian Greenawalt for his weekly trip into Somerset County Amish Country.  I got lucky on the weather as it was a glorious warm and sunny fall day.  We started at a prodcue auction and hit about 10.  I was really impressed by the farms that I saw and the people that I met.  I am still working on summarizing my notes.

Please come to the market and support your local farmers.

David Lagnese

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The Update 

Greenawalt Farm

Greenawalts will have a lot of fall items such as squash (Many varieties) as well as pumpkins and gourds. Other items at Grenawalt should include sweet corn, zucchini, yellow squash,  onions, swiss chard, brocolli, cauliflower, and peppers.  Fruit wise-  the apples are coming in.  Brian has several varities of regular and sweet potatoes.  The regular potatoes include some beautiful red and purple flesh potatoes.  Local strawberries will be available for one of the last weeks.  Expect some surprises as Brian visits his Amish farmer friends on Fridays and always picks a few unexpected items. 
 

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

Special items include:

BEEF STEW cubes from chuck or lean round...great to put in freezer and pull out for slow cooked/ braised chilis and stews...

STEAKS any cut you can google we can have if we know by Thursday evening...

SAUSAGE...many loose( bulk) or cased links in several varieties...

PLEASE RING PHONE CALLS from 9 am - 9 pm mon - thurs & 9 am - 6 pm on friday...our only weekend phone hours are at the market pn sat mornings...thanks again!!

724-898-2316.

Kistaco Farm... Will have a variety of fruits and vegetables grown on their farm.  The variety of apples available is increasing each week.  Also, fresh Cider is available for the first week this year:

Apples
- McIntosh
- Jonathan
- Macoun
- Red Delicious
- Cortland
- Honeycrisp

Fresh Cider!

Tomatoes

Peppers
Pickles
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Eggplant
Sweet Corn
Kale
Collards
 
Wood Street Bread Company bread- and much more
 
Zang's Greenhouse...Locally grown items this week include a variety of peppers, eggplant, hot peppers, leeks, fresh garlic, cucumbers, pickles, sweet onions, zucchini, beets, micro greens, green onions, potatoes, lettuce, shallots. Sweet corn from McElhaney farm.  In the fruit department- Concord grapes from Erie County are in.  Rick will also have fresh cranberries

Rick always has a few surprises.

Hand-made items from Uganda

Will not be there this Saturday but will be back next Saturday.


BANDY Woodworks

..Is a local business that makes children's toys, custom furniture, and other great items for the home (cutting boards, etc).  They use local reclaimed and salvaged wood and non-toxic finishes.  Their booth is on the right when you walk in the front door, directly across from Greenawalt's.  Preview some of the items carried at the market by visiting www.bandywoodworks.etsy.com. The newest item for sale is a domino set in its own box. 

Kew Park Coffee Bar, California Olive Oil Connection & PA Made Cheese

We have a few updates for this week.  New arrivals include:

 

  • Fresh roasted medium and dark roast Kew Park Coffee.
  • A new shiment of cheese from Hidden Hills Dairy.
  • A new batch of pistachios from Santa Barbara Pistachio Company
  • A new batch of olive oil from Stonehouse Olive Oil

 

We are still waiting for the dried fruit to arrive from Van Dyke Organic Farm in California.  The fruit was shipped yesterday but not sure when it will get here.  

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.

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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.
 

http://www.farmersmarketcooperativeofeastliberty.com/

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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 9/26/2012 9:15pm by Miranda Combs.

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

Update for Saturday, September  29th...

BEEF STEW cubes from chuck or lean round...great to put in freezer and pull out for slow cooked/ braised chilis and stews...

STEAKS any cut you can google we can have if we know by Thursday evening...

SAUSAGE...many loose( bulk) or cased links in several varieties...

PLEASE RING PHONE CALLS from 9 am - 9 pm mon - thurs & 9 am - 6 pm on friday...our only weekend phone hours are at the market pn sat mornings...thanks again!!

J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand

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As always, we will have a nice variety of our regular selections available.

Remember to call by Thursday evening!  The number at the farm is 724-898-2316.

Also, please remember that order pick-up time is from 5am-10:30 am.  We will try our best to hold the orders if you run into problems and are running late... BUT...please call the stand # (412-661-1875) so that we KNOW you are running late !!   

Thanks and see you Saturday!!

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.